It’s hard to believe it, but it’s already that time of year when the Christmas Markets start popping up around the city, and I get to put together a guide of all the markets I can find.

As regular readers will know, I’m a big fan of finding gifts at local food and craft markets, rather than doing ye ol’ Mall Trawl. It’s much more fun, most things are locally sourced and made (rather than being shipped in from lands afar), and you have a much better chance of finding something unique or unusual.

This list is a work in progress – not all markets have announced their Christmas Market plans – but it will be updated as and when I receive additional information. Click on the titles below to jump straight to the market info for each.

Happy gift hunting!

** listed updated: 8 December 2011 **

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Hathersage Farm Festive Fair
Constantia Gift Fair
Kamers Vol Geskenke
Festive Ideas Fair
Simon’s Restaurant ‘Christmas Market Extravaganza’
Rondebosch Potters Market
Stellenbosch Sentraal Kersmark
Nitida Christmas Market
Sea Point Gift Market
Stellenbosch FreshGoods Market Christmas Night Market
Fringe Handmade Goods Market
French Christmas Market
Old Wynberg Village Christmas Market
Missibaba Christmas Market *new*
Fab Ideas Christmas Market
Edgemead Christmas Market
Ariston Garden Christmas Market *new*
Pure Boland Christmas Market (Worcester)
Designer Maker Christmas Market
Earth Fair Christmas Market
Kloovenburg Christmas Market
Blaauwklippen Christmas Market
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19-23 October
25-29 October
26-30 October
9-13 November
19 November
24 Nov-3 Dec
25+26 November
29 Nov – 10 Dec
2-3 December
3 December
3 December
3 December
9-10 December
9-14 December
9-22 December
10 December
14 December
14-16 December
16 December
17 December
18-20 December
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Hathersage Farm Festive Fair

7-9 October 2011. Somerset West, Cape Town.

Hathersage Festive Fair 2011Located at the lovely Hathersage Farm in Somerset West, the Festive Fair is a 3-day exhibition of specialised gifts, décor items, clothing and accessories, jewellery and all things gorgeous!

Around 80 exhibitors will showcase their wares to the local and surrounding communities on the stunning Hathersage Farm in Somerset West. Some of the goods on offer include edible treats, art, stationery, linens, décor items, ceramics, furniture, toys, plants & flowers and more.

Location: Hathersage Farm, Gordon Road, Somerset West
Dates & Times: 7-9 October 2011. Friday & Saturday 10am-6pm. Sunday 10am-4pm.
Cost: FREE
More info: www.tomarketwithlove.co.za / (Facebook page)

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Constantia Gift Fair

19-23 October 2011. Constantia, Cape Town.

Constantia Gift FairThe Constantia Gift Fair is a lifestyle event full of inspirational ideas and hand-picked innovative products – a celebration of gifts with a difference.

There are fabulous home and garden accessories, stunning fashion items, and gorgeous must-have gifts. The deli section is an extravaganza of delicious and exotic food-gifts.

Come and sample superb food and drink, soak up the magical atmosphere, let your children have a ball in our kiddies play area and enjoy a sensational shopping experience with friends and family.

Location: SARDA, Brommersvlei Road, Constantia
Dates & Times: 19-21 October: 9am-6pm / 22-23 October: 9am-4pm
Cost: R20 – 100% of the entrance fee will be donated to SARDA (South African Riding for Disabled Association)
More info:  www.thechristmasgiftfair.co.za

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Kamers vol geskenke

25-29 October 2011.  Lourensford Estate, Somerset West

Kamers Vol GeskenkeThe ninth Kamers Vol Geskenke 2011 promises to be a colourful celebration of local creativity, innovation and talent. This year the Carousel of Creativity will showcase some 200 stall holders over six inspiration-filled days with the popular event taking place from 25-29 October 2011 at Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.

With its emphasis on handcrafted wares, from jewellery to gourmet products, ceramics, soft furnishings, tableware, décor accessories, designer garden gear and clothing, Kamers is not into the perfectly made or the mass produced – it’s about high end true craft, slightly imperfect, timeless and originally designed… that special something that is only found at the show.

Location: Lourensford Estate, Somerset West
Dates & Times: 25-29 OCTOBER 2011 – 9am to 6pm daily. Opening night: 24 October 2011 5pm-8pm
Cost:   TBC
More info: www.kamersvol.com

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Festive Ideas Fair

26-30 October 2011.  Near Paarl/Franschhoek.

Festive Ideas FairFestive Ideas 2011 will take place at Simondium’s Country Lodge from 26 – 30 October 2011 (open daily from 9h00 in the morning till late afternoon). Festive Ideas is exactly what the name says, innovative ideas & goods for all celebratory occasions.

This market will feature over 120 speciality exhibitors who will be producing exclusive and unique products especially for the Festive Ideas Market.

Location: Simondium Country Lodge, along R45 between Paarl & Franschhoek.
Dates & Times: 26-30 October 2011. 26-29 October: 9am – 5.30pm / 30 October 9am – 4pm.
Cost:  R20 per person, and this includes a goody bag and entrance to everything except the workshops.
More info: www.festiveideas.co.za

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Simon’s Restaurant Christmas Market Extravaganza

9-13 November 2011.  Groot Constantia.

The ‘Christmas Market Extravaganza’ will be held at Simon’s Restaurant in Groot Constantia.

The market runs from 9-13 November and will be open every day from 9am to 5pm. On offer, food, toys, clothing, jewellery and other gift options. There is no indication of an entry fee.

Location: Simon’s Restaurant, Groot Constantia
Dates & Times: 9-13 November 2011. 9am – 5pm every day.
Cost:  None

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Rondebosch Potters Market

19 November 2011.  Rondebosch Park, Rondebosch

Rondebosch Potters MarketThough it’s not specifically billed as a Christmas market, this is a fantastic market for doing early gift shopping (for Christmas and even for setting aside for the rest of the year).

The market features pottery created by local and country potters from around the Western Cape – and the variety is astonishing.

There are usually a few food stalls available as well, to keep you fueled for the expedition!

Location: Rondebosch Park, corner of Sandown and Camp Ground Rds, Rondebosch.
Dates & Times: 19 November 2011. Starts at 7am.
Cost:  None

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Stellenbosch Sentraal Kersmark

24 November – 3 December 2011 (closed Sun 27 November) Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Christmas Market

12th 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 top quality arts and handcrafted gifts such as glassware, jewellery, needlework, paintings, confectionary, pottery, toys and much more. Sit back and relax in the cosy restaurant area with a wide variety of excellent baked foods and confections.

A jumping castle, painting table and colouring facility will keep the little ones occupied. The market takes place from 24 November until 3 December.

Location: Dutch Reformed Central Church in Stellenbosch
Dates & Times: 24 November – 3 December 2011 (closed Sun 27 November). Open daily from 9am-8pm and Saturdays from 9am-3pm.
Cost:  None
More info: For further details contact 021 883 3850 or visit www.familiekerk.com.

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Nitida Christmas Market

25 + 26 November 2011.  Durbanville
Every year, Nitida in Durbanville hosts a special Christmas Night Market. Always a lovely venue, though I’ve not yet been to the night market. This year’s event takes place on Friday the 25th of November 2010 – from 5pm to 9.30pm. There will be a number of stalls selling all kinds of Christmas and foodie goodies, and some Christmas carols to get you in the festive spirit (carols start at 6.30pm).

Location: Nitida Estate, Tygerbergvalley Road, Durbanville.
Dates & Times: 25 November (5pm-9.30pm) + 26 November (8am-12.30pm)
Cost:  None
More info: For further details contact Getha on 083 651 0699.

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Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market – Christmas Night Market

2-3 December 2011.  Stellenbosch
Christmas Night Market on Friday 2 and Saturday 3rd December 2011.

“Slowfood enthusiasts will find their favourite small producers, wine merchants, micro-breweries and various cuisines on offer for the whole family to enjoy.

A hand-picked selection of authentic handmade quality items will fill a boutique of authentic antiques, high end fashion, accessories, crafts and design.

Bring a picnic blanket and come laze under the stars whilst the children enjoy ample space to run and play whilst you enjoy the light sounds of Christmas music. For the theatre lovers come Friday evening to enjoy the free line up of music at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre showcasing Sima, Men of Praise, Ivan Siegelaar, Ousus, Shannon Hope and Elzahn Ringquest. “

Location:  Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch
Dates & Times: 2-3 December 2011. Friday 5-10pm, Saturday 9am-2pm.
Cost:  Free entry.
More info:  Karin Vermeulen – admin@slowmarket.co.za – 021 886 8514

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Sea Point Gift Market

29 November – 10 December 2011.  Sea Point, Cape Town

Cape Gift MarketI haven’t yet been to this market, so am not sure exactly what’s available, but here’s what organisers say:

There is something for everyone at this trendy and lively market and what makes this market extra special is that it is set in the heart of Sea Point next to the library against the background of one of the most well known beach areas and Cape Town Stadium and makes for a very pleasant stroll through the aisles of exhibition stalls arrayed with beautiful, unique and interesting products.

Our exhibitors produce merchandise of high quality and are an invaluable source for clothing, arts and crafts, food products, unique designs of hand crafted jewellery and other items to the visitors, including the latest crafting trends and fashion clothing, just to mention a few.”

Location:  Sea Point Town Hall, corner of Main Road and Three Anchor Bay Road, Sea Point.
Dates & Times: 29 November 2011 through 10 December 2011, 10am to 8.30pm – excluding Sundays. Final day, 10 December 2011, closes at 7pm.
Cost:  Free entry.
More info:  website

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Fringe Handmade Goods Market

3 December 2011.  Harrington Square, Cape Town

Fringe MarketSaturday 3 December 2011 sees the launch of a new handmade goods market for Cape Town – The Fringe Handmade Market.

Visitors can expect a creative vibe while shopping for locally-made festive season gifts, from unusual stocking fillers to collector’s pieces that will last a lifetime. The original, hand-made products on offer include craft, pottery, fashion, jewellery, décor, accessories and more.

The Fringe Handmade market will be a friendly affair and welcomes kids and pets. The market will feature a kids’ zone, where youngsters will be able to enjoy story-telling workshops and arts and craft sessions while parents shop.

Location:  The Fringe – Cape Town’s Design and Innovation District
Harrington Square (Corner of Harrington and Caledon Streets). (parking off Canterbury Street or Grand Parade)
Dates & Times: Saturday 3 December 2011 – 10am to 6pm
Cost:  Free entry.
More info:  www.facebook.com/FringeDistrict

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Old Wynberg Village Christmas Market

3 December 2011.  Wynberg Village, Cape Town

Wynberg Village Market
Small informal village market to be held on the village green in Wynberg Village (Wolfe Street). Fresh vegetables, olive oil, gifts, cakes, coffee and more.

Location:  Wynberg Village, cnr Wolfe Street/Durban Road
Dates & Times: 3 December 2011. 9am to 1pm.
Cost:  Free entry.

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French Christmas Market

3 December 2011.  Gardens, Cape Town

The French Community is throwing its very first French Christmas Market, with more than 20 French speaking entrepreneurs living in Cape Town.

Location:  French School. 101 Hope Street, Gardens.
Dates & Times: 3 December 2011. 9.30am-2.30pm
Cost:  Free entry.
More info:  Caroline Sai – O76 275 9402

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Missibaba Christmas Market

9-10 December 2011.  Woodstock, Cape Town

Missibaba in Woodstock is hosting a Christmas Market in collaboration with an array of fabulous local fashion, jewellery and lifestyle brands including, amongst others, Moonbasket, Skinny laMinx and Fabric.

To tempt you further: there will a Bombay Sapphire cocktail bar, ice cream by The Creamery and delicious dim sum by Yang!

Location:  Missibaba Workshop, Unit 3, Selwyn Studios, The Palms, 145 Sir Lowry Rd, Woodstock
Dates & Times: Friday 9th December 5pm-9pm / Saturday 10th December 10am-3pm
Cost:  Free entry.  Bring cash (no credit card facilities)
More info:  http://www.facebook.com/events/228040923933647/

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Fab Ideas Christmas Market

9-11 December 2011.  Noordhoek, Cape Town

Fab iDeas Gift FairThis one sounds quite fun – a market at the Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek. “With Fresh and Funky Gifts available, Fab Ideas is dedicated to providing innovative products! Avoid the manic mall rush this year and kick off your festive season shopping spree at the Fab Ideas Christmas Gift Fair at the Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek. ”

The Monkey Valley Resort has been chosen for the occasion allowing shoppers to experience a beautiful atmosphere whilst shopping. Being the first of its kind in the Deep South Fab Ideas has created a real lifestyle market ranging from home and garden accessories to fabulous clothing, jewellery, deli items.

Location:  Monkey Valley Resort, Noordhoek.
Dates & Times: 9-11 December 2011. 9am-7pm daily.
Cost:  R20 – proceeds go to Bobs for Hope Foundation
More info:  Julie Mitchell – julie@fabideas.co.za – www.fabideas.co.za

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French Christmas Market

3 December 2011.  Gardens, Cape Town

The French Community is throwing its very first French Christmas Market, with more than 20 French speaking entrepreneurs living in Cape Town.

Location:  French School. 101 Hope Street, Gardens.
Dates & Times: 3 December 2011. 9.30am-2.30pm
Cost:  Free entry.
More info:  Caroline Sai – O76 275 9402

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Edgemead Christmas Market

9-22 December 2011 Edgemead Community Hall, Edgemead Drive, Edgemead.

Edgemead Christmas Market Each year information is sent to more than one thousand crafters throughout the Western Cape. A selection process takes place and two hundred of the “Cape’s Finest Crafters” are selected to take part in the Edgemead Christmas Market.

You will find everything here that your heart desires from delicious foodstuffs, jewellery, handcrafted leather and wrought iron, to glassware, mosaics, teddy bears and lots more! This market only happens once a year – don’t miss it!

Credit and debit card facilities are available at all pay points.

When: Friday 9th – Thursday 22nd Dec 2011. Open every day 10am – 8pm, including Sundays.
Where: Community Hall in Edgemead Drive, off Bosmansdam Road, Edgemead (GPS Coordinates: 33°52’48” S, 18°32’32” E). Directions here.
Cost of entry: free
Contact details: Janet Hammer (Admin Manager) / edgemeadmarket@gmail.com /084 882 7546

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Ariston Garden Christmas Market

10 December 2011 Claremont, Cape Town

A different kind of Christmas market – this one at Ariston Organic Garden in Claremont.  A variety of organic garden goodies for sale, including plants, compost and potting soil, red wrigglers (for your worm farm), lavender products. Also, organic veggies, sprouts, wheatgrass, sunflower greens and more.

The garden is located next to the Stanhope Bridge – a ‘green lung’ in the heart of Claremont. Worth a visit, to see what’s going on at this little urban farm.

When: Saturday 10 December 2011. 10.30am-5pm
Where: Ariston Organic Garden, Corner of Dunluce and Malone Avenues, Claremont Map & Directions here.
Cost of entry: free
Contact details: Brigid Jackson / Website

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Pure Boland Christmas Market

14 December 2011Brandwacht, Worcester

The Pure Boland Farmers Market is held every first Saturday at the Green Shed in Brandwacht, Worcester. In addition, every year they hold Christmas Night Market featuring regular exhibitors as well as many extra food, craft and gift stalls.

When: Wednesday 14 December 2011. 6pm-11pm.
Where: Green Shed, Brandwacht, Worcester. Coordinates: 33 35′ 58.81″ S / 19 25′ 36.36″ E Map & Directions here.
Cost of entry: free (steak dinner costs R125 – booking required)
Contact details: Tharina Jonker / tharina@realevents.co.za / Website

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Designer-Maker Christmas Market

14-16 December 2011.  71 Waterkant St, Cape Town.

Designer Maker Christmas FairAn artisan market for festive season gifts, along with a Carols by Candlelight event at the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC), Cape Town’s oldest operating church.

Designer exhibitors, which include Heartworks, Heath Nash and Clementina van der Walt were all hand-picked by Lauren Shantall, Head of the Freeworld Design Centre, and formerly curator and manager of the Design Indaba Expo.

In addition to the exquisite handmade goodies on offer, there will be a host of food offerings  and Jacques Erasmus’ Hemelhuijs café will be open for the duration of the market.

Location:  Freeworld Design Centre , 71 Waterkant St.
Dates & Times: Wednesday 14 December 3.30pm until late, to coincide with Carols by Candelight at the ELC / Thursday 15 and Friday 16 December 10.30am until late (16TH is a public holiday).
Cost:  Free entry.
More info:  Contact Lauren Shantall 072 615 1560

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Earth Fair Christmas Market

16 December 2011.  South Palms Centre, Tokai, Cape Town.

The Earth Fair Market organisers are in the process of selecting a range of top quality handmade goods and beautiful Christmas gifting items. The range will include, textiles, frames, jewellery, body pamper products, lights, Christmas cakes and decorations, handmade bags etc etc.

In between shopping, you can try something from their delicious selection of crepes, sushi, paella, wraps etc, and wash them down with real beer and organic wines.   The kids corner will be ready to keep the little people entertained so bring them along and do your shopping at leisure.

Location:  Earth Fair Market, South Palms, Tokai (near Builders Warehouse)
Dates & Times: Friday 16 December (public holiday) 3pm-9pm.
Cost:  Free entry.
More info:  www.earthfairmarket.co.za

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Kloovenburg Christmas Market

17 December 2011.  Kloovenburg Estate, Riebeeck Kasteel.

It’s a showcase of the finest produce from the Riebeek Valley and surrounding areas and allows locals and visitors to this region the opportunity to taste, sample and buy all these wonderful products in one convenient location.

The Kloovenburg Christmas Market Day is the perfect opportunity to stock up on produce and ideas for your Christmas Table as well as allowing you to buy the most delicious stocking fillers and presents for friends and family.

Location:  Kloovenburg Estate, Riebeeck Kasteel. On the left as you arrive over the Bothmanskloof Pass (R46) from the Malmesbury side of things.
Dates & Times: Saturday 17 December.
9.30am – 3pm.
Cost:  Free entry.
More info:  Contact Kloovenburg Wine & Olive Estate on (022) 448 1635; email info@kloovenburg.com; or visit www.kloovenburg.com

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Blaauwklippen Christmas Market

18-20 December 2011.  Blaauwklippen Estate, Stellenbosch.

The Blaauwklippen Family Market, held on a weekly Sunday basis, will be hosting a special Christmas market this year.

Inside the carriage museum people can find a variety of fresh produce, biltong, cheese, breads, preserves and much more. Plus, there is also an interesting selection of “lifestyle” or non-food related products such as art, crafts, jewelry, clothing and plant varieties.

On the refreshment front, the Wine Centre at Blaauwklippen is open for wine tasting and there are special offers on wine on market days. Plus, the market sells ONLY craft beers (no commercial beers available) as well as cocktails.

Location:  Blaauwklippen Estate, Stellenbosch.
Dates & Times: Sunday 18th December 10am-3pm, Monday 19th & Tuesday 20th December 4pm-9pm.
Cost:  Free entry.
More info:  Visit the market’s Facebook Page, or contact Hugo on via email familyfoodmarket.mola@gmail.com

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