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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Rocky Horror Picture Show FugardRocky Horror Show at the Fugard Theatre

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The Odyssey Live Music NightCrossroad Blues Live Music Night at The ...

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Dornier Bodega Shellfish PlatterShellfish Special at Dornier Bodega ...

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HintHunt Escape Game Logo 2Corporate Team Building with HintHunt

Get the staff bonding with this exhilarating group escape game

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Marry a tip-top cut with any of this edgy salon’s other services and save 30%

Dinner at Aubergine RestaurantLunch at Aubergine Restaurant

Daytime fine dining in the heart of Cape Town

NAC Helicopter Cape Town Tours & FlightsNAC’s Romantic Helicopter Flip

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Peter's House Restaurant TamboerskloofPasta Special at Peter’s House

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Cobble & Stone Pub at Inn on the SquareYe Olde Lunch at the Cobble & Stone Pub

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Sotano Lamb Burger SpecialDinner Special at Sotano by Caveau

Tuck into two lamb burgers and fries for the price of one every Wednesday

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Wednesday Dinner Special at Jackal & Hide RestaurantJackal & Hide’s Wednesday Restaurant ...

Get two mains for a mere R140 at Cape Town’s Kloof Street hotspot

Happy Hour at Mojitos2-for-1 Burger Special at Cafe Mojito

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Thomas Mason suit jacket liningsMORE’s Handmade Shirt Special

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Jabula Hair Cape TownJabula Hair Weave & Extension Special

Buy hair extensions a weave or a wig and get your do done for free

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Welcome to City Bowl MarketCity Bowl Thursday Night Market in Hope ...

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Reach for your slippers reach for a dreamReach for your Slippers Campaign

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Cape Town Fashion WeekMercedes-Benz Cape Town Fashion Week

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Oklahoma at the Artscape TheatreOklahoma Musical at the Artscape

This old favourite song and dance production will charm and delight Cape Town ...

Battlefield Live Corporate LogoTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

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Disney on Ice 100 Years of MagicDisney On Ice South Africa

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Blowfish Restaurant Logo Cape TownWinter Curry Buffet Special at Blowfish ...

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Forex The Foreign Exchange Cape Town ObservatoryBeer Pong Night at The Foreign Exchange ...

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Andiamo Restaurant in the Cape Quarter Cape TownLive Music Thursdays at Andiamo

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Bar snacks at HQHalf Price Tapas at HQ Restaurant

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De Grendel Wine Farm WineWine Tasting at De Grendel in ...

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Quad Biking back safari Aquila Game ParkQuad Bike Safari at Aquila Game Reserve

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Wine and cheese platter from Peter FalkeSundowners at Peter Falke Wine Farm in ...

Toast dusk with fine wine and gorgeous cheese platters

Romantic Date Night & Movie at Twelve Apostles HotelDinner and a Movie Experience at The ...

Lights, camera and a three-course meal at one of Cape Town’s favourite fine ...

Lunch at Beyerskloof wine farm restaurantBeyerskloof Winery Pinotage Experience ...

Taste your way through the fine food and wine made from South Africa’s ...

Beer Garden at the Waterfront Market Cape TownV&A Market on the Wharf

Treat yourself to a truly unique food experience at the Waterfront’s gourmet ...

James Bond Gun Fun After Hours Package007 Thursdays at Gun Fun

Get your kicks shooting the same guns as James Bond. For real.

Thursday Night Live Music at Jackal & Hide BarThursday Night Live Music Sessions at ...

It’s all about good grub and great tunes at this Cape Town hotspot’s FREE ...

Winelands Tea at La MotteWinelands Tea at Pierneef à La Motte

Enjoy an old-Cape high tea at La Motte wine estate

Vegetarian pizza from Festa WellingtonPizza Special at Festa Restaurant

Take a bite out of this delicious deal in Wellington every Thursday night

The Lumineers Cape Town ConcertThe Lumineers Concert in Cape Town

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Cape Town Street Food Festival #CTSFFCape Town Street Food Festival

Gain insight on the Mother City’s latest food trend from pop-up pioneers and ...

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