December Holiday Events in Hermanus

Posted: 2 March 2012 by Jenny Meyer Category: Arts and Crafts, Attractions, Beach, Children, festivals, Hermanus, Restaurants and places to eat, Sporting Events in Hermanus, Things to do, Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

What’s on for the December Holiday Events in Hermanus

The Christmas festivities and diary for December holiday events in Hermanus are listed hereunder and updated from time to time during this Festive month (We will update our blog for 2014 soon – or contact Hermanus Tourism Bureau).  Events are always lively and enthusiastic and include a range of activities and special events that happen to keep all those lucky enough to be in the town at the time happy and in the mood of giving.

Christmas stockings at Eastbury Cottage Wonder which is my stocking?

December holiday events in Hermanus include many weekly markets, but Christmas time brings out some special Christmas ones full of hand-made goodies that are perfect for special gifts. The NG Kerk in the Main Road holds a widely acclaimed Christmas Market in the Grobbelaar Hall during the first or second week of December. This market sells everything from mouth-watering home-baked treats to toys and jewellery and books and pottery with a difference. The Hermanus Bowling Club hosts its Christmas fair around the same time and it also has an assortment of arts, crafts and great food to satisfy everybody. Camphill, the local school and care centre for those with special needs, hosts a Christmas market too that sells food, white elephant, second hand clothes, toys, books, jewellery and much more – even pony and train rides. All of the money made goes to funding Camphill that runs entirely on donations, adding an extra strand of giving to the fun you’ll have browsing the beautiful farm premises. The hugely popular Twilight Market, held every Wednesday night, starts during the month of December as well. An afternoon continuation of the Hermanus Country Market, the Twilight Market has fun and food for everybody and encourages everybody and their dog to come along for great food, better shopping and the best atmosphere. this market and the Lemm’s corner market are all within walking distance from Eastbury Cottage. There are a range of other markets that usually happen during the Christmas season so you should keep an eye out for posters or posts in the local newspaper, the Hermanus Times, for more information.


Hermanus Markets and stalls I love Hermanus

Rotary Hermanus holds a ‘Carols by Candlelight’ every year, usually in The Old Harbour or the outdoor amphitheatre just next door. The event is always tons of fun for the whole family and gives you a chance to experience the beauty and community of Hermanus with the lights twinkling on the water just behind you.   Usually held on the last Friday before Christmas, a small donation buys you a candle in a bottle and a carols hymn sheet.

Holiday workshops, art classes and activity programs have been set up for the children and they range from photography and Christmas-gift making to treasure hunts, magic shows, walks, tea parties and sand castle building. Contact the Hermanus Tourism Bureau on 028 3122629 for more information.

 Then, of course, there are the beautiful beaches of Hermanus that sport  lifeguards for your safety.  Snack counters also present themselves for your convenience during the holiday season. Every beach has stretches of brilliant white sand and most have changing facilities as well as restaurants close by.  More activities for children can be found on our blog.

Christmas specials abound in Hermanus’ shops and there’s always the friendly shop-window dressing and light competition to witness as shops try to outdo each other with their brilliant Christmas displays.

The churches of Hermanus have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services as well as nativity plays and other activities that can also be found in the local Times of Hermanus Newspaper.

Some restaurants of Hermanus even open for Christmas Day lunches, offering buffets or amazing menus that deviate from their norm to make sure everybody is appropriately ” full to bursting”.   The Hermanus Information Office will have a list of these restaurants ready every year so give them a call for more information on 028 3122629.

 Christmas in Hermanus is full of sunshine, festivities and a number of opportunities to find quaint home-made gifts for those special to you and let your children’s creativity run wild.  Just keep an eye out for all the posters and don’t be afraid to ask around – you wouldn’t want to miss out!


 December Holiday Events in Hermanus


Hermanuspietersfontein Food and Wine Market – Hemel en Aarde Village: 9h00- 13h00

Hermanus Country Market at the Cricket Grounds 9h00-13h00 Twilight Market 14h00-20h00

Market in the Garden at the Wine Village – Hemel en Aarde Village: 9h00-15h00

NG Kerk Christmas Market- Grobbelaar Hall 02 -20 December daily: Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm; Saturday 9am – 5pm; Public Holiday 16 December 11am – 5pm

Sunset Market at Creation Wines 15 December 16h00-19h30 Sunset Market at Creation Wines – RSVP  by 12 December 2013 to  or visit their website

Onrus Craft Market De Wet Hall – First Saturday of every month – 7  December; 4 January


Bags of Love! Contact Lana Coates 028 3410349 or speak to Ian at Stanford Spar to make up a bag worth R130 for the less fortunate.

4 December- Hermanus Times Operation Bakkejan “Back to School” Fundraiser Sandbaai Hall – Call Janine 0828850226

4 -6 December Arty Crafty Group on Main. Mosaics, jewellery, oil and water colour paintings – 16 Mollergren Park tel 028 3122914

4 – 20 December: OTI – Fun tractor tours and rides to the faraway tree at 10h00, 12h30, 14h30 and 16h30.  Adults R20 and R10 per child accompanied by an adult.  Picnic foods available at the Forest Kitchen.  Contact Debbie 0845233798

6-8 December: Kokkedoor Pop up Restaurant @ Harbour House R300pp

7 December – Hawston Sea Festival – contact Hermanus Tourism Bureau

7 December – Hemel en Aarde Boot Sale

7 December – St Peter’s Coffee Morning

9 -12 December Cupcake Decorating Classes for kids Contact Hermanus Tourism 028 3122629

9 December: Township Garden Tour – R120 pp.  Includes Tuk-Tuk transport to and from the Township.  Minimum party size 6 Pax.  Bookings essential.  Contact Hermanus Tourism Bureau 028 3122629.

20 December – Carols by Candle light in the Old Harbour contact Frank Mathee 082 8701187

candles Carols by candle light in the Old Harbour


26 December Stanford Boxing Day Cricket – contact Stanford Tourism

29 December Salt of the Earth Farm Stall

31 Danger Point Half Marathon – Contact Gansbaai Tourism


program for Cocos in Hermanus

Please contact Hermanus Tourism Bureau for more information on these events* – tel 028 3122629

5 December – Jannie Mooleman*

7 December – Valiant Swart*

14 December – Zak de Priester*

18 December – Robin Auld*

20 December – Steve Hofmeyer*

22 December – Mathys Roets*

223 December Sterling EQ at Sandbaai Hall

Tickets R90 – R110 available at Computicket.  Show starts at 19:30

27 December – Albert Frost*

For more entertainment and What’s on in Hermanus click here

Hermanus Tourism Bureau Office Hours

The office at the Old Station Building and the Kiosk on the Market Square will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Public Holiday Office Hours will be 10:00 – 14:00

The after hours number is 079 492 1949.

More updates to come – as the events pour in!

Author: Danica Kreusch

Editor Jenny Fenn

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