There’s no better way to do your Christmas shopping than at some of Cape Town’s many quality Christmas markets, so avoid the shopping mall madness and pick up a few artisan goodies that will add a personal touch to your gift giving this year. Shopping is stress-free and aisle cruising amounts to a leisurely stroll with the family amidst fresh air and good company. There are many to choose from but some highlights and favourites include Simply South Gift and Craft Fair in Bergvliet, Kirstenbosch Craft and Gift Fair and Pinelands Gift Fair. Find a full list of all the best markets in Cape Town this festive season here. (https://capemarkets.co.za/markets/christmas-markets-cape-town/)
Red Bus Tour
This hop-on, hop-off bus tour must be one of the best ways to see Cape Town. You can choose where to get on and off and how much time you want to spend at the various drop-off points spread across the city and while on board the audio commentary will keep you informed on the complex and fascinating histories behind each stop. City Sightseeing South Africa operates four different tours in Cape Town, including the Red City Tour, the Blue Mini Peninsula Tour, the Yellow Downtown Tour and the Purple Wine Tour. Find out more about the packages on offer here. (https://www.citysightseeing.co.za)
Have a Beach Day
The Cape Peninsula has a wealth of options when it comes to beaches and the perfect summer weather to go with. On the Atlantic side you have some beautiful beaches like Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno which are perfect for anything from sunbathing days to sunset strolls. On the False Bay side you can visit beaches like the popular surfing corner of Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, Simonstown and everything in-between. So get the family together and head to the beach for a day.
Table Mountain Cableway Sunset Special
Experience an African sunset atop one of the world’s 7 Wonders of Nature and without breaking the bank! Between 1 November 2017 to 28 February 2018 tickets are half price after 6pm. With Cape Town’s balmy summer evenings and longer days it’s the perfect opportunity to see Cape Town from a whole new perspective and get some spectacular sunset shots.
Dinos Alive Exhibit
This one is great for the kids and allows you to feel as if you’ve stepped back in time. Dinos Alive Augmented Reality is a new exhibition that combines the magnificence of dinosaurs with cutting-edge technology so that visitors can experience what it must have been like to walk among dinosaurs. The expo has 5 interactive augmented reality and virtual reality experiences on offer, including a large interactive dino screen, virtual T-Rex experience, virtual reality tour and a dino edu-table. DinosAlive Augmented Reality exhibition will take place at Capegate Shopping Centre at the Centre court, from 6 December 2017 until 14 January 2018, from 10am to 7pm. Tickets cost R65 per person.
Goldfish Submerged Sessions at Shimmy Beach Club
The amazing electronic duo Goldfish is back at Shimmy Beach Club for the fourth consecutive year to kick off the summer season in style. The classically trained musical pair has enjoyed much local and international success, and their edgy afro-jazz flair helps produce hit after hit so it’s no wonder locals and visitors to Cape Town return to the swanky Shimmy every year for their epic parties. The popular Submerged sessions will be running for seven weeks from Sunday, 10 December 2017 until 7 January 2018. Tickets available at nutickets. (https://afterhours.nutickets.co.za/)
Galileo Open Air Cinema
The Galileo Open Air Cinema is a magical outdoor movie experience running until 27 April at various venues around the Western Cape including Kirstenbosch Gardens, Bloemendal Wine Estate and the V & A Waterfront. You can look forward to a romantic night under the stars and a great line-up of classic movies. What’s more, beer, wine and fresh popcorn will be on sale at every event, along with an artisan fare. So it’s not actually necessary to lug the cooler boxes or pack the picnic basket at all although you do have that option. The Galileo have introduced a picnic box. When you buy your tickets on Webtickets.co.za, you can purchase your very own delicious hamper to enjoy while you relax beneath the stars. It’s a very special experience to enjoy a romantic night under the stars with your significant other or a fun-filled night with the family. Check out the lineup and book your tickets here. (http://thegalileo.co.za/buy-tickets/)