It’s the festive season: 3 cities, 10 events, 1 hell of a turn-up time
With so many events to go to this December, we have rounded up some of the most interesting ones
December is finally here! And with it comes a whole bunch of events and numerous ways to max out your credit cards. So trying to plan your festive season calendar without going crazy? We have rounded up events fit for the kiddies and even the elderly all happening in December.
So here are the top 10 events to attend if you will be in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban.
CINDERELLA AT MONTECASINO
The Joburg Ballet is presenting a production of Cinderella at Montecasino’s Teatro. What is described as a “dazzling night and a glittering ball” will be on for just over a week during the holidays. The family-friendly production promises to be magical.
Date: 14 – 23 Dec; 7:30 pm
Location: Teatro At Montecasino, Fourways
Tickets: R150 – R450
THE 12 PUBS OF CHRISTMAS
If the idea of a chilled festive season does not go with you, then maybe doing a pub crawl just might do the trick. The 12 Pubs of Christmas originated in Ireland where people wear crazy Christmas-themed outfits and now you can too. To be a part of the debauchery, you will have to visit 12 pubs in one night while following the ridiculous drinking rules.
Date: Sat, 15 Dec; 2:00 pm
Location: 1 Fox Precinct, Ferreiras Dorp
Tickets: R150 / R500 KAYA FM AND BASSLINE LIVE PRESENTS TORTURED SOUL
The American soulful house music band, Tortured Soul, will be making a return to South Africa this December. The group has collaborated with various South African house DJs and producers and even featured on the Black Coffee song I know what’s on your mind. If an intimate house jam is what you are looking for these holidays, then check this event out.
Date: Sat, 15 Dec; 8:00 pm
Location: Lyric Theatre, Ormonde
Tickets: R250 – R685
SOWETO INK FESTIVAL
Tattoo artistry, music and night life come together at this unique convention aimed at growing tattoo culture in Soweto while highlighting tattoo artistry.
Date: Sun, 16 Dec; 10:00 am
Location: Walter Sisulu Square, Soweto
Tickets: R99 / R149 for two
CHRISTMAS EVE 3-COURSE PLATED DINNER
The Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton is hosting a Christmas Eve dinner party for those who maybe want to celebrate with friends before the Christmas family dinner or those who just don’t want to cook a big meal on the day. There is even a special menu for kids aged seven to 12 while kids under six eat for free.
Date: Mon, 24 Dec; 6:00 pm
Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, Sandton
Tickets: Free / R49
DJ EUPHONIC RESIDENCY AT RADISSON RED
Euphonik will be the resident DJ every Thursday during the festive season at the Radisson Red. Delicious snacks come complimentary with the ticket, but make sure to book beforehand at firstname.lastname@example.org as no tickets will be sold at the door.
Date: Now – 3 Jan (Thursdays only); 2:00 pm
Location: RED Roof at the Radisson RED Hotel, Cape Town
MATILDA – THE MUSICAL
Roald Dahl’s book about the bookish Matilda dealing with her horrible family and terrifying head mistress comes alive on stage this December, in this highly lauded musical.
Date: Now – 11 Jan; From 2:00pm
Location: Opera House at Artscape Theatre Centre, Foreshore
Tickets: R100 – R520
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 2018
The beautiful Vergelegen Estate will bring alight the Christmas spirit with a picnic on its great lawn along with Christmas carol singing and even a pageant.
Date: 12 Dec; 5:00 pm
Location: Vergelegen Wine Estate, Somerset West
Tickets: R50 – R100
CAPE TOWN NATURAL HAIR FEST
Celebrating natural hair, this market style promotes itself as the biggest natural hair event in the country. Hair enthusiasts will be able to purchase the latest products on the market and get to interact with other like-minded people.
Date: 15 – 16 Dec; 6:00 pm / 10:00 am
Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town
Tickets: R125 – R380
RCS GUGULETHU RECONCILIATION RACE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL
Start the new year fit by taking part in this annual event. This family-orientated event will also include entertainment to ensure that fun is had after all that hard work.
Date: 16 Dec; 6:30 am
Location: NY 49 Gugulethu Stadium, Gugulethu
Tickets: R30 – R91
BLACK COFFEE PRESENTED BY THE CHIVAS BLEND
As the year comes to a close, Black Coffee will be bringing his set to one of Cape Town’s hottest beaches. With sundowners in hand, is there a better way to end the year?
Date: 30 Dec; 5:00 pm
Location: Shimmy Beach Club, Cape Town
Tickets: R280 – R380
Barney Simon, Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa bring this classic South African story back to life this December. Book early because some dates will see the play move to a smaller theatre, limiting the number of tickets available. Date: 6 – 30 Dec; From 2:30 pm
Location: The Playhouse Company, Durban Central
Tickets: R64 – R150
DURBAN BOTANIC GARDEN TRAIL OF LIGHTS 2018
Magic will take over as the festive lights come on at the Durban’s Botanical Gardens. The whole family can follow a trail of lights through the trees as the night is lit up along with specially organised fun activities.
Date: 14 – 30 Dec; 6:30 pm
Location: Durban Botanic Gardens, Musgrave
CAPITEC - LIVE BETTER FESTIVAL
With performances from Nasty C, Dj Tira, Distruction Boyz, AKA and even Kwesta, you would be forgiven for thinking this was a NYE line-up. But it’s Summertime, so every weekend is a time to party.
Date: 15 Dec; 2:00 pm
Location: Kings Park outer fields, Stamford Hill
Tickets: R250 / R750
WILD REPUBLIK MUSIC FESTIVAL
A party specifically made so that teens can have fun this festive season, but in a safe and secure environment. This music and food festival will feature exhibitions, displays and bring together local artists for a fun day event.
Date: 22 Dec; 2:00 pm
Location: Ollivanders Estate, Shongweni
Tickets: R250 / R650 CHRISTMAS EVE DINNER AND DANCE
What could make your Christmas Eve better than dancing the night away with your partner while the champagne flows? Well maybe choosing your dinner from a menu that includes Ballotine of roast turkey or Parsley crusted lamb fillet and many other delectable dishes.
Date: 24 Dec; 6:00 pm
Location: The Oyster Box, Umhlanga