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Posted on: Wednesday, 12 November 2014

To market, to market – the top 10 Christmas markets in Cape Town

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I’ve obviously left my Christmas market shopping a little late as I’ve missed both the Constantia Gift Fair (this weekend past), and Kamers vol Geskenke.

The good news: there are still plenty of Christmas markets to choose from (despite the fact that Kamers must be one of the best markets ever, and I missed out on a bumper edition of creativity and variety!).

TOP 10 CHRISTMAS MARKETS IN CAPE TOWN (and surrounds)

 

22 November 2014, Rondebosch Potters’ Market

Capetonians love the bi-annual Potters Market. Held under the trees at the park, on the corner of Campground and Sanddown Roads in Rondebosch, this is a feast of local, hand-crafted ceramics, sculptures, teapots, cups, mugs, lamps, cookware, jewellery, ornaments, gadgets and much more. The market is a perfect all-in-one venue for gift buying. Arrive promptly when the gates open to avoid disappointment.

Contact: 072 145 8433
Times: 8am – 4pm

 

Made in the Cape Festive Fair
Photograph: Made in the Cape Festive Fair at Cavendish Square

26 November – 6 December, Stellenbosch Kersmark

Over a week of top quality artists and craftsmen exhibiting at almost 200 stalls at the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in the centre of Stellenbosch, on Martinsonstraat. Take the whole family. A trawl through their Facebook page leads me to believe you may anticipate anything from unusual clocks, through herbs, pottery, handmade candles, jewellery (look out for rings and earrings made by Joolz), olive and cheese boards, clothes, odds and ends, woodwork and endless creativity.

Times: 10am – 8pm (mo-fri)
10am-5pm (sat)

2 – 7 December 2014, Made in the Cape Festive Fair

Made in the Cape is an artisan goods showcase held once a month at Cavendish Square in Claremont. Their Festive Fair is a bumper edition run over 6 days, around the escalator circle on the ground and first floors. This is a platform for Cape Town’s local talent. All the exhibitors are hand-picked so only the cream of local design and artisan talent make it through the selection process. ‘Meeting the maker’ gives you the stories behind the products. Exhibitors include a silversmith, interior designers, textile artists, carpenters, jewellers and other skilled artisans.

Contact: 072 223 8046
Times: 9am-7pm (mon-sat)
10am-5pm (sun)

 

Made in the Cape Festive Fair
Photograph: Made in the Cape Festive Fair at Cavendish Square

5 – 21 December 2014, Edgemead Christmas Market

This craft and gift market is held in Edgemead’s Community Hall, and promises to be a bumper year of over 200 of the Western Cape’s finest crafters, who travel from far and wide to set up market here. Expect delicious food, handcrafted leatherwork, metalwork, glassware, mosaic art, soft toys and more. You will find the hall off Bosmansdam Road in Edgemead.

Times: 10am-8pm every day

8 – 23 December 2014, Simply South Gift and Craft Fair

The fourth year for this southern suburbs’ Christmas market promises to be the best yet. A quick look at their website reveals a range of local, hand-crafted goods, from jewellery to hats, handbags, décor, clothing, bags, body products, crafts, unusual gifts, baby clothes, toys, throws and stained glass art. Find them at the Constantia NG Church on Ladies Mile Road in Bergvliet.

Times:10am-8pm (mon-fri)
10am-5pm (sat)

9 – 21 December 2014, Cape Gift Market

This market has been going for 12 years in the Sea Point neighbourhood, and is a perfect space in which to stock up on gifts or stocking fillers. Their range of gifts is prolific. Judging by photos of past markets expect locally designed clothing, eccentric clocks, beautifully crafted jewellery, bags, woodwork, preserves, cards and décor. Find them at the Sea Point city hall on the corner of Main and Three Anchor Bay roads.

Times: 9am-7pm (mon-fri)
9am-5pm (sat, sun)

 

Edgemead Christmas Market
Photograph: Edgemead Christmas Market

12 & 13 December 2013, Gabrielskloof ‘Favourite Things’ Market

This market celebrates all things local, lekker and lavish – an ideal space in which to swap the mall for a day in the country. The market promises authentic products, interesting exhibitors and the chance to ‘kuier’ on the lawn with a glass of Gabrielskloof wine. From kiddies’ clothing, through décor, trendy accessories, flowers, ceramic pieces, pamper products, artisan cheeses, pestos and chocolates, beers and a range of food to eat on the day – gourmet burgers, sushi, oysters, and big-pan paella. Enjoy live music. Find them in Swartrivier Road in Botriver.

Times: 5pm-9pm (sat)
11am-9pm (sun)

13 – 16 December 2014, Fab Ideas Christmas Market

Fab Ideas promises four days of fabulous, unique products. Julie hand-picks a range of beautiful crafts and gift ideas and provides a wonderful venue at the Kommetjie Community Hall in Teubes Road. Expect unique, funky, affordable and original gifts, from bags, to unconventional décor, clothes, jewellery and sweet temptations.

Contact: 082 879 5571
Times: 9am-7pm (sat, sun, mon)
9am-5pm (tues)

14 & 21 December 2014, Kirstenbosch Craft Market

The Kirstenbosch Craft Market needs no introduction, as it must be one of the longest running markets in Cape Town. It lies at the foot of Table Mountain opposite the famous botanical gardens and sells an array of good quality crafts and artisan foods in the grounds of the Stone Cottages. With over 200 artisans, there is always plenty to choose from – jewellery, clothing, pottery and perfect gift ideas. Whilst usually a monthly market, it runs for two consecutive Sundays during December to cater for Christmas.

Times: 9am-3pm

 

Edgemead Christmas Market
Photograph: Edgemead Christmas Market

17-23 December 2014, Willowbridge Christmas Slowmarket

By far one of my favourite markets, the slow food, slow wine, slow design team bring you a White Christmas market with all the trimmings – lights, lanterns and snowflake origami. A space in which to pick up all your food needs – turkey, mince pies, nuts, champagne, topiaries, real local Christmas trees, and then a host of designer goods and gifts for last minute presies. Find them at the Willowbridge Lifestyle centre in Tygervalley.

Times: 10am-7pm

PS: 5 reasons to support local markets

1. do the right thing
2. boost the local economy
3. support South African entrepreneurs
4. find unusual, one-off gifts
5. help build local community

 

Photograph: Made in the Cape Festive Fair at Cavendish Square
Photograph: Made in the Cape Festive Fair at Cavendish Square

 

Wanda Coustas

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Wanda Coustas has written in one form or another for 10 years, seven of them as a copyblogger. She has travelled the Western Cape extensively and the rest of the country in protracted road trips that have given her both joy and an ongoing relish for experiencing what she writes about first-hand. She is a trained opera singer, poet, eurythmy dancer, philosopher, and bee whisperer.

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