Celebrating Christmas in July in South Africa: What to Do and Where to Go

For many, the festive period is a time to create warm memories with loved ones, and who’s to say that those festivities need to be limited to December? Welcome to Christmas in July – an opportunity to embrace the cooler temperatures and celebrate in the middle of the year. 

Whether you’re in bustling Johannesburg, picturesque Cape Town, or vibrant Durban, or even if you prefer celebrating within the cosy confines of your home, here are some celebration ideas for a memorable Christmas in July in South Africa.

1. Immersive Christmas in July in Johannesburg

Photograph of Sandton area in the evening
  • Winter Markets at Montecasino: Discover a treasure trove of unique crafts, delectable treats, and cosy beverages at Montecasino’s pop-up winter markets.
  • Festive Feasting at The Bull Run Restaurant: Savour the special Christmas in July menu at The Bull Run, including roast turkey, mince pies, and heart-warming puddings.
  • Blockbuster Favourites at The Bioscope Cinema: Embrace your inner movie critique and watch some popular classics or a choice of modern-day movies at this charming cinema.

2. Picturesque Christmas in July in Cape Town

Photograph of the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town
  • Ice Skating at the GrandWest Ice Rink: Capture the essence of a traditional white Christmas with a fun-filled day of ice skating at the GrandWest.
  • Toy Drive with Safripol: Participate in Safripol’s toy drive to spread the joy of giving and make a difference in the lives of local children. Donate any toys at your nearest Toy Kingdon Store.
  • Festive Fervour at the Gordon’s Bay Winter Wonderland: Revel in the magical “Winter Wonderland” festival in Gordon’s Bay, boasting vibrant lights, buzzing markets, and uplifting carols.

3. Vibrant Christmas in July in Durban

Photograph of the lighthouse in Umhlanga, Durban, with the ocean in the background
  • Fairy-Lit Boat Rides at Wilson’s Wharf: Marvel at the twinkling decorations on a festive boat ride from Wilson’s Wharf in Durban’s harbour.
  • Culinary Magic at Fusion Cooking School: Engage in a Christmas-themed cooking workshop at Fusion Cooking School, learning delectable holiday recipes.
  • An Outdoor Exploration at the Botanic Gardens: Breathe in nature’s delight as you take in the extraordinary sights and sounds of Durban’s Botanic Gardens. Whether it’s a public event or a more personal picnic, the wonder of this magical place will make you feel alive.

4. Comforting Christmas in July at Home

Bird's-eye view shot of friends' hands coming together to 'cling' their glasses in celebration
  • Host a Christmas in July Movie Marathon: Settle down with warm blankets, homemade popcorn, and a line-up of all-time favourite Christmas movies.
  • Organise a DIY Ugly Sweater Contest: Arrange a friendly competition, encouraging everyone to design and wear their own ugly Christmas sweaters, and get everyone to wear them at your Christmas in July party
  • Homemade Gift Exchange: Plan a homemade gift exchange. It’s an enjoyable and personal way to imbue your gathering with the true spirit of Christmas.


Regardless of where you choose to celebrate, Christmas in July provides an exciting excuse to gather with loved ones and create unforgettable memories. Whilst the festivities may bring much joy, they can also bring the inevitable aftermath of cleaning. But you know you don’t need to worry about that with SweepSouth by your side. 

Our trusted platform gives you the choice of a large range of highly-rated cleaning services to ensure your home remains pristine, even after the grandest of celebrations. This Christmas in July, gift yourself the luxury of relaxation and the promise of a sparkling home by booking a SweepSouth cleaning service. Immerse yourself in the celebrations while an experienced SweepStar takes care of the aftermath.

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