What's on in December in Cape Town
Welcome to December in Cape Town! It’s time to celebrate the year, connect with family and friends, and enjoy all the summer sunshine and incredible events around the city. Here are a few of our top picks for the month.For a complete list of events, take a look at our calendar.
Head out to the Deep South this month for the annual all-day festival for the whole family. Expect celebrity cricket players, a kid’s entertainment area, food stalls, games, bars, prizes, and music by Arno Carstens. 100% of proceeds raised will be driven toward much needed local charities.
When: 1 December
Ultra Trail Cape Town presents four trail races of 100km, 65km, 35km, and 21km. Runners get to see many of Cape Town’s top attractions including the iconic natural world heritage site and one of the new Natural Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain.
When: 1-2 December
Join friends, family, and visitors to the Cape Town for the annual Festive Lights Switch-On event. It’s free, fun and full of incredible entertainment for the whole family. Each year, thousands of locals and visitors enjoy the festive atmosphere of this fun outdoor event and, in particular, watching a range of entertainers light up the event with their energy and music.
When: 2 December
The annual event, which is celebrating its 36th birthday unofficially marks the start of the festive season! It is expected to attract over ten thousand fun walkers, runners and skaters this year who will strut their way along the 4km route in the City Bowl.
When: 4 December
A world of frozen fun is back at Canal Walk this festive season. Ice Slide World will transform the Centre Court into a chill-out zone with a fantasy area, ice slides and much more entertainment for the whole family.
When: 6 December – 13 January
Camps Bay High School in conjunction with Silent Events is hosting a family fundraiser featuring food trucks, gifting craft stalls and lots more to enjoy. Three live channels play simultaneously so you can choose your beat to dance to through multi-channel wireless headphones.
When: 7 December
Matilda the Musical is the multi-award winning musical from the Royal Shakespeare Company, inspired by the beloved book by Roald Dahl. The show has won over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical. The performance will take place at the Artscape Theatre.
When: 9 December – 13 January
Mi Casa performs this month at Kirstenbosch. Expect warm house beats peppered with jazz trumpet and a fresh twist of soul music. They have just been nominated as Best Live Act for the South African Dance Music Awards.
When: 9 December
Join Groot Constantia on their lawns with resounding uplifting voices of the Symphony Choir of Cape Town. This annual festive concert features maestro and choir director Alex Fokkens. Invite your family and friends to grab their picnic baskets and join them in this glorious setting for a performance of traditional favourites and new surprises.
When: 11 December
Nothing says it’s the festive season quite like Christmas carols. Enjoy the Cape Town Carols as the event celebrates its 30th anniversary at Kirstenbosch. Visitors can expect their favourite festive singalongs, deliciously festive food, and thousands of glow sticks lighting up the evening sky.
When: 13 -16 December
Add a dash of Christmas magic to your holiday season this year, with a family-friendly Christmas Vignette at the Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre at the V&A Waterfront. Join the Elves and other festive characters like Merry Clause, the Candy Cane Dancers, traditional Carollers, and the beautiful Snow Fairy in Victoria Wharf.
When: 14 -17 December
Get active this December on a 10km run/walk which starts at the Table Bay Hotel in the V&A Waterfront goes into Green Point and back. The route follows Mouille Point and Sea Point Promenade, with a turnaround point just after the Sea Point swimming pools. Bring along family and friends to join in on the fun.
When: 19 December
Their dynamite live performances, mixing driving house beats with jazz instrumental interludes, earned the attention of a swelling house and electronic music fan base. Stirring African rhythms and melodies into the mix helped Goldfish evolve a uniquely South African house sound. Goldfish became one of the most influential live electronic groups in Dance music.
When: 26 December
Lira is a multi-award winning artist. She is one of the highest selling vocalists in South Africa. Lira has a beautiful voice, with an African influenced smooth-groove feel-good sound. Catch this phenomenal songstress performing live at Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts this month.
When: 30 December
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