The Christmas Markets are already in full swing here. In a week or two, once the schools close down, the big exodus to the coast starts and Joburg empties out. This was the big Parkview Market held this weekend, which many charities depend upon for funds. Unfortunately the weather turned from hot and clear to cold and wet, so I don't think they did as well as usual. But Father Christmas still arrived (a blue one in the corporate colours of his sponsor!) and the music and dancing was great.