Gift shopping doesn’t always have to be a tedious task. With the abundance of Christmas markets in Cape Town, gift shopping can turn into a fun day out with the family or a relaxing day strolling in the park.

Before heading to the malls this festive season, be sure to check out one (or all) of these Christmas markets, and support local!

1. The Gift Fair

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Not only will The Gift Fair bring you 100 of the city’s top entrepreneurs, but will aslo offer arts & crafts, accessories, tech, kids products, food, and clothing. The fair will also bring you live entertainment, trendy bars, and the best coffee.

If you need another reason to attend, then the social responsibility programme should draw you in. You can drop off a new or pre-loved toy and it will be donated to a children’s home on your behalf.

Date: Nov 29 – 30 (Friday 12pm to 7pm/Saturday 10am to 6pm)

Location: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Entry: Free

2. Made in the Cape

Known as one of Cape Town’s best Christmas markets, the Made in the Cape Artisan Market brings you one-of-a-kind gift ideas. Exclusive products made by the best artisans with this market in mind means that your gifts will be unmatchable this year.

Date: Nov 30 – Dec 14 (Monday to Saturday from 9am to 7pm/Sunday 1from 0am to 5pm)

Location: Cavendish Square, Dreyer Street, Claremont, Cape Town

Entry: Free

3. Pinelands Craft and Gift Fair

The friendly atmosphere, 160 crafters and wide variety of gifts makes the Pinelands Craft & Gift Fair one that is not to be missed! A shopping experience that’s fun for the whole family.

Date: December 2 – 22 (Monday – Friday, 9am to 7pm/Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 5pm)

Location: Pinelands High School, Forest Drive Service Rd, Pinelands, Cape Town, 7405

Entry: Free

4. Simply South Gift and Craft Fair

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The annual Simply South Gift and Craft Fair brings you around 250 local crafters to make your Christmas shopping experience a breeze.

Date: December 2 – 22 (9.30am to 5pm weekdays/9am to 4pm weekends)

Location: Westcott Primary School in Myburgh Road, Diep River.

Entry: Free

5. Edgemead Christmas Market

The highly anticipated Edgemead Christmas Market provides a platform for crafters from all over the Western Cape. This indoor Christmas market hosts more than 250 crafters every year. You’re sure to find the perfect gift!

Date: December 5 – 22 (10am to 8pm every day)

Location: Edgemead Community Hall

Entry: Free

6. Fab Ideas Christmas Gift Fair

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The 9th annual Fab Ideas Christmas Fair will host a wide variety of small businesses, crafters and artists. It is a lovely market to round up some unique gifts for your loved ones, and a great way to have a fun day out while getting your gift shopping done.

On offer will be clothing, organic beauty products, crafts, accessories, tasty treats and more!

The fair will also have live entertainment and activities for all.

Date: Dec 6 – 16 (Sun to Thurs, 9am to 5pm/Fri 9am to 6pm/Sat 9am to 5pm)

Location: Kommetjie Primary School, corner Kommetjie and Kirsten Avenue, Kommetjie

Entry: Free

7. Rondebosch Twilight Market

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Offering everything from coffee to crafts, skin products, sweet treats and clothing, the Rondebosch Craft Market is sure to be a successful shopping experience. Enjoy the relaxed outdoor market while walking your dog, and get several tasks done at once.

Date: December 18 (3pm to 8pm)

Location: Rondebosch Park

Image: Facebook/Cape Markets 

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