Countdown to PE’s biggest Christmas market begins

2015-11-11 06:00
More than 180 exhibitors are gearing up for this year’s Christmas in the Home.                                     Photo: SUPPLIED

More than 180 exhibitors are gearing up for this year’s Christmas in the Home. Photo: SUPPLIED

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WITH less than a month to go, the countdown to Port Elizabeth’s biggest annual Christmas market has begun.

More than 180 exhibitors are gearing up for Christmas in the Home, which is expected to draw around 15 000 visitors over four days from November 26.

The seasonal gift and craft fair will once again turn the exhibition level of The Boardwalk Hotel into a veritable Santa’s workshop filled with present ideas ranging from speciality foods and deli treats to home décor, toys, boutique-style clothing and accessories.

Coordinator Elsje Smuts of Trueblue Communication and Events said her organising team was looking forward to presenting the 14th edition of what has become a PE institution.

“The challenge for us is always to maintain the quality and originality that has become the hallmark of Christmas in the Home,” said Smuts.

“And our stallholders have once again delivered some wonderful treasures that you simply won’t find in a shop. Marketgoers are in for a treat!”

With giving at the heart of the festivities, she said no one exemplified this better than 11-year-old stallholder Rebecca Roche.

The Clarendon Park Primary School pupil and budding author will be selling copies of her book, Pango Finds His True Family, in aid of the Animal Welfare Society.

The beautifully illustrated book, which is aimed at 4 to 12-year-olds, tells the story of a stray puppy who finds a home and happiness. All proceeds from the sale of the book will be given to AWS.

“What Rebecca has done is so special that we decided to sponsor her a stall so that more pets will benefit from her generosity,” said Smuts.

The Ubuntu Education Fund, which assists orphaned and vulnerable children, will be another beneficiary stallholder.

Smuts said Makro had also come on board by contributing recycled shopping bags, which would be available at the entrance at a cost of R10 each, with all monies donated to charity.

“The paypoint this year will be manned by the Lions Club and we will be making a donation to their community work after the event,” she added.

The market will offer extended trading hours of 9am to 8pm from the Thursday to Saturday, and draws to a close at 4pm on the Sunday. Entrance costs R20 per person.

For more information, visit or find Christmas in the Home on Facebook. Alternatively, phone Elsje on 082 873 7663 or email

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