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New Year's Eve 2023-2024

Waterfront fireworks and countdown parties with Table Mountain in the backdrop

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The Mother City of South Africa, Cape Town, is known for its vibrant nightlife and restaurant scene. New Year's Eve is a great occasion to explore the bars, clubs, and eateries of the megapolis and enjoy spectacular fireworks over the harbor.

Victoria and Albert Waterfront

Victoria and Albert Waterfront is a busy entertainment area and the premier spot to celebrate NYE in Cape Town. In addition to many bars and hotel events, V&A hosts a massive countdown with a laser show, live music, DJs, dancers, and various performers. The celebration starts at about 6:30 pm and ends at midnight with a dazzling fireworks display.

The V&A promenade area is the best location to watch the fireworks over the harbor. Cape Town also boasts a wide variety of rooftop bars, like the Red Roof at the Radisson RED. Another great idea is to board the Cape Wheel at the Waterfront and see the stunning harbor lights from an observation wheel's 130-ft (40-m) elevation. Many locals also prefer to watch the fireworks from the famous Table Mountain.

Party cruises

Watching fireworks from the water is another great way to welcome the New Year in Cape Town. Many party boats cruise from V&A Waterfront into Granger Bay or Table Bay with a cargo of champagne, music, and fine dining. Enjoy the iconic views of Mother City skyline and Table Mountain on that special night!

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