Christmas comes but once a year and to wring the most out of the Yuletide season, we suggest you rock your jolly socks off at one, or all, of the Natal Midlands Christmas markets. You’ll get to browse and buy unique gifts, sample delectable food, potter around to merry music and revel in a bustling market atmosphere that’ll rev up your festive cheer. Go on, make the most of the season at the Midlands markets!
To help you navigate your way through the stalls and booths, we’ve put together a list of Christmas markets coming up in December in the Midlands (arranged in date order). So pack your canvas totes, grab your goodwill to all mankind and let’s get festive!
The ever-popular Karkloof Farmers’ Market is pulling out all this stops this Christmas with six weeks of Christmas Markets on the cards kicking off this weekend.
According to their Facebook page, the familiar favourites will be on offer: delicious, locally produced home-baked goodies to tempt anyone’s tastebuds, smooth aromatic coffee to keep you company as you wonder around the stalls, crisp, fresh fruit and veg from the local farmers and indigenous plants for those with a green thumb. For Christmas, the market is also showcasing creative crafters and their wares as well as kid-friendly activities to keep the children cheerful while adults enjoy the festive offerings.
Dates: Saturdays on 23 and 30 November; 7, 14, 21 and 28 December
Opening Times: 7am to 11am
There’s lots of horsing around at the Dargle Country Christmas Market. As proudly touted on their Facebook page, this Midlands Christmas market coincides with the final Fieldwork Equitation Event scheduled for 2019 at the Turn and Burn Arena. So this year aside from the yummy food stalls, fresh produce and local crafts on offer, you’ll also get to enjoy some very serious horseplay!
For those of us not au fait with all things equestrian, come a little closer and we will reveal all! A Fieldwork Equitation event is the ultimate test of partnership between a horse and its rider. Events include dressage (horse and rider perform together in a memorised sequence of movements to music - essentially a beautiful artistic dance on horseback!), obstacle courses which challenge horse and rider through a series of obstacles they might face when working out in the field with cattle (wooden bridges, collecting rings, navigating poles and gates and jumping hay bales). There is also a timed event which is the same obstacles, but set to a timer with horse and rider working against the clock - just in case a greater challenge was needed!
Date: Sunday 1 December
Opening Times: 8am to 11:30am
With an atmospheric evening setting, this Midlands market is all set to charm you with its night time Christmas festivities. Tempting food stalls, offering everything from mouthwatering baked goods to delicious fresh fruit and veg, stand beside stalls laden with local hand crafted gifts just begging to be bought and wrapped up ready for Christmas. Their Facebook page also promises a visit from Santa for the pint-sized members of your crew and carols are scheduled for 7pm.
And once the market winds down, don’t think that’s the end of it! You are invited to a bring and braai afterwards to really enjoy the community Christmas spirit.
Date: Friday 6 December
Opening Times: 5pm (with carols at 7pm)
Now, that’s not all of them! Unfortunately there just isn’t enough space to do them all justice. With so many super Christmas markets on the go in the Midlands, you are definitely going to want to make time this December to pop around for a visit.
And don’t forget after you have finished bustling around the market stalls, to head back to Brahman Hills to take a load off - maybe book a spa treatment for those feet (they’ve worked hard) - and then join us for our famous Sunday carvery to round off a weekend chock full of Christmas spirit.