Ring in the New Year with these events!

2018 has almost come to an end, so ring in the New Year at these festive bashes!

New Year’s Party at Benguela Cove, Hermanus

R800pp, benguelacove.co.za

Say goodbye to 2018 as the sun sets over the magical surrounds of Hermanus. Here you can dance the night away under the stars, while feasting on delicious platters and canapes. A DJ and cash bars will be available to greet 2019 in style, while enjoying a glass of their newly launched Benguela Cove Joie De Vivre when the clock strikes midnight.
It’s a pretty fancy affair so make sure you doll up.

Bookings are essential.

For more information, head over to their website.

New Years Day Jazz Brunch on the Lagoon at Benguela Cove, Hermanus

R650pp, benguelacove.co.za

Sit back, relax, take in the gorgeous panoramic views of the Botrivier Lagoon and enjoy
delicious food paired with flowing jazzy tunes courtesy of the Dixie Swingers.
Think a full English Breakfast selection, fresh breads and pastries, yogurts, homemade muesli and seasonal fruit; as well as cheese and charcuterie boards served with pickles and preserves, a variety of fresh salads, a roast carvery and homemade desserts!

The ticket includes a free mimosa, which can be enjoyed on the day of the event.

For more information, head over to their website.

Spend New Year’s Eve in splendour at La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek

R1 550pp, lapetiteferme.co.za

Spend New Year’s Eve in absolute splendour at La Petite Ferme; where a sophisticated celebration of the past year and exciting beginnings of the year to come are planned. Indulge in the historically rich and captivating atmosphere of the Franschhoek valley, while enjoying a picturesque evening of cocktails and canapés, accompanied by live music, a four-course menu curated by Chef Kyle Norris and of course, a glass of bubbles for the countdown.

Bookings are essential, so head on over to their website!

New Year’s Eve Celebrations at Allée Bleue, Franschhoek

R1 000pp, alleebleue.com

On the cards is a New Year’s Eve celebration to be hosted in the estate’s flagship, 250-seater ballroom, Le Grand Hall. This casual and fun event will offer food stalls piled high with various eats, ranging from local delicacies to sweet treats. The New Year’s Eve party is priced at R1 000 per person and includes a welcome drink on arrival, dinner, music, a glass of MCC for the countdown, a midnight snack and a beverage on departure. Space is limited to 120 guests only and no under 18’s will be permitted.

Head over to their website for more information.

Bid farewell to 2018 at the V&A Waterfront this New Year, Cape Town

Free, waterfront.co.za

The V&A Waterfront will once again host Cape Town’s biggest New Year celebration, with the usual attractions and facilities open from 9:00. From 18:30, a range of performers and colourful Cape Town Carnival characters will entertain revellers from the Amphitheatre and kids playground area, to the Alfred Mall, Nobel Square, the Clock Tower and the Silo District. As always, the spectacular midnight fireworks display is co-sponsored by the City of Cape Town and the V&A Waterfront. Be sure to make your restaurant reservations in advance, and the Food Court will be open till late, and various food trucks will be positioned across the property.

Head over to their website for more info.

An all-white affair on Heritage Square, Cape Town

R850 – R950pp, hqrestaurant.co.za, roastandco.co.za

Shortmarket Street favourites, HQ and Roast & Co. are transforming Heritage Square into an all-white wonderland – with themed drinks included. The three-course meal at HQ, including an all-white themed cocktail, is their classic sirloin steak and a delightfully angelic white chocolate and coconut dessert At Roast & Co. think Mzansi-fried mac ‘n cheese, chakalaka salsa, sage and sour cream.
Remember to don your best all-white and heavenly-inspired outfits!
For more info, head over to HQ and Roast & Co.

Fine dining with a twist at RBG Grill, Cape Town

R950pp, parkinn.com

The RBG Grill at the Park Inn at Radisson Foreshore will be hosting a decadent six-course set menu on New Year’s Eve. Indulge in the likes of port-poached baby pear, pan-fried duck breast with potato fondant, pavlova with raspberries and cream, white chocolate mousse and so much more. Tickets include a welcome drink, petit fours, free entry to the rooftop party at Harald’s Bar and Terrace and a glass of bubbles at midnight.

Visit their website for more.

Chuckle into the New Year at Cape Town Comedy Club, Cape Town

R450pp, capetowncomedy.com

Cape Town Comedy Club will be hosting their annual New Year’s Eve comedy show once again and you can expect the same level of humour, entertainment and festive spirit as in previous years. The show will be hosted by Carl Weber and DJ Azhul, with snippets from their recent sold-out show #WaarWasJy, as well as some of South Africa’s funniest comedians, such as Lindy Johnson, Angel Campey and KG Mokgadi. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 9pm. Tickets include a welcome drink on arrival, plus a glass of bubbly for the countdown. Meals are not included, but the a la carte menu and happy hour from 6pm–7pm will be available on the night.

More information is available on their website.

All aboard Tigger 2 2019, Cape Town

R1 050 – R2 200pp, tiggertoo.co.za

Looking for something a little different this year? Welcome the new year from the water on this cruise experience from Tigger 2. There are two options for their New Year’s Eve party. The first cruise boards at 6pm and you’ll spend an hour and a half on board to enjoy the sunset. Your ticket includes a welcome Aperol Spritz cocktail, nibbles, a glass of Campari sparkling wine upon your arrival at Clifton, as well as a plated dinner served on the return journey with live entertainment from DJ DIDIER. The second option is a bit more extravagant – boarding at 10pm, you’ll enjoy dinner before heading out. You’ll spend four hours on board and enjoy a 15-piece upmarket canape platter, a top DJ for the evening, plus an extended midnight show out at sea to witness the New Year’s Eve firework displays in all their glory. These festivities end around 2am.

To avoid disappointment, book on their website.

Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts with Jeremy Loops, Cape Town

R415, webtickets.co.za

Dreaming of ending your year with a sunset music concert at Kirstenbosch? Well you can. Gather your loved ones, pack the snacks and a blanket or two and head to Kirstenbosch for a spectacular music experience with Jeremy Loops. His popular modern-folk hits will have you dancing the night away in the gardens while the sun sets on 2018.

To avoid disappointment, get your ticket at webtickets.co.za

The Slightly Older Festival, Cape Town

R450pp, quicket.co.za

We have your New Year’s Eve sorted! The Slightly Older Festival is a somewhat different, somewhat more enlightened take on the traditional NYE bash — it provides a unique balance between sophistication and a lil’ bit of grit, so if you’re not as young as you used to be (no peeps under 25) but just as wild, join in. Taking place at The Rockwell Precinct in Greenpoint, Cape Town, ‘The Slightly Older Festival’ NYE celebration offers live music stages featuring Bushfire, Jack Stone and Rumswinger, plus other musical surprises throughout the night – hosted by DJ Django & Friends.

Live music not your thing? Slide into the Swing Bar for something a little smoother, the Rockwell Theatre for something a little louder and deeper, or various lounge areas for something a little more chilled. Enter the mystical alleyway this New Year’s Eve with five bars, three dance floors, cigar lounge and numerous chill areas. And come hungry! There’ll be food stalls available and sidewalk restaurants open like the Rockwell CaféVasco Da Gama Taverna offering their legendary Portuguese food, and sushi and Japanese tapas by Izakaya Matsuri.

Eight-course dinner and a two-night stay, Montagu

R2 300 – R2 800pp, mimosa.co.za

Make your New Year’s Eve more of a New Year’s weekend away, with this awesome dinner and accommodation deal from Mimosa Lodge in Montagu. Enjoy two nights in their Garden Suite, plus an eight-course dinner for R2 800 per person sharing. Or, opt for their Classic Room for R2 300 per person. What’s for dinner? Think lightly smoked native oysters, hot smoked duck breast, a watermelon, rosemary and prosecco sorbet and more!

To avoid disappointment, book on their website.

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