For tourists visiting Cape Town in the festive season, it can be very different from the snowy Christmas of the Northern Hemisphere. In Cape Town, we have sunny Christmas days at home or even at the beach! Just because you’re on holiday doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the holiday celebrations, so we have a list of fun and exciting things you can do on Christmas Day.

Enjoy a Christmas picnic at the Kirstenbosch Gardens or enjoy a Christmas Buffet at Moyo!

If you’re looking for a tranquil, relaxing Christmas in one of Cape Town’s most picturesque locations, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is the place to be. Take the opportunity to enjoy a picnic on the lush green lawns amongst the trees and flowers, taking walks when you please in between enjoying your picnic.

Otherwise Moyo is offering an exquisite Christmas Lunch buffet, with various delicious Christmas staples and other traditional South African cuisine on offer.

If you’re dreaming of a Sunny Christmas, have it at the Shimmy Beach Club!

Enjoy a unique Christmas this year at the Shimmy Beach Club! With a private beach, live music and two luxurious pools to enjoy, it’s a Christmas dinner you won’t forget. Book now and experience a Christmas with a difference!

Take a drive down Adderley Street to take in the glittering Christmas Lights!

The Cape Town Christmas lights have always been a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. Driving or walking along you’ll be treated to twinkling lights, pictures and light displays in celebration of South Africa, the Mother city, and the people that live here. It’s a fun outing on Christmas Eve or after a delicious Christmas dinner.

A Christmas road trip to Swellendam

The rustic Rotterdam Boutique Hotel in Swellendam is an incredible location for a weekend getaway, or a wedding. This is where chef Josh Conradie (2014 finalist of kykNET’s popular cooking show Kokkedoor) makes country-style food to complement the rustic setting of lush grounds, towering oak trees and mountains views. Visit for a delicious Christmas lunch at the Rotterdam Restaurant. The menu includes a selection of hot and cold starters, and a hot buffet including glazed gammon with caramelised apples, roast beef rump with red wine jus, and plenty more.