Searching for the perfect Christmas gift? Head to one of these highly anticipated festive markets for a memorable shopping experience.
The Little Field Mouse Markets
Look forward to a fun outing with the family at this annual Christmas market. You can expect the same high-quality products on offer each time, including great coffee, fresh artisanal produce, arts, crafts, unique gifts and live entertainment, including carols by candlelight.
When and where: 26 November, Bryanston Country Club.
For more information, visit their Facebook page.
The Linden Market, X-Mas Edition
This market offers the ultimate shopping experience for the whole family. Enjoy live music as the back drop to awe-inspiring scenery at the Botanical Gardens. There’ll be handpicked stalls filled with jewellery, antiques, vintage fashion, baby products, skincare, décor and art to choose from.
Be part of the festivities and dig into mouthwatering local cuisine at the The Rogue Cheddar, Don Paella, Ritual Café and A La Bouffe to name just a few. Have a glass of wine while you unwind and toast a day well spent. The market is pet-friendly, so there’s absolutely no reason to leave your four-legged best friend behind.
When and where: 2 December, The Botanical Gardens, Greenside
For more information visit thelindenmarket.com.
Parkview Christmas Market
After 10 successful runs, this much-loved Christmas market will be back again with loads of entertainment for the whole family. Pair your favorite meal with your choice of drink at the beer tent; you’ll love the champagne and oysters pairing! You can also look forward to live entertainment and great shows for the little ones at the kids fun fair. Dad will also appreciate some down time at the sports bar while you browse a selection of unique crafts and gifts.
When and where: 24 – 26 November at George Hay Park
For more information, visit facebook.com/Nicarela.
The Constantia Gift Fair
You can focus on the business of shopping at this lifestyle event, while the kids get lost in a world of fun at the kiddies’ play area. Browse the beautiful space and make your selection from quality hand-picked products, ranging from décor, accessories and clothing items to memorabilia. Head to the deli where you can treat your taste buds to scrumptious treats, breads and cheeses, and pair your meal with your favourite wine.
When and where: 8-12 November in Constantia
For more information, visit thegiftfare.co.za.
Lourensford Harvest Christmas Market
This highly anticipated market is geared towards getting the whole family into the Christmas spirit. You don’t have to worry about your little one as there’s loads of entertainment on offer. Soak in the peace and tranquillity offered by nature as you shop for your friends and family, and tuck into a delightful selection of Christmas-inspired meals. Your kids can also look forward to a visit from their favourite guest all the way from the North Pole.
When and where: 2-4 December at Lourensford Wine Estate
For more information see capemarket.co.za.
The Irene Village Market
The kids will be kept entertained while you enjoy this popular market. What sets this market apart is that only original art and crafts are traded by artists who are showcasing their work. Only the best work is selected, so you can be sure that you are getting value for money. You will have a chance to engage artists about their products in a fun environment with beautiful surroundings. 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.
When and where: 2, 9, 16 December in Irene, Pretoria
For more information visit irenemarket.co.za.
Nickel X-mas Market
Rope in your favourite people and visit this charity market in support of adults and children with disabilities. This is a fund raising project aimed at creating jobs and raising awareness. Look forward to exciting activities on your quest to find the perfect gift. You can select from a variety of toys and exclusive home décor products. Entrance is free, so why not head to the market and shop for a cause?
When and where: 25 November to 12 December, Lynwood, Pretoria
For more information, visit nickelmarket.co.za.
Market @The Sheds
Look forward to an exciting rooftop experience in celebration of local art, food, design, fashion and music. This is an initiative driving inner-city rejuvenation in Pretoria, and what’s particularly great about this event is that it takes place monthly 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 rub shoulders with local designers in a fun and festive setting.
When and where: 25 November, Brooklyn Mall.
For more information, visit marketatthesheds.co.za.
I Heart Market
Get an early start on the festivities, and head to this popular market with the family. You can expect an exceptional selection of local gifts and loads of fun and entertainment. The little ones will love the little animals made from wool and delightful treats, including beautifully decorated cupcakes. Moms will appreciate the Pia stall, which stocks exclusive handmade baby and children’s clothing.
When and where: 5 November, 3, 10 and 17 December, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
For more information, visit iheartmarket.com.
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