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The weather is glorious at this time of the year in the KZN Midlands. Hot days, flourishing plant and animal life, storms in the afternoon. If you’re visiting or a local looking for things to do this December, this guide is just for you. Six things to do in the KZN Midlands in December 2018. Enjoy.

1. Visit a Christmas market

Support local small businesses and entrepreneurs by buying Christmas gifts and goodies from a KZN Midlands Christmas market. Here are a few happening this December:

Karkloof Farmers Market – Christmas Craft Markets 2018
The Karkloof Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday morning, is our favourite local market. Every year they also host special arts an crafts markets in the run-up to Christmas where local makers, artisans and craftspeople sell their wares. It’s the perfect spot to find locally-made gifts.

When: 8, 15 and 22 December 2018, 7am – 11am.
Where: 2.6km from Howick on the Karkloof Road.
Contact: Kim on 082 851 8649.

– Pietermaritzburg SPCA Christmas Night Market
Celebrate the festive season with Pietermaritzburg SPCA. Shopping, live music and dancing, wors rolls, tombola, gift stalls, ice cream, pancakes, coffee and more at their Christmas Night Market in Pietermaritzburg on December 8.

Where: 235 Woodhouse Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg
When: Saturday, 8 December, 4pm-11pm
Contact: Ronnie on 083 641 6765 or Sandy on 076 632 6126

– Piggly Wiggly Christmas Market
The Piggly Wiggly Christmas Market takes place at Piggly Wiggly in the Lidgetton area on 8 December, 2018. Expect great food, Christmas shopping and entertainment, there’ll also be carols, craft gins and beers, and competitions to get you into the festive spirit.

Where: Piggly Wiggly, R103, Lidgetton
When: 8 December, from 9am to 5pm.
Contact: 033 234 2911; www.pigglywiggly.co.za

– Hilton’s POSH Market
Hilton’s annual POSH market is taking place on 16 December, 2018, at the Protea Hotel in Hilton from 9am – 2pm.

2. Indulge in a Spa Day

Treating yourself to a spa day is a wonderful way to relax and unwind amidst the rush of December and Christmas. In the KZN Midlands there are many great spots offering an indulgent spa experience. Here are some of our favourites:

Brookdale Health Hydro – Visit their website at www.brookdale.co.za/the-day-spa
Fordoun – Visit their website at www.fordoun.com/fordoun-spa-day-packages/
Karkloof Safari Spa – Visit their website at www.karkloofsafarispa.com

3. Yoga & Meditation retreat at Brahman Hills

Join Brahman Hills for three days and two nights of yoga, meditation and detoxing in their exclusive cottages with expansive views over the Blue Crane Nature Reserve. Dedicated to nurturing your mind, body and soul this mini-break will see participants engaging in daily yoga practices for a moving meditation. Three nourishing vegetarian meals served daily.

The retreat takes place from 14 December 2018 – 16 December 2018 at the luxurious Brahman Hills in Nottingham Road.

For more information and to book your spot, go to www.brahmanhills.co.za/special-offers-and-packages/yoga-and-meditation-retreat/

4. Christmas lunch on the Midlands Meander

Meanderings, a lovely KZN blog run by Carmen, has put together a list of all the restaurants in the KZN Midlands that are offering lunch on Christmas Day. Read the article here – https://meanderings.co.za/find-christmas-lunch-on-the-midlands-meander/

5. Take part in a Parkrun

Parkrun is a global initiative that organises free 5km timed trail running events. Parkrun is a great way to get outside and enjoy a healthy community-driven event. In the KZN Midlands there are two weekly Parkrun events that take place:

Piggly Wiggly Parkrun: Every Saturday morning starting at 8am at Piggly Wiggly, Lion’s River. Participants qualify for a discounted breakfast at Piggly Wiggly. Booking at the cafe is recommended.

Hilton Parkrun: Every Saturday morning starting at 8am from Grace College in Hilton. Secure parking is available on the fields inside Grace College. One dog on a leash per participant is allowed.

6. Eat at Howick’s newest restaurant

Many locals fondly remember The Corner Post restaurant in its heyday, with its ideal location and big outdoor garden area. The premises has recently been rebuilt and new owners have launched an exciting bistro-style cafe called Reagan’s.

Reagan’s officially opened its doors on 27 November 2018 and we can’t wait to visit. The restaurant looks set to be jam packed this festive season so booking is essential.

They’re located at 124 Main Road Howick (opposite MediClinic). To find out more visit their Facebook page – www.facebook.com/reaganshowick/

Looking for accommodation in the KZN Midlands?

Amber Avenue is a gorgeous country-style guest house located just outside of Howick on the Karkloof Road. We pride ourselves on offering exceptional service. Click here for booking details.

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