Holiday season festivities for visitors

  • 19 December 2014 | Sarah Came
The New Year’s Eve lantern parade in Nieu-Bethesda

Some guests love to attend local festivals and events, and get a chance to experience the culture of the country they are visiting. During the holiday season in particular there are many events to attend and activities to take part in.

We take a look at just a few of the events happening in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng to give you an idea of the sorts of things guests might be interested in.

Western Cape

One of the Western Cape’s most beautiful attractions is the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, which forms part of the Cape Floral Region – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Flowers in the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Guests could experience this scenic place in a special way by attending the Kirstenbosch Carols by Candlelight. Running from 18 to 21 December, this festive event is something you could suggest to guests who want to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season.

Tickets cost R90 per person for adults, R65 for children between six and 18 years, for children under six you will pay R20 and for those under two entrance is free.

Tickets are available from the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden ticket office.

Contact details

Telephone: +27 (0)83 270 9286


Visitors spending New Year’s Eve in Cape Town could usher in the New Year with a laugh and a party. Jou Ma se Comedy Club is hosting a special comedy show followed by a New Year’s Eve party.

Although dinner and drinks aren’t included in the ticket price, patrons can order food off the à la carte menu till as late as midnight.

Tickets cost R300 per person and are available through Computicket.

Contact details

Telephone: +27 (0)79 495 3989


Eastern Cape

Guests after a bit of activity following the inevitable indulgence that accompanies Christmas can get prepared for their new year’s resolutions with a moderate run through Cape St Francis Nature Reserve on 27 December.

Participants can experience the magic of the African bush and get active at the same time. Walkers are also welcome.

Contact details

Telephone: Joan Brady, +27 (0)83 398-3948

In the intriguing little town of Nieu-Bethesda, the New Year is greeted with a New Year’s Eve lantern parade.

The parade transcends religious and cultural barriers and, like the rest of the character of the town, creates a sense of magic.

Visitors can make their own lanterns and join the enchanting walk through town under an unpolluted sky with incredibly bright stars.

Contact details

Telephone: +27 (0)49 841-1731


The busiest province in the country is jam-packed with festivities during the holiday season, but events you might like to suggest are the H2O New Year’s party and the Peter Pan pantomime at the Joburg Theatre.

The H2O New Year's Eve Club Fusion in Boksburg will be one of the most frenetic dance festivals to greet the new year. If your guest likes a big party, recommend this one.

Five dance arenas and 30 DJs will ensure that your guests’ New Year’s party is an epic event not soon forgotten.

Tickets cost between R161 and R215 and are available through Computicket.

Contact details

Telephone: +27 (0)11 823 5714

For a family-friendly holiday excursion, guests could go see the Peter Pan pantomime at the Joburg Theatre.

The show is a fresh iteration of the classic children’s story featuring all the characters we grew up with like Captain Hook, Wendy and her brothers, the lost boys, Tinker Bell and Peter Pan himself, of course.

Peter Pan runs until 28 December and ticket prices range from R195 to R310 per person.

Tickets are available online through the Joburg Theatre website.

Contact details

Telephone: +27 (0)11 877 6800

There are plenty of events in other towns and provinces, and it is always a good idea to find out what is happening in your area. It could just make your guests’ day if you can suggest something enjoyable that they wouldn’t otherwise have known about.