Dream of a hot Christmas in a holiday house in Cape Town

When Santa’s on his way, there are many ways to play from your self-catering holiday house in Cape Town. Here are some ideas to make the most of Christmas in the Mother City.

Festive Lights Switch-on in Adderley Street (Mid December)

Cape Town’s official switch-on of the festive lights in Adderley Street in the city centre has attracted locals and tourists for decades. Once the lights have been switched on, the historic main road in Cape Town comes alive with a rainbow of colourful lights. Access to the event is free. Check the date closer to the time, it usually takes place around the 14th of December.

Christmas on Table Mountain

Santa Claus and his elves may give stuffy chimneys a miss this year to wow Capetonians from the top of Table Mountain, one of the world’s ‘New7Wonders of Nature’. The big man in the red suit will be there on Christmas Day in the morning from 10:00am. Tickets for the Cableway can be bought online via Webtickets.co.za (there is an option to select a date) or at the cableway ticket office.

Kirstenbosch Carols by Candlelight (17 – 20 December 2015)

Sing along at this annual festive event , hosted at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 December 2015. A Rotary Club fundraising initiative, the Kirstenbosch Carols by Candelight is a family-friendly institution on the festive calendar. Email carols@kirstenboschrotary.co.za for more information.

Attend a Christmas service at St George’s Cathedral (Anglican)

Remember what the magic of Christmas really is about by attending a Church service on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. For more information, visit the St George’s Cathedral website or email reception@sgcathedral.co.za

Christmas Eve Dinner at African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel

Celebrate the festive season with a gourmet dinner at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel’s Savour Restaurant. Located in the city centre of the Mother City, you can book either Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner. The Christmas Eve Dinner costs R325pp. Book at reservations@15onorangehotel.com.

Christmas at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa’s Azure Restaurant

This five star Camps Bay hotel offers a festive Christmas feast at its Azure Restaurant. The selection includes traditional Christmas favourites with a gourmet twist. A gourmet Christmas Eve four-course set menu and a Christmas Day lunch buffet are available. On Christmas Day there will also be live entertainment and rumour has it that Santa may just drop by. Enquire at restaurants@12apostles.co.za.

Christmas braai* in the comfort of your luxury self-catering Villa

If you would like to celebrate Christmas in true Capetonian style, you can always have a braai at your upmarket self-catering villa. If you need some help, you can book a private caterer or chef to show you how it’s done. Sit back, relax and braai like the locals this Christmas. (braai – barbeque)

Look for a luxury, upmarket self-catering holiday home in Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Bakoven or Cape Town for an unforgettable summer Christmas in the Mother City.