Neighbourhoods to explore with fun festive markets




The holiday season is upon us, and seasonal markets are popping up all over the country showcasing their neighbourhood wares. So, if you're looking to start the festivities, check out these markets exhibiting some of South Africa's best local designer products, upcycled crafts and artisanal food. 

These markets are, of course, adhering to the suggested health and safety protocols for COVID-19 safety. Always remember to wear your mask, keep a safe distance and pack a small essentials bag with sanitiser and moisturiser. Be sure to pack some sunblock and wet wipes to keep you feeling refreshed and protected from the sunshine. 

The Pinelands Craft and Gift Fair, Cape Town

Where: Kent Hall, Pinelands High School, Pinelands

When: 10th December to 23rd December

What: The Pinelands Gift and Craft Fair is a one-stop Christmas and end-of-year thank you shop! There's something for everyone here, from clothes, plants, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and toys to local-is-lekker homemade treats. Full of inspirational gift ideas and wonderfully unique products, this gift fair is a celebration of all things creative. And once you're done shopping, you can enjoy some tea and cake on offer at the cafe.

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The Christmas Field Market, Johannesburg

Where: Field & Study Park, Parkmore, Sandton

When: 11th December, 9:00 AM to 15:00 PM

What: Young and old are invited to shop for handmade gifts, grab a bite to eat and enjoy entertainment by local artists. This is a family-friendly market with all sorts for the kids to do, including horse rides, sand art, ceramic painting, scavenger hunts and a large play area to explore. The market is dog-friendly, so you're more than welcome to bring your canine companion if they are kept on a leash at all times.

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Christmas Market at Mooikrans, Pretoria

Where: Mooikrans Garden, 15a Midas Avenue, Pretoria

When: 5th December from 10:00 AM to 15:00 PM

What: With hundreds of locally crafted and upcycled goods on display, this summery outdoor market is a must-see. Expect nifty handmade crafts, clothes and accessories, and delicious treats. The uniqueness of the wares showcased here is what makes this market special. Be prepared to find your new favourite up and coming local Pretoria brands. There will also be picnic stations available, live music and a refreshing gin bar. 

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I Heart Market Festive Season, Durban

Where: Moses Mabhida Stadium, 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Rd, Stamford Hill, Durban

When: 4th December, 11th December, and 8th January.

What: While the I Heart Market takes place throughout the year, December will see it pop up for two consecutive Saturdays before Christmas. It's the perfect spot to pick up local, handmade, one-of-a-kind Christmas or thank you gifts. In addition, there is often kiddies' wear, natural skincare products, vintage collectables, art, and jewellery. And once you're done shopping, sample delicious artisanal food and drink while relaxing to local music. Make sure to check out their online markets as well.

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Locally Yours Market, Port Elizabeth

Where: Tramways Building, 16 Lower Valley Road, South End

When: Open seven days a week.

What: The great thing about this market is that it is not only a great place to find unique and locally sourced food, but it's become an excellent platform for local artisans, makers and excellent entrepreneurs to showcase their handiwork. This market has a wide array of vendors, so expect anything from modern ceramics, custom made knives, personalised weekly planners, vintage jewellery, designer baby clothes and much more. It's also a great place to pick up some last-minute handmade Christmas decorations.

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