A white Christmas in Cape Town may be more sun-bleached sands and brilliant froth-topped surf than traditional wintry landscapes, but the city’s Christmas markets certainly hold their own against the mulled-wine scented stalls of the northern hemisphere. Stay at The Twelve Apostles to explore the vibrant metropolis’ pop-up festive craft fairs and outdoor fêtes. Shop the cream of Cape Town’s burgeoning artisan scene for one-of-a-kind gifts and gorgeous souvenirs. Here’s our pick of the best Christmas markets in Cape Town.
Blue Bird Garage Christmas Market
Whether it’s a boozy coffee, a handful of hot, roasted almonds or a generous wedge of spiced fruit cake, the food stalls at the Blue Bird Garage Christmas Market offer more than ample to satisfy those with an appetite for festive cheer. Little ones will enjoy clambering through the ingenious onsite play area of this family-friendly site. Shop for unique stocking fillers – including vintage books and records, locally crafted jewellery and bohemian homeware – to the soundtrack of live local bands and musicians.
2nd – 7th December 2018
Blue Bird Garage, Muizenberg
Edgemead Christmas Market
Meet 250 of the Cape’s most talented crafters and find something special to wrap up for loved ones at Edgemead Christmas Market. From handmade festive chutneys, chocolate-coated nuts and candied fruit to hand-crafted leather bags, unique clothes in natural fabrics and fine jewellery, there’s plenty here to tick off wish lists.
7th – 22nd December 2018
Edgemead Community Hall
Blaauwklippen Twilight Christmas Market
One of Stellenbosch’s most esteemed wine estates, Blaauwklippen’s Twilight Christmas Market bristles with festive activities, live bands, Christmas carols and funfair rides. Sample the estate’s impressive portfolio of wines and chew on freshly sliced biltong (spiced, cured meat), designed to be paired with certain grapes. With ponies to ride, friendly goats to pet and alpacas to meet, there’s plenty of entertainment for children, too. Need something a little more substantial than biltong? Greek kebabs, German Flammkuchen and Chinese dumplings are all served fresh up until 9pm.
17th – 22nd December 2018
Blaauwklippen Vineyards, Stellenbosch
Lourensford Christmas Market
Twinkling lights strung above bustling al-fresco dining areas set a sparkling scene for the Lourensford Christmas Market. Trade the city for stunning surrounds at the historic Lourensford Wine Estate, nudged up against Helderberg Mountain with exquisite views of its soaring craggy peaks. While the market bristles with ample stalls selling locally crafted gifts, regional preserves, and, of course, wine, the star of the show here is Lourensford’s award-winning gardens, complete with the enchanting Fairy Light Lane.
30th November – 2nd December 2018
Lourensford Wine Estate
Fab Ideas Christmas Gift Fair
Leave plenty of space in your luggage to accommodate spoils from the Fab Ideas Christmas Gift Fair. Charming festive candies and gingerbread baking kits rub shoulders with local sculptures, homewares, candles and preserves, making this one of Cape Town’s best-stocked Christmas markets. Of course, it’s not all about shopping here. There’s a jumping castle and an engaging activity course for children, with excellent food stalls offering something for everyone, from carnivores to vegans.
14th – 17th December 2018
Kommetjie Community Hall
Enjoy exploring Cape Town’s excellent Christmas markets during your stay at The Twelve Apostles.
Image credits: lead image © Edgemead Christmas Market. Ceramics © Blue Bird Garage. Antiques © Edgemead Christmas Market. Blaauwklippen Family Market © Blaauwklippen Family Market.