What's on in December in Cape Town

December is truly the pinnacle of Cape Town’s calendar, and this month there is too much going on for any list to keep track of. For an exhaustive look at the events happening in Cape Town this December, take a look at our events calendar. For our select few highlights, read on.

If you’re looking for something in particular, check out our articles about Christmas lunch and dinner in Cape Town, New Year’s Eve parties, things to do with kids this December, and Christmas activities.

Cape Town Festival of Beer

The Cape Town Festival of Beer returns for its eighth year. Festivalgoers can expect to see a number of new breweries join their returning favourites. From lagers to ales, stouts to ciders, and beer inventions such as hop shots, there’s something for everyone.

When: 1-3 December
Where: 1 Stephen Way, Green Point
Website: capetownfestivalofbeer.co.za


Cape Town Festival of Beer

Mitchell’s Plain Festival

This festival is the major annual event in the Cape Flats that draws together the communities of Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha to celebrate the area’s diversity. There are stalls and traders run by locals from the area, selling all you can imagine, from food to gifts. Expect live entertainment by the Cape Flats’ hottest acts and a festive vibe.

When: 1-3 December
Where: Westridge Gardens, Mitchells Plain
Website: mitchellsplainfestival.com

Lourensford Christmas Market

Christmas shopping doesn’t need to be stressful. Head out to Lourensford for three days of gift-shopping in a beautiful garden setting. There will be gourmet food vendors, fine wines, and plenty of entertainment for both kids and adults. Entrance is free and all doggies on leashes are welcome!

When: 1-3 December
Where: Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset West
Website: lourensford.co.za

cropped lourensford market


The award-winning musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Llyod Webber hit’s Cape Town’s shores this summer. Enjoy some of the most-loved songs in the musical theatre genre, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and Another Suitcase in Another Hall, in Cape Town’s stunning Artscape Theatre.

When: 2 December – 7 January
Where: The Artscape Theatre
Website: artscape.co.za

Ultra Trail Cape Town

This event features three trail races of 100km, 65km, and 35km respectively. They traverse sections of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Orangekloof, Llandudno, Hout Bay, the Constantia Winelands, the upper slopes of Kirstenbosch Nature Reserve, and Devil’s Peak.

When: 2 December 4am-9pm
Where: Gardens Tech Rugby Club
Website: ultratrailcapetown.com

Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival

Pop open a bottle of bubbly and relax beneath the dramatic mountains of the Franschhoek Valley. The grand marquee near the Huguenot Monument is the place to be. It’s all about style, elegance, and sophistication, so dress to stand out with your “Black and White with a Splash of Summer” themed outfit. You’ll have a chance to mingle with the country’s best MCC producers while enjoying the best local and international bubbly.

When: 2-3 December
Where: The Huguenot Memorial, Franschhoek
Website: franschhoekmcc.co.za

The Adderley Street Festive Lights Switch-On

Join the City of Cape Town for the annual Festive Lights Switch-On 2017 on the Grand Parade, featuring performances by some of South Africa’s top acts, including The Rockets, Baby Boy, Soul Kulture, DJ Ready D, Koos Kombuis, Jimmy Nevis, and Freshlyground.

When: 3 December from 4 pm
Where: The Grand Parade
Website: capetown.gov.za

Summer Concerts and Picnics at Vergenoegd Löw

Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate is hosting a series of live concerts this summer, featuring some of South Africa’s best local musicians. On this year’s lineup, you can catch Kahn Morbee, Watershed, Matthew Mole, Desmond and the Tutus, Arno Carstens, and Goodluck. Check the website for dates, and enjoy wine, food, drinks, and music in the sunshine! There will even be a dedicated kids’ area to keep the little ones entertained.

When: Every Sunday from 3 December 2017 – 8 April 2018
Where: Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Website: vergenoegd.co.za


Simply South Gift & Craft Fair

This Constantia gift fair returns for a second year, and is your best chance to get some original and amazing gifts for your family and friends.There will be food and drink on sale, and entry is free!

When: 4th December 2017 – 22nd December 2017.
Where: NG Kerk Constantia, Cnr Ladies Mile Road and Firgrove Road, Bergvliet
Website: simplysouth.co.za

Community Chest Twilight Team Run

Get silly at one of Cape Town’s craziest fancy-dress up events, The Twilight Team Run hosted by Community Chest. The annual event, which is celebrating its 35th birthday, is expected to attract in excess of ten thousand fun walkers, runners, and skater for the 4km route.

When: 6 December
Where: Grande Parade, Darling Street, CBD
Website: comchest.org.za


Dino’s Alive Augmented Reality

Get ready for the first ever dinosaur augmented reality exhibition in South Africa! The expo brings your favourite dinosaurs to life with cutting-edge technology for a truly immersive experience. Bring the kids and enjoy five interactive AR and VR (Virtual Reality) experiences.

When: 6 December 2017 – 14 January 2018
Where: Capegate Shopping Centre
Website: capegatecentre.co.za

Kirstenbosch Carols

Get into the Christmas spirit in this beautiful setting with carols by candlelight. The event is enormously popular, so book soon! It features the Cape Town Concert Brass and the Cape Town Male Voice Choir, and it also raises funds for charities in and around Cape Town.

When: 14-17 December
Where: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Website: kirstenboschrotary.co.za

Kirstenbosch Carols

Mother City Queer Project

This year’s MCQP takes place at the Castle of Good Hope and promises a gathering of knights, kings and queens, royalty and warriors, bloodthirsty animals, monsters, and other wild and mystical creatures.

When: 16 December
Where: Castle of Good Hope
Website: facebook.com

V&A Waterfront Summer Sessions

The Waterfront presents a series of free concerts this December, featuring some of SA’s favourite acts, like Watershed, Casper Ace, Robin Auld, The Rudimentals. and many more. Check the lineup on the website and get your groove on, free of charge!

When: 10-30 December
Where: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Website: waterfront.co.za

Remember to book your tickets for summer events in Cape Town early to avoid disappointment! 

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