Christmas Markets and Gift Fairs taking place throughout South Africa
A friend of mine in London recently updated her Facebook status and smugly announced that she’d bought and wrapped her Christmas presents. Having lived in London for a substantial amount of time myself I can see her wisdom in being this organised and with only ten weeks to go maybe I should follow suit!
There are a number of lovely Christmas markets taking place throughout South Africa. Shopping for gifts at these markets eliminates the horror that is Saturday afternoon mall shopping so read on for a bit of inspiration …
See our updated list for 2013 – Christmas Markets in South Africa
in Cape Town and the Western Cape
The Christmas Gift Fair in Constantia starts on October 18th and runs until October 21st at Simons, Groot Constantia. The 2009 market was great so I can only assume that standards would have been upped this year and you can rest assured that you will find perfect gifts.
Among the products available are home and garden accessories, fashion items and a smorgasbord of delicious deli items. Shopping hours are from 9am to 6pm on October 18th, 9am to 8pm on the 19th and 20th with a cheese and wine evening incorporated on these days and hours for October 21st are 9am to 5pm. There is a R20 entrance fee, 100% of which will go to The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital.
This year Kamersvol Geskenke takes place from 21 to 27 October. This is one of the creative events of the year and your should not miss out. Take a drive through to Stellenbosch to view a collection of exclusively selected and beautifully crafted products ideal as Christmas gifts!
There will be fabulous, artfully displayed craft goods as well as gorgeous gardens, delectable wine and on-site Chef Johan v Schalkwyk from Twist will create some yummy goodies. Spend the day in the countryside and browse through the rooms that are filled to the brim with innovative ideas.
The Festive Ideas Market will take place at Simondium Country Lodge, in Simodium from 27 – 31 October 2010 from 09h30 until the early evening. Festive Ideas is exactly what the name says, innovative ideas & goods for all celebratory occasions. This market, will feature over 70 speciality exhibitors who will be producing exclusive and unique products especially for Festive Ideas. There will also be workshops hosted by the various exhibitors which visitors are welcome to attend. Tickets cost R20 per person and include a goodie bag, they can be purchased at the market.
The annual Christmas Craft Market in Franschhoek starts on 29 October and will run until November 7th. Located in the town hall on Huguenot Road the market stocks garden furniture, African games, chocolates and lots of other perfect present ideas! The market is open daily from 9am to 6pm (Monday to Saturday) and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. There is a tea garden and ample parking is available.
At the Christmas Market at De Oude Drostdy in Tulbagh Enjoy you can enjoy a relaxing day in the country just an hour’s drive from Cape Town and join the locals and visiting revellers as they fill up their Christmas stockings with homemade goodies including everything from confectionery and biltong to kids’ toys and jewellery. This market takes place on Saturday 13 November from 10h00 to 15h00.
In the Overberg, the Montagu Christmas Market takes place on the 13th November from 09h00 to 16h00. Located just outside Montagu on Kruis Farm, apart from indulging is wonderful fresh farm foods direct from the kitchen, locals from around Montagu and neighbouring towns will be displaying wonderful hand-made arts and crafts items for sale. These would make ideal Christmas gifts! Join us in Montagu for a wonderful family day out as you browse the stalls for unique gifts. For additional information or to get directions, contact Suzanne on +27 (0)82 324-4318.
The Malmesbury Christmas Lights Festival – Celebrate the start of the Festive Season in the swartland at this annual community event in Malmesbury. Enjoy the street parade of local brassband, head off to the Town Hall for carols and gospel performances and celebrate the “switching on” of the Christmas lights in the main street. Christmas shopping can be done at a variety of stalls at the Christmas Market offering gifts, home-baked goods and a variety of products. The Christmas Market is open from from 15h00 untill 22h00 on the 3rd December. Sounds like fun!
Pure Boland Christmas Market takes place on 15th December in Worcester. So if you are stuck on those Christmas gift ideas and need some inspiration then the Pure Boland Christmas Market is your answer. The beautiful Brandwacht valley, in Worcester is the setting for this market and you will be able to enjoy some fabulous food and wine while browsing through the selection of Christmas gifts on offer. To accompany this magical event there will be Christmas music and many activites for your little ones to enjoy.
in the Garden Route
The Mossel Bay Christmas Market takes place from 20 to 22 December and offers a wonderful range of unique handmade, farmed and baked gifts which would all make ideal Christmas presents. So if you are a bit late on your Christmas shopping this market in Mossel Bay will give you some wonderful ideas to spoil those you love. Some of the products you will find will be paintings, jewellery, aromatherapy products, beaded gifts, clothing and much more. Games and activites will also be on offer for the kids and teens in your lives.
in the Eastern Cape
Christmas in the Home runs from 29 to 30 October at the Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre, Walmer in Port Elizabeth. Stylish and exquisite art, crafts, delicacies, unique gifts, designer apparel and homeware will be on sale. This is a great opportunity to shop for gifts with a difference.
On the 6th December you can shop for Christmas gifts at the Addo Market, where all goods sold are home-grown or hand-made. The Addo Christmas Market runs from 8am to noon in the grounds of Addo‘s Valentine Hall in Addo, and entrance is free.
The ever popular annual Gonubie Christmas Fair will take place on the Sports Fields in Gonubie on the 17th to 19th December. This fair will get you into the mood for christmas, offering wonderful gifts, accessories, delicious eats, fashion items, outdoor items, furniture and many more wonderful items ! The fair offers fun events to keep you and your family entertained for hours and the Beer tent will be the ideal spot to relax and take care of your thirst.
in KwaZulu Natal
The Ballito Country Fair – The Christmas Fair Fund is holding its 58th annual Country Fair at Collisheen Estate near Ballito, on Tuesday 2nd November from 9am to 7pm and on the 3rd November from 9am to 3pm. The Ballito Country Fair offers a wonderful opportunity for you to spend a day in the country and seek out those special gifts, décor items, jewellery, clothes and so much more.
The 2010 South Coast Christmas & Summer Market will take place from the 10th to the 30th of December 2010 at the main beach in St Michaels On Sea. More than 500, 000 holiday makers descend on this popular destination during the festive season, crowding shopping malls to capacity. This Christmas Market helps fill the pleasure seeker’s search for presents and pleasures with our exhibitors’ creative and delightful products. A professional market that maintains a high quality of products, with value for money, striking displays and a festive atmosphere.
Come along to the Your Family Creative Crafts and Arts Expo with a Christmas Twist, in Kempton Park, for an early Christmas shopping experience! With over 100 stands to see and a wide range of crafts on display, you are sure to find that something special for every member of the family. This exciting Expo will take place from the 12 – 14 November 2010, Centre Court, Emperors Palace Resort.
At the UNICA Christmas Market in Pretoria Accommodation from 19 to 28 November, more than 250 exhibitors will participate. All products on sale at the market are pre-selected to ensure variation, excellent quality and reasonable prices. Tables are stocked up daily to ensure availability of products. This is an event by the community, (exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers, clients) for the community (individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their families). Unica Christmas Market is aimed at raising funds for Unica School and the Association for Autism and takes place at Rembrandt Hall, LC de Villiers Sports Centre, South Street, Hillcrest, Pretoria.
New in Gauteng, Kamersvol Geskenke moves to Irene from 25 – 28 November. As well as products from 150 handpicked suppliers, there will also be designer clothes, décor, furniture, ceramics, jewellery, accessories, garden design and food shops. The theme this year is Forest of Expression and an entrance fee of R40 allows you into this treasure trove of treats!
The Hazel Food Market is hosting its special Hazel Food Christmas Market in Pretoria where you can enjoy tasty food and do your Christmas shopping all at the same time. From the 2nd to the 4th December, food, Christmas gifts and decorations woll be on sale from over 100 stalls. If you are passionate about food then this market is where you need to be because you will find a range of delectable goodies from freshly baked bread, preserves, olives and pestos to cheese’s, meats, cupcakes and organic veggies. See you there!
Other Christmas Markets
Which ones have we missed? If you know of a good Christmas Market that we haven’t mentioned here, please let us know in the comments section below! (Please supply as much detail as you can).
Christmas Markets Update, 26 October 2010 – A few extra Christmas Markets we have been made aware of:
The annual Wetpups Christmas Market takes place at Western Province Preparatory School in Claremont, Cape Town on Thursday 28 October from 10h00 to 16h00. Sensational Christmas Shopping includes clothing, accessoiries, jewellry, cakes, coffee, flowers and much more. Find Wetpups at 49 Newlands Road, Claremont, Cape Town or telephone: +27 (0)21 761-8074.
The Christmas Market in Roodepoort takes place at the Wilgespruit NG Kerk on the corner of Mimosa and Wag’nBietjie Street Wilropark, Roodepoort, on the 11th to 13th November. There will be arts and crafts for any taste to fill up a Christmas Stocking for the most difficult customer. Come and have a cup of tea and a piece of cake in our Tea Garden. Come and join us for early Christmas shopping! Contact Vania on telephone +27 (0)83 305- 3371
In the North West Province, head out to Rainhill Farm in Rustenburg on Sunday 5th December for the Rainhill Farm Christmas Market. The craft stalls, all of which sell items that are hand or home made, are put along the bluegum lane, which is closed to vehicle traffic on the day, allowing for a leisurely browse.
At the Lapa area, charities (eg. SPCA, CANSA, HOSPICE, Spes Bona, etc) run a few selected food stalls (usually in the line of pancakes, tea garden, ‘vetkoek’ and mince, hot dogs) and cooler refreshments are also available, with plentry of space to sit and relax. The farm yard is a great attraction for the kids, with activities to entertain including traditional games, pony rides, and the popular tractor rides. The Chapel is open if you’d like somewhere to sit in peace and quiet and the Labyrinth is a wonderful experience. Hartley’s Restaurant has a special menu for the day and serve drinks and sit-down meals. A wonderful way for friends and family to spend a Sunday and all leave refreshed.
Save the date – Saturday 18 December 2010, for the annual Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Christmas Market Day in Riebeek Kasteel. It’s a showcase of the finest produce from the Riebeek Valley and surrounding areas and allows locals and visitors to this region the opportunity to taste, sample and buy all these wonderful products in one convenient location. The Kloovenburg Christmas Market Day is the perfect opportunity to stock up on produce and ideas for your Christmas Table as well as allowing you to buy the most delicious stocking fillers and presents for friends and family. And its a great day out!
The Nickel Xmas Market in Pretoria is the biggest Xmas Market with 300 exhibitions under one roof. Only handmade items for sale. Daily 9:00 – 18:00 from 3 – 16 Dec 2010. Open on Sundays. Tea garden available. Safe Parking. Credit cards welcome.
The St Olav’s Christmas Market at Penzance Primary School in Glenwood, Durban takes place on Saturday 20 November from 09h00 to 15h00 – Hope to see you there! Kid’s Activities, Jumping castle, face painting, sand art, mosaic classes, christmas crafts & decorations, hand crafted christmas gifts, christmas cakes and mince pies, jewellery, cosmetics, soaps, candles, kids toys, clothing, christian gifts, and lots, lots more!
Make sure you get yourself A Gift Affair in Gardens, Cape Town in November (25th-27th) for a celebration of gifts with a difference. Get inspired by a three day journey of delectable indulgence where Cape Town’s finest creative talents are exhibited under one roof. All of the gifts are handmade and hand selected to entice you the shopper. Enjoy sublime lunches, light suppers and refreshments in exquisite surroundings with wine, cheese and olive tasting along with live music.