STARRY NIGHTS

For a dou­ble dose of stargaz­ing this sea­son, get to an out­door movie night

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DUR­BAN

Santa needs to find a Mrs Clause in The San­taClause2, the film cho­sen for the an­nual Mu­sic at the Lake Christ­mas edi­tion in the Dur­ban Botan­i­cal Gar­dens (shown above), which also fea­tures a mar­ket and live mu­sic by Sub­way Run. 3 De­cem­ber, R90 adults, R40 kids. webtick­ets.co.za The new Cu­ri­oc­ity Hos­tel, in the River­town Tri­an­gle, has an out­door cin­ema. Call to find out what’s on. 031-286-0025

GAR­DEN ROUTE

Tela Grande (‘big screen’ in Por­tuguese) is a new open-air cin­ema launch­ing this sum­mer, based in Mos­sel Bay and Harten­bos but with plans to travel along the coast. The pro­gramme has yet to be an­nounced, but ex­pect ev­ery­thing from the clas­sics to an­i­mated favourites. tela­grandecin­ema.com

JOBURG

The Bio­scope in Mabo­neng may have rooftop screen­ings at pri­vate venues. Keep an eye on the web­site, the­bio­scope.co.za

PORT EL­IZ­A­BETH

The Roof Gar­den Bar’s Black Film­mak­ers Fes­ti­val is on the first Thurs­day of ev­ery month (1 De­cem­ber, 5 Jan­uary). De­tails on Face­book.

CAPE TOWN

The Wavescape Surf Film Fes­ti­val’s an­nual Clifton Beach screen­ing is on 3 De­cem­ber. It’s free, so get your spot early. The fes­ti­val (un­til 11 De­cem­ber) is not only for surfers but any­one who loves the ocean. wavescape­fes­ti­val.com Peren­nial favourite LoveAc­tu­ally, a Bri­tish rom­com fea­tur­ing nine in­ter­twined Christ­massy sto­ries, screens on 12 De­cem­ber at The Pink Flamingo (inset above) on the roof of the Grand Daddy Ho­tel in Cape Town (and on 23 De­cem­ber at Meeren­dal Es­tate, as part of the Galileo sea­son, see box right). Coun­ter­act­ing the syrup on 19 De­cem­ber is The Night­mare Be­fore Christ­mas, Tim Bur­ton’s fan­tas­ti­cal tale of Hal­loween­town’s king try­ing to take over Christ­mas­town. From R110 pp, in­clud­ing a gourmet pic­nic. grand­daddy.co.za The icy won­der­land of Frozen, based on the story of the Snow Queen, screens in Jack Muller Park, Tyger­berg’s hid­den gem, on 10 De­cem­ber – plus there’ll be food trucks (and chairs and blan­kets to hire). R55 pp, quicket. co.za. For 2017’s movies, see gtp.org.za.

STEL­LEN­BOSCH

An­other an­i­mated fairy tale, Tan­gled (based on Ra­pun­zel), is one of the op­tions at the Out­door Pic­nic & Movie Nights at Spier Wine Es­tate. It’s show­ing on 17 De­cem­ber. Stock your bas­ket from the deli or splash out on a gourmet pic­nic (R500 for two). Other films at Spier take a de­cid­edly ro­man­tic turn, in­clud­ing that most glo­ri­ous love story, Out­ofAfrica, on 7 Jan­uary. R100 adults, R70 kids. spier.co.za

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