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 'Matilda' 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 2018.

Cape Town Event Calendar December 2018

• Stellenbosch: Karen Zoid at Spier. 1 December 2018 at the Spier Wine Estate. Tickets: From R160. More info.

• Cape Town, Gardens: Cape Town Rum Festival. 1 - 2 December 2018 at the German Club. Tickets: R150. More info.

• Franschhoek: Cap Classique & Champagne Festival. 1 - 2 December 2018 at the Huguenot Monument. More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: Festive Lights Switch-On. 2 December 2018. Concert line up starts at 16h00. The Christmas lights in Grand Parade will be switched on and some of South Africa’s leading artists including Dr Victor & the Rasta Rebels, Shekhinah, Emo Admans and many others will perform on stage. Free entry.

• Cape Town, Baxter Theatre: Aunty Merle The Musical. 3 December 2018 - 5 January 2019. Beloved musical comedy again on stage. Tickets: From R100. More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: Community Chest Twilight Run and Festival. 4 December 2018. Support local charities and have lots of fun dressing up for the fun walk/run/skate. Tickets: R80. More info.

• Blouberg, Big Bay: Fun Fridays Eden on the Bay. 7 December 2018. Explore lovely Big Bay with outdoor jazz and amazing Table Mountain sunsets. With entertainment for the whole family. Entry free event. More info.

• Cape Town, Observatory: Solo Flamenco - YearEnd Show. 7 - 8 December 2018. Tickets at web tickets: R140 incl glass of wine. Get your tickets here

• Wellington: Welcome Summer Family Festival. 8 December 2018 at Dunstone Country Estate. Entrance: Free. More info.

• Cape Town, Green Point: Cape Town Rugby Sevens. 8 - 9 December 2018 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, Artscape Opera House: Matilda. 11 December 2018 - 13 January 2019. One of the most popular musicals brought to Cape Town. Tickets: From R100. 

• Cape Town, Constantia: Groot Constantia Festive Concert. 11 December 2018. Concert with the Symphony Choir of Cape Town. Tickets: R140. Picnics can be ordered at Groot Constantia directly. More info.

• Durbanville, D'Aria Wine Estate: Xmas Paint & Sip. 13 December 2018. Unleash your inner Van Gogh and support local communities. Tickets at quicket: R360 includes canapés and a glass of vino. More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: Mother City Queer Project (MCQP). 15 December 2018. Have fun and dress up for the Cape's most colourful party at the Cape Town stadium! This year's theme: Drag Race. More info about tickets.

• Cape Town, Sea Point: Festival of Chariots. 16 December 2018. Watch the colourful street festival alongside Beach Road promenade. More info.

• Cape Town, Baxter Theatre: Dry White. 18 December 2018 - 2 January 2019. Nik Rabinowitz in his new stand-up comedy show dealing with the Cape Town water crisisMore info.

• Cape Town, City Hall: Beethoven Celebrity Gala. 20 December 2018. Tickets at computicket from R200.

• Cape Town, Artscape Theatre: Swing Time at the Ballet. 20 December 2018 - 5 January 2019. Return of Sean Bovim's ballet performed to the music of the swinging 1930s. Tickets: From R180. More info

• Muizenberg: Tribute to ABBA at Christmas. 20 - 22 December 2018 at the Masque Theatre.Tickets: R200 at Quicket and at the door.

• Cape Town, V&A Waterfront: Stenin Press Photo Exhibition. Until February 2019. Marvel at the 67 award-winning images of photographers from 14 countries. Tickets: R100/free for kids under 16. More info.

Cape Town Events in December for Kids: School Holiday Activities and Events 2018

• Stellenbosch: Noddy Party. 29 November 2018 until 9 December 2018 at Vergelegen Wine Estate. Fundraising project and fun for the whole family. Tickets: from R25. Get your tickets at Webticket.

• Cape Town, Artscape Theatre: The Little Mermaid. 14 December 2018 - 6 January 2019. With the dancers of Cape Town City Ballet. Tickets: from R150. More info.

• Cape Town, Observatory: Science Centre Holiday Programme. December 2018 -  January 2019. Various cool tech and design activities for children. More info.

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 2018

• Cape Town, V&A Waterfront: New Year's Eve Concert and Fireworks Display. 31 December 2018. Free entrance, but entry fees might apply at some venues. More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: New Years Eve at the Artscape. 31 December 2018 at the Artscape Theatre. Great place to party into the new year!

• Cape Town, Kirstenbosch Gardens: New Year’s Eve Concert with some of SA's biggest stars. 31 December 2018. The place to welcome the new year in Cape Town.

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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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