Christmas in the Cape
Over the festive season Cape Town offers sunshine, blue skies and a whole lot of memorable things to do.
We admit, there's no snow (or guarantee of it anyway) during this season and we don't apply seven layers of under garments to keep the freezing cold at bay. There are no hot drinks offered whilst sitting at a fire place on Christmas day either.

Yet, a Christmas getaway in Cape Town with the whole family can be just as much fun and leave all involved with an album full of memories... And the anticipation of the next festive season!

The cold wet months of winter have passed and the days are becoming longer and warmer. Looking around in most stores, you've probably noticed all the Christmas decorations on sale. The festive season has arrived!

If you are planning a family trip to the Mother City for the jolly hollys, good on you. You are guaranteed one of life's greatest pleasures: A Christmas in Cape Town. We investigate "Christmassy" things to do, to make sure your family getaway is a special one to remember!

Take a Christmas stroll in Cape Town Gardens

The gardens are exceptionally beautiful this time of year especially with the sun peeking through the trees and the flowers boasting their color in full bloom. This activity is simple, yet enticing. The kids will have so much fun feeding the squirrels and pigeons found everywhere in this location.

Caroling at Kirstenbosch Gardens

Nestled at the foot of the east most slopes of Table Mountain lays this beautiful piece of heaven. Pack a picnic basket and some candles and you may need a sweater (it's in the evening!) and set your blanket out to enjoy the Kirstenbosch Carol evenings. Join hundreds of other families who are celebrating this joyous season too. The distinct festive season in the air is guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat!

Light up your night

Come now... What is a Christmas trip to Cape Town without taking a trip to see the annual street light parade? Its one of Cape Town's oldest traditions and almost every local will tell you about their first time seeing it as a little child. You couldn't possibly deny your own children that pleasure, could you?

Grab a tan

Ha! Here's something those other snow-infested countries can't do over the jolly season! Why not visit one of Cape Town's beautiful untainted beaches and relax while the kids surf, build sandcastles and splash each other silly. Careful though moms and dads. You might wake up to find yourself buried with just your head sticking out.

Local is Lekker

The annual street parade and street market draws hundreds of tourists and locals alike. There is such a happy buzz in the air as families walk down Adderley Street and purchase everything from a Santa hat to a candy cane! It's for four days and it's before Christmas so it's a great option for those who still haven't bought Christmas prezzies!

Food, glorious food

With Cape Town's wide variety of food and restaurants to accommodate for almost every desire, you'll never go hungry! The Cape Town Fish Market is a popular place to eat if you love your seafood or just smaak those fish and chips. A very popular food choice in Cape Town is the gatsby. Doesn't sound familiar? Well, it's basically a long French roll with salad, hot chips and the filling and sauce of your choice. Very filling! No matter where you decide to eat, rest assured, your appetite will be satisfied!

Sightseeing Cape Town style

Table Mountain is a must see when you visit the Mother City. The cable car is a very safe and secure way in which to obtain a breath taking bird's eye view of the city. Once you reach the top, there's nothing stopping you from mountain picnicking with the whole family!

Boulders Fun

Cape Town's coastal beaches aren't homes to just beach bums. Take a trip down to Boulders Beach which is home to the mischievous Jack Ass Penguins. These little birds are very safe to interact with and if you go down to the beach, you'll see people splashing in the water with them or see hoards of penguins sunbathing on the huge boulders of the beach, oblivious to travelers. This beach is family friendly with its warm, shallow waters so take the family and enjoy!

Remember: Cape Town is a really trendy tourist destination so be sure to book your accommodation and car rentals in advance, especially if you plan on going during the festive season! Also, if you are planning to have a Christmas Eve dinner make reservations fairly early as restaurants open on Christmas Eve can be booked out quite far in advance.

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