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Tulbagh Christmas in Winter

Christmas lights, glühwein, wine tasting & kids zone

Last updated: Tuesday, 30 April 2024 

One weekend every winter (for the past 23 years), the streets of this small town are lined with Christmas lights; the tables laden with glühwein and traditional Christmas fare fit for a feast. There’s wine tasting stalls, live music, bars and a kids zone, all surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

It’s Tulbagh Christmas in Winter, an annual highlight, and this year it's on from 28 to 30 June.


Tulbagh is known for its stunning historic buildings and surrounding mountains. Image: @_dominic_taylor

WHAT TO EXPECT AT CHRISTMAS IN WINTER  

The centre of this festival is the charming Church Street, which has the largest number of Cape Dutch, Edwardian and Victorian heritage sites in one street in South Africa.

Imagine it! The Farmer’s Electric Light Parade with tractors wrapped in Christmas lights and tinsel; This year Tulbagh Christmas in Winter begins 28 June and we’re letting you in first.

There’ll also be wine tasting stalls, bars, artisanal food stands and live music. 


In June and July, the Winterhoek mountains are usually covered in snow. Image: Tulbagh Tourism

HOP-OFF-HOP-ON WINE TOURS

Kids can play in a winter wonderland zone – decorated with fake snow – filled with face painting, pony rides and white winter jumping castles. 

There’s even hop-on-hop-off shuttles to some of Tulbagh’s best wine farms. The full event schedule hasn’t been released yet; see more information on the Tulbagh Christmas in Winter Facebook page


Saronsberg Cellar is one of Tulbagh’s must-try wine farms (and it has a stunning view). Image: Saronsberg Cellar

FREE FOR KIDS UNDER EIGHT   

There’s Friday tickets (R100), Saturday and Sunday tickets (R200) and weekend passes (R220). 

It’s a great event for families, since kids under eight get in for free, and kids eight to 15 years old get a 25% ticket discount. You can book via Quicket

Tulbagh is a 90-minute drive from Cape Town. If you’d like to make a weekend of it, there’s plenty of options (from family and pet-friendly to luxury or wine farm accommodation). See more on the Tulbagh Tourism website.  


There’s plenty to do in Tulbagh besides wine tasting, like olive and olive oil tasting at Oakhurst Olives. Image: @thewinegirlcapetown

TULBAGH CHRISTMAS IN WINTER

Tulbagh Christmas in Winter is happening: Friday 28 June - Sunday 30 June 2024
Find it: 4 Church Street, Tulbagh
Book: Via Quicket 
Cost: From R75 for kids and R100 for adults
See more info: Via the Tulbagh Christmas in Winter Facebook page

By Julia Rowley 

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