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How to celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Western Cape

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner and if you haven’t got your plans sorted already there’s tons to do in and around Cape Town that will ensure you leave 2017 with a bang and start off the New Year right. Whether you’re looking to dance the night away or have a low-key night with your nearest and dearest, our list has got you covered.

Whether you’re looking to dance the night away or have a low-key night with your nearest and dearest, our list has got you covered.


Jimmy Nevis and Ard Matthews at La Parada, Constantia Nek

Bring in 2018 by celebrating with some local talent at La Parada. Cape Town Superstar Jimmy Nevis and Just Jinger frontman Ard Matthews will be heading up the stage at this elegant Tapas Bar surrounded by scenic views of Constantia Nek. The night will kick off with some of their best tunes followed by local DJ Will Travel on the decks.

Time: 8pm-3am

Where: 1 Hout Bay Road, Constantia

Cost: R450 (early bird)
R550 (normal bird)
R650 (late bird)
R1 500 (three-course dinner, includes entry to the event and a glass of bubbly)


Paint the town red with Radisson Red

One of Cape Town’s hottest new hotels, Radisson Red is kicking off its first New Year’s Eve with a serious bang. This rooftop soiree will have you enjoying a welcome G&T, amazing street food style snacks, a midnight fireworks display with none other than Mr Roger Goode from 5fm serving some serious beats to set the mood.

Time: 6pm onwards

Where: Silo 6, Silo square, Radisson Red Waterfront

Cost: R1 800 per person (includes meal, G&T on arrival, bubbly at midnight, and top-drawer DJs)

More info on Radisson Red Cape Town Website


Goldfish and Hot Water live at Kirstenbosch

A firm favourite for local families, Kirstenbosch’s Summer Sunsets peak with their New Year’s Eve concert that always proves to be a fun night for all. This year the smooth beats of Goldfish and Hot Water will take the stage with the beautiful backdrop of the Botanical gardens to ease you into the New Year. Gather the family, pack a picnic, kick off your shoes and enjoy! (Kirstenbosch)

Time: 7pm

Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

Cost: R385 pp

Rezonance NYE Festival

Rez Fest is a 3 day trance festival and is one the best ways to make the most of your new years’ experience. This year a new venue, multiple dancefloors, great facilities and a crazy international and local line-up are sure to make for a memorable New Years. Just 107km outside of Cape Town you can escape into this magical world and come out the other side in 2018 as a new you. (Rezonance)

When: 30 December 2017 at 10am – 1 January 2018 at 4pm
Where: Theewaters Sports Club, Villiersdorp, 6848 (Old Caledon Road)
Cost: R200 – R2 650


Cape Town Comedy Club

Laugh your way into the New Year with The Cape Town Comedy club’s annual New Year’s Eve bash. Kurt Schoonrad will be hosting this year with jazz band; Airbourne performing on the night. With bragging rights as one of the Top 10 comedy clubs in the world, the level of entertainment is sure to be top class and what a better way to start a new year than on a happy note with a glass of champagne in hand.

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Time: 7pm –late

Where: The Pumphouse, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront

Cost: R1500 pp

Fireworks at the V&A Waterfront

City of Alexandria fireworks, in celebration of Alexandria's birthday.



Mother City Camp Out

For a more relaxed atmosphere Once in Cape Town and Greenpop have partnered up to give you a one of a kind New Years Eve experience. For those tired of the same old parties every year head out to Table Mountain National Park for an unique four-day New Year’s Eve rustic glamping experience.

Each day has planned activities – from sunrise yoga to watching a movie under the stars, including a daily breakfast. Theres a big focus on green, off-the-grid living and the campsite being use is solar-powered wherever possible, recycles waste and uses organic waste for re-compost. This forward-thinking, conscious camp out is a great way to bring in 2018.

When: 29 December 2017 – 2 January 2018, 2pm – 10am

Where: 73 Kloof Street, Gardens

Cost: From R412 – R3900

Kinky Summer NYE: Far Out East (Kinky Summer)

Kinky Summer New Years Eve festival is always a treat and this year things are about to get a whole lot sweeter. 3 outdoor dancefloors, outdoor cinema, décor and art installations, Gin Mixology Bar, food brought to you by Feastival and top class acts and performers are just some of the ways the team are making this Kinky Summer an unforgettable one.

When: 31 December 2017 – 1 January 2018, 12pm – 6am

Where: La Paris, Franshoek

Cost: R450 – Early Bird

R550 – Phase 1

R650 – Phase 2

R750 – Phase 3

Get Tickets to Kinky Summer


Bring in the New Year in style at the All That Glitters Party at The One & Only

If being surrounded by luxury, glitz and glam is how you want to spend your night then the One & Only Hotel’s All that Glitters Cocktail Party is ideal. Nothing short of extravagant, you can look forward to a feast of live stations, including oyster shucking, a seafood and Champagne bar, a caviar bar and vodka lounge, gourmet savoury treats and show stopping sweets. Dress up in your sparkles, put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a night of pure elegance.

Time: 7pm – 2am

Where: One & Only, Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront

Cost: R2750 pp



If partying the night away isn’t your thing there is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating the year in the comfort of your home away from the maddening crowds. Invite your closest family and friends and throw your own party. Karaoke is a great way to get the vibe going and if you’re looking for a more relaxed scene a games night is always a good idea. Bring out the snack platters and get a few key ingredients for a cocktail bar where everyone can have fun concocting their own delicious drinks. No matter what kind of party it is, photo booths are always a hit so head down to the party store and get a few props and find a corner in your home where your friends and family can document the night in style. Why not have a movie marathon of your favourite titles or crank up the music and dance the night away, the options are endless.