How to make the most of your summer break as a student.

Varsity is out and you’ve got the whole of December and most of Jan ready and waiting for you to take advantage of. There’ll be family gatherings, braais with friends, plus restaurant and bar hopping. But what else can you do that’s maybe a little different to make your break memorable? Here are a few ideas to make the most of your student summer break. 

The Galileo Open-Air Cinema

Spend a warm summer night under the stars watching Galileo’s December movie line-up with family or friends. From Christmas favourites to cult classics, the choice is yours at multiple venues across Cape Town. You can enjoy a pre-movie picnic or snack on popcorn and some vino from one of their many food and beverage vendors.

DIY cocktail making

Gather a crowd and enjoy a DIY cocktail-making experience to remember. Pick a cocktail box from Cocktail Culture and have it delivered straight to your door. Choose from delicious boozy boxes including the Aperol Spritzmas (on point for the holiday season), the Espresso Martini and Mojito kit, or even the classic Old Fashioned – there’s a cocktail for every palette. You can even book an online course and learn to become a cocktail-making fiend.

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts

All you need is a picnic blanket, your favourite bottle of something and a few mates to enjoy the lineups at Kirstenbosch this December and January. Book your tickets online and make sure you don’t miss out. Jeremy Loops, Congo Cowboys, Goldfish and Die Heuwels Fantasies are just some of the epic headliners coming your way.

Oranjezicht City Farm Market

Take your time exploring eats, drinks, fashion and more at Oranjezicht City Farm Market. Open Saturdays, Sundays and now every Wednesday evening until April 2024. Vibrant produce, sumptuous burgers, fresh flowers, bespoke pottery, fashion and more await. It’s also a great spot to do some pre-Christmas shopping. Dogs are welcome!

Gingerbread house making

No one is too old to indulge in a little creativity or healthy competition. Grab a gingerbread house-making kit from Yuppiechef and get family or friends involved in making their own masterpiece. Customise with additional sweet treats and see who has the skills to be crowned Gingerbread Champion.

Cape Town Student Markets

Maynardville Garden Market

From fragrances to frikkadels, from boutique clothing to berry smoothies, there’s something for everyone to shop and munch on at Maynardville Garden Market from 15 to 17 December 2023. Entrance is free.

Unity on the Square Festival

Now in its third year, this Festival held at Green Market Square boasts a musical lineup including Jack Parow, Jimmy Nevis and other top South African musos on top of good food and good drinks. The Festival is on 16 December and tickets start at R120.

Explore the Waterfront on a stand-up paddleboard

This is where a bit of exercise (never a bad thing over the festive season) and scenic views collide. Book your paddleboarding experience and cruise the Cape Town canals surrounding the Watefront. Take it all in from a totally new perspective. Equipment and a quick stand-up paddleboarding lesson is included.

Corona Sunsets Summer Tour

From 27 to 28 December, Corona Sunsets is hosting an epic tour in Cape Town. Book your tickets online and enjoy stunning sunsets, sensational sounds and seasoned artists.

There’s so much to do to relax and unwind during your time off and this isn’t an exhaustive list by any means. You can also check out the Jessie Clegg tour happening on 22 December and the Sizzled: Summer Music and Food Fest happening on 26 December; it’s celebrating its 10-year anniversary and looks set to be a day to remember. You can also explore Time Out Market which runs Wednesday to Sunday and is packed with some of CT’s best food and drink housed in 13 kitchens and four bars. You can also add kayaking, hiking, escooters, bike rides and more to round out your summer break list. 

No matter what you end up doing, we hope you come back in 2024 rested and ready to take on the new year. And, if you’re a student looking for a new digs to call home, consider The Digs on Church. We’re a stone’s throw away from all major universities and colleges and have everything you need to feel right at home, from super-fast Wi-Fi to semi-furnished rooms, a games area, garden and much more.

Applications for 2024 are open – book your spot today.