As much as we love the year-end social events with friends and colleagues, we know they can be a major distraction from your holiday gift shopping. That’s why we suggest you visit Christmas markets near you to make sure you don’t drop any baubles come Christmas morning!
Whether you’re looking for handmade gifts or something new to add to your Christmas decorations, a festive market is a great place to start. Plus, there will be loads of yummy food (because how can you enjoy Christmas without having regular food comas).
Bryanston Organic & Natural Market’s Moonlight Markets
Thank you once again to The Bryanston Organic & Natural Market for making late Christmas shopping possible. Its annual Moonlight Markets is just the little magic you’ll need to get you into the festive spirit. Gather the loved ones and head on over to experience their range of handcrafted Christmas gifts, decorations and food on 12 December and 19 December.
When: Until 19 December 2017; 5pm – 9pm
Where: 40 Culross rd (off Main Road), Bryanston, Johannesburg
Sylvia’s Market’s Christmas Night Market
The Night Market at Sylvia’s Outdoor Market is great for that last minute gifts and stocking fillers. There will be food, crafts and loads of entertainment to make it a festive family affair – just hide the gifts from them!
When: 17 December 2017; 10am – 9pm
Where: 59 Frederick Street, Observatory, Johannesburg
Cape Town markets
Edgemead Christmas Market
This is known as one of Cape Town’s largest and most anticipated Christmas markets so don’t miss out! The Edgemead Christmas Market will have more than 230 crafters selling their products, so it will be easy for you to lose yourself in the maze of gifts and festive atmosphere.
When: Until 23 December 2017; 10am – 8pm every day (including Sundays)
Where: Edgemead Community Hall, Edgemead Drive, Cape Town
Want a fulfilled Christmas shopping experience? Then Santa’s fair is where you want to be. You’ll find a selection of quality craft exhibitors, gourmet meals, décor and old traditional favourites to choose from, plus entrance is free!
When: Until 22 December 2017; Monday to Friday, 9am – 7 pm, and Saturday, 9am – 5pm
Where: Lourensriver Dutch Reformed Church, Corner of Broadway Blvd & Da Gama Road, Strand
The Festive Market
Come rain or shine, this indoor market will make your Christmas shopping experience a comfortable one. There are over 150 tables of locally-crafted goodies to select from. Take the family along to kick-start the festive season.
When: 14-19 December 2017, 9am – 7pm
Where: 105 Inanda Road, Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal
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