A Stellenbosch Market has been added to a list of the 50 best Christmas Markets in the world, voted in by over 1.5 million people.
Stellenbosch, South Africa – The bells are starting to jingle as the Christmas spirit kicks in, stores are overflowing with decorations and we are pretty sure we heard our first carol the other day.
While South Africa doesn’t get your typical Hallmark Christmas, because we are in the middle of summer, the spirit is all the same!
One thing that has always been missed though is Christmas markets, most places will have a small one leading up to the festive season but never on the scale of those in Germany or other Christmassy countries.
Little did we know that South Africa actually has a Christmas Market that competes with the best in the world! The Stellenbosch Slow Market hosts an annual festive market and it has landed 5th on a list of the 50 best Christmas markets around the world.
Big 7 Travel has released its official list of, the top 50 finalists today. With the festive season approaching, travellers across the world are finalising plans for winter breaks.
This year’s top Christmas Markets were ranked on a number of factors, including but not limited to vendor variety, entertainment, local traditions, reader suggestions from our 1.5 million social audience and previous awards.
“This fantastic local market celebrates artisan crafts and food all year round, but their annual Christmas fest is a must-visit. There are all sorts of goodies to browse, such as Gingerbread houses, artisan home décor, 100% raw organic chocolate, Biltong, and German Christmas biscuits.
As well as plenty of gift inspiration, you can chow down on all the trimmings, with Christmas cakes and puddings, toffee apples for the kids, Christmas trifle and mulled wine for the adults.
2019 Dates: 6th (night) – 7th December (day)”
Not only was the Stellenbosch Slow Market added but the Franschoek Village Christmas Market was also chosen. It appears 39th of the list.
“Stop by here for one of the best Christmas markets in the world, where you can enjoy delicious food, wine, and a festive vibe while you shop for artisanal gifts. Locals and hundreds of holidaymakers spend a day under the historic oak trees located in the old church gardens. Join in to enjoy affordable artisan foods paired with the best wines from the Franschhoek region.
With over 100 hand-picked traders you can expect unique arts and crafts, vintage clothing, antiques and a remarkable variety of delicatessen, fresh produce, craft beer, coffee brewers amongst many other treats.
2019 Dates: 21st December – 23rd December”
If you are planning a trip anywhere in the world, you can check if there is an awesome market for you to visit here.