Silly season is here and while we believe the best way to spend your holiday is surrounded by loved ones, enjoying the views of the Drakensberg from your terrace at either our Bergvlei or Bahati Cottages, we know that feasting and festivities are also on the agenda. If you are looking for something fun to do these holidays, or where to eat and shop for Christmas and New Year, here’s our pick of the best December events in the Drakensberg:

Smoking Dragon

The Smoking Dragon New Year’s Party has been running for ten years from the Amphitheatre Backpackers in the Northern Drakensberg. This epic music festival features six different music zones, two dams, a river, free yoga and a jacuzzi and sauna! With plenty of adrenaline activities nearby and a chance to get outdoors into nature with your friends by your side, this is one event you don’t want to miss! The Smoking Dragon festival takes place between the 29th of December 2019 and the 1st of January 2020.

The Fun Dusk Trail Run Series

The Fun Dusk Trail Run Series will take place on a number of days over the festive season. Starting from Drakensberg Brewery at El Mirador Airfileld. Work off all those Christmas puddings with a fun run on the 14th or 21st of December or the 4th of January. For more information contact Belinda on 082 305 3387.

Cathedral Peak Christmas Market

The annual Christmas Market at Cathedral Peak will take place on the 14th of December 2019. You can look forward to great wine, food stalls, gifts and live music from Justin Serrao who will be performing live at 12pm and 2pm. Tickets are available at the gate at R50pp which includes a Cornucopia glass for wine tasting. Kids under 12 can enjoy free entry.

New Year at Champagne Castle

Every New Year the celebrations at Champagne Castle are bigger and better than the year before. To ring in the 2020 New Year the hotel’s theme for this year will be “One Moment In Time”. A highlight on the annual calendar, everyone is encouraged to dress up for a night to remember!

New Year at Rusty’s Pub and Grill

Rusty’s Pub and Grill, which is located at Four Rivers Adventures, will be welcoming in the New Year with a bang! Bring the whole family along and celebrate around the bonfire with a traditional bring and braai. Wood will be provided and you are welcome to bring your own meat and salads along or order from the kitchen which will be open until 8pm. A cash bar will keep you going to welcome in 2020.

Christmas at Cathedral Peak

Bookings for Christmas at Cathedral Peak are filling up quickly. Christmas morning will include a service in the hotel’s chapel, while the extravagant Christmas Day dinner is sure to be a highlight, also forming part of the hotel’s 80th Birthday Celebrations.