Christmas shopping can be a headache, especially when the malls are overrun with (other) last-minute shoppers. Avoid the chaos of the shopping centres this festive season; head to one of these Christmas Markets for inspiring, handmade and one-of-a-kind gifts.
1. Twilight Christmas Market at Blaauwklippen Vineyards
From the organisers of the popular Blaauwklippen Family Market comes the annual Twilight Christmas Market – a reminder of everything that makes Christmastime so special: handmade gifts, beautiful food, twinkling lights, live music and even a visit from Father Christmas himself!
When 16 – 20 December, 5pm – 10pm
Why you’ll love it In addition to all the handmade food and craft products, the wine centre will be open. Here you’ll find the Before & After aperitif – a sophisticated brandy-fortified liqueur, which at R235 a bottle makes a lovely gift for a loved one or even yourself. Also worth a visit is the carriage museum filled with goodies such as preserves, biltong and handmade Belgian and Swiss chocolates.
Contact 021 880 0133, email@example.com
Where to find it Blaauwklippen Family Estate
2. Thingz Festive Season Shopping Markets
The Bay Harbour Market is hosting two themed festive markets this month: on 6 December, the Man Thingz market is all about gifts for the men in our lives, while the 20 and 21 December Kids Thingz fair will be chockful of amazing items for younger members of the family.
When 6 December; 20 – 21 December
Why you’ll love it The themes allow you to be very focused in your gift shopping. There will be 80 traders, including artisanal food stalls, nine beer taps and live music, allowing you to chillax, while searching for the perfect gift.
Contact 082 570 5997, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address Hout Bay
Where to find it Bay Harbour Market
3. House and Leisure Night Market
A selection of 50 of the top local designers and artisans will be displaying their wares at this festive night market. With an array of jewellery, fashion, decor, wine and food, you’re sure to find the perfect gift. To add to the cheery atmosphere, there’ll also be live music.
When 3 December, 4.30pm – 9.30pm
Why you’ll love it It’s the cream of local designers under one roof – from Ceramic Factory’s beautiful products and Firepetals jewellery to delicious cakes and pastries from the Queen of Tarts.
Tickets R45 to R60, available from Quicket
Address Cape Town
Where to find it Wembley Square
4. All Star Christmas Market
The All Star Theatre is once again hosting a Christmas market at the Cape Lifestyle Centre in Brackenfell. Over 120 local traders will have their homemade and handmade crafts on display.
When 13 – 22 December, 10am – 9pm (ends at 12am on 13 December)
Why you’ll love it This community-focused market has loads of entertainment for the whole family, including a coffee shop, kiddies corner, giveaways and even a gift-wrapping service.
Contact 021 981 6064, email@example.com
Where to find it CapeGate Lifestyle Centre
5. Root44 Christmas Market
This all-weather market is housed in a marquee – just in case of the Cape’s unpredictable weather! Here you’ll find artisanal food such as olive oil, spreads and freshly baked goodies, you’ll as well as antique items, leather goods, funky T-shirts and children’s clothes.
When 18 – 19 December, 4pm – 9pm
20 – 21 December, 10am – 4pm
Why you’ll love it Make a day of your visit to this fun and festive market. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas, spicy curries, salads, sandwiches and biltong with a refreshing craft beer or a glass of Audacia wine under the trees or in the Blue Moon Bar. And bring the kids along: there’s a safe natural-wood park and lawn area where they can play to their heart’s content.
Contact 021 881 3052, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where to find it Audacia Wines
6. Stanford Xmas Sunset Market
Located on the old village square (which has heritage-site status) in Stanford, this market transports you back to a bygone era, when villagers convened in the town square to chat with the farmers and other traders.
When 19 December, 6pm – 8pm
Why you’ll love it The earthy scent of fresh produce mingled with the aroma of freshly baked homemade food and the soothing sounds of live music are just the thing to put you into a festive mood. It’s child- and pet-friendly, so bring along the whole family.
Contact 083 604 0808
Address Stanford, Western Cape
Where to find it Village Green, Stanford
7. Eikedal Christmas Market
This Constantia market is packed with homemade delicacies such as marmalades, biscuits and sauces, as well as homeware items such as paintings, antique cake stands, wooden furniture decor, clothing and accessories.
When 7 and 14 December, 10am – 5pm
Why you’ll love it This market’s relaxed atmosphere is perfect for a leisurely Sunday morning or afternoon. In between shopping, snack on a Pickwick potato, shawarma, falafel, Hungarian smoked sausage or something from the German stall.
Contact Eikedal Christmas Market
Where to find it Silvertree Lane
8. Lourensford Christmas Market
This three-day market is part of the Harvest Market, where you’re sure to find the perfect gift at one of the many welcoming stalls.
When 11 – 12 December, 4pm – 10pm; 13 December, 10am – 4pm
Why you’ll love it With a patch of lawn in the centre of the stalls, and stunning mountain views, this market provides a wonderful setting for doing some shopping while enjoying some delicious food and wine.
Contact 079 496 8335, email@example.com
Address Somerset West
Where to find it Lourensford Wine Estate