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Celebrate New Year's Eve & New Year's Day in Cape Town

Ring in the new year in the Mother City and surrounds at some of the hottest, most happening parties, concerts, feasts and more!

We are in the process of compiling a list of the biggest, best and most awesome events going down on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Stay tuned and subscribe to our newsletter for more info!

Still not sure what to do for New Year’s in Cape Town this year? Well look no further. We’ve put together a comprehensive selection of the best NYE events and parties that are going down in the Mother City and the surrounding Western Cape.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to wine, dine and dance or whether you’re searching for a three-day opskop under the stars, we’ve got something for you. Remember, we're NOT a booking site, so you need to phone the individual event organisers to book your spot. 


If you’re seeking something to do on the first of the year, read last year's guide to get a taste of what to expect in 2017 on New Year's Day



New Year’s Eve Tropical Paradise Party at HQ Restaurant
Get the feeling of a tropical island without leaving the city at HQ’s dreamy New Year’s Eve party. Dress up in flirty floral frocks and flowery shirts for this enlivening party to welcome the coming year. The cutting edge, single concept eatery (only sirloin, salad and dessert is on the menu) looks to lend the start of 2017 a heady dose of island-style partying, with booze, delicious food and a dessert that will take your taste buds on a holiday. A DJ will be stationed at the decks to drop killer beats, and a fully-stocked bar will also be at your service. Tickets include canapés, a Ciroc cocktail on arrival and a three-course meal (a vegetarian option is available).

COST: Tickets are priced at R700p/p. To book, telephone +27 (0) 21 424 6373 or email; full payment must be made in advance to confirm a slot.

New Year's Eve at the V&A Waterfront
Welcome 2017 with a bang at the V&A Waterfront’s annual New Year’s Eve bash and stunning firework display. With a programme packed with live music and street performers, this is one of the biggest New Year’s parties in the city. Expect to be dazzled by colours and a carnival atmosphere, as jugglers, buskers, Zip Zap Circus performers and floats wow onlookers. There will also be live music performances from South African stars as well as a variety of food trucks and caterers for those who work up an appetite during the celebrations.

COST: Entry to this event is FREE! For more information, call +27 (0)21 408 7500.

Rezonance New Year’s Eve Trance Party Cape Town
Plunge into the new year with the big daddy of electronic dance music fiestas in the Mother City. That’s right folks, the much-anticipated psychedelic Rezonance NYE Festival, which is one of the biggest New Year’s trance parties in Cape Town, is back on the calendar to kick your 2017 into high gear. As always, the four-day jol goes down at Contermanskloof Farm in Durbanville, and organisers have scoured the country and the globe for only the hottest local psytrance, progressive, drum n bass, techno, chill and dub step acts – all of whom will drop beats across the four dance arenas from Friday, 30 December 2016 to Monday, 2 January 2017. Expect camping out under the stars, stomping in the mud, overall fun, freedom and debauchery.

COST: Ticket information has not been made available yet. 

‘An Evening at the Oscars’ celebration at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa
Start the new year like a Hollywood star at the glamorous Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa’s Azure Restaurant New Year’s Eve celebration. Pay homage to your favourite award-winning actors and actresses and step onto the red carpet in your finest black tie garb. Guests will be treated to a lavish five-course meal followed by live music and plenty of dancing, after which there’ll be the traditional NYE countdown with French Champagne and a toast to 2017. 

COST: The five-course dinner costs R2950p/p (includes gratuity, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and Champagne at 12am); drinks are for patrons own account. The evening commences at 7pm for 8pm. To reserve your seat call +27(0)21 437 9029 or email

New Year’s Eve Concert at Kirstenbosch
Say sayonara to 2016 while twirling and whirling to hypnotic beats from South African music legend Johnny Clegg and pop rock collective Slow Jack. These two famous acts are billed to perform live in concert at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden to celebrate New Year’s Eve 2016. Taking place beneath the starry night skies on scenic open lawns, the show invites audience members to bring along blankets, picnic baskets and bubbly, and usher in 2017 in laidback style.

COST: Tickets for the NYE Kirstenbosch concert are available via or from the Kirstenbosch Ticket Office and will set you back R375p/p (all ages). 

New Year’s Eve Party at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch
Bid 2016 farewell and spend New Year’s Eve in Stellenbosch this year at the historic Spier Wine Farm in the Cape Winelands. The Boland-based farm is hosting a family-friendly NYE dinner and party with something for all ages. The evening starts off with a welcome drink and a snack before guests tuck into a three-course farm-to-table meal in a communal setting. Mix Flava will provide some hip-swinging tunes into the wee hours of the morning. While moms and pops party the night away, kids will be cared for by the childminders in the adjacent Manor House where the little ones can settle in and watch a movie.

COST: The NYE dinner and party costs R1250p/p (includes a welcome drink, a snack, Spier Signature Wines, soft drinks and a gift to take home) for adults. Kids under the age of 12 pay R200p/p. The party starts at 8pm and runs until 1am the next morning. Click through to the event for information.

Whistle Stop at the Baxter Theatre
Celebrate the start of 2017 with a heart-warming play starring Ameera Patel and Jaques de Silva. Whistle Stop tells a tale of love and unspoken feelings in a charming performance that features “a man, a woman, a bench and all the hidden thoughts that we think and never allow ourselves to say”. The performance earned a Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award and a PANSA New Writer’s Award, so it’s definitely one to watch.

COST: Tickets are available via and start at R110p/p.

New Year’s Eve at Nederburg with the CTPO 
This year, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be welcoming 2017 in style with a beautiful concert in the sophisticated surrounds of Nederburg Wine Farm. Conducted by Brandon Philips, with Sue Pyler as MC, the performance includes guest acts by stars Brandon October, Melanie Scholtz and Sterling EQ. The symphony of song and sound is the ideal way to relax after a busy year, and guests are invited to bring along picnics whilst partaking in the range of Nederburg wines on offer. Gates open at 5pm and the concert starts at 9:30pm.

COST: Tickets cost R175p/p for kids from 12-17 and R300p/p for adults and can be bought from, Computicket outlets. Phone +27(0)21 410 9966 to find out more.

New Year’s Eve at the Grande Roche Hotel
Indulge in a gastronomic seven-course dinner and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Paarl at the acclaimed Grande Roche Hotel's Bosman’s Restaurant. Situated in the heart of the Cape Winelands, this contemporary fine dining eatery will take NYE guests on a journey of flavours that is sure to make for a memorable and festive occasion. A live band will provide live music throughout the affair (dancing is encouraged), and at midnight, guests can say hello to 2017 with a spectacular fireworks display. 

COST: The seven-course dinner costs R2750p/p and kiddies younger than the age of 11 years pay R1375p/p. Booking is essential and can be made by calling +27 (0) 21 863 5100. Do note that dietary requirements must be stated upon booking.

NYE at Boschendal Farm Estate
Imagine sitting on the immaculate lawns of one of the Wineland’s foremost estates, beneath the lights of twinkling stars and surrounded by the sweet scent of roses. Picture yourself and your friends tucking into a slow roasted, naturally raised Angus ox, delicately flavoured with spices and herbs and served with sublime salads, side dishes and local cheeses. Feast and be merry, whilst listening to the upbeat melodies of Jesse Clegg and Blair Taberer, and anticipating the sugary taste of a selection of summer desserts. If this sounds like the way you want to welcome in 2017, then you need to book your New Year’s with Boschendal.  

COST: The evening costs R925p/p, which includes dinner, live music and a glass of bubbly. Tickets for children under 12 years will cost R275p/p. Bookings can be made by emailing or phoning +27(0)21 870 4274.The event will begin at 6pm and the night will continue until 1am. 

New Year’s with Radisson Blu Hotel at the V&A Waterfront
A New Year’s Eve soiree that promises an array of tastes to tickle your fancy is on the menu at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Delight in Chef Norman’s ‘Festival of Flavours’ feast and prepare for an eventful night with live entertainment, superb gifts and a glass of sparkling wine to toast the start of what looks to be a great year ahead. Alternatively, cruise into the Waterfront’s harbour on New Year’s Day to enjoy some awesome music and gastronomic delights, whilst revelling in pretty vistas of the mountain and sea.

COST: The NYE soiree costs R2175p/p, and kids aged five to twelve pay half price, while children under five eat for free. New Year’s Day costs R295p/p and kids aged five to twelve pay half price, while children under five eat for free.

NYE at Stardust Theatrical Dining
Mad about musicals? If so, this is a must-attend 2016 celebration for you! Known for its super sound, witty waiters and scrumptious cuisine, the locally-loved dinner-show establishment promises to be a shining light for New Year’s events, with a line-up jam-packed with top tunes. Start with Hello Dolly which includes Bellinis accompanied by a Shirley Temple (or two), followed by a chorus line of canapé selections. Next Stardust will rock you with their volcanic oyster, and then you can enjoy a tantalising cabaret of starters. Pop the Sweet Caroline into your mouth for a refreshing palate cleanser before indulging in mains fit for Lion Kings and Dancing Queens. Mamma Mia! Dessert time will follow, and then there’ll be a complimentary bottle of Desiderius sparkling wine to round off the appetising sing-song. 

COST: Tickets cost R1250p/p, and dietary requests can be accommodated. The menu is subject to change and Halaal and Kosher food can be ordered on request. Phone +27(0)21 462 7777 or email to book.

New Year’s Eve Dinner & Party at Villa 47
This New Year’s Eve, you don’t have to choose between having a classy dinner at a stunning restaurant or partying in a trendy bar – Villa 47 is giving you a chance to do both! The three-story eatery will be hosting celebrations at each of its dining and entertainment venues to ring in the new year: Chef Clayton Bell is preparing a mouth-watering four-course dinner with cocktails on arrival and a complimentary bottle of MCC for two at Locanda, a relaxed Italian bistro on the ground floor. If you’re looking for a more adventurous meal, try the fusion dining experience at Restaurant and tuck into a delectable six-course dinner with a bottle of Champagne for two. Once you’ve had enough to eat, head down to the Stuzzico cocktail bar and party your way into 2017 with DJ Boogeyman on the decks.

COST:The four-course meal at Locanda will cost R750p/p while the six-course dinner at Restaurant is priced at R1500p/p. To make a reservation, call +27 (0)21 418 2740 or send an email to


Take a look at our overview of annual January events to find out about more hot happenings taking place during the month.

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