Step into the magic of the season with this December edition of the Swartland Tourism events newsletter - a guide to the festive happenings in our region. As the year draws to a close, Swartland opens its doors to a medley of experiences just waiting to be explored.

We extend an open invitation to come, be a part of the vibrant spirit of Swartland and forge special moments with loved ones. Let the December festivities begin!

01 December
Just Pink Birthday Bash at Living Colour, Darling

JUST Two Years of @livingcolourdarling has been wonderful !! You are invited to join in to celebrate at their Birthday Bash with some bubbly fun & live music from Happy Days Band. Tickets R120
081 723 7236

01 December
Pizza Night at Kalmoesfontein, Malmesbury

First & Last night with Lady  Felicity & The Trumpets at Kalmoesfontein Farm, Paardeberg.
R400 per person
022 125 0116

01 December
Jan Blohm/Die Rooster At Swartlander Pub & Grill

Live music with Jan Blohm
R200 per person
064 548 2917

01 to 30 December 2023
Festive time magic at Ormonde Wines, Darling

This year Ormonde offers a range of special special family activities while you enjoy their charcuterie platters, wine tasting and play area on the green lawns.
Decorate a gingerbread family, a fun addition to the usual Milky- and Donut pairings for kids. Get a party box with a family of 4 Gingerbread, six toppings (jelly tots, sprinkles, Astros, edible glitter, vermicelli, and smarties), Royal icing, stickers, and ribbons for R100.
Snap up their "Best Chocolate Brownie" recipe in a jar at the tasting room for a delightful gift that keeps on giving!

Saturday 02 December
Yzerfontein SURF ‘N TURF FESTIVAL 10.00 – 15.00

Mark your calendars for the Yzerfontein Surf 'n Turf Festival, which will be held at the Yzerfontein Sports Club from 10.00 to 15.00.! Dive into a sea of flavours with an array of meaty and seafood delights. There is sure to be something for everyone! All at R80 per serving.
Groove to live bands, letting their tunes elevate your feast experience. Save the date for an unforgettable seaside-inspired celebration! Entry is free.
E-mail [email protected]

Saturday 02 December
Ensemble Tropicale Live Music

Back by popular demand. La Parilla Latin Grill offers live music to visitors to the quaint town of Riebeek Kasteel. Saturday night – spoil yourself!
No cover charge.
Enquiries / Bookings 076 900 8033

Saturday 02 December
Christmas Pop-Up Market Langs Die Bos

Pop-Up Market where one can buy, taste & experience home made goods, baked , crochet.
Venue Voortrekker Facility, behind High School Swartland sport field


02 December
Tattoo Day at Moorrees

Join us for day of Vinyl Music, Drinks tasting & new ink from Firehawk Ink Tattoo Studio.
From 10am to 6pm. Free entry

Saturdays 02, 09, 16, 23 and 30 December
Parkrun in the Swartland

A free, fun, and friendly weekly 5k community event. Walk, jog, run, volunteer, or spectate – it's up to you!  
Parkrun is positive, welcoming and inclusive, there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along. Every Saturday at 8:00am
- At Living Colour on Wolwefontein Farm,R315  Darling
- Behind H/S Swartland Astro fields (hockey) Malmesbury

Thursday 07 December (Please note change of date for this event from 30 November).

Prepare yourself for an extraordinary evening at the Darling Museum's historic old Town Hall. Settle down at a candlelit long table to be entertained with captivating tales that will delight, intrigue, and even send shivers down your spine.
Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to enjoy the magic of storytelling, accompanied by a scrumptious dining experience.
Tickets at R110 per person (BYO) can be obtained at the Darling Museum.
022 492 3361

8 & 09 December
Boomerang -Live Music Festival in Riebeek

Allan Barnard, renowned music presenter, showcases live bands to bring back the groove of Oldies Music, spanning from 1946 to 1964. Be part of this extraordinary musical experience at the Riebeek Kasteel Primary School. Come sing along to popular hits of the sixties and older.
078 366 6771

Live Music at Blakes, Yzerfontein

What could possibly be better than an ice-cold glass of wine with a pizza under the warm summer sun WITH LIVE MUSIC!
Saturday 09 December – Nic Stevens
Saturday 23 December – Ruan Theron
Wednesday 27 December – Renier Greef
Saturday 30 December - Christo and Cobus
Saturday 06 January – Hendre Baard
For more information or to book, contact the cellar on 022 451 2701

December events at 1910 The Old Forge, Darling
Their festive season line up until end of 2023 is as follows:

December gigs with Glyn Lewis
Creating the atmosphere! A wonderful addition to great food and wine for a romantic dinner with your partner or a fun evening with friends. Follow our Facebook page for dates.
Christmas Toy Run
Join us in spreading joy this holiday season! Contribute to our Christmas Toy Run by bringing a wrapped toy labelled for either a girl or boy, along with an indication of the approximate age. Please ensure your donations reach us by December 19th. Let's make this festive season brighter for children in need!
19 December – Christmas Carols
Come and join in the fun from 18.00 – Live music, kiddies play area, special Christmas cocktails, food and drinks, Christmas Carols, Santa Claus.
24 December – Christmas Eve Lunch from 12.00 to 5pm
Join us for a festive Christmas celebration. 4-course lunch at R395 per person
31 December from 7pm – Five, Four, Three, Two, One – “Happy New Year”
Come join the party as we ring in the new year with the sounds of ‘The Sons of Selassie”
R500 per person – Buffet 6-course meal, live music, dance floor
022 492 2120

Friday 15 December
Taste of Darling at The Darling Wine Shop

The Gastro Gang presents ‘Passage to India’ from 11am until 1 pm
Chicken Maharajah & spiced rice pilaf by Jane Wallace
Kashmiri Gobi (Cauliflower Curry)
Rasmalai Tiramisu by Kelli
R120 for all 3
RSVP [email protected] by 12 December

Make a note of the following events taking place at Strandkombuis, Yzerfontein over the festive season:

17 December - Albert Frost

Don’t miss the electrifying performance by Albert Frost, renowned South African musician, and guitarist.
22 December – Jesse Clegg
Enjoy an evening of soulful melodies with Jesse Clegg, carrying on his family’s legacy of musical excellence.
24 December – Christmas Eve Lunch
From 12.00 – Complimentary cocktail on arrival. Children’s entertainment. Santa’s arrival with gifts Three course meal
Adults R490 / Kids 9 -12 R245 /Kids 5 – 8 R225
31 December – New Year’s Eve Lunch
From 12.00 – Complimentary cocktails on arrival. Three course meal
Adults R490 / Kids 9 -12 R245 /Kids 5 – 8 R225
03 January – Watershed
Start the new year with a bang and groove to the tunes of Watershed, a dynamic and captivating band.
For Bookings or more info 022 481 1003

17 to 18 December
Yzer Art Route

Explore the Yzer Art Route by following the yellow signs around Yzerfontein. Enjoy the imaginative exhibitions at a variety of businesses and artists’ home studios. This self-guided tour showcases diverse artworks, from sculptures to paintings. It's a journey that celebrates the creative soul of this coastal community.
Please note: Yzer Art Route will also present an Art Expo at the Yzerfontein Community Hall from 27 to 30 December 2023.
078 452 8132

Wherever you choose to stay, eat, or play in the Swartland, you can expect friendly service and warm hospitality. Visit to find the perfect accommodation and for more information on events taking place in the Swartland towns.

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