If you don’t feel like getting caught up in the shopping frenzy at busy shopping centres in December, head to one of these relaxed Christmas markets and get a head start on your Christmas shopping. Each gift promises to be unique, plus you get to spend some quality time having fun with your family at the same time.
Glenshiel Christmas Fair
The Glenshiel Christmas Fair is not your ‘everyday’ market. Luxury offerings include beautifully crafted bags, shoes and belts, gorgeous linens and jewellery, bespoke stationery and handcrafted Christmas decorations, fragrance of imported toiletries and cosmetics, cakes, cookies and crackers as well as the latest fashion ‘must haves’ for men, women, and children.
The Fair isn’t just about shopping for gifts thouch. It’s also about shopping with purpose. All profits raised from the hosting of the event are utilised by St John South Africa to further the work of its various community projects. This year is no different with all funds going towards the provision of community health work and first aid training aboard the two internationally renowned ‘Phelophepa’* Health Care Trains. It will also be used for the creation of ‘health hubs’ in the rural towns that St John, along with the two trains, visit during the year.
- 31 October, 5pm-9pm (the Fair’s Preview Evening, limited tickets are available through Quicket)
- 1 November, 9am-6pm
- 2 November, 9am-5pm
- 3 November, 9am-3pm
19 Woolston Road, Westcliff, Johannesburg
- Children under 12: free
- Adults: a 1-day pass is R75pp but R100pp for all 3 days
- Preview evening: R250pp
Visit their website here for more info.
Gabriëlskloof Favourite Things Market
This stylish annual pop-up affair at this wine estate in the Overberg offers all things handmade, homemade, delicious, fresh and beautiful from its creative and contemporary exhibitors. A tastefully curated Christmas time treat, this market is the spot to be seen at, while stocking up on some rare, must-have finds. Think lavish leather goods and earthy wreaths; fresh plants and the perfect paella; artisanal bakes and pure honey; ceramics and silk wear.
- Friday, 13 December: 5pm-9pm
- Saturday, 14 December: 10am-6pm
- Sunday, 15 December: 10am-3pm
Gabriëlskloof Estate, just outside Bot River, on the Swart River Road, off the N2 in the Western Cape.
Friday night is dedicated to table reservations at R100 per person. Tickets go on sale on the Gabriëlskloof website from mid-November. Four-legged friends and children are welcome. Entrance is free on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit the Gabriëlskloof Facebook page here.
Made in the Cape Festive Fair
Each year the Made in the Cape Market holds a special ‘Festive Fair’, which is larger than their usual monthly events (more traders) and runs for much longer.
This will be their biggest and best Christmas Market yet. Expect lots of innovative new products, superb handmade gifts, home décor, Christmas decorations, jewellery and lots more. There will be a big focus on upcycled items. Don’t miss the delicious food market. Tasty treats with festive flavour make for super gift ideas – there is bound to be something for every member of your family.
29 November -13 December (9am-7pm daily, but closing at 5pm on Sundays)
The Market will be located on three levels of Cavendish Square in Claremont, Cape Town:
- On the lower ground floor, in the Col’cacchio court, under the Christmas tree
- On the ground floor around the escalator circle, and in the CNA and Woolworths corridors
- On the first floor around the escalator circle.
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The Linden Market (Christmas Edition)
Voted as one of the top 10 markets in South Africa, The Linden Market is back for another season of fun amongst the trees of Johannesburg. Come and spend a beautiful weekend with good friends and family while enjoying bubbly or craft ice tea. The Christmas Edition market will be full of local flavour and festivities – from the craftsmen to the entertainment and the chefs tantalising your taste buds.
Saturday 30 November and Sunday 1 December from 9am
Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia, Johannesburg
R30 per person; kids under 12 years free
Visit www.thelindenmarket.com for more info.
Irene Village Christmas Market
The market is famous for handmade South African arts and crafts and is situated on the beautiful grounds of the Sunlawns Estate which overlooks vast grasslands and the Kaal River. There are all sorts of things to do at The Big Red Barn including Acrobranch and Segway for the kids, a 20-30km mountain bike route and a 5-13km trail run for active families and and the unique Olifants Cafe at the Barn where you can relax and enjoy a bite to eat.
You can also take your furry friends along.
- 2 November, 9am-1pm
- 9 November, 9am-1pm
- 16 November, 9am-1pm
- 23 November, 9am-1pm
- 30 November, 9am-1pm
- 7 December, 9am-1pm
- 14 December, 9am-1pm
The Big Red Barn, Irene, Pretoria
Visit www.irenemarket.co.za for more info
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