We might not have white Christmases here in SA, but we sure have the festive gees! Especially when it comes to our local Christmas markets. Starting as early as November, you’ll find these Christmas markets offering everything from handmade gifts, artsy crafts and toys to delicious treats, live entertainment, kids’ activities and more. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Bryanston Organic Moonlight Markets
The Bryanston Organic Market is no slouch when it comes to festive cheer. Over the Christmas season, it lights up to become an enchanting evening market. Hundreds of stalls offer everything from hand-crafted goods and masterful artworks to stylish outfits and trendy accessories. Add a dash of live entertainment, and you’ve got one Christmas market that’s not to be missed!
Piggly Wiggly Christmas Fun Day
Located in the quaint KZN town of Howick, Piggly Wiggly is a hotspot for shopping, craft beer and home-grown organic goodies all year long. But on the 16th of December, it really kicks things into gear. Not only do its colourful stalls offer everything on your Christmas wish list, there’s also a steam train ride for the kids and a chance to meet Santa himself!
Transoranje Christmas Market
Christmas is all about warm fuzzy feelings and goodwill. And you’ll find it by the sled-load at the Transoranje Christmas Market. Held as a fundraiser for the Transoranje School for the Deaf, this feel-good event hosts over 250 stalls with everything you need to fill your stockings with Christmas cheer. The market will be taking place from 25 November to 4 December this year.
Willowbridge Christmas Slow Market, Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the Willowbridge Christmas Slow Market in Stellenbosch is a wonderland of Christmas delights. Taking place on the 2nd and 3rd of December, it enchants with twinkling lights, glowing lanterns and snowflake origami. Go local with a good old fashioned braai, or tuck into turkey, mince pies and other mouth-watering seasonal treats.
South Coast Christmas Market
Go tropical this Christmas in KwaZulu-Natal. Swing by the South Coast Christmas Market held on the Douglas Mitchell Sports Grounds boasting over 300 stalls of festive goods. Browse for awesome toys, hand-crafted jewellery and gorgeous décor to name a few. Hot and bothered after all that shopping? Pop over to Uvongo Beach and cool off with a refreshing dip in the sea. The market is open from 2 December to 8 January, so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy all the fun.
Christmas in the Home
Walmer Park Shopping Centre, Port Elizabeth
This annual event has become a firm favourite for locals during the festive season. Taking place from 1 to 3 December, Christmas in the Home is all about local design, handcrafted goods, boutique shopping and snazzy accessories. If you can’t find the perfect gift for your special someone here, you won’t find it anywhere!
Rainhill Farm Christmas Market
Rustenburg, North West Province
Hosted at the charming Rainhill Farm at the foot of the Magaliesburg Mountains, you won’t find a better setting for a magical Christmas market. This annual event, usually held on the first Sunday of December, features a whole street closed off and jam packed with lively stalls. Shop for some stocking fillers or tuck into a gourmet Christmas feast. While you’re browsing the stalls, your kids can have the time of their lives with pony rides and tractors drives around the farm.
The festive season is just around the corner! So put on your Santa hats and add these awesome events to your diary today. You can take a look at some of our local travel deals to help you get to these amazing Christmas markets in time!