Christmas markets in Cape Town 2011

Have a look at our current guide to Christmas markets in Cape Town.


Christmas shopping in Cape Town doesn’t have to be a nightmare on Elm or any other street for that matter. Whether its afterhours evening/night shopping or a leisurely day of browsing for Christmas gifts in the Cape Winelands, below you’ll find a treasure trove of Christmas markets. It won’t be hard to find the perfect gift idea in Cape Town this year.

Walk Cape Town Christmas Market - 14 to 16 December 2011
The first Christmas market along the Fan Walk will feature designer exhibitors and designer goodies including food from Jaques Erasmus' Helmelhuijs Cafe. Visit the historic Evangelical Lutheran Church from 10:30 (15:30 on the 14th) followed by carols and candlelight at 20:00. Market guests are invited to donate a kiddies Christmas gift to the church orphanage.

The Courtyard at the Cape Waters Building | 71 Waterkant Street

Stellenbosch Christmas Market - 25 November to 3 December 2011 

this ever-popular craft market, now twelve years old, promises to make Christmas shopping an absolute treat with a variety of goods on sale at 180 stalls. Free Entry. Open on weekdays between 09:00 - 15:00 and 09:30 - 20:30 on Saturdays.

Dutch Reformed Central Church | Stellenbosch

Adventsbasaar of the St. Martini Church - 26 November 2011
Open from 10:00 and a great place to find great German handmade Christmas ornaments, advents, wreaths, beer, bratwurst and fun for the kids. 

240 Long Street | Cape Town

Christmas Candlelight Market - 2  & 3 December 2011
Open between 17:00 – 22:00 on Friday and 09:00 - 14:00 on Saturday, the Stellenbosch Fresh Goods Market presents a true vintage Christmas market! Real Elgin Christmas Trees, decorations & gifts, wreaths, topiaries, german bratwurst, christmas cakes & puddings, mince pies, stuffing, gammon, gluhwein, roasted nuts, boutique wineries, micro-breweries and all foods festive season orientated.  Also artisanal cheese-making & preserving workshops, champagne & food pairings, The Braai Masters of the Cape book launch and the art of making delectable summer ice cream. For the children there will be a lights in a huge pine christmas tree, sand art, face-painting, balloons, eagles, owls and falconry. 

Oude Libertas Amphitheatre | cnr Adam Tas & Oude Libertas Roads | Stellenbosch

Durbanville Night Market - 2 & 16 December 2011
Open between 17:00 – 22:00, each market will have its own specific theme.  Big oak trees filled with festive lights, beautiful gardens, live music, live entertainment, a beer garden, jumping castle and crafts of the highest standard.
Rust-en-Vrede Heritage Site| Wellington Road | Durbanville

St Luke's Hospice Annual Market - 4 December 2011
Open from 16:00, there are toys, delicatessen goodies, plants and something for those with a sweet tooth. St Luke’s Hospice book and clothing shops will also be open. Enjoy an early supper from the many delicious food stalls and picnic on the lawn. The annual lighting of the Tree of Remembrance Ceremony starts at 19:00 with the Caledonian Pipe Band. The Apostolic Adult Choir will be singing everybody’s favourite carols, and there will be facepainting and special surprises for the children. Entrance is free but a donation for candles and programme is appreciated. You can also sponsor a bulb in the tree for R60.

92 Harfield Road | Kenilworth

Simply South Market - 27 November to Sat 3 December 2011
Open Monday - Friday between 10:00 and 20:00 and Saturday 10:00 - 17:00. An end of year Christmas Gift fair in the southern suburbs offering up a range of goodies to help you find the perfect christmas gift(s).

Brenda Road | Plumstead |

Laborie Night Market - 9 December 2011
Open between 17:00 and 21:00, celebrate the festive season at with an unforgettable evening of Carols by Candlelight and a night market. Situated in the heart of Paarl, with the Paarl Mountain as its backdrop and surrounded by the majestic Drakenstein Mountains, Laborie Wine Farm invites everyone to enjoy an unforgettable evening.  Entrance fee is R50p/p and R20p/c over 12.  Booking for the Carols is essential and picnic baskets can be pre ordered.  

Taillerfer Street | Paarl

Oaks Xmas Lights Festival - 9 to 31 December 2011
Open between 18:00 and 23:00, the whole family can enjoy an evening out viewing the Christmas lights, as well as browsing around the market to buy the last minute Xmas gifts and tempt the taste buds with loads of food stalls.

144 Main Road | Somerset West

Kirstenbosch Craft Market - 11 & 18 December 2011
Open between 09:00 and 15:00, this popular craft market has a wide variety of original arts and crafts and activities to entertain the little ones while you do some Christmas shopping.  An ideal place for that special Xmas present, this genuine CRAFT market offers hand crafted products, delicious food, pony rides, credit and debit card facilities, loads of free parking and much more. Don’t forget it’s the Parlotones concert on the 11th so how about shopping and a show?

Stone cottage grounds | corner Kirstenbosch & Rhodes Drive | Newlands 

Earth Fair Market - 16 December 2011
Open between 09:00 and 14:00, Earth Fair’s Christmas Market promises to be a relaxed shopping experience where you can find some really unique handmade items – from funky t-shirts to gorgeous jewellery, from Belgium chocolate gift packs to Christmas decorations, and much more. Put your Christmas wish on Earth Fair’s wishing tree and here’s to hoping that they all come true!

South Palms Centre | Main Road | Tokai

Adderley Street Night Market - 17 to 30 December 2011
Open between 18:00 and 24:00, this is the perfect place to shop, eat, party or simply spend some quality time with those you love.  More than 180 stalls which sell local crafts, food, gifts, jewellery, clothes, home and garden accessories, and local vocal talent.  Children will be entertained in a Kiddies Corner, or by the wandering face painters, balloon benders, magicians and trapeze artists. There will also be the Darling Street Interactive Zone which promises to be a huge matric celebration, film screening, live performances and a hip hop competition.

Adderley Street | Cape Town

Celebrate Xmas Fair - 3 December 2011
Open between 12:00 and 17:00, The Novalis Ubuntu Centre will be hosting an Xmas market, where there will be an opportunity to buy all sorts of gifts and goodies directly from crafters.  There will also be refreshments, entertainment and lots more. Come and join in the fun. Entry free and car guards on duty. 

Novalis Ubuntu Institute | 39 Rosmead Avenue | Wynberg

Porter Estate Produce Market - 24 December 2011 
Open between 09:00 and 13:00, this special Christmas-themed market will include treasure hunts for toddlers, busking musicians to keep visitors entertained, and much, much more. 

Crysalis Academy | Stone Church | Orpen Road | Tokai

French Christmas Market - 2 to 3 December 2011
Expect lots of baguettes! The local Frenchmen (and Frenchwoman) are throwing a Christmas market with over 20 French speaking entrepreneurs.

French School | 101 Hope Street | Gardens

Fab Ideas Christmas Market 9 - 11 December 2011
Situated in the beautiful forest-cum-beach Monkey Valley Resort in Noordhoek this market is a real lifestyle market with goods ranging from ranging from home and garden accessories to fabulous clothing, jewellery, deli items.

Edgemead Christmas Market - 9 to 22 December 2011
Open between 10:00 - 08:00 (Sundays included) this market covers almost all things ‘gifty’ with over two hundred stalls. There will bedelicious foodstuffs, jewellery, handcrafted leather and wrought iron, to glassware, mosaics, teddy bears and lots more. Across the road from Edgemead is Bothasig, a suburb which boasts legendary Christmas light decorations.

Community Hall Edgemead | Bosmansdam Road | Edgemead

Pure Boland Christmas Market - 14 December 2011
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. There is also the option of a steak dinner at R125p/p – booking is essential.

Green Shed | Brandwacht | Worcestor

Kloovenburg Christmas Market - 17 December 2011
This market acts as platform to boast the Riebeek Valley’s (Aka Shiraz Valley) finest produce. Nestled under tree tops the market is convenient, fun and perfect for the whole family. The market is open from 09:30 - 15:00.

Kloovenburg Estate | Bothmaskloof Pass | Riebeek Kasteel

Blaauklippen Christmas Market - 18 to 20 December 2011
The Blaauklippen 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, jewellery, clothing and plant varieties. On Sunday the market is open from 10:00 – 15:00, and from 16:00 – 21:00 on Monday and Tuesday.

Blaauklippen Wine Estate | Stellenbosch

Cape Town's Biggest Christmas Fair
A ‘one stop shoppers paradise’ offering good quality products for Christmas shopping at affordable prices. The spirit is supported by our ‘Make A Difference’ campaign where eight lucky customers daily stand a chance to win R5000 cash. The event is the coming together of more than 200 different talents, crafts, products and tastes of Cape Town – all under one roof. The market runs from the 16 - 23 December between 10:00am - 10:00pm.

Good Hope Centre | Sir Lowry Road | Cape Town


For more markets in Cape Town and surrounds be sure to read our overviews of top markets in the city centre, top markets in the northern suburbs, top markets in the southern suburbs and top markets in the Cape winelands. Read our overviews of 10 top speciality markets and 10 top markets in Cape Town and surrounds. 

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