With 2018 drawing to a close, it’s nearly time to officially welcome the new year. Wondering where the best New Year’s Eve parties are happening in Cape Town? We’ve compiled a list of our top picks for an unforgettable night where you can raise a toast to the past year:
See off 2018 with fireworks at the V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront’s annual New Year’s Eve bash has become somewhat of an iconic event in the Mother City. Old and young will be dazzled by street performers, dancers, live music and a stunning firework display at midnight. Arrive hungry to enjoy the best of Cape Town’s food trucks that will be offering all sorts of delicious treats to celebrate the new year.
There will also be a special kids’ area and all children will be given location bracelets so that you can keep track of your young one.
Entry is free.
Sing in the new year at Kirstenbosch
Celebrate the end of another year in an idyllic setting of starry skies and rolling lawns at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Pack a blanket, snacks and a bottle of bubbly and get ready to sing and dance the night away with singer-songwriter Jeremy Loops and blues band Crimson House. Don’t forget your picnic basket!
Cost: R341 per person.
Party in style with Alcazar
Join the Alcazar New Year’s Eve celebration in a lavish festival setting at the foot of Table Mountain. The immersive art and entertainment experience will whisk you away to far-off lands. There will be stalls offering delicious food, and two stages with DJs keeping the beat for 12 hours straight. Tickets are only available to over-20s.
Cost: R300 to R800
Dance the night away at Grand South NYE 2018
On New Year’s Eve, Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek will transform into a giant disco for the highly anticipated Grand South NYE 2018 event. DJ René (better known as “The Frenchman” in music circles) will keep you on your feet the whole night. Considering the disco theme, you’d better come dressed to impress!
Cost: R350 to R400
Toast the last sunset of 2018 at the top of Klapmutskop
Hike through the heart of the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy and through part of a yellowwood forest to reach the top of the Klapmutskop in the Stellenbosch wine region. At the top of the hill, you won’t only be greeted by panoramic views of the winelands and Table Mountain, but there will also be a glass of bubbly waiting for you. Depending on your fitness level, you can hike the entire 9.75km route, or choose to hop on a farm vehicle and only hike 4.5km each way.
Don’t forget to manage your time so that you can enjoy the vista from the top before the sun goes down!