What does Christmas in July mean? The term originated from the fact that Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere is celebrated in Summer. Now, what is Christmas without a chill in the air and snowflakes? Hence, people in the Southern Hemisphere choose to have an unofficial holiday in July, as this is the peak of winter. This is what we know as Christmas in July.

Typically, a good place to celebrate this holiday is in the mountains. It is rather chilly and you can expect the temperate to be around the zero-degree mark at night, warming up to about 20 degrees during the day. The chance of snow is certainly possible, but of course, there is no guarantee.

At the Nest Hotel, we have decided to celebrate Christmas in July on the 31st of July, with a full Christmas menu and all the trimmings. Additionally, we have a great special rate on offer and there are a few rooms left to book!

While the nighttime temperatures drop, the daytime weather is usually very pleasant. There is a good chance of blue skies, the air is crisp and clear. Perfect for adventurous outdoor activities! In fact, July is ideal for hiking in the mountains. The likelihood of rain is slim, unless an unusual cold front occurs, bringing with it sleet and rain. There is more chance of sunny days and a guarantee of incredible views!

Trail running and mountain biking are equally as popular and there are some great tracks to follow. Cathkin Trails offer mountain bike and trail running routes, and we have one that starts at The Nest Hotel.

If none of these activities pique your interest, then kick back and relax. Escape to the Central Drakensberg for the weekend and be prepared to be spoilt. From cozy accommodation to log fires, delicious meals to spa treats…  the list goes on!

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