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Unique: New Year’s Eve in Cape Town
The unexpected, the most unique, the simply lovely and best ways t ocelebrate NYE into 2022
Last updated: 13 October 2021
It's finally time to say good riddance 2021, and hello 2022.
Some events have been cancelled due to level 3 regulations (see which below). In their place are some awesome ones options that truly reflect the spirit of New Year's Eve 2020/2021.
*TOGETHER* NYE: JOIN BEST LOCKDOWN PARTY EVER
Years from now when people ask, “Remember lockdown NYE 2020?” You want to answer, “I was there at the most special New Year’s Eve party ever.” On 31 December 2020 into 1 January 2021, 14 of South Africa’s best house DJs and super star international guests will play 7 hours of the ultimate audio visual interactive house party, which you can live stream from your home.
7pm-8pm: Toltec (ESP) & Kong.
8pm-9pm: Thibo Tazz & Sir Vincent
9pm-10pm: Cody & AudioJerk.
10pm-11pm: Dylan Munro & Daru. 11pm-12pm Nicone & Dirty Doering (GBR).
Midnight 2021-1am: Dino Moran & DJ Lusanda.
1am-2am: Pascal & Pearce.
Tickets: Only R120 per household: Get them now with the special Howler CTM ticket link.
FREE FROM HOME: WATCH CAPE TOWN’S BEAM OF HOPE
Traditionally over 200 000 gather at the V&A Waterfront to watch fireworks at midnight. 2020 is no ordinary year, so the V&A has reimagined 31 December and they have done it with aplomb. At the stroke of midnight the harbour precinct will shine a giant beam of light that will be seen by everyone throughout the city and the surrounding suburbs. Read all about Cape Town’s giant beam of light in the V&A Waterfront. Price: Free
When: 31 December 2020 (midnight till 1am) and every night until 6 January 2021 (9pm to 10pm) 6 January last evening.
Where: V&A Waterfront precinct, can be seen from your home
START 2021 NEW YEAR ON TABLE MOUNTAIN
Few experiences say “new beginnings” more than riding the cableway up the iconic Table Mountain. It’s open New Year’s Day (and all public holidays). It’s super popular over summer, so to avoid disappointment, book online. It’s efficient and convenient to buy online; there’s a calendar, where you can see which days are sold out and which are available (don’t come on the day without a ticket). Good news is the cableway runs on extended hours in peak season. From 16 December 2020 until 15 January 2021 it operates from 8am (first car up) to 9.30pm (last car down).
Price: From R100 to R380.
When: Operates every day of the year (weather permitting). From 8am when the first car up goes, until 9.30pm, when the last car goes down. To pick the right time day and time and book early.
Where: Upper Tafelberg Road, just off Kloof Nek Road
(CANCELLED) FOLK CAFÉ
Folk Café is a chilled spot right along Muizenberg beach. They had a Christmas lunch menu of gammon pizza, pork belly, roasted eggplant and pan-fried kingklip, as well as mince pies. Now you can eat off their regular menu before they close at 8pm.
When: 31 December, closes at 8pm
Where: Folk Café
54 Main Rd, St James | 021 276 3656 | folkcafe.co.za
(POSTPONED TILL NEW YEAR)
LAUGH 2020 OFF WITH ALAN COMMITTIE
The Theatre on The Bay, with its ocean views and iconic giant golden drapes, is hosting Cape Town comedian Alan Committie this New Year’s Eve, and Committie is holding nothing back. He's ripping 2020 a new one with his latest jokes touching on earthquakes, the cigarette and alcohol bans, Tik-Toks, our leaders and, of course, the global lockdown. There’ll also be a bar full of drinks (and coffee, if you prefer), with a snack menu.
Price: You can book your laughs online via tickets.computicket.com
When: 31 December, 8pm - 10:15pm
Where: The Theatre on The Bay
Link Rd, Camps Bay | 021 438 3301 | pietertoerien.co.za
(CANCELLED) PARTY WITH DJS + COCKTAILS AT IDEAS CARTEL
At The Old Foundry Hotel in Greenpoint you can toast with some unique drinks and ease into the great vibe provided by three live DJs. There’s also a delicious tapas dinner menu. Resident DJ Candice Heyns will be there playing her crowd-favourite beats, along with Tamara C and Sarah Bee.
If you’d like to stay the night in this stunning hotel you should check-out its hotel rooms. Guests to Cartel Connect Thursdays get the option to book a room at a discounted rate. To head into 2021 in style you can check-out the rates online via ideascartel.com.
When: 31 December, 4pm - 10pm
Where: The Old Foundry Hotel
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The Old Foundry, 1 Sand Hill Rd, Green Point | 021 824 1782 | ideascartel.com
SAVE A LIFE AND DONATE BLOOD AT CANAL WALK
New Year’s Eve can also be about doing one last remarkable thing before the end of 2020. Visit to Canal Walk, where the Western Cape Blood Service has a pop-up stand by Entrance Two next to Sorbet. Anyone can donate blood. If you are above 16 years old, medically healthy and eat a healthy balanced meal beforehand you’re ready to go. You can find out more information online via wcbs.org.za.
When: 31 December, 9am - 1:45pm
Where: Entrance Two, Canal Walk
Old Mill Rd, Ndabeni | 021 507 6300 | wcbs.org.za
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