Christmas in Cape Town: Top festive markets and events to enjoy!

Christmas time in South Africa is truly unique. While the classic image of Christmas is one filled with chilly weather, crackling fires and falling snowflakes, a South African Christmas offers a whole different kind of experience! We swap snow for sandy beaches and celebrate the festive season under the sun!

The festive season falls during South Africa’s summer and locals and travelers will get to enjoy the wonders of the festive season, just in the warmer weather! One of the best places to spend the festive season is in Cape Town. The city, its surrounding suburbs and the Cape Winelands host a variety of festive events that are sure to excite people of all interests and ages. To help you make the most of Christmas time in Cape Town, dk villas has put together a quick guide on the best things to see and do in Cape Town at Christmas.

V&A Waterfront

Here are the top things to see and do, including festive markets and events, during the festive season in Cape Town:

1. Visit one of Cape Town’s enchanting local markets:

Cape Town’s markets are a must-see throughout the year. When Christmas time comes around, various local markets embrace the festive cheer making them even more unmissable! Shop for gifts, try delicious food and support local businesses at any of the options listed below.

Cape Town Summer Market

Make your way to the Cape Town Summer Market in Company’s Garden to browse the stalls. Located in the heart of the city centre, surrounded by gorgeous greenery and with the magnificent Table Mountain providing a pretty epic backdrop, the Cape Town Summer Market is sure to delight shoppers! It is set to be held from 16 - 18 December 2021 and the market is hosted outdoors.

To experience more of Cape Town’s beautiful flora and fauna, visit the Christmas Market at Kirstenbosch, the event will be held on 19 December and hosts a variety of local vendors. Visit and enjoy the wide selection and beautiful surroundings! More information here.

Explore the Night on the Square Christmas market held at Greenmarket Square from 4 - 14 December and 18 - 31 December 2021 to browse more local goods in the historic heart of Cape Town! More information here.

During the week, pay a visit to the Oranjezicht City Farm Wednesday Night Market at the V&A Waterfront for a spot of evening shopping! Look forward to great local food, produce and artisanal products.

Head south from the city centre to Noordhoek for a festive seaside pop up from 9 - 12 December 2021! Visit the Noordhoek Gift Fair which will feature an array of local artists and designers. The market will be held just off Beach Road - keep an eye out for the signs!

Christmas Presents

Travel slightly further south to Sun Valley between Fish Hoek and Kommetjie for the Fab Ideas Christmas Gifts Fair. Held indoors at Sun Valley High School from 17 - 22 December 2021, this is another great destination for locally crafted gifts and treats! More information here.

Somerset West is home to a number of popular weekend markets. A long-time favourite is the Lourensford Market held on Saturdays and Sundays; there are also Friday Twilight Markets during the summer season! Visit for a weekend treat and enjoy the festive atmosphere during December! More information here.

Franschhoek is a must-see destination on any trip to the Cape Winelands! The charming small town is home to award-winning gourmet restaurants and is surrounded by world-class wine estates. From 16 - 19 December 2021, Franschhoek Village Market on Huguenot Road in the centre of town becomes even more lively with festive cheer! Visit to shop for gifts and treat yourself to a treat or two! More information here.

These are just a selection of Cape Town and the surrounding areas wonderful markets. Get out and explore your area to find even more options.

Christmas Tree

2. Enjoy festive events at these beautiful spots across the Cape Peninsula and Cape Winelands:

The festive season is a time for celebrating with family and friends. What better way to do that than at one of these December and festive events in Cape Town?

The Carols at Kirstenbosch event has been running for years and is ever-popular! It is the perfect example of a “South African Christmas” event as it’s a fantastic combination of a Christmas tradition and a summery setting! Book a ticket to the carols event and look forward to an evening of Christmas tunes in the beautiful Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Find out more information about tickets here.

You can also enjoy the Carols by Candlelight show at Blaauklippen Vineyards in Stellenbosch. The Stellenbosch University Symphonic Orchestra will be accompanied by a selection of talented singers and musicians. More information here.

Twinkling lights are a Christmas time staple across the world! Drive down Adderley Street in the heart of the city centre to admire the “festival of lights” which adorns the road during the December festive season.

Christmas Decoration

For a lovely family-friendly evening under the stars, book an evening at the Galileo Open Air Cinema! There is a great selection of festive movies airing around Christmas this year. Watch Four Christmases at Kirstenbosch on 23 December, The Grinch at Meerendal Wine Estate on Christmas Eve, Home Alone Christmas Day and Elf on Boxing Day, both at Kirstenbosch. Book tickets here.

There are a number of options for toe-tapping live music events during the December and January festive season! Enjoy top local artists at Sun-Set@Baxter Concert series. Held in Baxter Theatre’s scenic garden, watch Matthew Mole on 16 December 2021 and Zolani Mahola, The One Who Sings, on 30 January 2022. Book tickets here.

Head to Alto Wine Estate in Stellenbosch to enjoy their Sunset Rouge Evenings running until the end of December. Book tickets and enjoy live local music, wine, and amazing views of the sunset and Stellenbosch Hills.

Durbanville Hills will also be hosting their Sunday Sunset concerts from December to May.
Look forward to delicious wine tastings and great local entertainment!

Christmas Tree 2

The Cape Winelands host a variety of festive events. Visit the incredibly popular Babylonstoren wine estate and make your own Christmas wreath at one of their popular workshops.

At Spier in Stellenbosch, enjoy their series of festive picnics along the riverside. You could also enjoy a truly unique storytelling experience at the Constellations event which is a series of theatrical campfire gatherings hosted at various spots around the wine estate. More information here on the event being held until 18 December 2021.

Visit Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch to enjoy the Warwick Kids Christmas Carnival! Look forward to a family-friendly, fun-filled day on 17 December 2021. Kids can write a letter to Santa, enjoy face painting, a petting zoo and more! Book tickets here.

In Cape Town, visit the One&Only hotel in the V&A Waterfront for a delicious Frosted Afternoon Tea. Enjoy the hotel’s fantastic high afternoon tea with Christmas themed treats!
This special afternoon tea is available from 16 - 30 December at R425 per person.


3. Find a delicious local spot to enjoy Christmas Day lunch or Christmas Eve dinner:

We couldn’t finish this list without mentioning the great Christmas Day Lunch and Christmas Eve Dinner options. Take a look at the brief overview below and find out more about Christmas lunch and dinner options for 2021 here.

V&A Waterfront at Night

Popular options include Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia, Hout Bay Manor, Radisson Blu Hotel in the Waterfront, Jonkershuis in Constantia, Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic and Benguela Cove in Hermanus.

Hazendal Wine Estate and Jordan Wine Estate both offer delicious Christmas Day lunches and picnics! Be sure to find a spot that ticks all of your boxes!

Christmas Meal

Stay responsible - mask up and practice social distancing at Cape Town’s markets and events.

Spend Christmas in the sun and enjoy a trip to Cape Town in the festive season! Make it even more memorable by booking a stay at one of dk villas gorgeous properties - it’s the perfect way to have a holly, jolly South African Christmas!