If you’re searching for the perfect Christmas gift, get to one of these highly anticipated festive markets for a memorable shopping experience. By Thobeka Phanyeko
Don’t feel like heading to the mall for your Christmas shopping? You might just find the perfect gift at one of these great Christmas markets.
Nickel Xmas Market
24 November to 9 December, Kungwini Welfare Organisation, Graham Road, Silverlakes, Pretoria
This market is the biggest annual job creation and fundraising project in support of adults and children with disabilities. You can choose from a variety of toys and exclusive home décor products from over 200 exhibitions. You can also look forward to an exciting line-up of activities. Entrance is free, so rope in your favourite people and shop for a cause.
For more information, visit nickelmarket.co.za.
Market @ The Sheds
1 December, 012 Central, 381 Helen Joseph Street, Pretoria
Indulge in a quirky shopping experience in the country’s capital in celebration of local art, food, design, fashion and music. What’s particularly great about this event is that it takes place on the last Saturday of every month so you don’t have to panic if you miss this one. There’ll be live entertainment on offer as well as food trucks. You can expect to mingle with local designers in a fun and festive setting. Baby and disabled facilities, and a kids’ entertainment area will also be available.
For more information, visit marketatthesheds.co.za.
La Tazzina Christmas Market
24 November, Edenvale, Johannesburg
Get a head start on your Christmas shopping at this annual market where you can expect the same high-quality products on offer each time. There will be a fine selection of kids’ toys, handmade crafts, fashion jewellery, holistic products and so much more. Complete the experience by tucking into some delicious gourmet food.
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The Linden Market
1 and 2 December, Botanical Gardens, Emmerentia
Head to this popular market at the picturesque Botanical Gardens and choose from a fantastic selection of locally produced products by the top designers and artisans. Enjoy live music and grab a bite to eat as you soak in the festive spirit. You can also look forward to a yoga session in the park, surrounded by the best of nature. Make it a family outing and revel in the Christmas spirit as you sing along to carols by candlelight.
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Parkview Christmas Market
30 November to 2 December, George Hay Park, Lurgan Road, Parkview
There’s something for everyone at the much-loved Christmas market, with over 80 crafts, food, gins, beer and wine stalls to choose from. Your little one will be kept entertained at the safe and secure the kiddies’ zone with loads of entertainment on offer, while you focus on shopping. All proceeds from the market go to 30 different Nicarela charities.
Constantia Gift Fair
7 to 11 November. SARDA, Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
Be inspired at this lifestyle event and choose from a variety of hand-picked innovative products which include garden accessories, stunning fashion items and much more. Shop for your loved ones and dig into scrumptious food and pair it with your favourite wine. The beautiful space also offers little ones an opportunity to get lost in a world of play. So immerse yourself in an unforgettable shopping experience and celebrate the culture of gifting in style.
For more information, visit thegiftfair.co.za.
Lourensford Christmas Market Weekend
4 to 6 December, Lourensford Wine Estate
Don’t miss out on the festivities at the three day harvest market. There’s loads of entertainment on offer for the whole family. You can look forward to a festive night market on the beautiful Lourensford Estate, kiddies’ entertainment, pop-up Christmas themed stalls and live music. The line-up also includes a kiddies’ Jingle Bells Trail Run, a movie and yummy Christmas themed food.
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The Irene Village Market
1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 December, Nelson Rd, Sunlawns AH, Olifantsfontein
Head to this popular market that has become a festive season highlight. Only original art and crafts are traded by artists who are showcasing their work, so value for money is guaranteed. The Big Barn offers loads of entertainment for the kids, where they can look forward to the Acrobranch and Segway. Order a snack while you catch your breath at the Olifants Café. This is also a dog-friendly venue.
For more information, visit irenemarket.co.za.
I Heart Market
1, 8, 15, 22 December. Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
This annual market is bigger and better than before, so bring the family along and shop from a range of locally designed products. Top creatives will be showcasing quality fashion, jewellery, home décor, kiddies wear, plants, natural skin care and many more in two marquees. You can also enjoy great food and mingle with local artisans and crafters.
For more information, visit iheartmarket.com.
Thobeka Phanyeko is mom to Oratile, 4. She is a journalist with a BA in Media studies from the University of Cape Town and has extensive experience as a journalist and content producer which she gained from Reuters, eNCA and Caxton Magazines. She is also a life coach and NLP Practitioner and is passionate about motherhood and women empowerment.