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Christmas in Cape Town: What To Do on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Day of Goodwill (Boxing Day)
Browse our ever-growing list of things to do on 24, 25 and 26 December 2017
Last Update: 19 December 2017
Discover a varied and wonderful selection of things to do this Christmas, from Christmas Eve through to Day of Goodwill (Boxing Day). You can watch a movie under the stars at the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens, listen to the soothing sounds of a gospel choir in Green Point, indulge in a luxury lunch at the Twelve Apostles, or enjoy a leisurely picnic at an estate in the Winelands. Or opt for something different entirely and go clubbing or volunteer at a soup kitchen.
CHRISTMAS DINNER AT TOP OF THE RITZ REVOLVING RESTAURANT (IT'S OPEN!)
Christmas at Top of the Ritz, the city’s only revolving restaurant, is a five-course in fine dining served on Christmas Eve. Aside from the revolving views of the Atlantic Seaboard and surrounds, patrons can expect a menu which delves into the Cape landscape, with main courses tastefully named Ocean View, Karoo and Countryside.
Cost: R850/p includes five course set menu and glass of bubbly on arrival
When: 6pm - late
Contact: Bookings via phone at +27 (0)21 439 6010 and via email at [email protected]
Where: Corner Main & Camberwell Road, Sea Point
Top of The Ritz revolving restaurant |Corner Main & Camberwell Road | Sea Point
GET SPOILED AT RADISSON RED (24, 25 DECEMBER)
Christmas Eve marks the start of RADISSON RED’s curated Christmas season – with mulled wines and mince pies, followed by a picnic-styled Christmas feast on 25 December from 12h00 in the OuiBar and Kitchen. Food includes the chef’s famous red wine and pear turkey, tickled octopus sautéed calamari and dessert with toasty waffles, Christmas puds and mini meringues.
Cost: R695 per person. Under 12s eat for free when accompanied by 2 paying adults.
Time: 12pm until late
Contact: [email protected] or +27 (0)87 086 1578
Note: Radisson Red’s rooftop bar is open from 11am – 2 am
Silo 6, Silo Square |Waterfront| Cape Town
GET FESTIVE AT CASA AT THE RITZ
Newly-opened The Ritz Hotel has been turning heads in Cape Town with its recent refurbishment, and its poolside restaurant and bar, CASA and Cabanas at The Ritz will play host to a memorable Christmas 2017 lunch. Light entertainment will keep things upbeat, while a full selection of starters, mains and desserts will be available. Think roast turkey, lamb and other meats done to perfection, salads, antipasti and Christmas pudding (among other desserts) to round it off.
Cost: Adults R895/p, Kids 5 - 12 years R175/p, Kids 0 - 4 years free
When: 12pm - 4pm
Contact: Bookings via phone at +27 (0) 21 439 6010 and online at www.theritz.co.za
Where: Corner Main & Camberwell Road, Sea Point Cape Town
CASA Restaurant & Cabanas at The Ritz |Corner Main & Camberwell Road | Sea Point
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER & CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH AT RADISSON BLU HOTEL AND RESIDENCE (24 & 25 DEC)
Radisson Blu hotel & residence is celebrating in style. The Stratus Room at this inner city hotel has given guests a flurry of feats to enjoy with their loved ones. Christmas Eve is Chef Duncan's specially prepared six-course spoil of bisque, beef fillet, scallops, basil and sundried tomato pannacotta, quail and pumpkin pie (amongst other things). Christmas Lunch will be a hearty offering including gammon, lamb, turkey, kingklip, clams, salmon, sticky toffee pudding, mince pies, ice cream and petit fours.
Cost: R450/p gets you your full six course meal on Christmas Eve. Diners can enjoy the Christmas Day Lunch for R650/p. Kids 12 years old and younger pay R175 each while children younger than three eat with Radisson’s compliments.
Time: Christmas Eve festivities kick off at 6:30pm and go until 10:30pm. Christmas Lunch from 12:30pm until 4pm.
Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence | 22 Riebeek Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 467 4000 | [email protected]
PIANO BAR (24, 25 & 26 DECEMBER)
The Piano Bar, a live music restaurant tucked away among the cobbled streets of De Waterkant, is a chilled spot to spend any (or all) three days over the Christmas spread. They are open, as usual, on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, with a special something sweet planned for Christmas Eve. Look out for their three-course Christmas meal, which includes a salmon and avocado tartare tower (as one of the two starters) and a choice of two mains, including fillet and line fish. Entertainment by Mizz D and company.
Cost: You can get this fine offering at just R380/p, which includes the three-course meal and cover charge.
Contact: To book your table you can get in touch on +27 (0)21 418 1096.
Where: 47 Napier (cnr Jarvis) Street, De Waterkant. Cape Town
CHRISTMAS LUNCH KUNJANI WINES IN STELLENBOSCH (25 DECEMBER)
Kunjani Wine Estate is for those looking for a Christmas lunch at a wine estate without any of the airs and graces. The six-year-old wine estate with modern interiors is a refreshing setting with a bountiful Christmas menu, served in a buffet style on the table. Some of the dishes on offer; a seafood bisque with prawns and a melon salad with goats cheese (two of the four starters). Mains include roast leg of lamb, honey-glazed gammon and roast chicken. Seating from 11am – 1pm. Restaurant closes at 5pm.
Cost: R650/p gets you your full meal, as well as teas and coffees. Wine will be charged additionally.
Contact: Bookings need to be made in advance by calling the estate +27 (0)74 166 9029
Where: Farm 90/20, Bloomburg Drive Devon Vale, 7600, Stellenbosch
IT’S A JOLLY CHRISTMAS AT BEERHOUSE (24 & 25 DECEMBER)
This Christmas Eve and Christmas Day you’ll be able to indulge in the laid back atmosphere and comforting creations of Beerhouse. To accompany their pretty serious selection of beers on tap and in the bottle, they’ve got a menu to tickle your tastebuds. Dinner or lunch consists of a 750g of smoked Eisbein, accommodated by traditional roast potatoes, cauliflower, roasted butternut, gravy and a white sauce. With a dessert of delicious Liefmans malva pudding (a Cape Town favourite).
Time: 11am - 4pm (on both days)
Contact: To make your reservation you can call them on 021 424 3370 or email on [email protected]. At this ridiculously low price we suggest making a reservation in advance.
223 Long Street| Cape Town City Centre| Cape Town
CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER AND CHRISTMAS DAY LUNCH AT TOBAGO'S RESTAURANT AND BAR (24 & 25 DEC)
The festive season is about spending time with family and friends, not standing at the stove. Break bread with your loved ones at this picturesque seaside venue. Over the long weekend, three mouthwatering three-course meals (featuring traditional fare like beef fillet, stuffed lamb, pork belly and beetroot), Christmas crackers, and live entertainment will form part of your memorable meal. Tobago Restaurant and Bar has an incredible offering for everyone on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Cost: Christmas Eve Dinner is R795 per adult. Christmas Day Lunch is R965 per adult. The Boxing Day Braai is R425/p. Kids younger than 12 years old pay half price and children under five years old eat free.
Time: 6pm - 10pm on Christmas Eve. 12:30pm - 3:30pm on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel | V&A Waterfront | Beach Road | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 441 3414
CHISTMAS LUNCH ITALIAN STYLE PIZA e VINO (25 DEC)
If turkey isn’t quite your idea of a treat this Christmas, how about Italian? Piza e Vino on the Val du Charron Estate is serving a sharing menu filled with Italian classics like focaccia mozzarella, spaghetti carbonara, pesto penne, mozzarella impanata. The menu is designed for four people, so it makes for a great family lunch or a treat for friends.
Cost: R295/p, and the menu is designed for four people.
Time: Lunch is served between 11am and 3pm.
Val du Charron | Bovlei Road | Wellington | +27 (0)21 873 1256 | [email protected]
KKAYELITSHA GOSPEL CHOIR AT THE ROCKWELL DINNER THEATRE (25 DEC)
The soothing sounds of the Khayelitsha Gospel Choir is the perfect accompaniment to a Christmas meal at the Rockwell Dinner Theatre in Green Point. On the lunch menu is a smorgasbord of local favourites, including chicken and prawn curry, grilled line fish, snoek pate and more.
Cost: R450/p for adults and R225/p for children between 3 and 12 years.
Time: 12pm to 3pm.
32 Prestwich Street | Green Point | +27 (0)21 421 0015 | [email protected]
CHRISTMAS EVE SUNSET YOGA ON CLIFTON WITH THE OM REVOLUTION
Looking for relaxing way to spend time during the festive season and get those summer holiday vibes going? The Om Revolution has you covered. Cape Town’s first yoga mobile studio, which opened its doors in 2014, is all about creating yoga experiences for every fitness level – and celebrating the best scenery the city has to offer. This year they’re offering a Christmas Eve sunset yoga class on the beach. Taking place on Clifton’s 3rd Beach, this is the perfect setting to get your zen on and chill out before all the festivities later that evening and the next day. All you need to bring is a beach towel or yoga mat, a bottle of water and your favourite peeps – or take this opportunity to escape for a well-deserved solo break. The Vinyasa yoga class is 60 minutes long and starts at 6:15pm on Sunday, 24 December 2017. R50 will get you a spot on the sand, so make sure to get there 10 to 15 minutes early so that you can pay (cash or SnapScan) and chill out before the class starts. The Om Revolution also offers weekly outdoor classes and private yoga experiences in some of Cape Town’s most breathtaking locations. For bookings or more information on any of their classes, visit www.theomrevolution.co.za or contact them directly.
Time: 6:15pm to 7:15pm
4 Loop Street | Cape Town City Centre | Cape Town |+27 (0)81 329 4543
MOVIE AT THE GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA AT KIRSTENBOSCH (25 DEC)
Galileo, the open-air cinema that plays movie classics in picture-perfect locations, is screening The Santa Clause at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens on Christmas Day. Why not pack your Christmas food and family to enjoy in the garden before settling in for the movie which starts at sunset. You can also order a special picnic hamper online. The Galileo Open Air Cinema is on the whole summer until April 2018. See what else they have on their Kirstenbosch line-up for the season.
Cost: R150/p. Tickets are available via thegalileo.co.za
Time: The gates open at 5pm, and the movie starts at 8:30pm.
Rhodes Drive | Newlands | +27 (0)21 447 1641 | [email protected]
CHIRSTMAS LUNCH SHIMMY BEACH CLUB(25 Dec)
Celebrate all the best things about Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere at Shimmy Beach Club; the sun, sand and sea. Guests will be treated to a visual feast (and that’s not even mentioning the food feast! when Shimmy goes all out for their holiday buffet. Sushi and dim sum are on the starter menu, with mouth-watering mains like biltong-encrusted kudu on a potato rosti with caramelised onion for mains. The dessert table will be laden with Christmas classics and sweet favourites, from traditional Christmas pudding to Lindt chocolate mousse and more.
Cost: R975/p for adults and kids over the age of 12. Kids aged between 4 and 11 year eat for R275/p, while under-threes eat for free.
Time: The lunch buffet opens at 12pm.
12 S Arm Rd | V & A Waterfront | +27 (0)21 200 7778 | [email protected]
CHRISTMAS AT THE TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL AND SPA'S AZURE RESTAURANT (24 & 25 DEC)
If you're looking for something positively glamorous and oh-so gourmet, book your spot now at the five-star Azure Restaurant at the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Camps Bay. Christmas Eve dinner is a five-course meal, while Christmas Day lunch presents a buffet, both which promise to be magnificent. The menu for both meals feature bespoke favourites with Joostenbergvlakte duck and Boerenkaas.
Cost: Christmas lunch buffet is R1250/p and the Christmas Eve dinner will cost you R1450/p.
Time: Christmas Eve dinner from 7pm, and Christmas Day lunch from 1pm.
Victoria Road | Camps Bay | +27 (0)21 437 9000 | [email protected]
Christmas Lunch and Dinner at Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers (24 & 25 December)
Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers is serving a buffet dinner on Christmas Eve that has our mouths watering at just the sound of it all – turkey breast stuffed with candy apple, mixed mushrooms with cinnamon bark, thyme and cranberry mousseline and a chocolate mousse loaf! If you can’t make it for Christmas Eve be sure to catch either the lunch or dinner service on Christmas Day.
Cost: Both the Christmas Eve dinner and the Christmas Day dinner are R400/p. Christmas lunch is R450/p.
Time: Christmas Eve dinner is served from 6:30pm. Christmas Day lunch is served from 1:30pm and dinner from 6:30pm.
Corner of Century Boulevard and Rialto Road | Century City | +27 (0)21 525 3888 | [email protected]
Christmas Lunch at Webersburg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch (25 December)
Executive Chef Nadia Roux is preparing a three-course lunch, including dishes like brandy and fig pork belly, Norwegian salmon bouillabaisse, and cinnamon and red wine peaches. If you’d prefer to be out in the fresh air, the estate is also making a special Christmas picnic basket. In it will be homemade rolls and pastries, spreads and pates, a cheese platter, pulled turkey, sliced gammon and more.
Cost: R450/p for the three-course lunch, and R600 for the picnic basket for two.
Time: Lunch is served between 12pm and 3pm.
Annandale Road | Stellenbosch | +27 (0)21 881 3636 | [email protected]
Christmas Eve Party at The Pink Panther 2 (24 December)
The Pink Panther 2 is the only place you’ll find a ‘white’ Christmas in Cape Town! You’re invited to party the night away at Cape Town’s LGBT premiere nightclub on Christmas Eve. Enjoy drink specials and local EDM music the night before Christmas.
Cost: R300/p at the door.
Time: Doors open at 8pm.
Corner of Strand and Rose Street | City Centre | +27 (0)61 466 8208 | [email protected]
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel (24 & 25 December)
The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia has quite the spread on their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menu! Think Karoo lamb shoulder, fresh line fish, tuna, prawns, and ALL the trimmings, including favourites like roast potatoes and maple-glazed pumpkin. The dessert selection includes African yule log with mascarpone cream and stracciatella ice-cream.
Cost: Both the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals cost R950/p, R895/p for the vegetarian option, and children pay half price.
Time: Christmas Eve diner will start at 6:30pm, and Christmas Day lunch starts at 12:30pm.
Brommersvlei Road | Constantia Heights | +27 (0)21 794 2137 | [email protected]
Christmas Brunch for the Homeless with Hope Street (25 December)
Volunteer at Hope Street, a community initiative that aims to support and aid the homeless population in our city. On Christmas Day they will be serving a festive meal to homeless people in Green Point. You can join the team from 10am and help them dish out the meal. If you prefer not to be hands on, send a donation and help Hope Street feed more hungry mouths this Christmas.
Donate: As much as you like!
Time: Lunch is served between 10am and 12pm.
Corner of Main Road and Hill Road | Green Point | +27 (0)73 830 3595 | [email protected]
Christmas Lunch for Kids in Macassar (25 December)
Len’s Soup Kitchen, a community charity started in 1982 by Auntie Len, wants all the children of Macassar to have the kind of Christmas everyone deserves to enjoy. Join the volunteers from 11am at their Hercules Street premises from where a free lunch will be served and gifts will be handed out to underprivileged children.
Donate: To find out how you can help, give Auntie Len a call on +27 (0)71 719 1622
Time: Lunch is served between 10am and 12pm.
6 Hercules Street | Macassar | +27 (0)71 719 1622
Christmas Eve with Zari Sparkling Wines (24 December)
How about enjoying non-alcoholic bubbly at a wine farm this Christmas Eve? Let’s explain; Zari is a sparkling grape juice and it’s available at the Four Cousins tasting room in Robertson. As Zari is non-alcoholic it can be enjoyed by all ages (and there’s no need to worry about assigning a designated driver). So why not head out to a beautiful part of the province to taste some delicious alcohol-free bubbly between 11am and 3pm on Christmas Eve.
Cost: You can enjoy two drinks from their range with a cheese pairing for R55/p.
Time: The tasting room is open from 11am to 3pm on Christmas Eve.
54 Voortrekker Avenue | Robertson | +27 (0)23 615 1505 | [email protected]
UltraNoize XMas Special Trance Party (25 December)
The Metronome, a music venue in Brackenfell, is hosting the sixth annual UltraNoize Xmas Special trance party. This psychedelic bash features two dance floors, an array of kaleidoscopic lights, two fully-stocked bars and a sure-to-be killer line-up of DJs, though the names have not yet been released.
Cost: R150/p at the gate.
Time: The music outside starts at 6pm, and 8pm inside.
12 Viben Avenue | Brackenfell | +27 (0)79 631 1722 | [email protected]
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