Markets & Food Events

These Are The 11 Best Brisbane Christmas Markets

By Erin Curtain - 13 Nov 2018

The most wonderful time of the year is fast approaching, and you know what that means; Christmas is about to take over our Insta feeds and entire lives. Since the festively-themed ads have already started rolling on our tv screens and the occasional carol has already started to sneak its way onto your local supermarket radio, our hand has been forced, meaning we too are getting in on all the Christmas vibes (albeit a month too soon in our books). 

But if there's one thing Brisbane does well at any time of year, it's a good market, so getting along to a Christmas-themed produce market or local craft pop-up hardly seems out of place in our books. So soak up the festive spirit and get a head-start on your Christmas shopping at one of Brisbane’s Christmas Markets—you've got to admit, there's a little bit of magic in the air...

Brisbane Etsy Made Local Christmas Market

Another market mastering the locally made goods this holiday season is the Etsy Market. Stop by to browse through the wares of Brisbane’s best makers and creators as they sell their Christmassy creations alongside food trucks, live music, workshops, and drinks aplenty.

When: 5pm-9:30pm Friday 23 November; 9am-4pm Sunday 24 November
Where: Brisbane Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
For more information, click here.

A Very Laneway Christmas

Word on the street is that The Laneways in Fortitude Valley are banding together once again to create their legendary Xmas market, A Very Laneway Christmas. Starting on the last weekend of November and running all the way through to mid-December, they will be playing host to a series of themed markets to gear you up for the day of giving, starting off with plants and homewares down My Bakery Lane.

When: 24 November-15 December
Where: The Laneways, Fortitude Valley
For more information, click here.

Christmas Design Market

If you’re shopping for someone who is the ultimate art lover, you have to check out the Christmas Design Market at QAGOMA this year. Support local artists and gift something truly beautiful and unique by shopping for gorgeous local designs, jewellery, homewares, ceramics, and artworks.

When: 9am-4pm, Saturday 25 November
Where: QAGOMA, South Brisbane
For more information, click here.

Christmas Festival At Brisbane Powerhouse

Kicking off at the end of November is Brisbane Powerhouse’s Christmas Festival. Browse through the market stalls to collect Christmas goodies and foodie delights. Once you are set with your wares, settle down and have a relaxing evening at the community twilight picnic where you can gather with people all over Brisbane to celebrate Christmas.

When: 5pm-9pm, Fridays to Sundays, 30 November-16 December
Where: Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm
For more information, click here.

Christmas Wonderlane At Westfield Garden City

Taking over Westfield Garden City, Brisbane's inaugural three-day Christmas laneway will feature pop-up stalls from local artisans, your favourite food trucks and restaurants, a tonne of live music and entertainment plus all of the festive feelings. It's beginning to look and feel very much like Christmas...

When: Friday 7 Dec, 1pm-8pm; Saturday 8 Dec, 1pm-8pm; Sunday 9 Dec, 10am-6pm
Where: Westfield Garden City Town Square (between Orange and Yellow Car Parks)
For more information, click here.

Brisbane Twilight Christmas Markets

We couldn’t end this list without mentioning Brisbane’s most well-known and central market, the Twilight Markets in King George Square. Bask in the light from the biggest Christmas tree in Brisbane, take a picture with Santa on his Christmas throne, and get all of your holiday season shopping done in one place.

When: 6pm-9pm, Friday 7 December
Where: King George Square, CBD
For more information, click here.

Christmas On Cribb

ICYMI, Christmas on Cribb may be Brisbane’s most iconic Christmas market to date. The Milton Markets will be completely taking over Cribb Street on the first Friday of December with sleigh bells a-ringing. On top of the usual suspects such as live entertainment, Christmassy food, and Artisan gifts they will also be boasting specialty pop-ups serving up all manner of holiday spirits – see what we did there?

When: 4pm-10pm, Friday 7 December
Where: Milton Markets, Milton
For more information, click here.

Christmas Thyme At Nundah

Get it? As in, like, time, but also the herb? Nundah will be delivering more than just fresh produce puns at their twilight Christmas markets on the 8thof December. They are ignoring the heat and transforming into a winter wonderland for the day, complete with pop-up bars, live entertainment, gourmet festive eats, unique gift ideas, fun for the kids, and general merriment topped with an overwhelming amount of holly.

When: 4pm-9pm, Saturday 8 December
Where: Nundah Farmers Markets, Nundah
For more information, click here.

A Handmade Christmas Market

If you want all the presents you give this year to be one of a kind, your best bet is to hit up the handmade market this Christmas. Everything will be on theme for the holidays, with handmades from over 100 local creators ready to be bought. There will also be live tunes, a food precinct, and an artist demonstration to inspire you to craft your own Christmas this year.

When: 10am-4pm, Saturday 8 December
Where: State Library of Queensland
For more information, click here.

Carseldine Twilight Christmas Markets

Step into a Christmas fantasy at Carseldine Markets this December 14th. They will be setting up a Christmas wonderland among the festive stalls, eateries, live entertainment, and goodies abound.

When: 6pm-10pm, Friday 14 December
Where: Carseldine Markets, Carseldine
For more information, click here.

Christmas Gift Market

No list of Brisbane Christmas markets is complete without a shout-out to the ongoing hub of holiday cheer, Southbank’s Christmas Gift Market. Running from mid-December right through to Christmas Eve, this is the perfect place to get any last-minute shopping done for the big day. Santa will, of course, be making an appearance and the stalls will be bursting with homewares, jewellery, stationery, treats, and other festive goodies that make for perfect gifts – and yes, buying a gift for yourself is totally acceptable.

When: 3pm-10pm, 14-23 December
Where: South Bank Parklands
For more information, click here

Christmas Lane At Saturday Fresh Market

For two Saturdays in December, Brisbane’s iconic Saturday Fresh Market will be tacking on something extra special to the usual market hustle and bustle. There will be an entire aisle added to the event that is basically a Christmas explosion. Stroll down Christmas Lane to pick up some gorgeous gifts for your friends and family that are made with love.

When: 6am-12 pm, Saturdays 15 & 22 December
Where: Brisbane Markets, Rocklea
For more information, click here.

Image credit: Andrea Reggiana via Unsplash

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