Welcoming in the new year

  • 30 December 2014 | Cassidy Parker
For an exceptional night out, check out Randlords this New Year's Eve. Image courtesy of South Point Hospitality

There are literally hundreds of options to recommend to your guests over this festive season. We've listed a few from South Africa's major cities below - as well as one a little more off the beaten path.


Back to the Future party

Dress in anything metallic and experience how the sky and 2014 break up from 4pm to 4am with Joburg’s hottest DJs: Pimp Squad, Ricardo da Costa, Alan M, Mark Stent, DJ Justin Vee, Candi Kane, Bobstar Deluxe.

Venue: Randlords, Johannesburg
Cost: R300 to R10 000 (VIP booth max 10 people)
Tickets: Facebook

Cape Town

New Year's Eve Street Festival

Dance your socks off in Cape Town. Image courtesy of Cape Town NYE Street Festival

Think eight dance floors – some indoors, some outdoors – swaying with multiple musical genres! Performances include Pendulum, progressive trance acts Azax Syndrom, Coming Soon and Class A, and psychedelic trance acts Switch, Cycle Sphere, Dapanji, Orca, legendary DJane Lisa Lashes and more. Expect thundering bass, sensational live entertainment, dancers, body-painted performers, flowing champagne, various eateries, confetti and mind-blowing visuals.

Time: 6pm
Venue: Harrington Street Precinct, Cape Town
Cost: R250 to R650
Tickets: Computicket


Smoking Dragon New Year’s Festival

The Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg. Image courtesy of Darren Glanville

A three-day festival surrounded by the golden circle of the northern and central Drakensberg. Bands include Jeremy Loops, the Brother Moves On, Boxer, Black South Easter and Cortina Whiplash along with various DJs to keep you entertained until the wee hours. Unfortunately, accommodation at the Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge is already fully booked, but there are other backpackers in the area as well as camping options.

Venue: Amphitheatre Backpackers Lodge
Cost: Access to the three-day festival and free camping is included in the Standard festival tickets at R700 per person. There are also one- and two-day pass options
Tickets: Smoking Dragon

Out of town

New Year’s Festival of Lights, Nieu-Bethesda

The Festival of Lights, Nieu-Bethesda

If you happen to be spending New Year’s in the Karoo, the New Year’s Eve Lantern parade in Nieu-Bethesda is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Make your own lantern and take a night walk through starry Nieu-Bethesda with locals and children. There will also be a braai and a surprise performance.

Venue: Bethesda Arts Centre, Muller Street, Nieu-Bethesda
Cost: R150
Tickets: Call 049 841 1729. No online booking options are available

At the end of the day, it’s about the people. Be as friendly as you can over this period as you help your guests welcome in the new year.