We can’t promise any snowflakes, but visitors to Cape Town are in for a festive season treat this June at the Christmas in Winter Festival in the Tulbagh Valley.
Wrap up warmly and head out to Tulbagh, a 90-minute drive from the city, where Christmas is coming to town on 24 and 25 June this year.
This historic village will be spruced up in all her finery. Aglow with festive lights and Christmas trees Tulbagh hosts an unseasonal celebration of all the best aspects of the December holiday.
Friday night’s programme includes A Night at the Museum with Nic de Jager and an art exhibition for R150pp, or a more energetic 7,5km night run at Theuniskraal Estate. Proceedings get underway early on Saturday morning back at Theuniskraal with 7,5km, 15km or 25km trail run options for the more adventurous types.
The party is on at Manley Lodge that afternoon, with a blues festival from 12 o’clock, which includes a free glühwein or eggnog with every meal ordered.
Santa will be there, dashing through the streets in his sleigh and dishing out sweets to the children along the way. He will also be bustin’ a move at Saturday’s ‘Rock with Santa’ party at the showgrounds from 6 pm. Tickets are R30 per person and include snacks. There will be a cash bar available.
If the thought of Santa shaking his booty is too much for you, you can attend the Steak braai at the Lime Bar or catch Chris Chameleon live at the Saronsberg theatre. Bookings are essential for these two events and cost R150 and R125pp.
Apart from the big jol’s, almost every restaurant in town will be dishing up a Christmas feast of traditional dinners and other awesome specials.
Tone it down on Sunday at the NG Church Hall with a light classical concert from 1h30 featuring the lyrical tones of the ladies’ choir, the Tulbagh Troubadours, with Nick van Huyssteen singing tenor.
If you find yourself with time in hand during the festival, take a stroll around this quaint and beautiful town where there is much to appreciate and see. Take a photographic tour, wander around some of the surrounding vineyards or simply lap up the tranquillity at any one of the local restaurants.