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December 24, 2012

Free New Year’s Eve parties in Cape Town

The V&A Waterfront at night. Photo courtesy David Berliner

Did you blow the budget this festive season? Is your new year's resolution to save some pennies? Why not start a day earlier and celebrate New Year's Eve on the cheap? Here are some smart ways to have a fab, free evening.

The V&A Waterfront

The V&A is the place to be for free, family entertainment on December 31. Head to the amphitheatre for a full seven-hour lineup of musicians and DJs! Groups like The Black Ties will help you see in the new year, and the V&A's famous midnight fireworks will welcome in 2013 in style. Entertainment starts at 19h00 and goes through to 02h00.

The Cape Quarter Lifestyle Village

With DJ Mood Swing on The Piazza, a live band on The Square, and Miss Lola Lou & the Spinsista Mitzi at Lazari on Jarvis Street, you can be sure of a party to remember! The Cape Quarter will be buzzing on New Year's Eve with each of the restaurants and bars holding their own parties – but feel free to join in the fun in the main square or the Piazza. Current and classic hits should keep you going all the way through until the clock strikes twelve.

Long Street

Not sure where you want to be for New Year's Eve? Explore the vibe on Long Street! With many bars, clubs and restaurants, you're bound to find something that suits your taste. While some venues will be charging at the door for special New Year's Eve parties, others won't.  so if you are feeling adventurous, head to Long Street and see where the night takes you.

Sea Point

If you're not up for a big night of partying and would rather be away from the fray of party revellers, Sea Point has a much more relaxed atmosphere, and yet still provides a great buzz at night. Restaurants and bars stretch across both ends of Sea Point, and you are bound to find a special little eatery far from the madding crowds, or maybe even just enjoy a glass of chilled wine.

Camps Bay Beach

Camps Bay is known for being the playground of the rich and famous, but it's also a beautiful spot for locals and tourists to enjoy. You don't need to fork out a fortune to sit on the beach – it's free! Pack a picnic basket, bring candles to light when the sun eventually dips below the ocean, and enjoy the last few hours of 2012 in one of the world's most beautiful spots.

Whatever you do, remember to stay safe, and enjoy your evening responsibly.

Here's wishing you a fantastic 2013!

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