Christmas in Cape Town is just around the corner – right in the peak of the Southern Hemisphere summer holiday season. For tourists visiting Cape Town in the festive season, it can be very different from the snowy Christmas of the Northern Hemisphere. Here are some of the things Capetonians and visitors will be up to this Christmas season:
We are on holiday!
Over Christmas, South Africa’s summer school holidays are in full swing – a time when many local families take their annual leave, and so the Christmas break gives many Captonians the chance to enjoy much-needed time off. There is an influx of people from other parts of the country, and the world, who come to the city to enjoy the beaches and sunshine; and the atmosphere is festive, wherever you go.
Christmas lunch is a big thing
As in many Western countries, Christmas lunch is a big thing in South Africa. While some families may opt for partaking in Christmas Eve dinner and heading to the beach on Christmas Day, South Africans in general love a good Christmas lunch after the children have woken up and opened their presents. South Africans don’t need much encouragement to have a braai (or barbecue) and Christmas lunch may well be enjoyed al fresco around the braai fire, rather than sitting down to roast turkey and all the trimmings. However, in the spirit of relaxation many families prefer to go out to a restaurant to enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch without all the pre-preparation and washing up. This is such a popular option that restaurants have to be booked well in advance of the day.
This year EAT at Hout Bay Manor has created an artful Christmas lunch menu which embraces the philosophy of skilfully prepared, fresh, wholesome food for which EAT is renowned.
CLICK HERE to see the Hout Bay Manor’s delicious Christmas Day menu.
New Year’s Eve is party time
Cape Town is a world class destination and as such it has a wide range of world class events to choose from when seeing in the New Year – from fine dining to fireworks displays and lots of parties at which to dance the night away.
lf you are looking for an event that is fun, different and kid friendly in Cape Town on New Year’s Eve, from which to see in 2020, Hout Bay Manor is hosting a New Year’s Eve Carnival – An ode to the 1920’s as we head into 2020.
CLICK HERE to see to see the delicious menu that will be served from 19h00 ‘til late as you enjoy the swing band, mimes, jugglers and stilt walkers and your children take part in a slumber party.
Tweede Nuwe Jaar – Second New Year is all about tradition
If you are set to be in Cape Town over New Year, try to catch the Cape Minstrel Carnival, where colourful minstrel troupes march in the streets of Cape Town towards the historically significant Bo-Kaap area on 2 January 2020. The annual Tweede Nuwe Jaar Cape Town Street Parade 2020 is taking place in the inner city. This colourful procession takes place between Keizersgracht Street in District Six and Rose Street in the Bo-Kaap with the main entertainment happening on the Grand Parade.