Top 5 Christmas Markets


Top 5 Christmas Markets

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This is something I’ve only really become a fan of in recent years. I think one could also probably find a correlation between my disposable income increasing and my interest growing, but I digress. These markets offer a great Christmas vibe which always gets me in the mood for the season but other than that they are just a good night out.

Parkhurst’s 4th Avenue Christmas Shopping
Parkhurst has become a bit of a classic over the past few years with a series of shopping nights arranged to give people that real Christmas feeling. The shops stay open late into the evening, and the restaurants also do a roaring trade. It’s quaint if that’s your thing; my advice would be to make sure you book a table at one of the restaurants right now, as they get chocker well in advance. I tried for a steak at Wombles last year but was sadly disappointed due to my tardy booking.

Venue: 4th Avenue, Parkhurst
Date: 18th and 25th November, 2010 – Shops open until 22h00

Bryanston Organic Moonlight Markets
A firm favourite in my books, the Bryanston Organic Market always makes for a nice day out. Now they have the Moonlight market series – a whole new way of enjoying the shopping experience. They have hundreds of stalls and cover the area in the most authentic Christmas decor. I visit this market occasionally just for some nice cheese and sausage, but these moonlight nights are really something special with entertainment throughout the evening topping off the whole experience. See entertainment schedule here.

Venue: Culross road, Off Main road, Bryanston
Date: On Tuesdays 23rd and 30th November, 2010

Unica Christmas Market
Now celebrating its 24th year of fundraising in aid of charity, the Unica Christmas market has gathered a reputation as an event ‘by the community, for the community’ with over 250 exhibitors strictly hand-picked for variation and quality. This market is all in aid of the Unica School and the Association for Autism. The market starts early and ends late making it accessible to everyone.

Venue: Rembrandt Hall, LC de Villiers Sports Centre, South Street, Pretoria
Date: Friday, 19th of November to Sunday, 28th of November 2010
Times: Monday to Saturday from 09h00 to 21h00 and Sundays from 09h00 to 17h00

Christmas Market in Parkview
I have never been to this market myself but saw it advertised and it just looks so good I couldn’t resist letting you know about it. With food stalls, live music performances from some of South Africa’s most talented musicians, a carousel, jumping castles for the kids, climbing wall and an ice-rink to create that European Winter Wonderland feel, visitors can expect this to be the perfect build up to the season as well a great day with the family or friends. The local schools will also supply some entertainment with school choirs performing on the Friday afternoon, and the nativity play taking place on the Sunday.

Venue: Corner of Waterford Ave and Lurgan Rd, Parkview
Date: Friday, 26th of November to Sunday, 28th of November, 2010
Cost: R30 for adults and children can pay per activity

Kamersvol Geskenke in Irene for the first time
The extremely popular Western Cape institution Kamersvol Geskenke, an annual market during the build up to Christmas which takes place in the Boland, is now on its way to idyllic Irene in Pretoria, for what is to be the first Kamersvol Geskenke in Gauteng (and hopefully not the last). 100 Handpicked suppliers will exhibit their original products with a collection of designer clothes, decor, furniture, ceramics, jewellery and accessories, garden design and food shops brought together with this year’s theme ‘Forest of Expression’.

Venue: 1 Celtis Close, Irene, Pretoria
Date: Tuesday, 25th of November to Sunday, 28th of November, 2010
Cost: R40

A few more Christmas markets to consider:

Art of play Christmas Market
The Art of Play Market is in aid of charity, encompassing a great day for the kids whilst parents can enjoy a nice cafe meal. Activities include Christmas craft activities, bungee and rock climbing, jumping castles and more.

Venue: 35 Cedar Road, Kyalami (Heur’s Nursery)
Date: Saturday, 27th of November and Sunday, 28th of November, 2010

The Greenmarket does Christmas
Greenmarket happens every first Saturday of the month with a strong emphasis on living a greener life. This is their special Christmas edition of the market with recycled decor, Christmas Carols, an art exhibition and colourful handmade Christmas decorations decorating the event inspiring you to start greening your Christmas this year.

Venue: 2 Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria, Pretoria
Date: Saturday, 4th of December, 2010

by Byron Marais

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