Top nights out in Cape Town this Christmas
It’s that most wonderful time of the year, and Cape Town is getting fully into the Christmas spirit. While you count down the days before you can finish work and kick back to enjoy the festivities, why not plan a few nights out to really make the most of the season while you have the luxury of giving the alarm clock a well-deserved rest? There’s so much happening around the city, it can be hard to know where to start. Here are a few ideas.
Game for a laugh on Christmas Eve
The run up to Christmas day can get stressful with all the last minute shopping and preparations, so what better way to wind down than with a good, old-fashioned belly laugh? The Cape Town Comedy Club has something happening every night, but the big event is on Christmas Eve, when Alfred Adriaan will be starting a week-long stay. The Johannesburg-based comedian is a master of observational comedy, and spent 10 years working in the corporate world before pursuing his dream of stardom. He will be ably supported by local comedians Dalin Oliver, Tracey Klass and Harold van der Merwe.
The Comedy Club is situated at the V and A Waterfront, so there is no shortage of places to get a bite to eat and a drink or two before the show starts at 8.30pm.
Get Lucky at the Grand West
In this smartphone era, casino games like slots and roulette have never been more popular. But while sites like Slot Strike Casino are ideal for everyday gaming, and perhaps honing your skills, there is nothing quite like the genuine James Bond experience of visiting a casino for real. Fortunately, there’s no need to venture all the way to Sun City to do so.
The Grand West is the largest entertainment complex of its type in South Africa and is located in the Goodwood area, around a 20-minute drive from the city centre. As well as all the games and excitement you would expect from a casino experience such as slots, blackjack, roulette and so on, the facility boasts an ice rink, several restaurants and plenty of live entertainment. Visit on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday evening to check out the live bands, including Jeodhouse, who will be putting in an appearance on 31 December to help you see in the new year in style.
The Summer Market
If you are a little concerned about the increasing commercialisation of Christmas and how it seems primarily aimed at lining the pockets of the big ecommerce giants, the Cape Town Market gives you the opportunity to fight back. It’s a great way to really feel the community spirit that is at the heart of Christmas, and at the same time, to support some of Cape Town’s unique local businesses.
The Summer Market is based in and around the Company’s Gardens in the heart of the city, and is the perfect place to find some unique hand made Christmas gifts such as necklaces, scarves, pottery and artwork. There are also no end of food and drink stands that are guaranteed to tempt your taste buds.
Drink it in on Kloof Street
Kloof Street has a festive feel at the best of times, with its plethora of bars, cafes and street events. The whole vibe is ramped up over Christmas, and there is plenty to be said for simply heading on over and seeing where your feet take you. One of the most popular venues, however, is Asoka, where you can sit around the 150 year old olive tree sipping on a choice of house cocktails and listening to some great jazz. As a wind down after a night of clubbing it’s hard to beat and will be certain to get you slap bang centre into the Christmas spirit.
Something for everyone in Cape Town at Christmas
If the above examples prove one thing it is that there is no more inclusive city than Cape Town. There really is something for everyone to enjoy over the Christmas period, whether it is banging tunes into the small hours, an evening of ice skating or a family friendly open air market. Enjoy!