Cape Town hosts a number of exciting events in December. This is the month when there is something for people of all tastes. Besides the Christmas and New Year festivities, December is packed with cultural events, film screenings, and beach parties. Take a look at three exciting highlights of Cape Town in December.

On the 1st of December, join the costume clad walkers and runners who will gather around the Central Business District of Mother City for the Twilight Team Run. It is one of the most awaited annual events in the area. On this day, locals as well as visitors come together for a session of walking, running, and jogging through the streets of the port city to support Community Chest, the oldest charitable organization in the Western Cape. Participants come wearing crazy, wild and funny costumes. Before the fun-run, a competition is held to choose the best dressed participant and after the walk every participant is invited to join the evening live entertainment.

Clifton Fourth Beach will host, what is probably one of the biggest outdoor film screening festivals in Cape Town. Wavescape Film Festival’s movie night, will be held on 5th of December, 2015 and is all geared up to feature short and feature-length movies, dedicated to surfing legends and wave hunters. The celebration will last for three weeks and will showcase an art surfboard exhibition-cum-auction, an ocean-themed slide night, and an array of different exciting activities. The main highlight of the festival will be the FREE open-air movie screening held on the Clifton Beach where you just have to find a spot and watch the film without even buying tickets.


If you happen to be in Cape Town on the 28th of December, 2015, visit the bright neighbourhood of Sea Point for the eagerly awaited Festival of Chariots. This Hindu festival is held in major cities throughout the globe and is hosted by the world famous ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness). It involves taking out a procession of the deities of Lord Krishna and other gods on hand pulled chariots of various colours and sizes. People sing and dance while parading. There is chanting from religious texts and devotees apply Henna designs on their bodies.

Fun Fact: The English term ‘Juggernaut’ comes from the Hindi ‘Jagannath’, which forms the basis of this Chariot Pulling festival.

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