I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe it’s already December! That means, gearing up for the holidays, putting the Christmas tree up, sorting out presents for everyone, and so on and so on!
There are a number of markets in and around Gauteng that is hosting a special Christmas-themed market, as per tradition. I went to 3 of them and here is what I experienced.
The Big Red Barn, Irene
This is a huge, open-air market, who is hosting a special Christmas market, together with the Irene Market. There are plenty of stalls that sell loads of different things – food, homemade ginger beer and cordials, homemade rusks and biscuits, homemade Christmas cakes, handmade toys, clothes, jewellery, things for the home and garden, and other arts and crafts. There is also a beautiful rose garden (coming from Ludwig’s Rose Garden), on display and to buy. There is also a couple of restaurants selling breakfasts and light lunches. It is not a far from Pretoria and the short drive there is well worth it!
Hazel Food Market, Pretoria
Hazel Food Market started many years ago in Hazelwood (thus the name), but a few years ago became too big for the space it occupied, therefore it moved to Menlo Park. This market is on every Saturday and getting closer to Christmas, also sell gifts and speciality dishes for Christmas. It is mainly a food market, but there are a number of stalls selling arts and crafts as well. Whether you are looking to buy freshly baked bread, free range lamb, free range eggs, cupcakes, Mediterranean delicacies, or just want to get together with friends after an early morning walk / jog, then Hazel Food Market is the place to catch up, have something to drink and/ or eat, and do a bit of shopping. All under the blue skies!
Nickel Christmas Market
The Paul Jungnickel House, together with the Kungwini Welfare Organization, takes care of children and adults with disabilities. This is one of my favourite markets this time of year. Not only do they mainly sell homemade things (either made by the people living there or from people outside), but money spent goes back into the home. There is a lovely tea garden selling breakfasts, lunches, sweets, and so forth, as well as a new beer garden. On Sundays they serve a lovely 3-course lunch that only costs R110! All proceeds go directly back into the home.
This is a wonderful market, and when you leave there, you leave with a sense of happiness, gratitude and peace, because you know that you have spent your money not just on Christmas goodies, but it also went for a good cause!
Christmas-time is a time of giving…and what better gift to give someone than something that was handmade? Whether you yourself made it, or you bought it at a market, local is lekker! And buying things from a market where every extra cent goes to charity and supporting the good work done, even better!
Happy shopping everybody!
By: Ezette Viljoen (Health & Fitness Editor)