From chilling on a hidden beach to a five-course waterside feast…
Christmas has that uncanny knack of creeping up on us. And while preparing a festive feast for family and friends at home is generally a pleasure, after months in lockdown, spending Christmas day on a hidden beach or having a gourmet feast prepared for you is so much more appealing.
The Cape is teeming with wonderful things to do this Christmas. We’ve rounded up a few suggestions. Happy holidays!
Christmas Eve at Grub & Vine
Join chef Matt Manning at his Bree Street bistro for a mouthwatering and undeniably festive Christmas Eve dinner. The six-course feast is a fantastically fresh take on Christmas classics and features grass-fed beef rump cap served with escargot-stuffed Yorkshire pudding, tenderstem broccoli, black pepper-and-truffle sauce and homemade mince pies. Guests will also have the option to add a wine-pairing to their dinner, curated by talented sommelier Keize Mumba.
View the Christmas Eve dinner menu
Please note A deposit of R250 per person is required to secure your booking.
Cost R795 (six-course dinner)
R1 295 (six-course dinner with wine pairing)
Contact 087 153 5244, email@example.com
Where to find it 103 Bree Street, Cape Town
Picnic at Kirstenbosch
With striking mountain views forming the backdrop for these world-renowned gardens, Kirstenbosch has to be one of the most scenic picnic spots in Cape Town. Pack a hamper of delicious Christmas-themed goodies, throw down a blanket, and then kick back and enjoy the fresh air and tranquil surrounds, while the kids roam free, exploring streams, climbing rocks and enjoying the wide-open space.
Cost R75 (adults)
R40 (students with a valid card)
R20 (children 6 – 17 years)
Free (children under 6, BotSoc members)
Free (senior citizens on Tuesdays, except public holidays)
Contact 021 799 8782, Kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za
Where to find it Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town
Dine at One&Only Cape Town
Enjoy a feast without the fuss at One&Only Cape Town, the world-class resort on the edge of a marina at the V&A Waterfront. There are five incredible dining options to choose from this Christmas: a five-course Christmas Eve dinner at Vista Bar & Lounge, an à la carte breakfast at Vista Bar & Lounge, a three-course family-style lunch at Ochre Restaurant, sunset canapés at Nobu (followed by an à la carte dinner), and a five-course Christmas dinner at Vista Bar & Lounge. Take your pick!
Spend the night If you’re looking for a festive season escape, check out O&O’s Urban Retreat special – which includes free stays for children under 12.
Cost R1 200 per person (Christmas Eve dinner)
R1 450 per person (Christmas lunch)
R300 per person (Nobu sunset canapes)
R1 100 per person (Christmas dinner)
Contact 021 431 5888, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
A feast at Radisson Blu Hotel
The ocean-hugging Radisson Blu at the Waterfront is hosting a Christmas-in-Cape-Town experience complete with sea views and delicious food. On Christmas Eve, guests can enjoy a set dinner menu that includes a welcome drink, two starters, a main and dessert. On Christmas Day, lunch and dinner guests will enjoy a welcome drink and a feast that includes delicious starters like smoked duck breast and sushi, and classics like roast turkey, leg of lamb and grilled linefish for mains. On Christmas Day guests will receive a small gift on arrival!
View the Christmas Eve dinner menu
View the Christmas Day menu
Please note In an effort to reduce plastic, there will be no crackers this year.
Good to know Children under 5 years eat for free and children between 5 and 12 years get a 50% discount.
Cost R795 (Christmas Eve dinner)
R1 095 (Christmas Day lunch)
R950 (Christmas dinner)
Contact 021 441 3000, email@example.com
Where to find it Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, 100 Beach Road, Granger Bay Blvd, Cape Town
Braai on the beach up the West Coast
Preekstoel (preacher’s pulpit in Afrikaans) is a lesser-known sliver of beach near Kraalbaai in the West Coast National Park. Offering seclusion, shelter, breathtaking views and amazing swimming, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing family braai on Christmas Day.
Please note You’ll need to bring your own wood, grid, picnic blanket and anything else you might need.
Cost Rates valid until 31 October 2021
R66 (adults, outside flower season)
R33 (children, outside flower season)
R100 (adults, Standard Conservation Fee & SADC Nationals)
R50 (children, Standard Conservation Fee & SADC Nationals)
R94 (adults, during flower season)
R47 (children, during flower season)
Contact 022 772 2144
Where to find it West Coast National Park, R27, West Coast
This glistening reservoir is open to everybody, including pooches (dog owners require a Level 1 My Activity Permit), but there are no lifeguards on duty, so swimming is at your own risk. There’s a 1km trail around the water with a boardwalk that’s easily accessible for wheelchairs and prams. There are also loads of picture-perfect picnic spots dotted around the reserve where you can spend a chilled Christmas day in the sun.
Cost Conservation fee (rates valid until 31 October 2021):
R35 (SA citizens and residents with ID); R15 (SA children, 2 – 11 years)
R70 (SADC nationals with valid passport); R35 (SADC children with valid passport)
R140 (international visitors; standard conservation fee); R70 (international children; standard conservation fee)
Contact 021 712 0527, firstname.lastname@example.org (Table Mountain National Park)
Where to find it Silvermine Reservoir in Table Mountain National Park (via M3)
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