There are a lot of fun things to do in and around Stellenbosch to enjoy the summer holidays and celebrate the festive season.
Christmas lunch on a wine estate
If you don’t feel like cooking a big Christmas meal, but don’t want to miss out on a scrumptious dining experience, head on over to these wine farms:
At Grande Provence in Franschhoek you can enjoy lunch or dinner from the 24th – 27th of December. There are 3 and 4 course menus available. On the 26th you can be part of their Boxing Day Braai at their Deli. There is limited space available, so book now.
Boschendal is offering a farm-fresh Christmas Eve dinner with 4 courses. It includes a welcoming drink, gift and a Christmas cracker. There is also a vegetarian option. You can also opt to have a delicious Christmas lunch picnic. Choose from their Werf Farm or Rhone Rose Garden picnics.
This year Lanzerac is hosting a Christmas Day Lunch – buffet style. On arrival, guests will be welcomed with oysters, before moving on to salads & cold trimmings, a carving station, a hot buffet and ending with buffet desserts. The buffet options are generous, so have a look at the menu here.
Fun in the sun
The best part of a summer festive season is the chance to get outside and enjoy the sun. There are various great beaches to choose from, from the popular Camps Bay and Clifton, to a bit more secluded, like Pringle Bay. You can also enjoy Sea Point’s public swimming pool, which has an excellent view. For a tidal pool experience, visit Fick’s in Hermanus.
If you like to hike, you’ve got a lot of trails to choose from. There are shorter and longer trails at both Jonkershoek and Helderberg Nature Reserve. To see the sunrise or sunset, climb Lion’s Head. You can also venture out to Paarl and climb Paarl Rock, or any of the trails at the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve in Franschhoek.
Part and parcel of spending days relaxing on the beach is having a good book nearby. If you’re looking for a hard copy book, why not visit the Gordon’s Bay institution of Bikini Beach Bookstore. Extremely popular with locals, it is said that you can find pretty much anything in this second hand book store.
A cultural experience
While there might not have been time or opportunity during the year, now you can spend a day enjoying various museums and be a tourist in your own area.
The Zeits MOCAA is open again from Thursdays to Sundays. There is a special exhibition, titled, Home is Where the Art Is, that features more than 2000 artworks made by Capetonians amidst the lockdown period. You can also wander around the permanent collection. Book your tickets online now.
A quiet, peaceful refuge, the Rupert Museum is filled with brilliant artworks from some of the most renowned artists – ranging from paintings, sculptures and tapestries. After you’ve browsed the art, grab a delicious cup of coffee at their cafe. Entry is free and the museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays.
The Iziko Museums comprise a variety of different institutions. Some of the highlights are the Planetarium, the Bo-Kaap Museum, the South African Museum and the South African National Gallery. To find out more, visit the Iziko website – also for more information on their Covid-regulations. *Entrance is free on the 16th of December.
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