Christmas Day (Public Holiday)

‘Tis the season to be jolly, celebrating with family and friends


An international public holiday marking one of the Christian religion’s central events – the birth of Jesus Christ – Christmas Day has become a day where people from all religious and cultural backgrounds come together in the spirit of giving.

While the actual date of Christ’s birth remains up for heated debate, Christians and people all over the world have accepted December 25 as Christmas day, and most still celebrate with a coming together of families at the lunch table, the pulling of crackers and the carving of roasts.

Even though we’re in the hottest hemisphere, many South Africans still uphold the European traditions, including the display of Christmas trees, the exchange of gifts and cards, warm drinks and puddings at the lunch or dinner table and the arrival of Father Christmas or Santa Claus.

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA
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JANUARY

1 January

New Year's Day

MARCH

21 March

Human Rights Day

APRIL

18 April

Good Friday

21 April

Family Day

27 April

Freedom Day

MAY

1 May

Worker’s Day

JUNE

16 June

Youth Day

AUGUST

9 August

National Women's Day

SEPTEMBER

24 September

Heritage Day

DECEMBER

16 December

Day of Reconciliation

25 December

Christmas Day

26 December

Day of Goodwill

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Cape Town Events Calendar
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One Day Jewellery WorkshopMake Your Own Jewellery Workshop

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UEFA Euro 2016 4UEFA Euro 2016

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The FirebirdThe Firebird Dance Performance at ...

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Fairview Goatshed Food and Wine Themed EveningsThe Goatshed Restaurant’s Themed Food ...

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Delheim Mushroom WeekDelheim Wild Mushroom Hunt

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Christmas in Winter TulbaghTulbagh Christmas in Winter Festival

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District Six Kanala Musical in Cape Town District Six - Kanala Musical

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Haute Cabriere 12Wine tasting at Haute Cabrière

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MV Logos HopeMV Logos Hope Book Fair at the V&A ...

The “World’s Largest Floating Bookshop” sails into Cape Town

Brunch Club 3Absolut Brunch Club - Wimbledon

Nothing says Wimbledon quite like Pimms, gin and strawberries

Boschendal Mushroom ForageMushroom Foraging Weekend at Boschendal

Enjoy a magical journey into nature at the fungi foraging weekend at Boschendal

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Wizard of Oz - 1The Wizard of Oz at The Playhouse ...

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Francois VC - 2Francois van Coke and Karen Zoid Toe ...

Afrikaans rock at its best!

Snow World 5Snow World Snow Park at GrandWest

It’s finally going to snow in Cape Town!

Optical Diversion ExhibitionOptical Diversion Exhibition at ...

Venture into a world of abstraction with this eye-catching show

Cape Town Youth Choir Handel's Messiah 1SA College of Music Concert Series

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River Club 2016 1Golfer’s Breakfast Special at the ...

Make the most of the work week with a morning of good grub and elegant swings

The Village Idiot Restaurant & Bar in Cape TownSunday Winter Craftsmen Braai at The ...

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Backtracker Cycling Back UnitCycling Events in the Western Cape

Use this handy cycling overview to diarise your favourite events for the ...

aFREAKa Clothing Kid White Tiger OnesieaFREAKa Clothing Kids Onesies

Treat your little ones to a fun and trendy top quality animal or INYE onesie

Beerhouse Restaurant and Bar in Cape TownBeerrunch Weekend Brunch at Beerhouse ...

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Camissa Eco TourThe Eco-friendly Train Township Tour ...

Grow more than just your cultural quotient on this interactive excursion to the ...

Historic Wine Flies Tours South AfricaWine Flies Wine Tours

Experience the Cape Winelands like a local

One Day Jewellery WorkshopMake Your Own Jewellery Workshop

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UEFA Euro 2016 4UEFA Euro 2016

Some of Europe’s finest national football teams compete for the European ...

Groot Constantia Trail SeriesGroot Constantia Trail Series in Cape ...

Traverse the beautiful trails in Cape Town’s Southern Suburbs at one of these ...

Winter Wonderland - 5Gordons Bay Winter Wonderland Festival

Head to this not-so-sleepy town for warming food, wine and family friendly ...

The FirebirdThe Firebird Dance Performance at ...

From the creators of the life-size 'War Horse' puppet comes a poignant tale of ...

Vortex Phoenix Festival of FireVortex Phoenix Festival of Fire

Get ready for a fiery winter stomp-fest that will help dispel those chilly ...

Fairview Goatshed Food and Wine Themed EveningsThe Goatshed Restaurant’s Themed Food ...

Taste exquisite dishes from specially-crafted menus at one of these warm winter ...

Delheim Mushroom WeekDelheim Wild Mushroom Hunt

Put the fun back in fungi at this Stellenbosch estate’s annual forest forage

Christmas in Winter TulbaghTulbagh Christmas in Winter Festival

The most wonderful time of the year comes early in this Western Cape town

District Six Kanala Musical in Cape Town District Six - Kanala Musical

David Kramer brings another lekker local production to the Mother City

Murder Mystery Dinners in Cape TownMurder Mystery Dinner Parties Cape Town

Intrigue, secrecy and cold-blooded killings are the order of the day at these ...

Haute Cabriere 12Wine tasting at Haute Cabrière

Spend Saturday at one of Franschhoek’s stunning wine estates

Cape Bike TravelChauffeured motorbike rides around Cape ...

Arrive in style and see the Mother City from the back of a Harley-Davidson ...

MV Logos HopeMV Logos Hope Book Fair at the V&A ...

The “World’s Largest Floating Bookshop” sails into Cape Town

Brunch Club 3Absolut Brunch Club - Wimbledon

Nothing says Wimbledon quite like Pimms, gin and strawberries

Boschendal Mushroom ForageMushroom Foraging Weekend at Boschendal

Enjoy a magical journey into nature at the fungi foraging weekend at Boschendal

Benguela Lakeside Lodge JettyWine Tasting on the Lake at Lakeside ...

Sniff, sip and swirl while cruising the Swartvlei Lagoon at this five‐star ...

Winter World Class Burger Pairing at Café CapriceWinter World Class Burger Pairing at ...

Four bartenders battle it out for World Class domination with their brilliant ...

Wizard of Oz - 1The Wizard of Oz at The Playhouse ...

There’s no place like Oz…

Francois VC - 2Francois van Coke and Karen Zoid Toe ...

Afrikaans rock at its best!

Snow World 5Snow World Snow Park at GrandWest

It’s finally going to snow in Cape Town!

Optical Diversion ExhibitionOptical Diversion Exhibition at ...

Venture into a world of abstraction with this eye-catching show

Cape Town Youth Choir Handel's Messiah 1SA College of Music Concert Series

Music has the power to inspire, and these scholars appreciate its true meaning

River Club 2016 1Golfer’s Breakfast Special at the ...

Make the most of the work week with a morning of good grub and elegant swings

The Village Idiot Restaurant & Bar in Cape TownSunday Winter Craftsmen Braai at The ...

Celebrate the last day of the week with blazing fires and epic food experiences ...

Backtracker Cycling Back UnitCycling Events in the Western Cape

Use this handy cycling overview to diarise your favourite events for the ...

aFREAKa Clothing Kid White Tiger OnesieaFREAKa Clothing Kids Onesies

Treat your little ones to a fun and trendy top quality animal or INYE onesie

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Historic Wine Flies Tours South AfricaWine Flies Wine Tours

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Craig Leo 110 Questions for: Craig Leo

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