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Festive December events to bookmark

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Welcome to Stellenbosch – South Africa’s second oldest town and most inspiring wine, food, art and cultural destination.

Planning a whirlwind holiday in the Winelands this December? Luckily, there’s plenty of fun awaiting you and your family.

From live music at sunsets and Christmas carnivals to festive picnics and Christmas lunches, there’s something for everyone.

Here’s a round-up of the events to look forward to this festive season. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Blaauwklippen Twilight Festive Market
The Twilight Market at Blaauwklippen has become a firm favourite during the festive season because of the unique and charming atmosphere – imagine a beautiful summer evening in the company of loved ones under a canopy of century old wild fig trees. Africa meets Europe where the old farm buildings and vineyards welcome mistletoe and fairy lights. Bring the kids for fun times on the jungle gym and pump track, enjoy live music and great food, local design goods and Christmas cheer.
Where: Blaauwklippen Vineyards
When: Friday, 3 December to Sunday, 5 December
Cost: Free entry

Wreath Workshop at Warwick Wine Estate
Join Warwick Wine Estate for a fun-filled morning in collaboration with Flower Girl, where Elmari and Yvonne will teach you how to create a beautiful Christmas wreath for your home. Your morning will include Warwick’s famous EPI bread, mouth-watering summer crunch salad, red pepper pesto, and a glass of our renowned First Lady Dry Rosé.
Where: Warwick Wine Estate
When: Saturday, 4 December from 10:00 – 12:00
Cost: R499 per person
Book: Booking is essential. Click here to reserve your spot.

 

Make your own Christmas Wreath at Babylonstoren
To get into the spirit of the Christmas season, join Constance, Babylonstoren’s floral artist. Walk with her through the garden and fill your basket with seed heads, flowers, foliage and whatever takes your fancy, before observing a demonstration of a few of her favourite Christmas wreath designs. Constance will guide you while you make your own wreath to take home.
Where: Babylonstoren
When: 7, 8, 9 December 2021 from 10:00 – 13:00
Cost: R500 per person
Book: Booking is essential. Click here to reserve your spot.

Sunset Rouge Evenings at Alto Wine Estate
Taking place every Friday from 29 October until the end of December, Sunset Rouge Evenings at Alto Wine Estate comprise lively music by local musicians, award-winning wines, amazing sunsets and great company while overlooking beautiful views of Table Mountain and Stellenbosch Hills. All wines for sale by the glass or bottle. Complement your drink of choice with a cheese and/or charcuterie platter for maximum effect!
Where: Alto Wine Estate
When: Every Friday in December, 17:30 – 20:00
Cost: No entry fee.
Book: Booking is essential. Email info@altowines.co.za to reserve your table.

Middelvlei Sunset Carols
Celebrate the festive season with family and friends at this year’s Middelvlei Sunset Carols. The setting at Middelvlei Wines in Stellenbosch promises to be a magical evening for young and old. While the kids get to know the farm animals, run around on the sprawling lawn or partake in some fun traditional games, the older generation can sit back and relax whilst sipping on a glass of Middelvlei wine. The bonus of a breathtaking Stellenbosch sunset makes the evening so much more special.
Where: Middelvlei Wine Estate
When: Sunday, 12 December from 17:00 to 21:00
Cost: R400 per couple and R90 per child
Book: Pre-booking for this magical evening is essential. For bookings and / or queries email info@middelvlei.co.za

Warwick Kids Christmas Carnival
Let the kids go Christmas crazy at the Warwick Kids Christmas Carnival where family fun reigns supreme. The kids can write a letter to Santa and open their gifts while decorating some festive cookies. Other activities to look forward to include a jumping castle, face painting, and a petting zoo. Parents can indulge in Warwick Wines, craft beer, and delicious food from the Boerewors & Burger Stand.
Where: Warwick Wine Estate
When: Friday, 17 December at 11:00 – 16:00.
Cost: R200.
Book: Book tickets online via Quicket. 

Christmas at Warwick Wine Estate
HO HO HO! Join Warwick Wine Estate for a Festive Christmas Experience like no other! As you settle under the trees, the soft sound of Christmas jingles fill the air, Lily Brannon will take you on a trip down Candy Cane Lane with their favourite little Christmas Gnome: “Jingle Jangle” to get you in the Ho Ho Holiday mood!
You’ll receive a canvas, paint, brushes, a professional art lesson, a delicious picnic basket for one filled to the brim with tasty treats, plus a glass of Warwick’s world-famous dry Rosé to accompany your festive experience!
Where: Warwick Wine Estate
When: Saturday, 18 December from 10:30 to 13:30
Cost: R630 per person
Book: Book tickets online here. 

Classical Carols by Candlelight at Blaauwklippen Vineyards
The show will feature the Stellenbosch University Symphonic Wind Orchestra (conducted by Pamela Kierman and Reghardt Kühn), Minette du Toit-Pearce (mezzo soprano), Francois Voges (violin), Craig Johnston (bagpipe), Ronel Lombard (bagpipe), the singing twins Robin and Philippa Cork and the Tygerberg Children’s Choir Quartet: Kelly Petersen, Ethan Rosser, Ghrete Marren and Bethany Sayers performing with presenter, singer and well-loved musical event organiser Niël Rademan.
With casual, picnic-stye seating on the lawns of the oldest wine farm in Stellenbosch’s golden triangle, families and friends can enjoy outstanding music in a stunning setting. The programme includes a variety of classic festive and sacred music to touch hearts and delight listeners of all ages, setting the mood for the most wonderful time of the year.
Where: Blaauwklippen Vineyards
When: Sunday, 19 December from 18:00 to 21:00
Cost: R250 per adult and R95 per child (13 – 18yrs)
Book: Book tickets online here. 

A festive picnic at Spier
Sit down to a Christmas picnic basket at Spier Wine Farm that is packed to the brim with festive eats and treats, including studded gammon and rotisserie lamb, beneath a shady oak tree on the lush Spier lawns.
Where: Spier Wine Estate
When: Saturday, 25 December at 12:00.
Cost: R750 per adult, R250 per child under 12.
Book: Book your tickets here.

The Glasshouse Christmas luncheon at Hazendal Wine Estate
The festive season is synonymous with exceptional food and memorable experiences, and there’s no place better to uncover this than at The Glasshouse. Join Hazendal Wine Estate for an unforgettable Christmas Day luncheon and revel in a sophisticated six-course culinary experience. On arrival, you’ll be welcomed with a glass of MCC, canapés and live music.
Where: Hazendal Wine Estate
When: Saturday, 25 December at 12:00.
Cost: R1450 per person
Book: Booking is essential. To book call 021 903 5034 or email bookings@hazendal.co.za

Christmas lunch at Kunjani
Kunjani’s new Executive Chef, Mike Huni, will be pulling out all the stops to create a Christmas feast for the whole family to enjoy and remember. Prepare your taste buds for orange and beetroot-cured salmon, sage butter glazed turkey, herb-rubbed roast sirloin, and a decadent chocolate roll.
Where: Kunjani Wine Estate
When: Saturday, 25 December at 12:00.
Cost: R750 per person, R250 for a two-course meal for kids under 8 (price excludes gratuity and drinks)
Book: Book your table via +27 (0) 87 630 0409 or info@kunjaniwines.co.za

 

Spend Christmas with loved ones at Oude Werf Hotel
There’s something very special about a summer Christmas in Stellenbosch. So why not treat the family to a Christmas eve dinner or Christmas Day lunch at the beautiful Oude Werf Hotel, right in the centre of historical Stellenbosch. Click here for the menu. 
Where: Oude Werf Hotel
When: Friday, 24 December and Saturday, 25 December.
Cost: R525 per person for Christmas eve dinner. R585 per person for Christmas Lunch
Book: Book your table via +27 (0) 21 887 4608 or restaurant@oudewerf.co.za

Christmas at Hazendal Wine Estate
Christmas Picnic
Enjoy the sun on your face and the grass beneath your feet this Christmas at Hazendal. Beautiful wicker baskets are filled with local fresh delicacies for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Start the festivities with a welcome drink, then enjoy the picnic with live music on the werf and a fun play session for your little ones at Wonderdal.
Where: Hazendal Wine Estate
When: Saturday, 25 December at 12:00
Cost: Adults R550, Children U/12 R350
Book: Booking is essential – +27 (0) 21 903 5034 or bookings@hazendal.co.za

Family Christmas Lunch
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at Hazendal Wine Estate. Start the festivities with a welcome drink, then enjoy a three-course feast with live music on the werf and a fun play session for your little ones at Wonderdal.
Where: Hazendal Wine Estate
When: Saturday, 25 December at 12:00
Cost: Adults R850, Children U/12 R550
Book: Booking is essential – +27 (0) 21 903 5034 or bookings@hazendal.co.za

Join Jordan Wine Estate on Christmas Eve for a Picnic under the stars
Be welcomed by the Jordan team and be ushered down to our verdant lawns for an al fresco picnic served in front of The Cellar Door, overlooking the majesty of the Stellenbosch valley. Be serenaded with live music as you soak in the festive spirit with your nearest and dearest!
Where: Jordan Wine Estate
When: Friday, 24 December from 18:00
Cost: R980 per basket, feeding 2 people. Kiddies picnic for R159.00, per child
Book: Booking is essential – Click here to book 

Christmas Day Lunch at The Cellar Door at Jordan Wine Estate

Celebrate your Christmas Day at Jordan this year and indulge in the beauty of the estate as you tuck into a delicious 3-course meal served by The Cellar Door.

Get the festivities off to a joyous start with a celebratory welcome drink on arrival. Enjoy with a sharing table starter of loaded sourdough with streaky bacon, spring onion & herbed parmesan crumb, served with crème fraîche and chives.

For the main event enjoy a rolled pork neck stuffed with spinach, feta, peppadew, chorizo & pangritata and side dishes of fennel and apple salad, and our famous pumpkin fritters with cinnamon honey butter. Bring the meal to a sweet ending with delicate Amarula Panna cotta with a Cape gooseberry compote.

The full range of Jordan wines, craft beers, soft drinks, and waters will be available to order throughout the day.

Don’t forget about the kids! Their meal will include a yummy margherita pizza with a juice box, a giant choc chip cookie, packet of crisps, and bubbles as a gift for them to play on our verdant lawns.
Where: Jordan Wine Estate
When: Saturday, 25 December at 12:00 and 13:00
Cost: R550 per person. Kiddies meals cost R159 per child
Book: Booking is essential – Click here to book 

For more information or recommendations, do not hesitate to contact the Visit Stellenbosch Information Centre at 021 886 4310. 

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