Top 10 Christmas markets in South Africa

Posted on November 2nd, 2016

Stuck for Christmas gift ideas? Want an outing for the whole family? Head to one of these festive markets, where you can shop for something special for your loved ones and keep the kids entertained. By Tammy Jacks

Johannesburg

The Little Field Mouse Markets

Organised and run by entrepreneur and mom of two Debbie Fendick, these Christmas markets are specially geared to be a fun day out for the whole family, and are mostly held in estates and venues in Gauteng. The bonus is that if you miss one market, there’s bound to be another one the following weekend, and 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, such as carols by candlelight, for everyone to enjoy.

When and where: 12 November at Broadacres Country Estate, 19 November at Benoni Country Club, 20 November at Bryanston Country Club, 26 November at Kyalami Estate and 3 December at Reddam House School in Waterfall Country Estate.

For more information: Visit their Facebook page here.

Little field mouse market

Boutique Christmas Market

With a variety of fashion and jewellery, gifts such as premium quality toys, and quirky goodies, this bespoke market is a great place to shop for the family. Plus, it has late-night opening hours, so you won’t miss out. Did we mention that you can also find memorable Christmas decorations, delicious food, a host of children’s activities AND a chance to listen to parenting expert and author Nikki Bush’s Toy Talk? What more could you want from a Christmas market?

When and where: 4-6 November at The Park House of Events on 7, Hyde Park Corner.

For more information: Visit their Facebook page here.

Boutique Christmas market

The Linden Market

This trendy pop-up market was so successful last year that the creators are aiming to host an even bigger and better event offering  far more than a flea market. The focus is on local, handmade, ethical and stylish products, such as items for babies and children, jewellery, and design and décor pieces, plus there are amazing food stalls, including a variety of sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan goodies to suit all tastes. Set in the leafy suburb of Linden, it’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a morning out with the family and get your Christmas shopping done without stepping foot in a mall!

When and where: 3 December in  Fourth Avenue, Linden.

For more information: Visit their website here.

Linden market

The Crafters Fair Christmas Market

If you’re looking for a festive market for the kids, this is the one to visit. The fair at Emperors Palace takes places for two weeks in December alongside the venue’s Garden of Lights show – which is a real delight for the whole family. At the Christmas market, you can look forward to a variety of gift ideas, including scrapbooking, jewellery, toys and local décor items.  Tables are stocked daily to ensure the availability of products.

When and where: 11-23 December at Emperors Palace.

For more information: Visit their website here.

Crafters Fair Market

Durban

Wonder Market

If you’re looking to do a bit of shopping while drinking, eating and being merry with loved ones, then you won’t want to miss this popular market. Although the focus isn’t entirely on Christmas, there’s a wide selection of foods, crafts and local beers to sample, plus a variety of other little treasures that make great Christmas gifts. Set in the Chris Saunders Park in the heart of Umhlanga,  there’s plenty of space for the kids to play and enjoy themselves, too.

When and where: 11 December and 18 December at the Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga.

For more information: Visit their website here.

Wondermarket

I Heart Market

This family-friendly market is sure to impress, thanks to its special selection of local gifts on offer. See the kids’ faces light up as you show them little animals made from wool, custom-made teepees and delicious treats, including beautifully-decorated cupcakes. Don’t leave without stopping by the Pia stall, which stocks exclusive handmade baby and children’s clothing.

When and where: 5 November, 3 December, 10 December and  17 December, at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

For more information: Visit their Facebook page here.

 I heart market

Cape Town

The Constantia Gift Fair

This nostalgic Christmas market is not to be missed. It’s known for hand-picked products, including fabulous home and garden accessories. There’s also an amazing deli section for you to taste a wide variety of foods, such as local olives, breads and cheeses, and take some home as gifts to spoil yourself and loved ones. The kiddies’ play area is also impressive!

When and where: 2-6 November at the South African Riding for the Disabled Association in Constantia.

For more information: : Visit their website here.

 Constantia Fair Market

Lourensford Harvest Christmas Market

This hugely popular market, located at a beautiful wine estate,  is sure to get you and the family in the Christmas spirit. There’s kids’ entertainment to keep the little ones’ occupied while you shop,  including a visit from Father Christmas. Go hungry, as there’s also a variety of delicious Christmas-themed food on offer.

When and where: 2-4 December at Lourensford Wine Estate.

For more information: Visit here.

 Lourensford market

Pretoria

Irene Village Market

Situated at the Big Red Barn in Pretoria, this is a great child-friendly market – with a large play area for little ones, complete with jungle gyms, old tractors, swings, and Acrobranch Tree Adventures for older kids. Stalls sell crafts, artisanal food, furniture, craft beer and wine, plus a few special items for Christmas. There’s also a trail running and mountain bike route to burn off some calories before festive feasting.

When and where: 5 November, 12 November, 19 November and 26 November as well as 3 December, 10 December, 16 December and 17 December at the Big Red Barn, Irene.

For more information: Visit their website here.

Irene village market

Market @The Sheds

This market is always a fantastic choice to take the family, especially during the festive season. Adults can expect a variety of local craft beer and gourmet street food, while kids can enjoy the wide, open space inside the warehouse . The creators have focused on showcasing the best South Africa has to offer in fine art, design and live music, so this is a market with distinctive local character and worth a visit if you have an artistic flair.

When and where: 3 December in Helen Joseph Street.

For more information: Visit their website here.

Market at the sheds

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About Tammy Jacks

Tammy is a wife, mom and freelance writer with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. She specialises in general lifestyle topics related to health, wellness and parenting. Tammy has a passion for fitness and the great outdoors. If she’s not running around after her daughter, you’ll find her off the beaten track, running, hiking or riding her bike.