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The Best New Year’s Eve Parties in South Africa

2105 is almost over and 2016 is looming on the horizon. Wondering where to party or what to do in South Africa this New Year’s Eve? We’ve picked out 24 of the hottest New Year’s Eve parties and events around South Africa for you. Choose from rock concerts, river rafting, dance parties, orchestral evenings, beach dinners or a festival of lights to celebrate the end of another year and usher in a brand new one.


New Year’s Eve parties in the Eastern Cape

1. The Ruins New Year’s Eve Party

When: 31 December 2015
Where: The Ruins, St Francis Bay
Tickets: From R350 per person
Contact: www.theruins.co.za

This year’s festivities include 3 mind-blowing experiences with each stage providing leading local acts with its own signature vibe, offering a mix of music genres to each unique zone in the Ruins Village. In addition the all-new event layout offers a ‘free to roam’ experience with loads of bar space, mind-blowing décor and local food court.
The Ruins New Years Eve Party


2. Nieu Bethesda Festival of Lights

When: 31 December 2015
Where: Nieu Bethesda
Tickets: R150
Contact: Tel 0498411731, email info@bethesdatower.co.za

The Bethesda Arts Centre, First People Centre, will be celebrating the arrival of the New Year with its usual Festival of Lights. This is a joyful alcohol-free family celebration, where everyone walks in a singing procession carrying their lanterns through Hightown (the local township) and then back to the centre for a braai and dancing to a live band. Those who would like to make a lantern can join a workshop during the two weeks before the Festival.


New Year’s Eve parties in Gauteng

3. Masquerade Ball at Chicago Piano Bar

When: 31 December 2015
Where: Randpark Ridge
Tickets: From R190
Contact: www.facebook.com/Chicagos.Piano.Bar

Your fancy gown deserves a night out! Dine and dance into 2016 in style and don’t forget your mask. There’ll be live entertainment to lead you into the New Year and you can choose whether to indulge in a dinner and dance, or just dance.


4. Revolution New Year Open Air Music Festival

When: 31 December 2015 to 1 January 2016
Where: Hornbill Lodge, Magaliesberg
Tickets: R300
Contact: www.facebook.com/events/516943235148816

Join the tribes of Johannesburg’s underground dance at this earth quaking, mind baking, soul shaking two-day open air festival, featuring international acts and over 40 of South Africa’s top psy trance, techno and drum & bass DJ’s with live acts on two stages.
Revolution New Year Open Air Music Festival


5. The Barnyard Theatre 80s Rewind Party

When: 31 December 2015
Where: The Barnyard Theatre, Pretoria
Tickets: R390
Contact: www.barnyardtheatre.co.za

Get ready for the most daring 80s rock show ever to hit the Barnyard Theatre stage. Featuring a colourful versatile cast that will rewind to synth pop, new wave and arena rock in the most authentic 80s style. This tribute show includes songs from Tears for Fears, Soft Cell, Prince, Yazoo, Phil Collins, UB40, Simple Minds and many more.


New Year’s Eve parties in KwaZulu-Natal

6. Hunter’s New Year’s Eve Beach Party

When: 31 December 2015
Where: Southbroom Main Beach
Tickets: From R220
Contact: www.facebook.com/events/1654702234806667

KZN’s largest and loudest New Year’s Eve beach party brings you the best in electro, progressive, minimal, techno and deep house. The line-up includes Royal K (JHB), Chris Taylor (CT), Jak Skandi (CT), Veranda Panda, Hart, Ryan Stylz, Ryan James and Mark Crundwell.
Hunters New Years Eve Beach Party


7. The Smoking Dragon New Year’s Eve Festival

When: 29 December 2015 to 1 January 2016
Where: Amphitheatre Backpackers
Tickets: From R700 per person
Contact: www.smokingdragon.co.za/festivals

A three-day event with a variety of bands to appeal to a wide range of music lovers. Bands this year include The Kiffness, Albert Frost, BOO!, Zebra & Giraffe, Haezer, Headroom and Hippie Mafia. There are also a variety of activities on offer suitable for families with small children, older folk and adrenaline junkies. All tickets allow you to camp on the festival grounds, including the one day passes.


8. Ballito New Year’s Eve Street Party

When: 31 December 2015
Where: Ballito Street Party and Crush Night Club, Ballito
Tickets: From R350 per person
Contact: www.newyearsevesa.co.za/ballito

The biggest and loudest New Year’s Eve street party hits Durban’s North Coast with four dance floors and cutting-edge design and production. Goldfish and Das Kapital have an incredible live component planned that you won’t want to miss!
Ballito New Years Eve Street Party


New Year’s Eve parties in the Western Cape

9. Electric Vines Music Festival

When: 30 December 2015 to 1 January 2016
Where: Wildekrans Wine Estate, Bot River
Tickets: Day pass R490, weekend passes from R790
Contact: electricvines.co.za

Swing into 2016 with Goldfish, MiCasa, Nomadic Orchestra, Desmond & the Tutus, Al Bairre, The Kiffness, Shortstraw and more. You can camp or glamp and there’s transport provided to and from the venue (R300 per person).
Electric Vines Music Festival


10. Rezonance Festival

When: 30 December 2015 to 2 January 2016
Where: Contermanskloof Farm, Cape Town
Tickets: R630
Contact: rezonancefestival.com

Four music arenas, magical décor, world class sound system and the perfect space for reckless abandon and general mayhem with the hottest local psy trance, progressive, drum & bass, techno, chill and dub step acts. Plenty of food options will be offer as well as a flea market with jewellery, clothing and more.
Rezonance Festival


11. Kirstenbosch New Year’s Eve Concert

When: 31 December 2015
Where: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town
Tickets: R330 per person
Contact: www.sanbi.org

This year sees two of South Africa’s best-known performers with Grassy Spark (rock, funk and reggae) as the opening act and Jeremy Loops (folk rock) as the headline act. This is a picnic-style concert, so don’t forget to take a blanket and a picnic basket.
Kirstenbosch New Years Eve Concert


12. HQ New Year’s Eve Experience

When: 31 December 2015
Where: HQ, Shortmarket Street
Tickets: R300 per person for a bar ticket
Contact: www.facebook.com/events/423779571080610

HQ is offering a New Year’s Eve experience with a touch of James Bond sophistication. Sip on ice cold Ciroc martini’s, (shaken, not stirred) while a DJ gets the party started from 21:00. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, light canapés, and entertainment in the bar.


13. The Bungalow New Year’s Eve Party

When: 31 December 2015
Where: The Bungalow, Clifton
Tickets: From R450 per person
Contact: newyearsevesa.co.za/capetown

Hosted by Guess Jeans and featuring the likes of Kyle Cassim, TiMO ODV, Dean Fuel and more, this promises to be a memorable night. Get up close and personal with the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying two dance floors to let loose on.
The Bungalow New Years Eve Party


14. FOREX 007 New Year’s Eve Party

When: 31 December 2015
Where: The Foreign Exchange Bar, Cape Town
Tickets: From R150
Contact: www.facebook.com/events/931024206982443

This year’s theme is “From Russia With Love: Moscow” and party goers are expected to dress in attire worthy of this classic Bond movie. There will be canapes and snacks, champagne upon arrival and at midnight, a photo booth and a dance floor with a DJ spinning tunes will into the early hours of 2016.


15. Kinky Summer New Year’s Eve Party

When: 31 December 2015
Where: La Paris, Franschhoek
Tickets: From R550
Contact: www.facebook.com/KinkySummerNYE

Party the night away in a lush paradise, where imagination and whimsical delight are cherished and nurtured. Featuring five international artists, an extra special revival stage, a beautiful island and festival food area. Transport to and from the venue available (R150) and you can opt to spend the night in a tepee (R1500, sleeps four).
Kinky Summer New Years Eve Party


16. Geraasplaas: A New Year’s Bash of Destruction

When: 30 December 2015 to 1 January 2016
Where: Riversdale
Tickets: From R120 per person
Contact: www.facebook.com/events/624726167669005

Held on the farm of lead guitarist Wian Bester, where all creatures of the night, and alternative creatures alike, may find peace and beauty while enjoying their passion for music. There will be camping grounds, food, booze, metal and alternative bands and activities like karaoke and beer pong with great prizes up for grabs.


17. PACHA Ibiza Party

When: 31 December 2015
Where: Grand Café & Beach Bar, Cape Town
Tickets: From R750
Contact: www.facebook.com/PachaSouthAfrica

Ibiza’s most famous nightclub returns to Cape Town this summer, for an exclusive event to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. This year sees Ibiza resident DJs Danny Wade and Josef Bamba along with selected local DJs, while the famous Pacha Ibiza dancers will also be in attendance.
PACHA Ibiza Party


18. The Cape Town Comedy Club New Year’s Eve Party

When: 31 December 2015
Where: The Pumphouse, V&A Waterfront
Tickets: R350
Contact: capetowncomedy.com/new-years-eve-party

In addition to an awesome comedy show, you can enjoy great food and good music, while relaxing, laughing and having fun. There will be five comedians (Shimmy Isaacs, Martin Davis, Devin Gray, Dalin Oliver and Lungelo Ndlovu), a champagne cocktail on arrival and an after party with DJ Aaron. A la carte menu and a NYE Specials menu available.


19. 99 Hits at the Barnyard Theatre

When: 31 December 2015
Where: Willowbridge, Cape Town
Tickets: R390
Contact: www.barnyardtheatre.co.za

A roller coaster ride of 99 hit songs featuring an 11-piece cast of singers, musicians and dancers. Spend the last night of 2015 with Elvis, Cliff Richard, Cher, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys and more.
99 Hits at the Barnyard Theatre


20. Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Street Party

When: 31 December 2015
Where: New Church / Bree Street, Cape Town
Tickets: From R200
Contact: www.facebook.com/fireandice

New Church Street will be transformed into a Carnival Fiesta with a continuous flow of House and Hip Hop beats, mixed with old time favourites. Revelers will also experience the excitement of a massive screen projection for a New Year’s Eve countdown with confetti cannons and lasers.


21. Nederberg New Year’s Eve Concert with The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

When: 31 December 2015
Where: Nederberg Wine Estate, Paarl
Tickets: R300
Contact: www.nederburg.com

Have a classy celebration this New Year’s Eve with The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, supported by top talented local artists and entertainers, including Katlego Maboe (MC for the evening), Elvis Blue, Lloyd Cele, BlackByrd and Sarah Theron. Bring along your picnic baskets and pick a spot with a view to welcome in 2016. Shuttle service available (R80).
Nederberg New Years Eve Concert


22. New Year’s Eve family-fun at Hazendal Wine Estate

When: 31 December 2015
Where: Hazendal Wine Estate, Stellenbosch
Tickets: R450
Contact: Tel 0219035034 or email functions@hazendal.co.za

Start your evening with a welcome cocktail and snacks before tucking into a fish and spit braai buffet, followed by a chocolate fountain with marshmallows, fruit and cake. Then dance the night away to the Rockshandy Band. Children are welcome and there will be a supervised play area with a movie screening and treats.


23. Die Strandloper dinner on the beach

Where: Die Strandloper, Langebaan
When: 31 December 2015
Tickets: R375 per person (no children under 12 years).
Contact: www.strandloper.com

Party on the beach with sumptuous seafood buffet, DJs and champagne at midnight. The feast includes roosterkoek, mussels, fish curry, smoked angelfish, crayfish, braaied snoek, lamb bredie, koeksisters and moerkoffie. Informal beachwear is the order of the day (no heels!) and you are welcome to take your own beer and wine.
Die Strandloper dinner on the beach


24. New Year on the Breede River with Felix Unite

When: 30 December 2015 to 1 January 2016
Where: Breede River, near Swellendam (Up The Creek Camp)
Cost: From R1495 per person
Contact: felixunite.com

See the New Year in while experiencing outdoor fun and adventure on the Breede River! The cost includes a New Year Party with spit braai, accommodation, river rafting and all meals. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Photo from website


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