Christmas comes early in Johannesburg, mainly because the schools finish for their main summer holiday at the start of December and soon after everyone flees. My first year here I found it lonely and sad with the lack of Christmas Festivities. My favourite home comforts (Christmas Songs on the radio, Christmas parties, Christmas Specials on TV) weren’t here. Now I actually find it quite refreshing, and low key, with the celebration being about holidays and family time rather than the whole commercial take that there is in the UK and US.
What I have come to love about Christmas Shopping here, is the ability to buy your presents from local small businesses, through the wealth of Christmas Markets that take place across Joburg. Some are better than others, but here is our list of whats on when over the next few months!
By Word of Mouth Festive Market - Sunday 8th and Monday 9th October
Hosted at The Polo Room at the Inanda Club. Word of Mouth host fantastic workshops sharing, decor looks, edible gifts and weaths, along with christmas food ideas.
Sanlan Handmade Contemporary Fair - 13th - 15th October
If you only get to one Christmas Market, make sure its this one! They alway curate the best of South African design (plus food and drink is amazing!)
Glenshiel Christmas Market - Westcliff 27th - 29th October
Catch the tail end of the Jacaranda's in this spectacular property. This annual fundraiser for St Johns Ambulance service hosts a high end carefully curated market and tea garden.
Bryanston Organic Christmas Night Markets - Every Tuesday from 21st November
Disc Craft Fair - 22nd November The Pavilion Dainfern Golf Club
Parkhurst Late Night Christmas Shopping - Thursday 23rd and 30th November
Parkview Christmas Market 24th - 26th November
Community Market, with carols sang by the local primary and high schools. Lovely outing for the whole family.
Boutique Christmas Market - Hyde Park - 25th- 26th November
Melrose Arch Christmas Market - Thursday 25th - Friday 26th November - TBC
44 Stanley Christmas Market - 1st December - Date TBC
Monte Casino - Christmas Village - 1st December - 3rd December
(+ outdoor screen showing family christmas movies) TBC
Kamers - 5th - 10th December Pretoria.
From fashion to food… skincare to ceramics… jewellery, lifestyle, music and more – at Southdowns College, a trendy venue that perfectly reflects this uniquely South African event.
The Sheds 1Fox St Christmas Night Market - 2nd December
Linden Market - 2nd December.
Linden market is a local boutique market, they have managed to source some of the best products out there. Set in Emmarentia Dam, its a beautiful setting with kids play area, and great food and drink venders there is something for everyone.
Fourways Christmas Day and Night Market - 9th /10thDec & 16th/ 17th Dec date TBC
The Neighbourgoods Market - Saturday Morning & 1st Thursday of the month