To Market, To Market – 10 ‘Xmas Markets In And Around Cape Town
See our updated list for 2013 – Christmas Markets in South Africa
Christmas is nigh. Avoid the rush and the silliness of it all. Plan ahead and go to local Christmas markets. Not only will you manage to find some totally nifty gifts, but they’re locally made and you shop in the comfort of a market setting, not a supermarket.
The list below is not exclusive to Christmas markets. We’ve included a couple of other local markets where you’re sure to find appropriate gifts. You’ve roughly five weeks to go, and counting!
Rondebosch Potters’ Market – 17 November 2012
This bi-annual event always promises a feast from the local ceramic clan. Great for functional and art ceramics, tiles, porcelain plates, sculpture plant pots and art. You won’t be disappointed. Just get there early enough.
Time: 08h00 to 16h00
Where: Rondebosch Park, Sandown Road, Rondebosch
Nitida Christmas Market – 23 & 24 November 2012
Food, gifts, tree accessories, clothes, beads, handmade cards, pottery, wine, plants and more food. There are also carols by a primary school choir on the Friday.
Durbanville Gift Fair – 29 November – 2 December 2012
Partner of the already-over-for-this-year Constantia Gift Fair, the Durbanville Gift Fair includes home accessories, fashion items, must-have gifts and a deli section of delicious foods.
Time: 09h00 to 17h00 except Friday when it’s on until 20h00 and includes live music
Where: D’Aria Wine Estate, Racecourse Road, Durbanville
Constantia Waldorf Night Market – 30 November 2012
Held every last Friday of the month during school terms, expect art and crafts stalls, biodynamic and organic foods, fresh produce and fun activities. Live music and a candle lit atmosphere make it a hit with the valley.
Time: 17h00 to 21h00
Where: Constantia Waldorf School, Spaanschemat River Road, Constantia
Stellenbosch Slow Christmas Night Market – 30 November 2012
This is where you head for your organic turkey and other slow food for the festive season, including micro-brewed beer and boutique wine. In amongst the candlelit stalls and live music there is also a boutique gift and clothing section. Bring a blanket and join in the carol singing. ps: there are also a couple of day markets on 1st and 15th December.
Time: 17h00 to 22h00
Where: Oude Libertas Theatre, Stellenbosch
Edgemead Market – 7 – 24 December 2012
One of the bigger Christmas markets – 209 exhibitors – expect a huge Christmas tree and a range of goodies from delicious foods to jewellery, handcrafted leather, wrought iron, glassware, mosaics and more. Credit and debit card facilities are available.
Time: 10h00 to 20h00 daily
Where: Community Hall in Edgemead Drive, off Bosmansdam Road
Laborie Christmas Market – 8 & 9 December 2012
Laborie Wine Farm hosts an annual Carols by Candlelight at 6.30pm on 7 December (R50 for adults, R20 for children; book your picnic ahead at the Harvest Restaurant), which is then followed by a two-day Laborie Lazy Days Christmas Market that offers a range of lifestyle goods, Christmas fare, and fresh produce.
Time: 09h00 to 15h00
Where: Laborie Wine Farm, Taillefer Street, Main Road, Paarl
Kirstenbosch Craft market – 9 and 16 December 2012
One of the ol’ favourites this market, set on the lawns of the Stone Cottages just opposite Kirstenbosch, promises to dish up the goods pre-Christmas.
Time: 09h00 to 15h00
Where: Kirstenbosch Stone Cottages, Rhodes Drive, Newlands
Earth Fair Christmas Market – 19 December 2012
Expect a wide range of upmarket handmade goods that include jewellery, textiles, t-shirts, crockery and designer goods, under a Bedouin tent in front of the market. Other than that the usual sumptious food fare includes farm cheeses, artisan breads, sushi, crêpes, paellas and a range of craft beers, organic wine and bubbly.
Time: 15h00 to 20h30
Where: South Palms Centre, 333 Main Road, Tokai
Hathersage Christmas Night Market – 21 December 2012
Tree-lit Hathersage Farm is worth packing your picnic blanket for. As usual there is plenty of delicious food available for your picnics, and inbetween, the chance to gather gifts and taste local wine. There are carols under the camphor tree and special crafting for the kids; even Santa makes an appearance. The market welcomes any childrens’ gifts, clothing and toiletries for the Nceduluntu Sanctuary Trust. Normal markets on 25 Nov and 9 Dec 9am – 2pm.
Time: 17h00 to 22h00
Where: Hathersage Farm, Gordon Road, Somerset West