Cape Town Events in December

What's on in Cape Town this December?

Are you looking for great Cape Town events in December? Then have a good look at my events calendar and see what’s on in Cape Town this month. I am sure you will find many exciting events happening in the Mother City in December, you will love to join. The choice varies from magical musical and dance shows or family classics, such as 'The Nutcracker' or 'Evita' to the colorful South African summer festivals such as the annual Community Chest Twilight Run in Cape Town's City Centre. 

The festive season’s cheerful atmosphere is very much captured by the many outdoors Christmas markets and Christmas concerts. And you will love the great food in season. In December you can enjoy a great day out in the countryside to do some fruit pickking and join in at the cherry and apricot harvest or pick blueberries which are in season soon too. The fresh local produce will make for a very special and lekker Christmas feast if you are used to celebrating the holidays in the colder climates.

Enjoy the great Cape Town events in December, visit the beautiful beaches and the fabulous Cape Winelands and have a Very Merry Christmas in Cape Town. Here are some of the best Cape Town events in December 2017.

Cape Town Event Calendar December 2017

• Cape Town, Artscape Opera House: Magic Flute. until 10 December 2017. Cape Town Opera School presents Mozart's most playful masterpiece. Tickets: From R100. More info.

• Cape Town, V&A Waterfront: Ocean Film Festival. 29 November until 1 December 2017. At SterKinekor Victoria Wharf. Tickets: R55

• Franschhoek: Cap Classique & Champagne Festival. 2 - 3 December 2017 at the Huguenot Monument. Tickets: R375. More info.

• Cape Town, Artscape Opera House: Evita. 2 December 2017 - 7 January 2018. One of the most popular musicals brought to Cape Town. Tickets: From R150. More info.

• Cape Town, Clifton 4th Beach: Wavescape Film Screening on Big Screen. 2 December 2017. Join the crowds at this Splendid Cape Town beach which is one of Cape Town’s Blue Flag Beaches. Film screening starts after Sunset. Free entrance. More info.

• Cape Town, Kirstenbosch Gardens: Mi Casa. 3 December 2017. See one of South Africa's greatest bands. Tickets: From R135. More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: Festive Lights Switch-On. 3 December 2017. The Christmas lights in Grand Parade will be switched on and some of South Africa’s leading artists such as Jimmy Nevis and Freshlyground will perform at the stage in front of City Hall. More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: Community Chest Twilight Festival. 5 December 2017. Support local charities and have lots of fun dressing up for the fun walk/run/skate. Tickets: R40. More info.

• Cape Town, Gardens: Wavescape Film Festival.  7 - 10 December 2017 at the Labia Theatre. More info.

• Stellenbosch: Festival of White Lights. 8 December 2017 at the Spier Wine Estate. Tickets: R165. More info.

• Cape Town, Green Point: Cape Town Rugby Sevens. 9 - 10 December 2017 at the Cape Town Stadium. If you have not tickets, you still can see the Springbok Sevens players live at the V&A Waterfront on 6 December for a signing session!

• Cape Town, Baxter Theatre: Cape Jazz is Lekke! 11 December 2017 - 13 January 2018. A celebration of Cape Town’s rich culture of Jazz and local ‘Ghoema’. Tickets: R150. More info.

• Cape Town, GrandWest Arena: Bryan Adams. 14 December 2017. Cape Town is one of the four cities in South Africa on his Get Up World Tour. Tickets: From R575. More info.

• Out of town, but worth a visit: Barrydale, Karoo: Rocking the Karoo Festival. 15 - 17 December 2017. Rock bands, rock music and camping. Tickets: From R100. More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: Mother City Queer Project (MCQP). 16 December 2017. Theme: Dungeons and Dragons. Have fun and dress up for the Cape's most colourful party at the Castle of Good Hope! More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: Jimmy Nevis and The Rockets. 17 December 2017. Free concert at De Waal park. More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: Handel's Messiah. 20 December 2017 at St George's Cathedral. Concert with the Cape Town Symphony Choir. Tickets: R180 from Quicket.

• Cape Town, Artscape Theatre: Nama Jazz Series 2. 28 - 31 December 2017. 'This is who we are' Tickets: Unreserved R70. More info.

Cape Town Events in December for Kids: School Holiday Activities and Events 2017

• Cape Town, Artscape Theatre: The Nutcracker. 5 - 24 December 2017. Famous Tchaikovsky ballet for the whole family. Tickets: R150. More info.

• Kraaifontein: Bugz Birthday Bash. 9 December 2017. Family fun at the biggest playpark in the Western Cape, located near Kraaifontein. Tickets to be bought via the website, no tickets at the door. More info.

• Cape Town, Observatory: Science Centre Holiday Programme. 9 December 2017 - 16  January 2017. Coding, App making, Minecraft, cool tech and design activities for children. More info.

• Cape Town, V&A Waterfront: Zip Zap Circus. 15 - 20 December 2017. Performances at the Amphitheatre. Free entrance. 

There are many more activities and shows for kids in Cape Town during the festive season and the Western Cape School Holidays. Please bookmark, more events are listed on our separate page here. 

More Cape Town Events in December: NYE Celebrations 2017

• Cape Town, V&A Waterfront: New Year's Eve Concert and Fireworks Display. 31 December 2017. Free entrance. More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: The Cabaret Club. 31 December 2017 at the Artscape Theatre. New sexy jazzy ballet on NYE to bring in 2018! Tickets: R250. More info.

• Cape Town, Kirstenbosch Gardens: New Year’s Eve Concert with Goldfish and Hot Water, 31 December 2017. The place to welcome the new year in Cape Town. Tickets: R385. More info.

• Cape Town, V&A Waterfront: New Year's Eve Concert and Fireworks Display. 31 December 2017. Free entrance. More info.

Please check our special NYE events page here. 

Cape Town Events in December: Christmas Markets and Christmas Concerts

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More info on events in Cape Town in December can be found on the Computicket website:, where you can find more info on location and pricing and can make your bookings.

Disclaimer: Please always double-check event dates and times!

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