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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Reach for a dream slipper dayReach for your Slippers Campaign

Help a child fight a grave illness by simply exchanging your slops and ...

Shiza Ikapa at Theatre at the RockwellShiza Ikapa Theatre and Dining ...

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Auditorium orchestra chamber music festivalChamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch

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Children's Magic Festival HatChildren’s Magic Festival

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Breyten Breytenbach BoekFees 2013Breyten Breytenbach Book Fair

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Gordon's bay milkwood trail harbourGordons Bay Winter Wonderland Festival

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Manor House at Saxenburg Wine Farm StellenboschWine Tasting at the Saxenburg Estate

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Treat your little one to the ultimate military-style birthday bash and save R500

HQ DJ ReneFriday Night DJ and Dancing at HQ ...

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Fire and Ice Pool Shot Cape TownFriday Night DJ Sessions at Protea ...

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Super Cool Beer Tour Bottles at Devil's PeakFree Beer Friday Special with Super ...

Embark on a fun Friday brewery excursion and get two lagers on the house

Dinner Club at Borage Bistro Cape TownFriday Dinner at Borage Bistro

Ease into the weekend with a superb supper at this urban-chic CBD eatery

Park Inn Newlands Happy Hour SpecialSlide On By Happy Hour Special at the ...

Glide in to this slick Southern Suburbs hotel for 2-for-1 drinks and music ...

The Star Spankled Burlesque ShowHigh Tease Presents The Star Spankled ...

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WorldArt Gallery Street Level Exhibition Worldart Gallery: Lady Skollie ...

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Commune.1  Load Shedding ExhibitionLoad Shedding Group Exhibition at ...

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Spartacus of Africa 5A Spartacus of Africa Ballet at ...

The Roman tale of a slave gladiator takes on an African twist in this ballet

HipHopFest 4Cape Town Hip-Hop Festival Auditions

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Dragon Fly RallyDragon Fly Rally in Worcester

Bikes, bars and more bikes await at this bikers' dream of an event

How Stories Began Children's Theatre and WorkshopHow Stories Began Kid’s Show at the ...

This English and isiXhosa musical comedy will transport your little ones to a ...

School of Rock CampSchool of Rock Winter Camp

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Nature's Best Photography Africa ExhibitionNature’s Best Photography Africa ...

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Tidy & Co. Pop-Up Shop Long StreetTidy & Co. Pop-Up Gift Shop in Long ...

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Artscape6Children’s Mini Drama Festival at the ...

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Art Jamming Holiday WorkshopsArtjamming Winter Holiday Programme at ...

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The Universe Within at 6 Spin StreetThe Universe Within Art Exhibition at 6 ...

Celebrate the spirituality of the solstice with an art exhibition that strives ...

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

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Vibe at the Hout Bay Harbour Market in Cape TownFriday Night at The Bay Harbour Market

Ring in the weekend with live music, craft beer, hearty fare and happy shopping ...

Marcel's Frozen Yoghurt BlizzardHow Awesome Would It Be If this Cape ...

We’ve reimagined some of the Mother City’s hotspots as cool and quirky ...

Diesel women's dresses sale from Labels4Less shopDiesel Jeans & Clothing Sale

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Dinner at Dish Restaurant Inn on the SquareBraai Lunch Special at Inn on the ...

Friday is braai day at this Cape Town accommodation’s laidback eatery

Glenelly 1Meat and Cheese Platters at Glenelly ...

A Stellenbosch wine tasting with true French finesse

Reach for a dream slipper dayReach for your Slippers Campaign

Help a child fight a grave illness by simply exchanging your slops and ...

Shiza Ikapa at Theatre at the RockwellShiza Ikapa Theatre and Dining ...

See proudly South African performances with this upbeat show that celebrates ...

Auditorium orchestra chamber music festivalChamber Music Festival in Stellenbosch

Feast on classical sounds performed by local and international pros and ...

Muizenberg Beach Muizenberg Moonlight Meander

Spend an evening walking in the light of the full moon on the Blue Flag ...

madiba-knysna-headsThe Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival

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Children's Magic Festival HatChildren’s Magic Festival

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Breyten Breytenbach BoekFees 2013Breyten Breytenbach Book Fair

Spend a weekend enjoying all things literary at this festival in Montagu

Burgers and Blends 1 Burgers and Blends at Spier Wine Farm

Create your own vino mixture and tuck into a sumptuous bun-and-patty creation ...

King Tut in GrandWest Casino King Tutankhamun Exhibition in Cape Town

Explore the golden treasures of ancient Egypt’s famed pharaoh when this expo ...

Gordon's bay milkwood trail harbourGordons Bay Winter Wonderland Festival

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

Sushi Making Classes Towers RestaurantSushi Making Classes at African Pride ...

Learn how to make sashimi, nigiri, maki and more with a lesson from an ...

The Star Spankled Burlesque ShowHigh Tease Presents The Star Spankled ...

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WorldArt Gallery Street Level Exhibition Worldart Gallery: Lady Skollie ...

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CapeTownMagazine.com Instafood Walk CapeTownMagazine.com’s 2015 ...

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Commune.1  Load Shedding ExhibitionLoad Shedding Group Exhibition at ...

Apparently turning out the lights is not always a bad thing as this expressive ...

Spartacus of Africa 5A Spartacus of Africa Ballet at ...

The Roman tale of a slave gladiator takes on an African twist in this ballet

HipHopFest 4Cape Town Hip-Hop Festival Auditions

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Dragon Fly RallyDragon Fly Rally in Worcester

Bikes, bars and more bikes await at this bikers' dream of an event

School of Rock CampSchool of Rock Winter Camp

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Nature's Best Photography Africa ExhibitionNature’s Best Photography Africa ...

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Tidy & Co. Pop-Up Shop Long StreetTidy & Co. Pop-Up Gift Shop in Long ...

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Amasokolari 1Amasokolari Comedy Nights in Khayelitsha

It will be a night of firsts as some of the country’s top funnymen humour ...

Artscape6Children’s Mini Drama Festival at the ...

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The-Warehouse-Market-2The Warehouse Market at ColorBox Studios

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Art Jamming Holiday WorkshopsArtjamming Winter Holiday Programme at ...

Unleash your little one’s inner Picasso with this series of fun, educational ...

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

Get your hands dirty and make your own pizza, or taste something new at these ...

Craft beer from The Taproom Salt RiverSaturday Breakfast at The Taproom

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Hazendal new 7Saturday Picnics at Hermitage Restaurant

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Truffle Halal Restaurant Burger Special Cape TownBurger and Milkshake Special at Truffle ...

Visit this upmarket halaal bistro on any Saturday for a trio of sliders and a ...

The Palms Market in WoodstockMarket at The Palms in Woodstock

Bringing country-style food to city tables every Saturday in Cape Town

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Buy beautifully crafted wooden dining room, bedroom and patio pieces for a ...

Spier Eight logoEight Restaurant Thrusts Its Doors Open ...

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

Cheap Superdry Jeans from Labels4Less Factory StoreSuperdry Clothing Sale: T-shirts, Jeans ...

Save an extra R50 on already discounted designer denim, tops, bags and ...

Wild Fig Outdoor Restaurant Dining The Wild Fig Restaurant’s Alfresco ...

Enjoy long, lazy weekend lunches outdoors at this historic Cape Town eatery

Viva Flamenca Show Viva Flamenca Dance Show in Cape Town

See the sultry and sensual Latin dance genre explode on stage in the heart of ...

Delheim Trail RunGluhwein Trail Run at Delheim Wine ...

Get hot wine and a hot bod by participating in this gorgeous vineyard run

The Craft Beer ProjectHop ‘n Vine Festival at The River Club

Hop along to this weekend festival to vine and dine with local experts

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Moyo Kirstenbosch Winter BallMandela Day Winter Ball at Moyo

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