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 2019 in South Africa?

29 November - 6 December 2019

Plettenberg Bay/Western Cape

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

7 December 2019


Kurudi Music Festival. Celebration of Africa & Unity. More info

8 - 9 December 2019

Cape Town/Western Cape

HSBC Rugby Sevens at Cape Town Stadium. More info.

until 9 December 2019

Cape Town/Western Cape

Wavescape Film Festival at various venuesMore info

12 December 2019

Port Elizabeth/Eastern Cape

Imibala Arts Festival. More info.

14 December 2019


Music is King Festival at the Ticketpro Dome. More info.

14 December 2019


Goldfish Music Festival at Montecasino. More info.

16 December 2019


Public Holiday. Day of Reconciliation. More info.

21 December 2019

Cape Town/Western Cape

Mother City Queer Project. More info.

25 - 26 December 2019


Public Holidays. Christmas Day and Family Day. Most shops in South Africa are closed on 25 December 2019.

31 December 2019


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

Great South Africa Shows and Exhibition
Events in December 2019

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.

13 December 2019


Indoni Miss Cultural SA - showcase of culture and heritage. More info.

Throughout December 2019 


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

For more December events in and around Cape Town

please go to our special page on ExpatCapeTown.

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