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Festive Season Celebrations in Cape Town

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It’s time to say farewell to 2019 with great food and wine, live party tunes, and good vibes. Cape Town has you sorted with an endless amount of Christmas lunches and New Year’s parties to celebrate the turn of a decade. We’ve rounded up some of our favourites to suit every taste. Bookings are bound to fill up soon, so act fast to secure your spot.

CAPE TOWN OPERA’S AFRICAN ANGELS

After wowing opera lovers across Europe, Cape Town Opera’s Chorus returns to the Mother City to treat locals to a limited run of vibrant Christmas song with African Angels. The ensemble promises two evenings of popular operatic repertoire infused with African traditionals, gospel music, and Christmas melodies for that uniquely homegrown touch.  And for an extra edge, a special tribute to Johnny Clegg is also on the programme. African Angels is under the tight direction of Tara Notcutt, with Jose Dias and resident Chorus Master Marvin Kernelle overseeing the music.

Cape Town Opera’s Chorus is well-known for their dazzling display of exceptional voices paired with stylistic variety. The singers will embark on a tour throughout January 2020 to showcase their South African talent to audiences in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

When: Thursday, 19 Dec 7:30pm | Saturday, 21 Dec 7:30pm
Price: R150pp, book here or via email
Where: Baxter Theatre, Main Road, Rondebosch, Cape Town
Website:  Capetownopera.co.za | Email: info@capetownopera.co.za | Tel: 021 001 9880
Facebook: @Capetownopera | Instagram: @Capetownoperacompany

HAZENDAL WINE ESTATE NEW YEAR’S EVE

It is time to celebrate the year that was and welcome 2020 with a sultry Havana Nights Party at Hazendal Wine Estate. Revellers will start the evening with arrival drinks and canapés, followed by a Cuban-inspired three course feast. And no Cuban fiesta would be worthy without a bit of salsa.

Que Pasa Latin Dance Company will be seeing us into the new year with Afro-Latin performances and animation and the Shim Sham Band will provide some hip-swaying entertainment. Just before midnight, we will raise our glasses of MCC and start the countdown to a new year with new possibilities.

When: Tuesday, 31 Dec 7pm to 1am
Price: R1,950pp, book here or via email
Where: Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch Farms, Stellenbosch
Website: Hazendal.co.za | Email: bookings@hazendal.co.za | Tel: 021 903 5034
Facebook: @HazendalWine | Instagram: @HazendalWine

SIZZLED SUMMER FOOD & MUSIC FEST

Cape Town’s coolest summer music and food festival is wrapping up 2019 with a bang for their final date of the year. Sizzled is no ordinary festival – the new Fort Wynard venue is a breath of fresh air from the festive manic of the inner Mother City. Start practicing those dance moves, because the killer DJ and artist lineup includes heavyweights such as Kid Fonque promising a taste of experimental club culture, hip-hop stalwart DJ Kenzero who needs no introduction, and Nate Laurence coming all the way from the US to deliver some underground house beats. 

Foodies are covered, with a variety of the firm favourites such as The Nob serving up burgers and craft beer from their food truck. But don’t leave without trying the famous Mexican street-food fare from the famous Tacos Locos, the small Observatory which is slowly growing into an institution. 

The event is hugely popular and not to be missed, with ticket sales moving faster than the speed of light.

When: Sunday, 29 Dec 12pm to 11pm
Price: R200pp at Computicket, or R250pp at the door. Spaces are limited!
Where: Fort Wynard, Fort Wynard Street, Greenpoint, Cape Town
Website: Sizzled.co.za | Email: info@sizzled.co.za | Tel: 072 174 9106
Facebook: @SizzledCpt | Instagram: @Sizzled_Cpt

HOUT BAY MANOR NEW YEAR’S EVE

If you’re conflicted about your NYE party plans, why not dust off the sequins and feathers to relive the roaring 20s in all its sophisticated glory with magic, mimes and some vibrant swing music. Hout Bay Manor is tuning into nostalgia with a family-friendly 1920s evening to celebrate NYE in style. 

The boutique hotel in Hout Bay’s lineup includes a swing band, luxurious dining experience with premium wines, and carnival-style entertainment with magicians pulling off new tricks, stilt walkers. Dress to impress and spend your night listening to live music and sipping on colourful cocktails as you count down the final moments of 2019. A professional photographer will also be on hand to capture your special moments at no extra cost, so no need for awkward cellphone snaps. The little ones are kept busy with a slumber party with snacks and cool entertainment.

When: Tuesday, 31 Dec 7pm to 1am
Price: R1,900pp for adults, R550pp for kids under 12. Book via email
Where: 5 Baviaanskloof Road, Scott Estate, Cape Town
Website: Houtbaymanor.com | Email: reservations@houtbaymanor.co.za | Tel: 021 790 0116
Facebook: @HoutBayManor | Instagram: @Hout_Bay_Manor

CAPE TOWN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’S VIENNESE NEW YEAR

There are plenty of ways you could experience Cape Town’s famous hospitality and cultural events, but here’s one that will really court classical music enthusiasts. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra has once again teamed up with conductor Richard Cock, for a laid-back evening filled with popular classical works for their Viennese New Year’s concert.

Soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi and tenor Sipho Fubesi waltz you down the Blue Danube with arias by Puccini and Verdi, and you can hear the gorgeous Donna Diana overture, as well as a number of Strauss father and son galopps, waltzes, marches and polkas, all melodies to hum and sing. 

The event is taking place on January 5, a perfect excuse to recover from the madcap NYE parties for a more chilled, family-friendly affair while supporting local talent.

When: Sunday, 5 Jan 7pm to 9pm
Price: R80pp to R170pp, book here or via Artscape Dial-A-Seat on 021 421 7695
Where: Cape Town City Hall, Darling St, CBD, Cape Town
Website: Cpo.org.za | Email: info@cpo.org.za | Tel: 021 421 7695
Facebook: @CapeTownPhilharmonicOrchestra | Instagram: @CapePhilharmonic

BENGUELA COVE LAGOON WINE ESTATE NEW YEAR’S EVE

Ring in the new year with a Rock ‘n Roll-inspired New Year’s Eve bash at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. 

The Hermanus winery is ringing in the new year with an epic Rock ‘N’ Roll party. Start your evening features a solid line-up with chic cuisine and plenty of tricks up its sleeve. The culinary team promises a roving selection of canapes and desserts to drool over. Think Harissa hot wings with hazelnut dukkah, blush tomato and olive tartlets, and for chocoholics, a dark pastry with salted caramel. A popcorn station is also available throughout the evening with gourmet flavours such as Sriracha cheddar and paprika feta. 

As for it’s chosen location – winery’s chic courtyard boasts with sweeping views over the Bot River lagoon and plenty of space to get your groove on. Dance the night away with live Rock tunes from popular tribute band, Cloud 9.

When: Tuesday, 31 Dec 8pm to 1am
Price: R800pp, book via email
Where: Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate, R43 Bot River Lagoon Walker Bay, Hermanus
Website:  Benguelacove.co.za | Email: info@benguelacove.co.za | Tel: 087 357 0637
Facebook: @BenguelaCoveEstate | Instagram: @BenguelaCove

TAJ CAPE TOWN CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S EVE

There’s something extra special about Christmas at Taj Cape Town. The elegant foyer, the Christmas tree with gifts sprawled beneath it, and let’s not forget the top-notch service. But this year the luxury hotel is going all out with festive happenings to win over the most discerning foodie. From a pampering Festive Afternoon Tea with treats such as Caprese Vol au Vents, Marshmallow Snowmen and Berry Trifle aplenty, to a fuss-less buffet spread on Christmas at Mint Restaurant. For an extra touch of class, executive chef David Tilly is tapping into his wealth of global expertise to take it up a notch with his special set menu for Christmas eve and lunch.

With a slew of dining options running until New Year’s day, you’re sure to find the perfect fit for your annual family tradition. Have a look at their Facebook Events page for a full list of festive offerings.

When: Various dates
Price: From R295pp to R1895pp, book via email
Where: 1 Wale St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
Website:  Tajhotels.com/Taj-CapeTown | Email: sales.capetown@tajhotels.com | Tel: 021 818 2000
Facebook: @TajCapeTown | Instagram: @TajCapeTown

NORVAL FOUNDATION CHRISTMAS CAROLS

Get in the festive spirit the best way we know how—by kicking back and belting out your favourite Christmas carols at the top of your lungs. There are carols by candlelight events held across the region in December, most kicking off with twilight markets and concluding with fireworks, so there will be fun times all ‘round. 

Don’t know your We Three Kings from your Silent Nights? No worries, just leave it to the experts when you head along to Norval Foundation’s two limited evenings of Christmas Carols. Serenades, a local choir takes charge of the heavenly tunes while you can lounge underneath the starry skies of Norval’s Sculpture Garden. 

You can look forward to a range of Christmas regulars, along with re-imagined music from classical composers like Franz Shubert and GF Handel and songs inspired by African Folklore.

Be sure to take a picnic blanket and pillow along because a variety of snacks and light meals is available at the small market. 

When: Sat, 21 Dec to Sun, 22 Dec 7pm to 8am
Price: R170pp, free for kids under 12. Book here or via email
Where: 4 Steenberg Rd, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town
Website:  Norvalfoundation.org | Email: frontdesk@norvalfoundation.org | Tel: 087 654 5900
Facebook: @NorvalFdn | Instagram: @NorvalFoundation

THE CELLARS-HOHENORT HOTEL CHRISTMAS

Looking to class it up for Christmas? The Cellars-Hohenort Hotel is hosting a smashing Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch. This ritzy restaurant and boutique hotel in Constanta is serving up a sophisticated traditional feast with a gastro twist.

Be greeted with a flute of welcome bubbly, canapes and Christmas crackers as you slowly work your way through a menu which includes a refreshing Gazpacho, Vanilla cured duck breast with homestyle sides and a decadent chocolate log as the pièce de résistance. Vegetarian options are also available. Even the fussiest of family members are sure to leave feeling stuffed with Christmas cheer after lunch at the Southern Suburbs’ best-kept secret.

When: Tuesday, 24 Dec 6:30pm to 10pm | Wednesday, 25 Dec 12:30pm to 4pm
Price: R995pp, kids under 10 pay half price. Book here or via email
Where: 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town
Website:  Thecellars-hohenorthotel.com | Email: reservations@collectionmcgrath.com | Tel: 021 794 2137
Facebook: @Thecellars-Hohenort | Instagram: @McGrathHotels

 

THE FUGARD THEATRE NEW YEAR’S EVE

Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre’s original, Tony award-winning production of Kinky Boots can be seen as part of a New Year’s Eve Celebration – providing a way to finish off the decade and go into the new year.

The Kinky Boots New Year’s Eve celebration includes DJs and various party venues after the show. A ticket to the event includes access to the performance, a welcome glass of bubbly, a glass of bubbly after the show and all the live entertainment on offer until the early hours of the morning. The Fugard Theatre’s range of home-made pizzas are also available for sale on the evening.

When: Tuesday, 31 Dec 9:30pm to 12am
Price: From R580pp to R700pp, book via email
Where: The Fugard Theatre, Cnr Caledon & Lower Buitenkant Streets, Cape Town
Website:  Thefugard.com | Email: info@thefugard.com | Tel: 021 461 4554
Facebook: @TheFugardTheatre | Instagram: @TheFugard

 

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