Christmas markets to attend this festive season | SA Garden and Home
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‘Tis the season for Christmas carolling, indulgent feasting and of course, shopping!

If you’d prefer a lively festive experience as opposed to the crazy rush of a shopping mall, then these Christmas themed markets are for you.

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Garden of Lights

This winter wonderland boasts festive adventures and lighting extravaganzas. It’s a sensory experience that allows visitors to mingle around the picturesque gardens of the D’oreale Grande Hotel at Emperors palace whilst taking in the incredible lighting displays.

Area: Johannesburg

Dates: 30 November 2018 – 2 January 2019

Entrance Fee: R25 pp OR Festive Family Package at R100 for a family of five

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I Heart Market

Celebrating its 10th year on the Durban market scene, the I Heart Market is a collaboration between the community and its local crafters, designers and food vendors. Artisans and locals gather in the landmark setting of the Moses Mabhida Stadium, to support and buy local.

Area: Durban

Dates: 16 & 22 December 2018

Entrance: Free

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Montecasino’s Christmas Village

Montecasino’s Piazza becomes the backdrop to a European-styled Christmas affair including their grand Christmas market. With over 50 exhibitors, a big screen and a gin bar, you’re guaranteed to be entertained, and inspired.

Area: Johannesburg

Dates: 12 – 17 December 2018

Entrance Fee: R10. Children under the age of 12 and pensioners get free entry

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Moonlight Market at Bryanston Organic & Natural Market

This popular market, known for its plethora of organic dishes, authentic flavours and delicious sweet treats, is now lit with festive sparkle. You’ll be drawn in by the sounds of live music and Carols by Candlelight every other day.

Area: Johannesburg

Dates: 20 November 2018 – 18 December 2018

Entrance Fee: R20.  Children under the age of 12 get free entry

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Pinelands Craft & Gift Fair

Hosted in Kent Hall at Pinelands High School, this Craft & Gift Fair has a relaxed shopping environment. Discover over 150 craft exhibits and food vendors that will have your last minute Christmas gifts sorted.

Area: Cape Town

Dates: 3 – 22 December 2018

Entrance Fee: Free

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Edgemead Christmas Market

This is arguably one of Cape Town’s largest Christmas markets where you’ll find over 250 crafters and vendors. It’s a great place for the family to indulge in Christmas lights and creativity. Loads of gifts can be found among jewellery, crafts, decor and various cuisines.

Area: Cape Town

Dates: 7 – 22 December 2018

Entrance Fee: Free

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Blaauwklippen Twilight Christmas Market

This charming market set under century old fig trees, allows visitors to meander through the gardens where old farm buildings meet aesthetic vineyards. This Africa meets Europe styled event hosts various traders, showcasing clothing, antiques, ceramics and collectables that you can add to your Christmas stocking.

Area: Johannesburg

Dates: 17 – 22 December 2018

Entrance Fee: Free

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Locally Yours Market

This market is a platform that boosts local talent and empowers small businesses. The Locally Yours Market showcases handmade products and artisanal foods with musical accompaniments that add to the Christmas spirit.

Area: Port Elizabeth

Dates: 17 – 19 December 2018

Entrance Fee: Free

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Ekliefkrismis Market     

Holiday marketers from Hartenbos, Plettenbery Bay, Knysna, Mossel Bay and other surrounding areas of the Garden Route come together for this unique Christmas shopping experience. It’s a 10-day festive delight that offers various handmade crafts and artisanal foods along with live entertainment and activities for children.

Area: The Green Route

Dates: 12 – 22 December 2018

Entrance: Free

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