Fun events and activities on offer across V&A neighbourhood
This festive season marks the fifth year that visitors to the V&A Waterfront will get to encounter the highly novel Joy from Africa to the World festive experience. Visitors will notice bright pops of colour, bold patterns, a colourful Cape Wheel and even a moving cable car among the festive decorations which adorn the precinct, along with a whole host of events and activities for everyone to enjoy.
Activities will take place at Battery Park, the Silo District, Makers Landing, the Amphitheatre and Centre Court. Visitors young and old can look forward to being entertained by local artists, enjoy a Christmas theatre production, grab a photo with Santa, and usher in the new year with a memorable New Year’s Eve celebration.
Silo Concerts First Friday of every month from January to March 2024
19h00 to 20h00
Silo Concerts are back to entertain visitors with a wide range of performances that will have you tapping your feet and swaying to the music all night long. Established in 2018, the concerts quickly gained in popularity and soon became a fixture on the annual events calendar. Visitors to the V&A can look forward to seeing artists such as Matthew Mole in January and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in February.
Disney100 Outdoor Cinema Experience 7 to 17 December 2023
19h00 to 20h00
R100 – Link
Disney fans of all ages will be able to experience the magic of Disney at the Outdoor Cinema with six timeless stories during the day or under the stars located at the V&A Waterfront’s Croquet.
Guests are welcome to come dressed-up in their favourite Disney character and participate in the various activations and activities on offer, on top of the classic films themselves.
The films being screened include Disney’s The Lion King (2019), Frozen 2 and Encanto, Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles 2 and Finding Dory, as well as The Greatest Showman.
Friday Night Jazz 8, 15, 22 and 29 December 2023
18h00 to 20h00
Friday Night Jazz at Makers Landing continues this festive – which will be taking place on 15, 22 and 29 December 2023. Jazz music is an integral part of social gatherings in South Africa, particularly in urban areas like Cape Town. Visitors will experience a vibrant, intimate atmosphere that brings people together through live music and food, resulting in an enjoyable multi-sensory experience. The line-up of artists includes Vernon Castle Band on the 8th, Wandile Mbambeni & Tankiso Mamabolo on the 15th, N2 featuring Carmen Exclusive on 22nd and Micaela Kleinsmith & Hunter Rose on the 29th.
Take the Stage presented by MTN 15, 22 and 29 December 2023
18h00 to 19h00
The V&A Waterfront Take the Stage Series is a platform for emerging South African musicians and musical ensembles and is back again this summer. What better way to enjoy the warm outdoors than with free, live music concerts. These take place throughout December from 18h00 at the Amphitheatre. The artist line-up for December includes Stone Ngandu, Daniel Baron, and Claire Phillips.
Naledi’s Festive Dream – a theatre production 16 to 23 December 2023
A purpose-built theatre at the Amphitheatre
12h00, 13h30 and 15h00
R100 general admission
R75 for a family deal of four www.webtickets.co.za
Naledi’s Festive Dream is a theatrical Christmas production created especially for our vibrant city, and played out in a purpose-built theatre that takes over the Waterfront’s Amphitheatre for an eight-day run. Immersive and captivating, this venue offers a joyous experience for young and old, from the minute one enters through the doors.
Naledi has a wonderful dream about the North Pole. She dreams about the naughty elf that was sitting on her shelf, the dapper Nutcrackers, spinning snowflakes, Santa’s spirited hip-hop elves, and dancing candy canes. It’s a merry Christmas with all these famous names.
When Naledi awakens in her bed, her wild, whacky wish has become a wonderful reality! Santa’s friends have joined her in a festive celebration in her beautiful city, and she gets to show them what Joy from Africa is all about.
Directed by Lee Rath, the energetic festive show is a joyous experience for young and old, filled with music, dancing, rhythms and rhymes. Naledi’s Festive Dream is a 40-minute dreamscape of family enjoyment, performed three times a day, between 16-23 December.
Santa comes to the Waterfront 15 to 24 December 2023
Centre Court (Outside H&M)
11h00 to 17h00
Kids won’t want to miss a chance to see and meet Santa at the Centre Court in the Waterfront from 15 to 24 December. The jovial big fellow and his elves will be onsite from 11h00 to 17h00 to meet the little ones. Seize the opportunity to capture delightful photos, immersing yourself in the festive atmosphere and embracing the holiday spirit.
Mini Makers Cooking Classes 16 December 2023 to 14 January 2024
Tickets: Mini Makers (Age 5yrs To 11yrs): R350 – Link | Mini Makers (Age 12 To 16years): R350 – Link
Makers Landing runs a food education programme for kids between five and 11 years old and teenagers between 12 and 16 years old. The programme aims to empower tomorrow’s food innovators, enthusiasts, and entrepreneurs in a fun and safe environment. Kids make and play in a fun environment while exploring the kitchen and meeting new friends. The Summer Edition starts on Saturday, 16 December 2023 and runs until Sunday, 14 January 2024.
New Year’s Eve Celebration 31 December 2023
15h00 to 00h00
Join us as we usher in the New Year with the V&A Waterfront’s New Year’s Eve Celebration. The festivities commence at 15h00, featuring artists performing on a specially-constructed stage by the water, to keep the audience entertained as the countdown to the New Year begins. You can look forward to an exceptional line-up of artists, including Tarryn Lamb, Just Jinger, Sun El Musician, Black Ties, Mandisi Dyantyis, The Rivertones, Seth Grey, and The Ploemies. The night will culminate in a five-minute firework display that will light up the sky as midnight arrives.
Act quickly, as many of our charters, restaurants, and hotels are rapidly filling up. Secure your spot by making reservations soon to ensure a fantastic night out and to ring in the new year.
Jazzathon 2024 Friday, 12 January to Sunday, 14 January 2023
12h00 to 20h00
Known as the People’s Festival, the Cape Town Jazzathon is back on the V&A Amphitheatre stage from 12 to 14 January 2024. From 12h00 to 20h00, music lovers and visitors can enjoy a wide variety of artists and bands as they showcase their finest talents.