Fun things to do at the V&A this festive season | 9Lives
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While we live in Cape Town, we don’t spend nearly enough time exploring all the incredible attractions that lure tourists from far and wide. This year a good part of our holiday will be spent in the Mother City and I am excited to make the most of our little “stay-cation”. The V&A Waterfront is one of the prime spots for visitors and locals alike, and this festive season they are doing a bunch of fun things that will entertain adults and kids. Take a look.


Date: Thursday, 8 to Thursday, 29 December; Monday, 2 to Tuesday, 10 January
Venue: Clock Tower Square
Time: 10:30 to 17:00
Cost: R30 per person

The pumptrack is a continuous, fifty metre track that propels a bicycle / scooter forward instead on you having to pedal. The track will be open from 8 – 29 December this festive season, and will return in the new year from 2 – 10 January at the Clock Tower Square. It is open from 10:30 to 17:00 daily and helmets, bikes and scooters will be provided free of charge.

Christmas Light Show

Date: Friday, 9 to Saturday, 17 December
Time: 20:30 and 21:30
Venue: Upper Level, Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre
Cost: Free to attend

The first day of extended trading hours, Friday, 9 December, will be marked by a Christmas Light Show that will dazzle shoppers with a beautiful display of coloured light patterns, all set to Christmas-themed music, carols and performances. Light Shows will be held twice daily at 20:30 and again at 21:30.

Stargazing at the Waterfront

Date: Saturday, 10 December
Time: 13:00–21:00
Venue: Old Pierhead Square
Cost: Free to attend

You are invited to experience the stars at the V&A Waterfront this December with a free stargazing event being held on Saturday 10 December from 13:00–21:00 at the old Pierhead Square, near the Port Captain’s Building. Visitors can enjoy live telescope views of the sun, moon, stars and planets during this event.

Petting Zoo

Date: Saturday, 10 – Thursday, 29 December; Tuesday, 3 to Tuesday 10 January
Time: 10am – 5pm
Note: Petting Zoo will close at 2pm on Christmas Eve (24 December)
Venue: Clock Tower Square
Cost: R25 per child

This is a fun one for the kids. The ever-popular Petting Zoo will return to the V&A Waterfront this December, giving younger visitors the chance to cuddle up to their favourite furry creatures.

Situated at Clock Tower Square, the Petting Zoo will be open to children of all ages from 10 – 29 December from 10:00 to 17:00, except for Christmas Eve, 24 Decembe, when it will close early at 14:00 to await Santa’s arrival.

The Petting Zoo will return again in the new year from 3 – 10 January. Entrance is affordably priced at just R25, making it the perfect way to entertain the kids these holidays. Tickets are available at the door.

Zip Zap Circus

Date: Monday, 12 to Tuesday, 20 December
Time: 16:00 – 17:00
Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Cost: Free to attend

The Zip Zap Circus returns to the V&A Amphitheatre this December, with a high-paced, energetic show entitled Upside Down Town. Held daily from 12 – 20 December from 16:00 – 17:00, acts featured in Upside Down Turn performances include jugglers, trapeze artists, contortionists and much more.

Santa’s Workshop

Date: Saturday, 10 to Saturday, 24 December
Time: 10:00 – 16:00
Venue: Victoria Wharf Centre Court
Cost: Free to attend

Santa and his elves will be at Victoria Wharf Shopping Centre this festive season from 10 – 24 December. Children of all ages can come down to Santa’s Workshop at the Centre Court where they can meet Santa himself and tell him all of their Christmas wishes.

Christmas Special – Apostle Choristers

Date: Wednesday, 21 December
Time: Sound check: 6pm
Performance: 19:00–20:00
Venue: V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre
Cost: Free to attend

The Apostle Choristers will fill the V&A Amphitheatre with Christmas cheer on Wednesday 21 December from 7 to 8pm. First established in 1995 to promote choral music within the community, the choir is managed by the Ithemba Cultural Society. It is musically directed by well-known Camillo Lombard and is divided into three regions, namely the Cape Metropole, Boland and the Swartland.


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