Scrouges beware; this list is only for the most die-hard Christmas fans. Christmas is clearly amazing for many reasons, from the inordinate amount of food and drink you'll consume without so much a hint of guilt, to the jolly carols on the radio (MC's All I Want for Christmas will be on repeat for the next six weeks—FACT) and, of course, the magic of the holiday.
One of the biggest perks and best ways to get in the holiday spirit is checking out some of Brisbane's best Christmas markets. Nothing says Chrissy quite like fudge stalls, iced mulled wine (it's a thing) and overheating santas. They are also the perfect place to pick up last minute gifts and some top shelf local produce from some of Brisbane's best in the business.
To kick-start your festive feels we've compiled a list of the best Christmas markets in Brisbane you need to check out this year. Happy holidays!
November Christmas Markets
Christmas Design Market
If you are looking for a high-end market to satisfy all of your boujee Christmas needs, the Christmas Design Market has you covered. Hosted on the 25th of November at Vielle Branche in Albion, the Design Christmas Markets will be home to stalls selling everything from handcrafted jewelry to homewares, candles, fashion and more. This chic market is perfect for any fashionista Christmas lover out there who need their festive season to be on point.
Pine Rivers Park Christmas Carols And Twilight Markets
The Pine Rivers Park Christmas Carols are worth the detour north, bringing wholesome Christmas fun for the whole family. Do some early Christmas shopping at the twilight markets where there will be plenty of Christmas goods to search through. You can also meet Santa in Santa’s village where you can mail him your letters and check out the giant snow globe. There will be rides, activities, and live entertainment as well as, of course, Christmas carols to sing along with. The evening will end in a stunning solar fireworks display, so don’t miss out on this Christmas cracker of an event taking place on the 26th of November.
QAGOMA Christmas Design Market
Support local artists and creators by doing your Christmas shopping at the Queensland Art Gallery’s Christmas Design Markets. With more stalls than ever before you will be able to sift through great local art, finding a unique gift you couldn’t get anywhere else. These markets will be held at QAGOMA on the 25th of November. Don’t miss out on the most artistic way to celebrate Christmas cheer this year.
Brisbane Fair Trade Christmas Market
Take the challenge to have all your gifts and decorations ethically sourced this year at the Brisbane Fair Trade Christmas Market. Held at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre you are sure to stretch your legs wandering around the multitude of stalls boasting Christmas goodies at every turn. Stop by on the 25th or 26th of November to get your shopping done early, where you will find the very best in handcrafted goods this Christmas season.
Brisbane Etsy Made Local Market
Handmade is always the way to go for Christmas pressies. They are thoughtful, loving, and unique. If your hands are not especially skilled at making anything, leave the work to the Brisbane Etsy Made Local Markets. With a two day run over the 24th and 25th of November, this behemoth of a market will be held at the Brisbane Showgrounds Exhibition Building and will have everything you could ever want when it comes to handcrafted goodies for this Christmas season. Entry is just a gold coin donation, a small price to pay to walk away with a one of a kind gift that is bound to bring your loved ones Christmas cheer.
December Christmas Markets
South Bank’s Christmas Village
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year at South Bank’s legendary Christmas Village. Held in the South Bank Parklands from the 15th to the 23rd of December, South Bank is putting an Aussie spin on the white winter land by relocating to our white sand beach! There will be a beach cinema showing all the Christmas classics you grew up with as well as village carols, a trackless train, craft and dance activities, and every kind of yuletide stall you could possibly imagine. The village will cap off with a fireworks display on the last three days, giving you an explosive start to your Christmas Eve.
Museum Twilight Markets
How many markets can say the operate out of a rail museum?! That’s right, just one—the Museum Twilight Markets in Ipswich. On Friday 15th December from 5pm, expect market stalls dishing out handmade goods, food trucks, craft workshops, entertainment for the little ones, and even torch light tours of The Workshops Rail Museum.
Christmas On Cribb
Held at the Milton Markets for yet another year is the Brisbane favourite Christmas on Cribb. This annual event will be taking place on the 21st of December, just in time for you to do the last minute shopping scramble and soak up as much Christmas cheer as humanly possible. There will be pop up bars, live entertainment, gourmet food and desserts, fresh produce, magical decorations, spectacular gifts, and so much more. There will also be free entry, so if this isn’t the best way to spend a Christmassy summer evening we don’t know what is.
Santa Paws At The Park
Christmas is a magical time of year, but if it had one flaw it would be the overwhelming lack of dogs. This year the reindeer are being pushed aside to make room for all of the puppies and pooches of Brisbane. The Santa Paws at the Park Christmas Markets will be held at the Cleveland Showgrounds on the 3rd of December, and you and your dog are invited. Stop by for all the festive puppy products on the market and enjoy a morning devoted to the mixed love of fur babies and yuletide cheer.
Brisbane Twilight Markets
This list would not be complete without the iconic Brisbane Twilight Markets. Taking place on the 9th of December in King George Square the Brisbane Twilight Market only sells 100% locally handmade products, setting them apart from the rest. Browse through stall after stall of potential Christmas gifts and decorations to fill your home and give to your friends. There will be local food vendors and craft workshops on top of the colossal range of stalls available, creating the perfect setting for the two-weeks-until-Christmas rush.
Brisbane Christmas Vegan Market
Go cruelty-free this Christmas by stocking up your gifts and goodies at the Brisbane Vegan Christmas Market in West End. On the 10th of December, they will be setting up shop to bring you the very best in vegan sweets and savouries to stuff your stockings with this Christmas. This event is for the whole family, including your puppers, and is a great way to celebrate Christmas in an agriculturally ethical and sustainable way.
Twilight Christmas Market
Carseldine Markets are bringing back the festive cheer with their Twilight Christmas Markets. These markets will have you stocking up on all of your Christmas gifts and decorations for years to come. They will keep you in good spirits with a night full of live entertainment, kids rides, festive food, gourmet cakes, and special guest stalls to search through. Kicking off on the 20th of December, the Twilight Christmas Market is perfect for any last minute grabs before Santa rocks up.
Christmas Markets Gold Coast
If you are heading to the Gold Coast for this Christmas season you cannot miss their annual Christmas Markets. Held this year from the 15th to 17th of December at Broadwater Parklands, these markets have literally everything you could want in a Christmas do. Meet Santa and his helpers, enjoy the multiple rides, indulge in a Christmas feast, and even experience how it feels to be inside a snowglobe as you while away the days, merry and bright.
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