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shop local: bumper list of christmas markets 2010
Submitted by MichaelE on Fri, 2010-11-12 11:37
If you're anything like me, you'll be racing around trying to get the Christmas shopping done two days before the big event - fighting crowds and cursing, as you slog through the mall, before wrestling a big oke for the last blue t-shirt in Mr Price, followed by the interminable queuing to pay for your hard won gift for your cousin. That was last year, and I swore never again! This year I would be organised. I would shop at markets and fetes, enjoying the experience and finding wonderful presents from local crafters, as well as indulge in fantastic home-made treats.
I am somewhat horrified to see the retail sector going Christmas mad already! Like a cat pouncing on a mouse, Christmas has already snuck up on me – and some Christmas markets have already happened!
So I made it my mission to share with you as many Christmas markets as I could. Below is a list of Christmas markets happening around the country. I know I'll have missed loads of the smaller, interesting ones, so if I have not included a great local Christmas market, please tell us about it in the comments section or email me at michael[at!]urbansprout.co.za!
Montagu Christmas Market
Enjoy a family day out in Montagu and get some of your Christmas shopping done at Die Stal Market, located just outside Montagu on Kruis Farm. you can indulge in lots of fresh farm goods straight from the Farm kitchen and browse through lovely hand-made products available from the locals which would make ideal Christmas gifts!
Christmas Market at De Oude Drostdy
The Market Place at Hathersage Farm
Join us for our first annual 4-day Festive Fair to which we have invited creators of handmade gifts, décor items, clothing and accessories, jewellery, homeware, toys, edible treats & all things gorgeous! Over 100 exhibitors will showcase their work.
Stellenbosch Christmas Market 2010
Make a note in your diary not to miss the 11th annual Christmas market hosted by the Dutch Reformed Central Church in Stellenbosch. This ever-popular craft market promises to make Christmas shopping an absolute treat with a variety of goods on sale at 180 stalls. Get creative with your gift list with glorious handcrafted gifts such as glassware, jewelry, needlework, paintings, confectionary, pottery, toys and much more. A jumping castle, painting table and coloring facility will keep the little ones occupied.
Constantia Waldorf School Christmas Night Market
Othandweni Africa Christmas Market
Come and browse their fantastic stalls, boasting a wide selection of natural goods and craft items. A great place to find Christmas bargains.
Kirstenbosch Craft Market.
This varied craft market is held twice during December to help you get in some extra Christmas shopping. Proceeds from stall rentals go to the Kirstenbosch Partnership Fund for improvements to Kirstenbosch.
Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Christmas Candlelight Market
A true vintage Christmas market! Real Elgin Christmas Trees, decorations & gifts, wreaths, topiaries, german bratwurst, Christmas cakes & puddings, mince pies, stuffing, gammon, gluhwein, roasted nuts, boutique wineries, micro-breweries. For true slowfood supporters: artisanal cheese-making & preserving workshops, champagne & food pairings, The Braai Masters of the Cape book launch, and the art of making delectable summer ice cream. For the children there will be a lights in a huge pine Christmas tree, sand art, face-painting, balloons, eagles, owls and falconry. The oak-lined piazza will be lit up with candles late into the night and you will be greeted with ample lawns for picnic space and vineyard sunset tables. Come earlier with your friends and family and book tickets for a performance by the La Rosa Spanish Dance Company at the popular open-air Amphitheatre. The Hearth Fair designer market will be joining us to showcase Christmas décor ideas, gifts, works of independent designers, boutique clothing & jewellery, crafters and the best of authentic South African design.
Elgin Blues Market
Includes food stalls & local wines (from 6pm) coupled with Blues live music entertainment from 8pm (legendary musicians in the line-up include *Boulevard Blues Band, Albert Frost & Robin Auld & Gerald Clark).
Pure Boland Christmas Market & Night Run
Earth Fair Christmas Market
There will be a carefully selected range of upmarket handmade items including fabrics and textiles,jewellery, skin care products and other beautiful gifting options. There will be delicious locally brewed beers and organic wines and a range of delicious supper options including crepes, sushi and prego rolls. Bring the kids to the angel making workshop to be run during the market while you shop in peace!
Obs Holistic Lifestyle Christmas Fair
There you can find a gathering of more than 120 holistic and lifestyle exhibitors.Visitors will be treated to wholesome vegetarian, vegan and halaal eats; organic veggies, plants, herbs and free range eggs; life readings and therapeutic treatments; health and wellness products, and conscious living information;plus for the kids face-painting, sand-art, jumping castle, and safe enclosed play areas.
Gonubie Christmas Fair
The ever popular Annual Gonubie Christmas Fair will once again take place on the Sports Fields in Gonubie. This fair will get you into the mood for Christmas, offering wonderful gifts, Accessories, delicious eats, fashion items, outdoor items, furniture and much more! All events will be organised by local charity organisations to raise much need funds! Come and support a very worthy fair.
Unica Christmas Market
Unica Christmas Market in Pretoria is celebrating 24 years of fund raising in aid of Autism!
More than 250 exhibitors participate and all products on sale at the market. Unica Christmas Market is aimed at raising funds for Unica School and the Association for Autism. These organizations are committed to delivering services to individuals with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and their families.
"Gee Jou Gawe" Charity Christmas Market
200 Exhibitors with approved quality handwork & crafts exhibit. Market is stocked up every day. Safe parking. Car guards on duty. Tea garden. Fantastic scratch (antiques) tables with items at reasonable prices. Help us to help those in need.
Market is in aid of a different charity each year. This year the WET NOSE ANIMAL RESCUE CENTRE, NPO 046-432, REG 99/15508/08 will benefit.
George Hay Park Christmas Market
There are over 70 stands to visit and a variety of entertainment for both young and old. Food stalls, live music performances from some of South Africa’s talented musicians, carousel, jumping castles for the kids, climbing wall and an ice-rink to create that European Winter Wonderland feel; is what visitors can expect from the Christmas Market this year.As part of the Christmas Market tradition, there has to be a musical programme from the local schools. The school choirs will serenade the crowds of Friday afternoon with their angelic voices. The traditional Nativity play will take place on Sunday morning.
Hazel Food Christmas Market
The Hazel Food Market is hosting a special Christmas Market where you can enjoy our tasty food and do your Christmas shopping. Food, Christmas gifts and decorations on sale from over 100 stalls.
If you are passionate about food then this market is where you need to be because you will find a range of delectable goodies from freshly baked bread, preserves, olives and pestos to cheese's, meats, cupcakes and organic veggies.
Nickel Xmas Market
Biggest Xmas Market with 300 exhibitions under one roof. Only handmade items for sale. Tea garden available. Safe Parking. Credit cards welcome.
The Nickel Xmas Market’s aim is to raise funds for the Home but it is also a job creation project for the unemployed women and youth. The project was started in 2001. Being involved in Welfare in various projects for so many years, we have identified the need for job creation.
Green Christmas Night Market
Pack your picnic blanket, bring your reusable shopping bags and stock up on eco inspired and handmade gifts. Fresh homemade Food and drinks available. Live music, Christmas Carols, candle light and tips/ideas on how to save money and make your own Christmas decorations. Support the SOAPkidz fundraiser for the Injabula Community Centre Christmas Party. Don't forget to dress up as your favourite Christmas Character. Best costume made from recycled/reused materials, wins a prize!
Bryanston Organic and Natural Market
Relax and enjoy delicious freshly prepared food. Find unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Children can join the Nativity parade at 7 pm and we all sing Carols by Candlelight thereafter. Christmas Moonlight markets are great fun for all the family.
Shop till you drop, lots of beaded Christmas decorations, gifts, boxes, ribbons, jewelary and much more.
St Olav's Christmas Craft market
Join us for a christmas Event of the Year! Bring the whole family for a Fabulous day out!
Xmas Gift Expo, Springfield
If you are looking for that perfect Christmas gift for that special someone then look no further than the Xmas Gift Expo taking place this November in Durban. This is a lifestyle event full of inspirational ideas and handpicked innovative products – a celebration of gifts with a difference. Visitors & shoppers will be entertained during this event. There will be gifts, arts and crafts from a variety of stalls so you plan your time well so you can see all there is to offer.
Get your Christmas Shopping done early. Join us at the Station Market Food & Craft Market. There will be loads of fun, food and crafts through the day. All funds raised will go to We Friends Pre-School
Zululand Christmas Festival 2010
Exhibitions for Christmas Gift Ideas, handcrafted products. Shows by the Unizul Drama School, Maso Productions, Cantussi, Empangeni High School Band, Khongisa Performings Arts, and many more.
Umbilo congregational church invites you to take the night off from cooking, burgers, curry and rice, worse rolls and much more. Shop for Christmas goodies, cakes and crafts, gifts and novelties, books and more.
Highway College Christmas Market
This event will help our school raise funds for repairs and enhancements. The event is aimed at attracting all age groups and to introduce our school to the public sector.
South Coast Christmas Market
With over 300 stalls our Christmas Market will help fulfill the pleasure seeker's search for presents and pleasures, with our exhibitors' creative and delightful products. The market maintains a high quality of products hand made by many of SA’s top crafters, with value for money, striking displays and a festive atmosphere.
The Shongweni Farmers Christmas Market
Shongweni Farmers and Craft Market has become a renowned success in the upper Highway area, attracting crowds from as far as Durban to Pietermaritzburg on a weekly basis. The Market has become well known for its diverse products which range from a large variety of organic foods and fresh produce to all the exciting products found at traditional craft markets.