Christmas Events in Cape Town 2021

Festive Season & Christmas Events and Celebrations in Cape Town

Can you hear the Cape Town Christmas bells ringing? The festive season is officially in full swing, and Christmas is right around the corner, which means the Mother City has gone into full festive season and Christmas celebration mode.

Cape Town’s summer festive season is every bit as amazing as you can imagine, and you better believe the Mother City likes to pull out all the stops when it comes to celebrating this magical time of year.

Here are some of the top festive season and Christmas events in Cape Town you absolutely cannot miss out on.

#Carols by Candlelight

Christmas Events in Cape Town 2021 - Carols by Candlelight
Photo credit: Vergelegen Wine Estate
  • When: 15 December 2021
  • Where: Vergelegen Wine Estate, Lourensford Road, Somerset West, Cape Town
  • Time: Doors open 5pm | Show starts 7pm
  • Cost: Adults: R100 | Children (5 – 16): R50 | Pensioners (65+): R80 | Children under 5: Free
  • Contact details: 021 852 4608 | 076 062 5855 | 021 847 2100 | [email protected] | [email protected] | | Facebook event link
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Helderberg Hospice invites families and friends alike to come together and celebrate the true spirit of the Christmas season with Carol singing and a Christmas pageant under the stars at the beautiful Vergelegen Estate, Somerset West on the 15th of December 2021.

Bring your picnic basket, chairs or blanket, a torch, warm clothing and all your loved ones to enjoy an amazing supper on the lawn before the presentation of the Christmas Pageant and communal singing under the stars. This special Carols by Candlelight event will undoubtedly ignite the festive season spirit in all who attends.

#Festive at Makers Landing

  • When: 3 December 2021 – 31 December 2021
  • Where: Makers Landing, The Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • V&A Waterfront Contact Details: [email protected] | [email protected] | [email protected] | 021 408 7610 | 021 408 7600 |
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The food community at Makers Landing have been hard at work, testing and tasting away as they prepare to welcome visitors to explore a variety of bespoke menus, tastings, and gifting options. Starting 3 December, whether you’re into festive beer brews, infused gins, meaty varieties or sweet treats, Makers Landing has it all. Connect and make memories with family and friends while enjoying sensational summer flavours, harbour views, local beats and festive season cheer. 

You can look forward to enjoying the following festive season and Christmas events and celebrations at Makers Landing from the 3rd to the 31st of December 2021:

#Live Bands @ Makers Landing

  • When: Every Saturday & Sunday
  • Time: 12:30pm – 2:30pm

From celebrating the best in local food, right down to enjoying cool tunes and ‘lekker’ live beats by some of Cape Town’s hippest DJ’s and top local musicians, weekends at Makers Landing is nothing short of incredible.

#Makers Landing Birthday Celebration

  • When:10 December 2021
  • Where: Makers Landing, The Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Time: 9am – 9pm
  • Various activities, food and music happening on the day
  • Follow Makers Landing on Instagram for more information and amazing giveaways this December

#Acrylic Paint Pouring Class – Creating Magic @ Makers Landing

  • When: 11 December 2021 & 18 December 2021
  • Where: Makers Landing, The Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Time: 1pm – 3pm
  • Contact details: [email protected]
  • Cost: from R295
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#V&A Waterfront Summer Record & Music Fair

  • When: 19 December 2021
  • Where: Makers Landing, The Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Time: 10am – 4pm
  • Cost: Free Entry
  • Contact details: [email protected]
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Over 3000 Records to look through and everything else music from CD’s, books, band merchandise and turntables. You might even catch one of your favorite artists to autograph your favorite album. The event also features Cape Town’s hippest DJ’s and some live acts on the day.

Live Performances:

  • Lemon Zest
  • Robin Auld


  • Futurist
  • Bhatch
  • Johnny Paps

#The V&A Waterfront Kids Market

  • When: 11 & 18 December 2021 | 29 January 2022
  • Where: Makers Landing, The Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Time: 10:00am – 3pm
  • Contact details: 021 408 7610 | [email protected]
  • Click here to find out more about the V&A Waterfront Kids Market

#FESTIVE Cooking Classes at Makers Landing

Christmas Events in Cape Town 2021
Photo credit: V&A Waterfront Cape Town | Makers Landing
  • When: 4 December 2021 – 22 December 2021
  • Where: Makers Landing, The Cruise Terminal, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Cost: From R285
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Are you in need of some extra foodie inspiration this festive season? Makers Landing has you covered! Brush up on your foodie flair by signing up for any of Makers Landing’s specially curated, festive, and fun cooking demo classes hosted by a range of local chefs and some of their very own makers.

From helping you reinvent golden oldie recipes to igniting the adventurous foodie spark to creating an entirely new festive season spread, this is one fun and festive foodie event you don’t want to miss.

There will be live music and a variety of food and drinks to sample and enjoy before or after your class, all while admiring the stunning summer sunsets on the water’s edge. What more could you ask for? Make sure you book your Makers Landing FESTIVE Cooking Demo Class right away to avoid missing out!

Festive Demo Classes Series Schedule:

  • Sweet Lion Heart – Festive Slab Decorating Evening Workshop | 8 December 2021 | 5:30pm – 7:45pm
  • The Bread Bar – Bread, Cheese & Wine @ R450 | 10 December 2021 | 4pm – 7pm
  • Nolu Seven Colours Eatery – Traditional Festive Cooking @ R445 | 11 December 2021 | 1:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Tumi ChewMe – Two course meal experience @ R395 | 11 December 2021 | 5pm – 8pm
  • Charming Chef – Festive Macaroons @ R285 | 12 December 2021 | 2pm – 4pm
  • Amerae – Better than holiday braai sides: Salads and more! Food that loves you back. @ R345 | 17 December 2021 | 5pm – 8pm
  • Amerae – Better than holiday braai sides: Salads and more! Food that loves you back. @ R345 | 18 December 2021 | 1:30pm – 5pm
  • Fuzzy -Flakey Roti Classes @ R340 | 18 December 2021 | 6pm – 8pm
  • Sweet Lion Heart – Festive Candy Cone Decorating Evening Workshop | 22 December 2021 | 5:30pm – 7:45pm

Click here to find out more or to book your spot for the FESTIVE Cooking Classes at Makers Landing.

#Summer Menus and Launches at Makers Landing

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Currently home to 17 incredible and diverse Makers, the wildly popular Makers Landing is only expected to thrive, flourish, and grow in the coming years. Once you’ve paid this ever-vibrant and always-exceptional Cape Town foodie mecca – dedicated to showcasing and celebrating South Africa’s diverse heritage and culture through food – a visit, you’ll know exactly why.

The Makers at Makers Landing are passionate food producers and small businesses who encapsulate and celebrate a farm-to-table and nose-to-tail approach. Here, the very best of South African food and flavours are showcased, championed, shared, and celebrated.

Christmas Events in Cape Town 2021
Photo credit: Makers Landing

Offering everything from aromatic curries, Indian street food, and locally produced cheese, to down-right delicious burgers, traditional braaibroodjies, tasty koeksisters, and freshly ground coffee, Makers Landing undoubtedly has something for everyone.

Boasting such a remarkable, unique, and vast variety of Makers, you can expect to enjoy several spectacular summer menus and exciting launches at Makers Landing throughout Cape Town’s festive and summer season.

To ensure you celebrate the festive season the true Cape Town way, make sure you get your bookings in for the following Makers’ food, drink, and sweet treat experiences: 

  • Gin Tastings at Pienaar & Sons
  • Shisinyama at Pitso’s Kitchen
  • Seaside Breakfast Menu Launch at Conscious Meat Merchants
  • Ayurverda in a bowl at Indikaap
  • Braaibroodjies at Mosi Smokehouse
  • Koesisters and Salomies at Fuzzy’s
  • Curries and cane juice at Charm’s Kitchen
  • Fudgey Waffles at Ooh Fudge
  • All the chocolate varieties at Afrikoa Chocolate
  • Wings and burgers at Sidewing
  • Best in Indian Street food at Kapoochka
  • Karaoke Fridays and Spitbraai Sundays at Ukhamba
  • Festive breads and cakes by the Bread Bar Bakery and Sweet Lion Heart
  • Treat yourself for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at Emazulwini restaurant

#Santa visits the V&A Summer Palace

  • When: 15 December 2021 – 24 December 2021
  • Where: V&A Waterfront | 19 Dock Road, Cape Town
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 11am – 5pm
  • Contact details: 021 408 7600 | [email protected] |

Undoubtedly one of the most festive and enjoyable Christmas events in Cape Town, visiting the iconic V&A Summer Palace is tons of fun for the whole family.

From the 11th to the 24th of December, Queen Halima (Mother Earth) has opened Ibhotwe Lasehlotyeni, her Summer Palace, for everyone to visit. It is in this palace that she protects all living things on land, in the air, and in the water. Famous for hosting honoured guests, she will soon be welcoming Santa, who is expected to arrive on the 15th of December. They will be seated in the Summer Palace every day, at different times, inviting guests to have a photo taken together.

Queen Halima is always accompanied by her beloved Aziza fairies. They will be there to meet and greet Gimbel, a special guest who is being sent by Santa ahead of his arrival. Gimbel is also known as the naughty Elf on the Shelf.  He will tour the Summer Palace and the V&A Waterfront neighbourhood along with one of the Azizas who will keep him in check, ensuring he does not get up to mischief. When he becomes a menace, the Aziza will put Gimbel to sleep, giving you the perfect opportunity to take a photo of him.

**If you manage to snap a pic of Gimble, share it on Instagram and Tag @VandAWaterfront #joyfromafrica and you could win a R2,500 V&A Waterfront gift voucher – T&C’s apply.

As you wander the neighbourhood looking for Gimbel, enjoy the sounds of Africa, with live music and performances every day, as well as face-painting and special appearances by ‘Miles the Tall Man’.

Back at Ibhotwe Lasehlotyeni, Palace Guards will be roaming the Summer Palace to ensure all visitors feel welcome and safe. Stop them for a moment – they love a good selfie!

Queen Halima, her Azizas, the Lion Guards, and Gimble will be at the V&A Waterfront from the 11th of December, between 11am and 12pm, preparing for Santa’s arrival on the 15th of December from 11am to 5pm daily.

#Watershed Festive Market

  • When: 13 December – 19 December 2021
  • Where: The Watershed Market, V&A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Cost: Free
  • Time: 10am – 6pm
  • Contact details: 021 408 7600

There is no better way to get into the festive season spirit and get all your Christmas shopping sorted than at a market that has something of everything. In addition to being one of Cape Town’s best markets, The Watershed at the V&A is so much more. It is a beautiful and vibrant space that boasts over 150 tenants, offering more than 365 different brands. From ceramics, textiles, furniture, and fashion, to jewellery, various arts and crafts, and an array of unique products, The Watershed at the V&A Waterfront has everything you need. Several exhibitions, live entertainment, and workshops are also hosted at The Watershed.

The Watershed is kicking off their week of festive gifting on the 13th of December 2021, where you can experience the best of local exquisite handmade designs, music, food, and live entertainment.

Click here to view the Watershed Festive Market line-up from the 13th to the 19th of December.