African Crafts at Green Market square. The perfect place to buy festive gifts

Five Unique Activities For The Festive Season In Cape Town

The festive season is always a vibrant and exciting time of year in the Mother City. The beaches are filled with happy families basking in the warm weather and the streets teem with both locals and foreigners enjoying the new electricity of the holiday season. Whether you’re new to the city, or just looking for a way to experience it differently, we’ve put together a list of unique ways to spend your festive season in Cape Town.

1. CHRISTMAS CAROLS IN KIRSTENBOSCH

A long-standing Cape Town tradition, the Christmas Carols in Kirstenbosch is a festive activity that the whole family can enjoy. Pack your picnic blanket and some delicious snacks, and feel the spirit of Christmas at the base of the spectacular Table Mountain. Carols evenings will take place between the 12th and 15th of December. Visit the website for more details.

Christmas Carols at Kirstenbosch Gardens

2. CAPE MINSTREL CARNIVAL

The Kaapse Klopse is a minstrel festival that takes place annually on 2 January and it is also referred to as Tweede Nuwe Jaar, in Cape Town, South Africa. As many as 13,000 minstrels take to the streets garbed in bright colours, either carrying colourful umbrellas or playing an array of musical instruments. A true party on the streets of Cape Town Wikipedia

Troupe of minstrels marching through Cape Town (2017)

By Olga Ernst - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=69753776

3. TABLE MOUNTAIN CABLE WAY SPECIAL

From the 1 November 2019 to 28 February 2020, Table Mountain Cableway is running a Sunset Special for locals. Experience the magical Cape Town sunset from the top of the iconic Table Mountain for less this summer! The cableway is offering a half-price special where a return ticket between 6pm and 8pm will only cost R150 per adult and R75 per child. It should be noted that this special is only valid for holders of valid South African IDs. Get more info on the website.

Sunset on Table Mountain -  from Table Mountain Cableway

4. SAFARI DAY TRIP FROM CAPE TOWN

If you’re travelling from afar, or you’re a local craving your annual bush break, a safari day trip through Shark Zone is just the thing for you! Located just under 2 hours out of Cape Town, this private game reserve offers a Big 5 experience without venturing too far from the city. Experience a wilder side of the Cape, and book your day trip safari today!

Safari Day Trip near Cape Town.  See the Big 5 from a 4x4 game viewing vehicle.

5. GALILEO OPEN AIR CINEMA

The Galileo Open Air Cinema is the perfect activity for a balmy evening in Cape Town. Watch some of your favourite films as the sun sets in scenic locations around Cape Town. These include venues like Kirstenbosch Gardens, V&A Waterfront and various wine farms around the Cape Winelands. Take a look at the schedule here and choose from a number of Christmas classics.

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