Celebrating Christmas & New Year in Cape Town

Christmas in Cape Town is a sunny, cheerful, cocktails-under-blue-skies type of Christmas. With choices of outdoor restaurants, beach restaurants, gourmet restaurants we don’t think you should be slaving over a hot stove. Why not take advantage of our fabulous restaurants and book your Christmas dinner or lunch and spend your time enjoying our sunny skies and beach weather. (See our article on things to do this summer!) 

Get into the Christmas spirit early and attend Christmas Carols – a picnic basket, blankets, candles and some carolling to kick off the festive season.

Carols by Candlelight: Noordhoek Farm Village
Sat 08 Dec 2012
TIME:  06h30 pm
AGE:  All ages
VENUE: Noordhoek Farm Village, Corner of Main Rd and Village Lane, Noordhoek
COST: Event is free.  Candles R5
CONTACT: Noordhoek Tourism Office 021 789 2812
Join Noordhoek Farm Village for the annual Carols by Candlelight on the village green! This year the mini Market starts at 4pm and runs until 6h30pm. The kids zone will be open for children to write their letters to Santa – all letters must be stamped by the Christmas fairies or elves and posted in the big red santa postbox. Santa’s helpers will give  teach the gift of giving, so the village requests that all children bring a gift for a child less fortunate than themselves. Highlights include the Masiphumelele Choir, the Noordhoek Farm Village Choir and of course the South African Navy Band who will entertain with a performance before the Carol Singing and lighting of the candles. All proceeds in aid of St Luke’s Hospice.

Charity Yuletide Concert : Casa Labia, Muizenberg
Date: 9 Dec 2012
Time:  16h30
Venue: Casa Labia. Main Road, Muizenberg
Cost: R120 pp includes the concert, a glass of wine and Traditional Italian Christmas Cake.
Contact: 021 7889 6062
A Charity Yuletide Concert exploring the traditions surrounding Christmas with Victor Trichardt and students of the University of Cape Town Opera School. Bring a gift of Christmas food items that will cheer a child this Christmas. All proceeds from the concert will go to Home from Home.

Childrens’ Christmas Art & Craft Classes
Saturday mornings – December the 8th, 15th and 22nd.
Time: 9.30. a.m to 12.30.a.m.
Venue: In the beautiful gardens of Good Hope Gardens Nursery (just past Scarborough on the way to Cape Point).
Fee: R120 per class includes materials, juice and biscuits
Bookings:  email roushanna@hotmail.com
Recommended for Children aged 4 – 8 years of age. Classes limited to ten children.  The class will include the making of six Christmas gifts, hand printed wrapping paper and gift tags. Please send a list of six names and ages of people they must make gifts for plus two children’s names for small children’s gifts. At the end of the classes they will bring home eight gifts wrapped with names on gift tags, all ready to put under the Christmas tree. Crafts will include: Potato print gift wrap and tags; Bead stringing; Lavender cushion; Collaged note book; Leather pouch; Painting; Clay bowl; plus two extra children’s gifts, a doll and a soft toy.

Here are some of our favourite restaurants that will be hosting special Christmas meals. We recommend booking well in advance as things get pretty busy and popular around here!!! Get out of the kitchen for your festive season celebrations.

If you can’t get a restaurant booking and don’t want to cook, why not consider PASSION FOODS CATERING? Talita prepares home cooked meals for small groups or large and offers a delivery service within the Fish Hoek Area.  Read More.. 

Foodbarn Restaurant: Noordhoek
Celebrate Christmas in style with the Foodbarn at Noordhoek Farm Village with a special Christmas menu, designed to procure great pleasure to the people eating them, to the people cooking them and to the people serving them.  We hope it brings out the festive spirit in you! The menu kicks off with a fresh linefish ceviche, followed by  Japanese mushrooms feuillete, escalope of pine smokes salmon, drinking boozy sorbet, confit pork belly with eucalyptus, chestnut risotto with shallots & braising jus. Dessert is the blueberry & Lemon macaroon, and finishing off with coffee and mince pies! How delicious! There is also a Christmas menu for kids! Note that we do require a 100% non-refundable deposit to secure the reservation.  Christmas Menu available on Monday 24 December for dinner or Tuesday 25 December for lunch. Cost is R700per person or R250 for kids.  CONTACT: 021 789 1390 (reservations essential) 

Two Oceans Restaurant:  Cape Point
Experience Christmas on the Cape Peninsula with fresh air and fresh experiences!  Imagine Christmas lunch at the south-western tip of Africa. Two Oceans Restaurant  is offering a Christmas Day al a carte menu on 25 December as well as a Christmas Sushi Set Menu for the non-traditionalists!


Restaurants that are open over Christmas:

  • Cape Point Vineyards picnics are open until 6pm on Monday 24th December but closed on Christmas Day.
  • The Wharfside Grill @ Mariner’s Wharf will be open for Christmas lunch (booking essential with an advance deposit payable)
  • Fish Hoek Galley is open from 6h30 daily and close at approx 22h30. Open on the 24th and 25th and they do have a traditional Christmas menu as well – set menu from R295 per person, Kids <12 R150
  • Pure Restaurant: Fully booked on 24th Dec, Open on 25th Dec for lunch and dinner (Christmas Menu), Monday the 31st for dinner (special New Years even menu) and normal a la carte on Tuesday 1st Jan for dinner.
  • Tibetan Teahouse: Open on Mondays in season. 17th, 24th and 31st Dec. They are closed on 25th and 26th Dec and 1 and 2 Jan 2012
  • Cape Point Ostrich Farm: Featuring the Osterant Restaurant is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day, but otherwise open from 09h30 -17h30 7 days a week.

Looking for that hot and happening New Year’s Eve party, or a spot for dinner to quietly bring in 2013? Here are some of the events happening in and around the southern peninsula of Cape Town.

Lookout Deck : Hout Bay
Join the Lookout Deck in Hout Bay for a fantastic evening of Dinner and Dancing and usher in 2013! Entertainment: “tanglewood” a live folk rock band who will play music from the ’60’s, ’70’s and ’80’s. Music starts from 20h00 until 00h30.  The Menu looks fantastic with a choice of assorted sushi or live oysters for starters, followed by a platter of seafood or chateaubriand and Dessert is an individual duo of Creme Brulee
Date:  Monday 31 December 2012
Time: 19h00 Dinner served from 19h30
Venue: Lookout Deck, Hout Bay Harbour, Hout Bay
Cost: R395 per person (excl 10% gratuity)
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Bookings:  reservations@lookoutdeck.co.za

Café Roux New Year’s Eve Party: Noordhoek
One of the best parties of the year and a superb way to close out 2012.  This year’s theme is Rockstars so come dressed to Rock with some other stars!  A stand around, canapé supper is included and DJ Chopper will provide the entertainment! “It’s no secret why DJ Chopper does what she does. She loves music, but not any music, the music that most DJ’s are to ashamed to play. Yes, we are talking about those timeless 80’s.  You can expect anything, from The Cure to the synthesizer sounds of Depeche Mode. She will make you remember songs you tended to forget since those robot lights and garage parties back in the days. DJ Chopper mostly focuses on 80s-00’s. But she might surprise you…it all depends on her crowd!”
DATE: Monday 31 December 2012
TIME: 19h00
VENUE: Cafe Roux, Noordhoek Farm Village
ADDRESS: Corner of Village lane and Main Rd, Noordhoek, Cape Town
COST: R300 includes canapé supper & live music
CONTACT: 021 789 2538

New Year’s Eve Dinner at The Foodbarn Restaurant: Noordhoek
Celebrate summer and bring in 2013 at the Foodbarn. Franck has prepared a fun summer menu to celebrate the close of 2012 and the start of 2013. Cocktails on arrival, oyster with seaweed & cucumber terrine, Seared Norwegian Salmon, a boozy sorbet and dessert is a strawberry and with peach Millefeuille, followed by coffee and truffles. Hello 2013 in Style! Please bring your dancing shoes as there will also be a disco! Note that we do require a 100% non-refundable deposit to secure the reservation.
DATE: Monday 31 December 2012
TIME: 19h00 for 19h30
VENUE: The Foodbarn Restaurant, Noordhoek Farm Village
ADDRESS:  Corner of Main Rd and Village Lane, Noordhoek
COST: R800pp
CONTACT: 021 789 1390

New Year’s Eve: Bertha’s Restaurant, Simons Town
Enjoy a festive and vibrant atmosphere at Bertha’s this New Year’s Eve with a DJ on the evening and spectacular views of the yacht harbour. Tickets are R350pp, including a three course meal and a welcome glass of bubbly. Doors open at 19:00 & a glass of bubbly will be served on arrival. Moët will be available at R395 a bottle throughout the night. We will have a dance floor and a DJ for your entertainment.
Date:  Monday 31 December 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Bertha’s Restaurant, Main Rd, Simon’s Town.
Cost: R350, includes a three course meal and a glass of bubbly
Tel: 021 786 2138

New Year’s Eve at the Black Marlin Restaurant
Once a whaling station, this historic building ensures the perfect setting for an idyllic New Year’s Eve experience. The festivities include a DJ in the marquee and piano player in the restaurant on the evening accompanied by spectacular views over False Bay.  Tickets are R500pp, including a four course meal and an arrival glass of bubbles. Doors open at 19:00 and a glass of bubbly will be served on arrival. Moët will be available at R395 a bottle throughout the night. There will be a dance floor and DJ as well as a piano player for those who prefer a more tranquil transition into the new year.
Date:  Monday 31 December 2012
Time: 7:00pm
Venue: Black Marlin, Miller’s Point Rd, Simon’s Town.
Cost: R500pp, including a four course meal and an arrival glass of bubbly
Tel: 021 786 1621

New Year’s Eve at Kalk Bay Theatre
Enjoy a night of high-energy, fun entertainment and a delicious, deluxe picnic basket as you count down to the new year with the talented cast and team of the award-winning “Big Boys Don’t Dance” at Kalk Bay Theatre on New Year’s Eve. Great theatre, great company, great food, great fun with a later show than usual and celebrating at the stroke of midnight. Featuring Bradley and Ash Searle (of So You Think You Can Dance fame), Big Boys Don’t Dance is set at Ash’s bachelor party.  The boys get into their fair share of trouble but from one ridiculous idea to another, they prove that true brothers watch each other’s back. Using a dazzling range of dance styles, from 80s hip hop to kwaito, Dirty Dancing to the Shuffle, they twirl their way through this unforgettable adventure of far-out farce and foolishness. Caught between braai tongs and tutus these two Pretoria boytjies challenge the cliché of the “male dancer”. Cue described the production as “Big Boys is a South African version of The Hangover meets Flashdance with all the technical perfection of a Broadway musical.”
Date: Monday 31 Jan 2012
Time: 19h00pm doors open,performance starts at 21h30
Venue: Kalk Bay Theatre, Main Rd, Kalk Bay.
Cost: R285 ticket only; R360 ticket & picnic basket
Bookings: www.kbt.co.za 

New Year’s Eve Dinner at Cafe Chic , Gardens
This gorgeous Victorian heritage house in central Cape Town is a fabulous venue for a New Year’s Eve dinner function. It’s cosy and elegant and offers rooms of different sizes. New Year features a great evening and delicious menu. Amuse Bouche; Starter choice of Trio of the Sea-crusty tiger prawn tempura, scallops wrapped in bacon and salmon tartar OR grilled escalope of duck liver with mango tart tatin, followed by sorbet. Main meal is a choice of Beef Fille of Grilled Sea Bass with accompaniments. There’s a cheese course with cured French Goat’s cheese with pineapple chutney followed by dessert which is a gourmet plate of Louis XV ganache cake, red fruit millefeulle, mini creme brule and sorbet. Vegetarian option on request.
Date: Monday 31 Jan 2012
Time: From 19h00
Venue: Cafe Chic, Gardens
Cost: R485 per person
Tel:  021 465 7218

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