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Wednesday, December 16, 2015


(Thembeka Khathi (8) & Rachel Hermelin (6) examine one of the books on sale. Pic by Roshini Naidoo)

Durban’s Essenwood Saturday morning arts, craft and brunch market offers a festive themed Christmas market on December 19 showcasing gift, decor, fashion and stocking-filler ideas .... and activities to keep the little ones entertained.

It’s that time of the year again when gifts and jolliness is a must. “This year we are wanting to focus on the spirit of Christmas, which is the aspect of giving,” says the market’s Jeanette Brown.

For the Christmas market, little ones can get to meet Father Christmas, and expect a visit from Elsa from the movie Frozen. There will also be free pony rides, a kiddies’ craft corner, carnival games and a photographer around to capture those precious moments. The market is perfect for children, with its wide open spaces to run around in and a specialized children’s area offering slides, swings, a jungle gym and a roundabout.

Established in 1993, the market is filled with stalls that have great goods on offer that are locally sourced, designed or crafted and can’t be found in conventional stores. There are many affordable gifts for sale such as books; music; jewellery; decor items; clothing; accessories; plants; fresh flowers; health and beauty products; edible treats; original artwork; crafted goods and children’s wear and accessories.

In-between the shopping and browsing, enjoy an alfresco Saturday brunch under the trees by selecting a meal from one of the many food and beverage stalls while festive background music accompanies you.

To honour the spirit of the season; interspersed among the traders, are charity stalls to raise funds and create awareness for a myriad charities, causes and NGOs – many of them animal-centred charities.

Beautifully situated amongst the shady trees of Essenwood Park, the Essenwood Market operates every Saturday from 09h00 to 14h00. It is pram and wheelchair friendly throughout and well-behaved pets on a leash are welcome.  Visitors parking is available in Essenwood, St Thomas, Berea Park and Sydenham Roads with car guards on site.

For more information contact 031 208 1264; 082 460 0625 or 082 558 6611 or email