Events in December 2016

What's On in Cape Town and the Cape Winelands this December?

Are you looking for great events in December? Then have a good look at our events calendar for Cape Town and the Cape Winelands and see what’s on in Cape Town this month. You will find many exciting events happening in the Mother City in December, and we are sure you will love to join in the seasons festivities. Have you ever Christmas in summer? If not, this is quite an experience! Christmas at the beach and Santa with dancing shoes and the Cape carnival around the corner.

Remember, there are several public holidays in December: 16 December is Day of Reconciliation, 25 and 26 December are Christmas holidays and in 2016, also 27 December is a public holiday, due to the 25th falling on a Sunday, thus Tuesday 27 December 2017 was also announced as a public holiday. Read more about public holidays in South Africa here.

December is among our favourite times in Cape Town and the cheerful and happy atmosphere at the many colourful festivals and events in and around Cape Tonw is something we do not want to miss. Let's start with the festival season specials...The atmosphere of the festive season in South Africa is very much captured at the many outdoors Christmas markets and Christmas concerts.

What to See? What to Do? - The Best Events and Activities in December

Cape Events in December - Festivals in and around Cape Town

• Cape Town, V&A Waterfront: Korean Culture Festival. 3 December 2016. At the Amphitheatre. Free entrance.

• Franschhoek: Cap Classique & Champagne Festival. 3 - 4 December 2016 at the Huguenot Monument. Tickets: R350, from Webtickets. More info.

• Cape Town, CBD: Community Chest Twilight Festival. 6 December 2016. Support local charities and have lots of fun dressing up. Tickets: R70. More info.

• Cape Town, Clifton 4th Beach: Wavescape Film Festival. 7 - 10 December 2016. More info.

• Stellenbosch: Festival of White Lights. 10 December 2016 at the Spier Wine Estate. Tickets: R165. More info.

• Cape Town, Green Point: Cape Town Rugby Sevens. 10 - 11 December 2016 at the Cape Town Stadium. Tickets: From R150 at computicket

• Cape Town, Kirstenbosch Gardens: Summer Concert Series. Throughout December 2016. See some of South Africa's greatest rock bands. Tickets: R150/concessions available. More info.

• Cape Town, Green Point: Cape Town Sushi Festival. 16 - 17 December 2016 at the Green Point Cricket Club. Tickets: From R150 at

December is the perfect time at the Cape. Not only expats know that, also South Africans from all over the country flock to the famous beach resorts such as Camps Bay, Muizenberg and Blouberg to enjoy summer, sand and sea.

There are fun events happening all over town and in the near Cape Winelands to enjoy the holidays and of course, the festive season. Just know that the shopping centres the last days before Christmas as parking gets crazy and you will hit queue almost everywhere. Be aware that at the more popular city beaches you will struggle to find much quiet, as they will be brimming full with locals and tourists. Finding parking can be a nightmare so bring patience and goodwill and then you will find a vibrant atmosphere with lots of smiles. So enjoy the great Cape Town events in December, visit the beautiful beaches and the fabulous Cape Winelands and have a wonderful festive season in Cape Town.

Cape Town Events in December for Families

December is the a great time to enjoy the freshest fruits, so plan to go strawberry and cherry picking and to harvest tasty blueberries and apricots which are in season now too. The fresh local fruits and veggies will make for a very special and delicious Christmas feast if you are used to celebrating the holidays in the colder climates. Read more about the South African food in season and where to get it.

More info on events in Cape Town in December can be found on the Computicket website: or, where you can find more info on location and pricing and can make your bookings. For more events in December all over South Africa, see our special page here.

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