Events in December

Have you ever wondered which are the best events in December and what to do and see when living in South Africa? In our listing below we have included the most popular December events and festivals for all provinces. These South African events are listed with links to event organisers so you can get more information and find out where to buy tickets.

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What's on in December in South Africa?

2 - 9 December 2016

Plettenberg Bay/Western Cape

Plett Rage. The largest tudent festival in the country. More info

3 December 2016

Newcastle/KwaZulu Natal

Amajuba Jazz Festival. See their Facebook page for more info.

3 December 2016

Cape Town/Western Cape

Korean Culture Festival at the V&A Waterfront. More info

3 December 2016

Zeerust/North West

Zeerust First Annual Summer Bash at Klein Marico Recreation Centre. Book at Computicket

6 - 11 December 2016

Cape Town/Western Cape

Wavescape Film Festival at various venuesMore info

8 - 12 December 2016

Riversondersend/Western Cape

Annual Vortex Trance AdventureMore info

10 December 2016


Xibelani Music Festival. VaTsonga cultural festival Book at Computicket

10 - 11 December 2016

Cape Town/Western Cape

HSBC Rugby Sevens at Cape Town Stadium. Tickets at Computicket

16 December 2016

Kroonstad/Free State

Free State Beach Festival. See their Facebook page.

16 December 2016


Public Holiday. Day of Reconciliation. More info.

16 - 17 December 2016

Port Elizabeth/Eastern Cape

Craft Brew and Food FestMore info

25 - 26 December 2016


Public Holidays. Christmas Day and Family Day. Most shops in South Africa are closed on 25 December 2016. 27 December will be a public holiday in 2017 as well.

30 - 31 December 2016

Port Elizabeth/Eastern Cape

Ebubeleni Music Festival.

31 December 2016


New Year's Eve Parties and Concerts. Shops close early.

Great South Africa Shows and Exhibition
Events in December

There are many other events such as exhibitions, shows and markets that cater not only for trade visitors but also are open to the public. The events in December listed below provide great insights for living in South Africa.

Thoughout December 2016 


Christmas Markets and Festive Fairs all over South Africa. Support local artisans and crafters and enjoy the atmosphere. View our listing of some of the best Christmas markets here

2 - 4 December 2016

Port Elizabeth/Eastern Cape

Planet Ireland Irish Dancing Show. More info.

4 December 2016


Annual Classic Car Show at Johannesburg Expo Centre. More info

For more December events in and around Cape Town

please go to our special page on ExpatCapeTown.

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