What to do on Boxing Day in Cape Town

Over the Christmas period, Cape Town is abuzz with people from all over the world, including South Africa. Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, Christmas Day remains a day for family get-togethers and big lunches and cheerful dinners. The day after Christmas, or Boxing Day, as it’s commonly known, is usually a day of relaxing and taking it easy. However, if you do feel like getting out of the house or hotel, here are a few of things you can do to while away the day.

The beach

Cape Town’s beaches are world famous and a popular hangout, especially during the summer months when the weather is warm and the skies are clear. When it comes to relaxing and taking it easy, few things come close to a lazy day on one of the Mother City’s many beaches. Before you head out remember to put on ample sunblock, as the African sun can be very harsh. It’s also good to note that beaches get incredibly busy on Boxing Day, with heavily congested traffic, so try and get there early to secure your spot.

Two girls relaxing on beach

Have some breakfast

For foodies, Cape Town is close to nirvana, with tons of great eateries that serve mouth-watering food and drink. The city is also known for its laid-back, chilled vibe, which reflects in the many breakfast spots that line its streets. This makes it perfect for a delicious brunch in great company on this lazy morning. Some eateries might be closed, so just call before you head out, and make sure you book a table.

Picnic under the trees

The weather in summer is simply too good to spend indoors and there are many forests and park in Cape Town where you can go and breathe in the fresh air and have a relaxed picnic in the shade. The Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is a popular place for families and its vast lawns make it a great place for the kids to play. If you’re looking for something a bit more active, head out to Crystal Pools in Gordon’s Bay and take a dip in the cool mountain pools.

Friend enjoying a picnic

Take a hike

There is no better way to work off that Christmas lunch than with a hike. There is a great spider’s web of trails spreading across the Peninsula, from Sea Point to Cape Point and even a few routes up to the top of Table Mountain if you’d like to give the queues at the cable car a skip. Most hikes are free, but some require an inexpensive permit from SanParks.