New Year's Eve is a huge celebration
Let's face it, not much happens in the Eastern Cape. Besides having some of the most picturesque scenery in the country, the province is largely quiet and laid back throughout the year - its flagship festival is the stellar Grahamstown National Arts Festival after all. 

However, December and January are slightly livelier. Here are a few of the standout festivals over the coming weeks:

This festival is also known as The New Year’s Eve Lantern parade. The festival extends an invitation to people from all religions and ethnic backgrounds and aims to build unity within the community. 

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to  make their own lanterns on the evening at one of the available workshops, before parading for through Nieu-Bethesda. It sounds like a serene, magical experience.

Event Information:

Date: New Years Eve
Venue: Nieu-Bethesda
Tickets: Free
Time: 8PM

Chase Fest 2017 
Chase Fest 2017 is all about celebrating the finest local music talent. Hosted by popular presenter and media personality, Bonang Matheba the festival will see performances from the likes of  Sjava, Benny Maverick, Riky Rick, Shane Eagle, Nomoozlie, Sho Madjozi, Jub Jub and Ms Cosmo. Food, drink and music games will also be on offer

Event Information:

Date: December 27th
Venue: Buffalo Stadium
Tickets: R250 for general. R550 for VIP
Time: 12PM

Countdown Music Festival 2017
There are few bigger, more epic parties than those thrown on New Year's Eve. The Countdown Music Festival looks like one of those epic experiences that those in attendance will be talking about weeks after. 

It's also focused on providing a platform for local content, as their page reads, "Countdown Music Festival is a musical celebration meant to showcase the talent of the Eastern Cape whilst ensuring that national artists who have established themselves and their brands, participate to ensure that quality music is experienced by festival goers and more so, the artists of the EC Province are elevated onto the national stage."

Event Information:

Date: New Year's Eve
Venue: Buffalo Stadium
Tickets:  R200 for general and R1000 for VIP
Time: 6PM