November 26

What’s on in Cape Town over Christmas and New Year!!!


By Matthew Sterne on November 26, 2010

‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly!!!

At what seems like warp-speed, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are rapidly approaching and for those clients who will be travelling to our beautiful city in December or for those who live in Cape Town looking for somewhere spectacular to celebrate Christmas and the welcoming of 2011, we have a few top suggestions here!

Three of our favourite luxury hotels are offering decadent meals, great entertainment and festive cheer within the heart of our Mother City’s waterfront. For those choosing to enjoy New Year’s Eve at one of our recommendations, the waterfront is where you want to be. They have an amazing fireworks display on the stroke of midnight to welcome in the New Year which has become an annual tradition on Cape Town’s calendar.

Cape Town Christmas Cape Grace

Cape Grace is going all out and offering a Christmas Eve Dinner, Christmas Day Lunch, Christmas Evening Dinner and even a Boxing Day (26th) Dinner as well as the obligatory New Year’s Eve Dinner.

On Christmas Eve you will be welcomed by a small choir made up of Cape Grace staff singing much loved Christmas carols, serving eggnog, sparkling wine and fruit mince pies.

During the Christmas Day Lunch the sweet sounds of a live musical trio will be serenading the diners and Ike Moriz, the Cape Grace resident entertainer will be singing popular tunes to accompany your Christmas Day Dinner.

The gourmet Cape-contemporary 3 course meals (with per course options) ranges in price from ZAR 360 per person up to ZAR 575 per person  and these all include a glass of bubbly on arrival and tea/coffee after your meal. They have also been kind enough to offer discounted rates to children.

New Year’s Eve promises to be quite a glamorous event at the Cape Grace! The evening is themed “Glitz and Glam” with the dress code specified as such. They will have DJ Brent playing throughout the evening and the Bascule Whiskey, Wine and Cocktail Bar is the place to be after your meal to bring in the New Year! The dinner is a 5 course set menu, which is preceded by a glass of bubbly and includes tea/coffee. It’s priced at ZAR 1,750 per person.

Cape Town Christmas Cape Grace

For reservations please contact Rene at Cape Grace: 021 410 7097 or email:

Next on our list is the Cape Royale. I had clients enjoy their New Years Eve’s festivities in the restaurant and Sky Bar last year and they had an absolute blast!

Their in-house “1800° Grill Room” restaurant will be serving up a feast consisting of 3 courses (with per course options) both for Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Lunch which is priced at ZAR 450 per person. Both meals begin with a glass of bubbly and the meal is topped off with tea/coffee and chocolates. The menu is quite traditional with items such as turkey, lamb and gammon being featured as well as Christmas fruit pudding, so should be a good replacement for those missing home.

Cape Town Christmas Cape Royale

Their specialty is New Year’s Eve. The hotel has the most amazing pool deck on the roof and beside the pool there is a wonderful deck area for lounging throughout the day or to sit and enjoy sundowners served from the cocktail bar. This has become quite popular during the summer season. For those looking for a tamer New Year’s Dinner, you can enjoy a 4 course menu (with per course options) with bubbly to start and coffee/tea afterwards and the selection features more current fare than their Christmas menu. This meal is ZAR 450 per person. If you wanted to go in for the “whole hog” you can pay ZAR 750 per person to enjoy the dinner as well as entry to their amazing sky deck where you will be served bubbly and canapés before the big countdown while listening to the in-house DJ playing the latest in cocktail lounge beats and watching the sky above light up over Cape Town at midnight.

Cape Town Christmas Cape Royale

Should you already have plans for dinner on New Year’s Eve and are just looking for a chilled “after-party” to bring in 2011, you can pay just ZAR 250 per person to enjoy the facilities in the Sky Deck.

For reservations contact Robert at Cape Royale: 021 430 0500 or email:

Cape Town Christmas V&A

Keeping up the festivities within the Waterfront area is the Victoria and Alfred Hotel. Their OYO restaurant is hosting a spectacular “White Christmas” on Christmas Day for lunch. The restaurant will be decked out in crisp white linens and surely create nostalgia in the minds of some of our  Northern Hemisphere friends. The lunch is a whopping 6 course affair and you will be presented with a glass of South African bubbly on arrival, get to enjoy a Christmas cracker and are even given a gift to take home as a reminder of your wonderful day out in Cape Town. The entertainments during lunch comes in the form of a live band playing contemporary lounge music so as not to overpower the senses. This meal will cost you ZAR 495 per person.

Cape Town Christmas V&A

Moving on to New Year’s, one can expect the feast of all feasts as you will be indulging in an 8 course set menu which features retro-inspired food classics. I even spotted a devilled quails egg and cheese fondue which definitely fall under the “retro” title… but then a surprise like avocado ice cream might tempt those looking for something more nouveau.  The entire roof of OYO is going to be covered in balloons as you are welcomed with canapés and glasses of bubbly. The entertainment will be a live band playing mostly 80’s disco and then a DJ for those wishing to dance off their meal before the strike of 12. Again this is a great venue to enjoy the fireworks display and to appreciate the African skies under which to share kisses with your loved ones.

For reservations contact Tracy at Victoria and Alfred Hotel: 021 419 6677 or email:


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About the author 

Matthew Sterne

Matt discovered a passion for writing in the six years he spent travelling abroad. He worked for a turtle sanctuary in Nicaragua, in an ice cream factory in Norway and on a camel safari in India. He was a door-to-door lightbulb-exchanger in Australia, a pub crawl guide in Amsterdam and a journalist in Colombia. Now, he writes and travels with us.

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