December is in full swing and the lazy Christmas holiday vibes have without a doubt descended upon us all. But this year is so very different to the last, not that we need to tell you that, so why not stick to the trend and shop differently this Christmas as well?

If you are one of the lucky people heading off on a well-deserved Christmas break, and if you are heading to the Lowveld, not only do you get to look forward to some amazing adventures (and if you need ideas have a look at our last blog), you can also hit the area’s top 3 Christmas markets.

I Love Local

The I Love Local market is all about showcasing the best and most passionate small companies and local talents. The market takes place in the middle of town, at the Crossing Shopping Centre, and with about 100 stalls, you can fill up your shopping bags with all of the gifts you could possibly need.

The market is held on a grassy verge, just on the outskirts of the shopping centre, with plenty of space to roam around and enjoy the sights, the sounds and all the goodies on sale. From freshly squeezed fruit juices and delicious smoothies to snacks and homemade produce, jams and preserves, you can literally find it all when you shop at the I Love Local market.

Stand Out Sellers

Unique printed home décor and art, semi-permanent hair dyes, up cycled clothing, steampunk lighting and décor, gemstones, jewellery, face creams, pot plants, pot plant holders, and cushions.

Steiltes Night Market

In Nelspruit, the Steiltes Night Market is one of only two such events and it is home to some of the most amazing venders. Beneath the starry night and bright moon, exhibitors display all sorts of unique wares as well as monthly necessaries! The Christmas version of this market is fun and festive and a wonderful place to spend an evening.

Stand Out Sellers

Clay jewellery, German meats, festive fairy lights in a jar, handmade Christmas décor, beaded jewellery, German pastries, wooden bread boards, handmade soaps, and craft beer!

BFM at Casterbridge

Just outside of Nelspruit, is the village of White River which is home to the popular BFM at Casterbridge. This is one of the markets that set the tone for many markets in the area and while it was originally hosted across the road, it grew so fast that it needed to find a new home.

Casterbridge became the new home to the market and it is well supported each month by the community that is enthusiastic in its support.

The market is one of the few farmers markets that has stayed true to the farmers market feel. You can bring along a basket and fill it with fresh fruits and vegetables, macadamia oils, pickled vegetables, fruit jams, preserves, and freshly baked breads. As for gifts, you can pick up jewellery, flowers, plants and a wide variety of knick knacks.

Stand Out Sellers

Wooden toys and bread boards, handmade face creams and scrubs, handmade clay jewellery, prints, art and all sorts of home décor.