New Year’s Eve in your own style

Take your pick from sun­set hikes to vibey par­ties

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODTIMES - WENDYL MARTIN

GROOV­ING and jiv­ing the night away in a pic­turesque set­ting com­plete with colour­ful fire­works may be your ideal New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tion. Then there are a num­ber of other op­tions from fam­ily fun runs to the­atre. The Good Week­end brings you a few cool ideas for how to say good­bye to 2011. STREET PARTY Danc­ing is how many like to party on New Year’s Eve.

The fifth Protea Ho­tel Fire & Ice! Cape Town, Rocks the Mother City New Year’s Eve Street Party will fea­ture Metro FM jocks Glen Lewis and DJ Naves.

Jo­han Cronjé, gen­eral man­ager of the ho­tel, says: “This is the flag­ship event for us ev­ery year.”

The party’s VVIP Cham­pagne Lounge will be on the ho­tel’s pri­vate pool deck over­look­ing the main dance floor and VIP ar­eas. En­try here costs R1 500 and in­cludes a bot­tle of Mumm Cham­pagne, a spread of food and ac­cess to the en­tire event. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets are R120 pre-sale or R150 at the door. VIP tick­ets are R300 pre-sale or R350 at the door.

Buy tick­ets at Protea Ho­tel Fire & Ice! Cape Town or at the door on the night. Doors open at 8pm. FAM­ILY FUN If you are in the mood to huff and puff through a race while tak­ing in scenery of the Great Brak River with your fam­ily on New Year’s Eve, try the 9th Great Brak Grabadoo fun run/walk/ride.

Start­ing 7am on De­cem­ber 31, with a race brief­ing at 6.45am, the event in­cludes a run/walk (4.8km) and moun­tain bike (15/35/70km) and road bike (20/40km) routes.

You can en­ter at Chas Everitt of­fices in Great Brak River, Sedge­field and Ge­orge or online (www.on­lines.co.za). The first 1 200 en­trants will re­ceive a sum­mer goodie bag and all en­trants will get a medal and gifts. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Mimi Fine­stone on 084 583 3144 or e-mail mimi@go­jipr. net or visit www.go­jipr.net to check out the routes and en­try de­tails.

If you want a sun­set hike on your last evening of the year, try the Delvera Hi-tec New Year’s Eve Sun­set Hike, which starts at 5.30pm, with sun­set at 8pm. It starts at the Dir­topia Trail Cen­tre on Delvera Farm on the R44, be­tween Klap­muts and Stel­len­bosch. The routes are 9.75km or 5km.

For R80 (chil­dren nine or un­der pay R40) you get a per­mit, map, op­tional shut­tle ser­vice and a glass of sparkling wine or juice.

The farm will close at 10pm and the lat­est time to hike back is 8.15pm. Take a torch and some­thing warm to wear. Wear hik­ing shoes. Call 021 884 4752, e- mail info@ dir­topia. co. za visit www. dir­topia.co.za for de­tails. LIVE CITY LINK-UP 5FM is known for its big New Year’s Eve par­ties. This year it is do­ing a live city link-up be­tween par­ties be­ing held si­mul­ta­ne­ously in Cape Town and Bal­lito in Kwazu­luNatal.

The Cape Town venue is the Break­wa­ter Lodge rooftop at the V&A Wa­ter­front. Look for­ward to danc­ing the night away to drive time icons Gareth Cliff and DJ Fresh and oth­ers. One par­ty­goer gets to win R1 mil­lion – a great way to start the new year. To be­come one of the 10 fi­nal­ists to win the R1 mil­lion, lis­ten to 5FM for com­pe­ti­tion de­tails.

Tick­ets for the Cape Town party start at R285.50 and for Bal­lito R229.50, and are avail­able through Vo­da­com 4U and Com­puticket. VIP tick­ets are also avail­able which will get you an additional dance floor, faster en­try to the event and additional bars and ser­vices.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.5fm.co.za or fol­low @5FM on Twit­ter. THE­ATRE On New Year’s Eve, three of the Bax­ter’s plays, David Kramer’s mu­si­cal com­edy Some Like it Vrot, Nik Rabi­nowitz’s hi­lar­i­ous Stand and De­liver and Alis­tair Izo­bell’s toe-tap­ping Vo­cal is Lekka, will be pre­formed. This will be fol­lowed by a New Year’s Eve party in the foyer straight af­ter the shows fea­tur­ing live band Chap­ter.

The Act Restau­rant ( on the lower level) will of­fer pa­trons a buf­fet din­ner. Book­ings can be made by call­ing 021 685 3888.

Book­ing for the three shows is through Com­puticket. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.bax­ter.co.za WINELANDS Bub­bly is syn­ony­mous with New Year’s Eve, so the winelands are a def­i­nite op­tion. House of JC le Roux in Devon Val­ley will host a Pretty in Pink party from 7pm.

Guests will be wel­comed with a glass of JC le Roux and the sounds of the band Bone Idol 5. There will be a float­ing buf­fet of sump­tu­ous food.

Tick­ets for Pretty in Pink cost R550 a per­son and, as the name sug­gests, come dressed in pink.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to re­serve your ta­ble call 021 865 2012 or e-mail jaco@de­von­va­l­ley­ho­tel. com. MU­SIC If re­fined mu­sic is your nec­tar, the Neder­burg Wine Farm in Paarl is host­ing an out­door con­cert with mu­sic by the Cape Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra ( CPO), con­ducted by Richard Cock and fea­tur­ing cel­e­brated song­bird Ju­dith Se­phuma and tenor Ed­mondo Rahme. Bring your own pic­nic bas­ket, blan­ket, fold­ing chairs and glasses. No drinks al­lowed. Neder­burg wine, bub­bly, soft drinks and cof­fee will be on sale. Gates open at 7.30pm and the con­cert starts at 9.30pm.

Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Over­ture will lead the au­di­ence into 2012.

Tick­ets cost R150 for adults and R75 for teenagers. En­trance is free for chil­dren un­der six. Book at Com­puticket. In the event of rain, the con­cert will be held the fol­low­ing day, Sun­day, Jan­uary 1, at 7pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion call 021 410 9809 or 021 410 9966 at the CPO.

If pop is your mantra, Idols run- ner up L’loyd Cele is per­form­ing at Golden Val­ley Casino in Worces­ter, The show starts at 9pm and tick­ets are R80 each at the door. Ex­pect songs from his new al­bum One as well as from Cele’s reper­toire. BEACH PARTY The Grand Cafe and Beach is a trendy faux beach with real sand in Granger Bay. It’s a beau­ti­ful spot, com­plete with wicker ham­mocks. They are host­ing One Night of Pacha on New Year’s Eve with lead­ing Pacha DJ Andy Bax­ter. The party starts at 10pm. Tick­ets cost R750 per per­son. For reser­va­tions call 021 425 1826 or e-mail cel­e­brate@the­grand.co.za TA­BLE MOUN­TAIN Take ad­van­tage of the Sun­set Spe­cial and pay half price to watch the last sun­set of 2011. Adults pay R97.50 and chil­dren R47.50 for a re­turn ticket. The last car up on De­cem­ber 31 is at 11pm, and the last car down at 1am. Vis­i­tors can bring their own bub­bly and pic­nics or grab a seat at the Ta­ble Moun­tain Café which will ex­tend op­er­at­ing hours un­til af­ter mid­night on New Year’s Eve.

The ca­ble­way op­er­ates weather per­mit­ting. For in­for­ma­tion call 021 424 8181 or visit www.table­moun­tain.net

LIVE LINK: Gareth Cliff will be host­ing Cape Town’s 5FM Live City Link-up party.

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