What’s on at the V&A Waterfront this festive season

This year, the V&A Waterfront’s festive decoration installations are built on its core principles of sustainability, supporting local design and making a positive economic impact. Themed: Joy from Africa to the World, over 130 local designers, crafters, makers and artisans have used recycled and upcycled materials to transform the V&A Waterfront into a wonderland that tells an African festive story of peace and kindness.

The display showcases local talent while demonstrating just what’s possible with ‘waste’. Alongside the installations, there’ll be myriad free activities throughout the holidays, bringing #JoyAtVandA to merrymakers, young and old.

Tinyiko Mageza, Executive Manager of Marketing at the V&A, says she hopes people feel a sense of pride and awe, “From installations made of beautiful weaved baskets to recycled metal welded into golden birds of peace and second-hand baubles papier-mâchéd using paper from our Waste Recovery Plant, I hope we have captured and brought to life a festive showcase that is both magical and meaningful. The aim is to put African creativity and craftsmanship in the spotlight and to tell a positive, authentic narrative about the people of this continent while demonstrating the amazing things you can do with recycled material.”

As a vibrant, inclusive neighbourhood in the City of Cape Town, the V&A wants to create and curate a space that looks after the interests of the people who live and visit there, and the environment. Here’s what you can expect in your friendly V&A hood this festive. Immerse yourself in the magic, and make sure these fixtures are firmly diarised. They’re all free!



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Celebration of Chinese New Year in Cape Town

We invite you to the first-of-its-kind celebration of Chinese New Year by the Chinese Community in Cape Town Come to join us for the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Year of the Dragon at Amphitheatre V&A  Waterfront To experience Chinese Culture exhibition, Arts and Crafts, Calligraphy and painting, Chinese Tea, and Taiji demonstration Always […]

Venue: Amphitheatre
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Take The Stage presented by MTN – SAINT CLAIR

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Meet Santa & The Elves

Children and families have the special chance to encounter Santa and his Elves in Victoria Wharf’s Centre Court, located in front of H&M. You can engage in a meet-and-greet session and capture delightful photos with them from December 16 to 24, between 11 am and 5 pm. It’s a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in […]

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A Future of Hope Dance Competition Presented by The City of Cape Town

We are excited to be hosting A Future of Hope Dance Competition presented by the City of Cape Town. Calling all crews from across the metropole to enter this great competition. The Winning crew walks away with R10 000 while runners up will receive R5000 for 2nd place and R2000 for 3rd place. That’s not […]

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Immerse yourself in a vibrant New Year’s Eve celebration at the V&A Waterfront! Count down to the New Year in style at the V&A Waterfront’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, featuring an incredible line-up of artists. Join Tarryn Lamb, Just Jinger, Sun-El Musician, Black Ties, Mandisi Dyantyis, The Rivertones, Seth Grey, and The Ploemies for an […]

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Take The Stage series presented by MTN: Hunter Rose

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Countdown to 2023

The V&A Waterfront in partnership with the City of Cape Town will bid farewell to 2022 with a festive New Year’s Eve celebration across the property on 31 December. Visitors can look forward to non-stop entertainment from local performers at the Amphitheatre and around to property from 7pm until countdown to a midnight moment finale. […]

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V&A Santa’s Arrival

Kids won’t want to miss a chance to see and meet Santa at the Centre Court in the Waterfront from Friday, 15 December 2023. The jovial arrival big arrive at 3pm to meet the little ones. It will be memorable.  

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Cotton Fest Friends Day

The University of Cotton Fest will be at Battery Park on the 19th November for a unique friends day. Everyone is welcome to join in on the fun as we get ready for Cotton Fest Cape Town on 10 December.

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Silo Concerts in partnership with Hendricks Gin – Andrew Young & Don Vino

Silo Concerts in partnership with Hendricks Gin are back to entertain visitors to the Waterfront’s neighbourhood, come and join us for a free performance in the Silo District. Don Vino Don Vino is passionate Cape Townian from Elsies River started his journey at the tender age of 15 performing with local jazz and gospel bands […]

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We all have a magic spark. When that spark is allowed to shine brightly, just about anything is possible. This summer, the College of Magic – South Africa’s only magical arts training organisation – demonstrates that “Everybody is Magic” with a spectacular family illusion show full of comedy, juggling and jaw-dropping magic that will astound […]

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Dockside Beer Experience

The inaugural Dockside Beer Experience is a collaborative event that highlights and celebrates the quality, innovation and variety of Craft beer in Cape Town. Curated by Ukhamba Beerworx in partnership with Makers Landing, this experience brings the heroes of Craft Beer to the heart of the city at V&A Waterfront’s Food Destination Makers Landing right […]

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For more information, visit Waterfront.co.za.