The warm summer weather and building excitement of approaching holidays make the festive season in South Africa a truly special time. The abundance of spectacular markets found across the country embody this magical time of year.
Here are 5 of our favourite festive markets to diarise this December:
Fourways Farmers Market Christmas Market
This wonderful market located across from Montecasino is truly embracing the festive season by holding special day and night markets. They have photo-booths where you can make your own Christmas cards, as well as delightful holiday treats and live music. During the night market, you’ll be serenaded by carollers, and even Santa Claus will make an appearance!
Entrance: R10 for adults, free for children under 12
Date: Day market 17 December, night market 18 December
Time: Day market 9.00am – 4.00pm, night market 1.00pm – 9.00pm
Address: Cnr Monte Casino Boulevard and William Nicol Drive, Fourways, Johannesburg
Moonlight Market at the Bryanston Organic and Natural Market
The Moonlight Market at the Bryanston Organic and Natural Market is a seasonal must see in Joburg’s Northern Suburbs. Every Tuesday for four weeks you can wonder through the maze of stores filled with fantastic goods while listening to great music, and sampling some of the county’s best organic produce. There are also great arts and crafts activities for kids, so they get the chance to make their own Christmas presents for their friends and loved ones.
Date: 22 November – 20 December
Time: Tuesday 5.00pm – 9.00pm
Address: 40 Culross Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg
Christmas Market Made In The Cape
Made In The Cape is one of Cape Town’s premier markets, who pride themselves on sourcing 100% local produce from the very best designers in the Western Cape. Their Christmas Market is packed with wonderful goodies made by extraordinarily talented silversmiths, textile and ceramic artists, carpenters, and more. It’s the ideal place to find sophisticated and fun gifts for people of all tastes.
Date: 6 December – 18 December
Time: Mondays – Saturdays 9.00am – 7.00pm, Sundays 9.00 – 5.00pm
Address: Cavendish Square, Dreyer Street, Cape Town
Blaauklippen Twilight Christmas Market
Nestled in the stunning Stellenbosch winelands, the Blaauklippen Twilight Christmas Market is possible one of the most beautiful places in the world where you can shop for delightful little knick-knacks. The market is pet and child-friendly too, so bring along your little ones and furry friends for a fabulous day of fun.
Date: 16 December – 20 December
Time: Mondays – Saturdays 16.00am – 10.00pm, Sundays 10.00am – 10.00pm
Address: Blaauklippen Wine Estate, Techno Drive, Stellenbosch
KZN Christmas Market Festival
The KZN Christmas Market Festival is in its third year and is well on its way to becoming Durban’s favourite festive indoor market. Situated inside the City Hill auditorium shoppers are encouraged to grab a basket and browse over 150 stalls of local crafts. You are sure to find a little something for every family member among the tables laden with handmade sweets, soaps, clothing, jewellery, toys, stationery, art and decor. There is also a lovely selection of antiques and some interesting finds like origami flower bouquets.
Date: 13 December – 17 December
Time: Tuesday – Friday 9.00am – 8.00pm, Saturday 9.00am – 1.00pm
Address: City Hill Church, 1 Greenmeadow Lane, Hillcrest, Durban