Are you hoping for a touch of elegance this Christmas? If you’re still looking for a Christmas experience with class, we’ve got you covered with gourmet cuisine, festive carols, a glass or two of rosé, and classic cinema under the stars.
THE SKOTNES CHRISTMAS LUNCH
The Skotnes Restaurant is the culinary arm of the Norval Foundation, and they’re offering a novel way to spend Christmas Even dinner or Christmas Lunch – in the exclusivity of a museum, overlooking the Foundation’s wetland and sculpture garden.
This modern bistro pays homage to classic South African cuisine, which is evident in their Christmas menu. The Christmas Lunch begins with breads and dips, including mieliebrood and roosterbrood. The cold main course includes braaied asparagus, roast beef and market fish with beetroot and amasi. The main course brings together a great variety of flavours, including rosemary and garlic roast lamb, crispy roasted potatoes and ‘soet wortels.’ Pre-dessert consists of fruit ice lollies, with chocolate jingle bells and chocolate spiced cherries for dessert. Vegetarian substitutes can be requested. All ingredients are sourced from local small-batch suppliers.
Christmas lunch is accompanied by live jazz.
Date: 24 December at 6pm to 10pm | 25 December 12pm to 3.30pm
Cost: Christmas Eve set menu R990 | Christmas lunch set menu R1200 (or with wine pairing R1700)
BELMOND MOUNT NELSON CHRISTMAS LUNCH AND DINNER
Belmond Mount Nelson is offering a Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas lunch inspired by contemporary luxury and the old-world charm of the iconic Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel. The Christmas Eve dinner is set in one of the hotel’s major attraction spaces: The Sherwood Room which, being rather a grand affair, has a strictly smart dress code.
Whilst the entire menu is being kept under tight wraps, some of the teasers made available hint at everything from cured meats to smoked fish, pumpkin ravioli to springbok loin, oysters, turkey, Indian curry and Yorkshire pudding. A buffet will also be on offer. The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel’s reputation and its esteemed culinary team can be trusted to create a Christmas spread fit for celebration and indulgence.
Date: 24 December from 7pm | 25 December 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Cost: R1950 | R650 per child over 12. Regrettably no U11
Address: The Sherwood Room, Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, 76 Orange St, Cape Town
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COCOBLUSH WINE FESTIVAL
The inaugural Cocoblush Wine Festival comes as the ideal option to combat post-Christmas blues. The event pairs carefully selected wines from D’Aria Winery with savoury foods, desserts and a variety of chocolates from professional chocolatiers. With a relaxed atmosphere, live bands and a secure interactive children’s play area, this event is the ideal family-friendly day out during the festive season.
While the Cocoblush focus is decidedly on the vineyard’s Blush wine, other wines on offer include D’Aria Sauvignon Blanc, D’Aria Pop Song and Music Red Blend varieties. All wines can be purchased and the D’Aria tasting room is open to customers looking to have the full D’Aria experience at the festival.
There is a ticket special running until Christmas Day: buy two tickets and get one free. An adult ticket includes a wine tasting session, complimentary glass, and special gift on arrival.
Date: 27 & 28 December | 10am to 6pm
Cost: 1-day pass R110 | 2-day pass R159 | U18 free when accompanied by an adult
CHRISTMAS CAROLS AT NORVAL FOUNDATION
Due to popular demand, the Norval Foundation has added a second performance by The Serenades to their festive calendar. The choir has received acclaim as the Western Cape Choral Music Associate overall winner and was the runner-up in the Old Mutual National Choir Festival.
Live from the Sculpture Garden, The Serenades perform sing-along Christmas regulars along with a re-imagining of music from classical composers such as Schubert and Handel as well as songs inspired by African folklore.
Guests are invited to bring a blanket or cushion and join the festive celebration.
The gin and wine bar is open and a coffee station is available.
Date: 22 Dec 2018 SOLD OUT | 23 Dec 2018
Time: 22 Dec 7pm to 8.30pm | 23 Dec 5pm to 6.30pm
Cost: R150 | U12 free
THE GALILEO OPEN-AIR CINEMA
Whilst The Galileo Open-Air Cinema is open throughout the summer season, there is a special show happening on Christmas Day, specifically catering for festive families in ‘food comas’. An opportunity to cuddle up under the stars and watch the nostalgic holiday classic, Home Alone. The light-hearted film is suitable for all ages and follows the story of eight-year-old troublemaker, Kevin McCallister, who is accidentally left at home during a vacation and must protect his home from two foolish burglars.
Before the movie begins, families are welcome to take part in the giant lawn games or prepare for the movie with a beverage or movies snacks from the on-site mini-market.
The cost includes a backrest, blanket, candy cane, a Santa hat and themed décor.
Date: 25 December
Time: 8.30pm | Gates open at 5pm
Cost: R150 | The rest of the season ranges from R89 to R175
Address: Meerendal Wine Estate, Vissershok Rd, Durbanville
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