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Celebrate Christmas Eve & Christmas Day in Cape Town

We’ve put together a tempting selection of feasts and parties to celebrate the 2014 festive season in the Mother City!

Christmas is always merrier in sunny Cape Town given the countless opportunities for picnics on pristine beaches, cocktails beneath clear skies and gourmet cuisine at restaurants, eateries and wine estates with breathtaking views.

So, don’t spend your festive season slaving over a hot stove in a busy kitchen (leave that to the professionals); book your spot with family and friends at one of these hotspots for a scrumptious Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch without the mess or fuss.

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2014 CHRISTMAS EVENTS & DINNERS IN CAPE TOWN 
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Festive Lights Switch-on on Adderley Street
For decades, locals and tourists alike flock to the CBD for the annual tradition of witnessing the official switch-on of the festive lights in Adderley Street. On Sunday, 14 December 2014, attendees can look forward to seeing Executive Mayor Alderman Patricia de Lille flip the switch and brighten up South Africa’s historic main pathway and kick-start the festive season with a bang! As always, there will loads of festive flavour to get you in the mood for the holiday season.
COST: Access to the event is gratis, mahala and for FREE!

Kirstenbosch Carols by Candlelight (18 – 21 December)
Hark the herald angels sing! Hear some of Cape Town’s angelic voices at this annual festive event at the Kirstenbosch Gardens from Thursday, 18 to Sunday, 21 December 2014. Running for more than two decades and organised by the Rotary Club as a fundraising initiative, the family-friendly Carols by Candlelight is an institution on the festive calendar and a prime opportunity to experience the greenway on a warm Cape Town summer evening. Guests wanting to attend the sing-along can look out for stellar performances from the show’s main attraction, the legendary Cape Town Concert Brass and Male Voice Choir, as well as from a series of pre-entertainment acts.  Visitors can purchase some light nibbles, and alcohol will be allowed into the venue as long as bottles remain concealed as it is a family event. No littering will be tolerated.
COST:
Ticket prices range from R15p/p to R65p/p for children, while adults pay between R80p/p and R90p/p. For more information, contact the Kirstenbosch Rotary club on +27 (0) 83 270 9286 or email carols@kirstenboschrotary.co.za. Click through to event for more information.

Christmas at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch
Celebrate Christmas in Stellenbosch this year at one of the Cape Winelands region’s oldest establishments. The Spier Wine Farm is pulling out all the stops and corks to put forth a festive experience to cater to all pockets, times and tastes. Kicking off the merrymaking on Christmas Eve with a five-course dinner, the Stellies-based farm also offers a Christmas Day brunch (included in the room rate for hotel guests), lunch and even a dinner option.
COST: Prices vary and booking is essential. Pre-payment is required to confirm the reservation and a 100% cancellation fee will apply. Click through to the event for information on the offering and prices.

Christmas Day at The Galileo Open Air Cinema at the V&A Waterfront
Round off a day of feasting and festive family fun with a comedic Christmas Day film at the Galileo Open Air Cinema at the V&A Waterfront. Hosted on the Croquet Lawn, just beyond reach of the hustle and bustle of the Mother City’s retail paradise, this sheltered spot is ground zero for Christmas holiday fans. Bring the whole family and dress up in your best festive outfits and settle down to see funnyman Will Ferrell in Elf. So, pack up the leftovers you were saving for your midnight snack (don’t pretend otherwise) and head over to this outdoor movie experience that is sure to leave you feeling oh-so jolly! If you don’t have any yummy takeaways from lunch (no judgies), don’t fret; this open-air cinema has a merry band of food and drink merchants to sort you out.
COST: Tickets are available via TheGalileo.co.za and costs range between R70p/p and R110p/p. Click through to the event for more information.

Christmas Eve Dinner at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
Tuck into a five-course gourmet menu this Christmas in Cape Town at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel’s Savour Restaurant. Located in the centre of the Mother City, this stylish and contemporary eatery serves up a decadent festive season selection bound to suit any palate. There will also be a special kiddies’ menu to celebrate the occasion as well as a screening of a Christmas-themed movie for the little ones. Dinner starts at 6:30pm and ends at 11pm.
COST: The Christmas Eve Dinner costs R450p/p, and there is no charge for kids younger than 12 years of age. Booking is essential and can be done either by calling +27 (0) 21 469 8000 or emailing reservations@15onorangehotel.com; full pre-payment is required to secure the reservation. Please note that Prokard discounts do not apply to this offer.

Christmas at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa’s Azure Restaurant
Enjoy a festive feast this Christmas in Camps Bay at the five-star Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa’s Azure Restaurant. Instead of catering for the family, why not head down to this exclusive eatery, situated on the edge of the Atlantic and flanked by Table Mountain, for a gourmet Christmas Eve four-course set menu or a Christmas Day lunch buffet spread where the only real work is getting up and going back for seconds. This festive selection includes traditional Christmas favourites with a gourmet twist: think White Chocolate Eggnog and more. Not to mention, the halls will be decked out in festive décor and patrons will have Christmas crackers to pull and merry hats to don for this very jolly occasion. On Xmas Day there will also be live entertainment on the cards and even a visit from Saint Nick too!

COST: Costs vary according to the offering and the price includes festive Christmas hats and crackers as well as gratuity. Menu is subject to change. Click through to the events for more information.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Trees Restaurant 
Have a hassle-free Christmas this time around and treat the family to a delish three-course festive feast at Trees Restaurant in the Townhouse Hotel on Wednesday, 24 December 2014. Hearty nosh including everything from traditional turkey ballantine to the exotic fruit gratin for dessert is bound to keep hungry patrons satisfied. It’s a perfect way to celebrate Christmas with none of the fuss but with all of the traditional trimmings. 
COST: Bookings need to be made through the hotel at trees@townhouse.co.za or by calling Townhouse Hotel on +27 (0)21 465 7050. The three-course meal costs R198p/p. Additional drinks are at patrons’ own account.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Rick's Café Américain Restaurant & Bar
Make merry this Christmas Eve in Cape Town at the home-away-from-home Gardens restaurant Rick’s Café Américain. The Casablanca-inspired eatery offers up their usual selection of Moroccan, North African and Spanish cuisine, closer-to-home fare like burgers and grills, and of course some fine festive Christmas specials (think Slow-roasted Duckling served with Apple-scented Red Cabbage, Pan-fried Bohemian Dumplings and a Dark Beer Jus). For more information about the a la carte menu, contact the restaurant directly.
COST: Booking is essential. For information and reservations email info@rickscafe.co.za or call +27 (0) 21 424 1100.

Christmas Day Lunch Buffet at Hazendal Wine Estate
For a festive family meal make a merry meander into the Boland Winelands for a scrumptious Cape Christmas lunch buffet in Stellenbosch at the Hazendal Wine Estate. With a sumptuous spread of firm favourites like Roasted Leg of Lamb with Mint Jelly and Smoked Gammon and traditional delights like Milk Tart and Christmas Trifle, this is a feast fit for the whole family. Take a break from the kitchen and dine on delicious dishes as you relax to the sound of a live pianist and the kids entertain themselves on the estate’s rolling lawns, the jumping castle and playground.
COST: Lunch costs R350p/p for adults and children under 12 dine for R175p/p; drinks are for patrons’ own account. The festive feast will be served from 12pm to 3pm and booking is essential. Click through to the event for more information.

Christmas at Park Inn Newlands (25 December)
‘Tis the season to be jolly! Christmas comes with the all the trimmings and the Park Inn in Newlands has come up with a hassle-free lunch buffet that puts the fun back into the festive season. Bring your friends, family and loved ones for a spectacular lunch buffet that will fill any stomach to the brim with delish desserts, yummy starters and that all important gammon. Tuck into butternut gratin, dive into the indulgent seafood pot or simply have it all! So get the family ready for a fun, stylish all-you-can-eat spread and don’t worry about those pesky dishes.
COST: This Christmas lunch costs R450p/p. Bookings can be made by calling the hotel on +27 (0) 21 822 6500 or emailing info.newlands.capetown@rezidorparkinn.com for more information. 

Christmas at the Hilton in Cape Town (24 & 25 December)
Tired of the hassle that comes with Christmas bustle and want to celebrate in Cape Town with some swish style. The Hilton is coming prepared with elegant dinnerson Wednesday, 24 and Thursday, 25 December 2014 and a scrumptious lunch buffet on Christmas day too. Guests can look forward to everything from freshly shucked oysters to delish beef medallions, and depending on which event they choose to attend, they cansatisfy their sweet tooth with a plethora of desserts. Take a look at some of the best views of Signal Hill as the Hilton is situated in the heart of the Mother City. It’s a perfect choice for any local or visitor wanting to see beautiful Cape Town while experiencing a gourmet culinary experience. 
COST: The Christmas Eve and Day events’ pricing ranges from FREE – R375p/p. For more information regarding booking a spot, call the hotel at +27 (0) 21 481 3700 or email at hiltoncapetown.reservations@hilton.com.

Christmas at the Grande Roche Hotel
Spoil yourself with a culinary banquet this Christmas at Grande Roche Hotel's Bosman’s Restaurant. Situated in Paarl in the heart of the Cape Winelands, this modern hotel eatery will take diners on a gastronomic adventure with a five-course Christmas Eve dinner menu and a Christmas Day buffet menu jam-packed with decadent dishes and festive delights. Patrons can relax on the terrace while enjoying the sweeping views and chowing down on award-winning nosh.
COST: Costs vary according to the offer. Booking is essential and can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 863 5100. Do note that dietary requirements must be stated upon booking. Click through to the event for more information.

Christmas Day Kayaking Session with Kaskazi Kayaks in Cape Town
See Cape Town from a different angle this Christmas Day in the Mother City and head out onto the glassy waters of Table Bay for a festive paddle with Kaskazi Kayaks. Whether it’s an early morning session or a post-feast workout, the Mother City-based adventure tour is offering merrymakers an alternative Xmas experience. There are three times to choose from throughout the day, and eager water-babies will get a two-hour trip with a break at The Radisson Blu Waterfront for a warm/cold beverage. Kaskazi Kayaks has a 100% safety record, and depending on the weather, participants can expect a change in route.

A FEW THINGS TO TAKE NOTE OF & BE PREPARED FOR CHRISTMAS DAY KAYAKING SESSION WITH KASKAZI KAYAKS IN CAPE TOWN

  • Expect to get wet. Beachwear, a windbreaker, and flip-flops are recommended.
  • Sun protection is essential: hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Bring a change of clothes and a towel: there’s a shower in the shop.
  • Only bring your camera if it’s waterproof. The guides will take loads of pictures, which you’ll receive within hours, at no extra charge.
  • You can leave your belongings in the shop and there’s a safe for valuables.

COST: This festive offer costs R350p/p and includes a two-hour trip, a rest stop and a cool or warm beverage. Booking is essential and can be made by emailing info@kayak.co.za.

Christmas on Table Mountain
This year Santa Claus and his Christmas Faeries decided to not descend into dingy, dusty and dark chimneys, but rather to head to the top of Table Mountain. That’s right boys and girls, the jolly ol’ man from the North Pole is bringing festive cheer to one of the one of the world’s ‘New7Wonders of Nature’. Santa and his crew will visit Table Mountain on Christmas Eve between 10:30am and 12:30pm and on Christmas Day between 10:30am and 2:30pm. Kiddies who make it the top of Cape Town’s largest landmark will each receive an activity book that is not only jam-packed with information on the fauna and flora on the mountain but also has a super fun treasure hunt that is sure to keep the young ones (and the young at heart) entertained. What’s more, visitors to the Table Mountain Café can look forward to a special Christmas menu from Monday, 22 to Sunday, 28 December 2014. Not to mention, the cableway has arranged an assortment of entertainment, including puppet shows, games and magic acts to keep the guests entertained while they wait for their turn to board the revolving cable car; the entertainers are scheduled to perform daily between 8:30am and 12:30pm from Friday, 26 December 2014 to Sunday, 4 January 2015. And finally, there will be FREE short guided walks from the Twelve Apostles Terrace (below the Shop at the top and the Table Mountain Café) that depart on the hour from 9am to 3pm.
COST: Tickets for the cable car can be bought online via Webtickets.co.za (there is an option to select a date) or at the cableway ticket office. Prices range from R58p/p to R300p/p, depending on age, time of the day and whether or not it is a return trip.

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The festivities don’t end there; celebrate New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in Cape Town and surrounds with some of the hottest and biggest parties and scrumptious dinners.

Also, have a squiz at our overview of annual December events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.

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