Planning to visit the Top 6 Cape Town Tourist Attractions? We have compiled a short summary with times and tips to make your visit easier during the busy festive season. Robben IslandTable Mountain Cableway, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, V&A Waterfront, Cape Point, and Groot Constantia

Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Open every day weather permitting, check for live updates on the status and on weather conditions, queue times and visibility.

Due to high demand, it is best to arrive early.

Table Mountain Cableway will be open on Christmas Day, weather permitting.

Renowned local DJ Hilton Carlse will keep you entertained at the Lower Cable Station, accompanied by the vibrant Siyabuya Marimba Band, from 26 December 2019 to 5 January 2020. Don’t miss your chance for a meet-and-greet with the Big Guy and his helper on Christmas Eve (Tuesday 24 December 2019) and Christmas Day (Wednesday 25 December 2019): 10am to 12pm at the Lower Cable Station and 12.15pm to 2pm at the Upper Cable Station.

On New Year’s Eve (31st December 2019) the last car down will be at 21h30, so enjoy your bubbly, but you will not be able to see in the New Year from the top of the mountain. 

From 1st – 15th December the first car up is at 0800, last car up at 19h30 and last car down at 20h30.

From 16th December to 15th January the first car up is at 0800, last car up at 20h30 and last car down at 21h30.

From the 16th January 2020 to 31st January 2020 first car up is at 08h00, last car up at 19h30 and last car down at 20h30.

Date First car up Last car up Last car down
1 Dec – 15 Dec 2019 08h00 19h30 20h30
16 Dec – 15 Jan 2020 08h00 20h30 21h30
16 Jan – 31 Jan 2020 08h00 19h30 20h30

Groot Constantia

Groot Constantia will be closed on Christmas Day. 

The estate is open every other day including public holidays for the rest of the festive season, opening at 09h00 and closing at 18h00.

The various cellars, tours, museum and sales have varied operating hours, for all details click here.

On the 24th and 31st of December the estate will close a little earlier than usual, and no tickets will be sold after 14h30 and everything will close at 16h00.

Cape Point

Please confirm that they are open every day, including Christmas. 

The entrance into the reserve is at sunrise and the gate closes at sunset.

Operating hours for the funicular, restaurant and shop are as follows. 

Cape of Good Hope9:00am – 6:00pm       Flying Dutchman Funicular9:00am – 5:30pm

Two Oceans Restaurant9:00am – 5:00pm     Curio Stores9:00am – 5:00pm


The Garden is open every day from 08h00 to 19h00. 

Please note that the free guided walks will not be offered on Christmas Day, but visitors are welcome to explore and enjoy the garden on their own. We recommend downloading the map click here.

Moyo Kirstenbosch is hosting a Christmas Lunch which will be served between 12:00 and 15:30.

Bookings are essential. Please contact(T) 021 762 9585 |

The Galileo Open Air Cinema will be screening the classic movie, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, at Kirstenbosch Gardens on Christmas Day. Opens at 18h00 , bring your own picnic or buy food from the vendors there. The movie starts at 20h30 and runs for 110 minutes. 

Robben Island

Robben Island Museum will be closed on Christmas Day, and on 26th December and the 01st January they will only be operating the 09h00 and 11h00 tours.

For the rest of the season ferries run, weather and demand permitting, 4 times a day, at 09h00, 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00. 

V&A Waterfront

The trading hours for the shopping centre is 09h00 to 21h00 7 days a week. 

Extended shopping hours from the 13th – 24th December 2019 when the shops will stay open until 10h00.

Restaurants, pubs, activities and attractions are open until midnight or later. Please get the information from the service provider.

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There is no one way to explore all of the Cape Town Big 6, and much of what makes each of them so special is the variety of things to see and do at each. So if possible, take your time to explore each of the city’s most visited tourist attractions in as much depth as possible – as any local will tell you, you can spend a lifetime at each of the Big 6 and still not tire of them.

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