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All The Best Gold Coast Markets To Hit This December

By Brooke Darling - 28 Nov 2017

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‘Tis the season to be jolly! It’s also the season to over-indulge in maple-glazed ham, guzzle back the champers and shop up a storm. Let it rain people, Christmas is all about giving after all!

With only a few weeks to go and plenty more spending to be done, we've rounded up all the best markets on the Gold Coast to fill your stockings this December. 

We live for cute market finds (mostly so we can boast about them to our friends). 

The Village Markets

We’re all about #shoppingsmall at Christmas time and The Village Markets is exactly where you should head with your gift list this December. Muse over local designers, shoulder sway to live musicians and dig your teeth into some delicious street food at Gold Coast’s bi-monthly Sunday ritual. With an extra market day in December specifically for all those Christmas gift purchases, we can almost guarantee you’ll be walking away with an empty wallet with the likes of ceramics, homewares, bohemian threads and accessories, all-natural beauty products, babies wear so adorable your ovaries will burst, and oh so much more. Are you searching for one of the very best markets on the Gold Coast? Well, you’ve come to the right place. 

When: Sunday 3, 10 & 17 Decemeber; 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Surfers Paradise Golf Club Family Fun Day 

Kids driving you nutty before school holidays have even started? The Social Markets is saving your sanity and your bank balance this weekend, with an affordable Sunday afternoon soiree for the whole family. Head to Surfers Paradise Golf Course Family Fun Day for food trucks, market stalls, live music and kid’s activities from camel rides to bubble soccer. Don’t forget to BYO picnic rug.  

When: Sunday 3 December; 11am to 6pm 
Where: Surfers Paradise Golf Course, 1 Fairway Drive, Clear Island Waters 

Open Studio Day At Dust Temple 

Currumbin’s Dust Temple simply oozes creative magic and is home to more homegrown local talents than you realise. This December, the studio’s first open day will see residents including Marloe Marloe (ceramics), SOFA (Shed of Fine Arts), Sacha Beverly (art and design), Foundry One (metal objects), Buttery Studios, Kippy timber skate boards and Ruby + Prankster (jewellery and leather accessories), together with neighbouring Gather Store, exhibit and sell their wares direct from their studios. Interact with the artists and walk away with goodies for yourself or those hard to buy on your gift list. 

When: Sunday 10 December; 10am to 2pm
Where: Dust Temple, 54 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin 

Mount Tamborine Country Markets 

So, maybe you don’t need to stock up on polish for your horse saddle. And maybe your teapot isn’t in need of a new crochet jumper. But we challenge you to find a more uplifting market experience than the Mount Tamborine Country Market. Held in the Tamborine Mountain Showgrounds on the second Sunday of every month, it’s the perfect excuse to take a country drive, gnaw on a cob of corn and pick up some homemade lemongrass and lavender soap.

When: Sunday 10 December; 7:30am to 1:30pm
Where: Corner Main Western Road and Bartle Road, Mount Tamborine 

Murwillumbah’s Makers & Finders Christmas Market 

If you’ve not ventured down to Murwillumbah for a while, the rural town’s hip new vintage, handmade and flea market is a very good reason to pack the car, your mates and your favourite tunes, before plunging into the countryside for some of that welcomed fresh air. The Makers & Finders Market is throwing a Christmas edition this month with an intriguing blend of pre-loved finds, potters, homewares, jewellery, flowers and plants food stalls, workshops and music. Go find that perfect secret santa pressie while you’re at it. 

When: Saturday 16 December; 9am to 2pm
Where: Knox Park, Brisbane Street, Murwillumbah

Jack Evans Boat Harbour Lifestyle Markets 

The Social Markets have spread their wings south, adding Jack Evans Boat Harbour Lifestyle Markets to their rotating monthly roster. Popping up on the third Sunday of each month, with food trucks, local fresh produce, yoga on the beach, flea market and rummage sales, kid’s entertainment, classic cars, live beats and drinks— alfresco-style. This family and dog-friendly event will include, get this, dog wash and grooming services, so your fave four-legged friend can walk away feeling pimp! They’ve thought of everything. 
 
When: Sunday 17 December; 8am to 2pm
Where: Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Coral Street, Tweed Heads 

Late-night shopping and eating = hell yes! 

LC Sundays Vegan Night Market

Lovechild Place’s LC Sundays vegan market will be bringing the plant-loving vibes to December, again gathering together various vegan vendors selling treats that’ll make any foodie weak in the knees. Add to that, DJs tunes, animal product-free fashion threads, plants, flowers and all the warm and fuzzy feels. 

When: Sunday 3 December; 4pm to 9pm  
Where: 1/2436 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach 

The Green Marquee Eco Twilight Markets 

It’s The Green Marquee’s final eco market of 2017, so don’t miss your chance to gather Chrissy gifts for all your equally social-conscious friends. Expect all the feel-good community vibes as you wander around market stalls adorned with handmade jewellery, textiles, ceramics, vegan skincare, hanging plants; plus delish food trucks, live music to get you grooving, Eco Explorer activities for the kids and local brewskies from Black Hops for the adults. 

When: Friday 8 December; 4pm to 9pm
Where: The Ecovillage, 2 Village Way, Currumbin Valley

Miami Marketta

It’s a Friday or Saturday night and you’ve got no desire to cook dinner. But you’ve only got $20 in the kitty, so heading to your fave sit-down restaurant is a total stretch. So, what’s a hungry, not-keen-to-cook person to do? Two words—Miami Marketta. This long-established gem is held every Friday and Saturday night (and on a smaller scale on Wednesdays) and pulls together some of the best ethnic food stalls from across the Coast. Pair it with an electric vibe, revolving roster of toe-tapping bands and DJs, multiple cocktail bars, a dessert hall, fashion stalls and a buzzing family-friendly crowd, and you’ve got one of the absolute best markets on the Gold Coast.

When: Every Wednesday (5pm to 10pm), Friday (5pm to 11pm) and Saturday (4pm to 11pm) 
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami 

NightQuarter

This December, NightQuarter celebrates two years bringing street eats and stellar entertainment to the northern Gold Coast. Where has the time gone? Held every Friday and Saturday night from 4pm—with Santa and a special Christmas Carols edition on Saturday 16 December—NightQuarter brings together ridic food and drink stalls, dessert carts and musicians, all in a well-organised jumble of up-cycled shipping containers. Let it be said though, that this night market gets packed. As in PACKED, packed. So, bring $3 coinage for entry, your lazy weekend mood and just go with the flow. 

When: Every Friday and Saturday night; 4pm to 10pm 
Where: 1 Town Centre Drive, Helensvale 

Sanctuary Markets 

Great for a delish and fast feed, this family-friendly market is held in the space adjoining the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and is filled with international food tents and trailers. Keep this community feel-good market in mind, if a stroll followed by plenty of street eats sounds like your kind of way to end the perfect beach day.

When: Every Friday night; 4pm to 9pm
Where: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin  

Naturally, producing all the yummy goods.

Currumbin Community Markets 

Strategically located at the entrance to Currumbin’s fertile valley—meaning a shorter distance from source to market—this new boutique farmers market is certain to become a mid-week ritual. Fill your basket with organic fruits and vege, meats, jams and baked goods, then stay for the breezy live music, picnic blanket hangs and activities for the little tots. 

When: Every Thursday; 6am to 11am
Where: Opposite Currumbin RSL, Currumbin Creek Road

Palm Beach Farmers Market

It’s never too early to start your Christmas menu planning, and this market will help fill your festive table with fresh, locally-produced goodness. A weekly must-do on any Palm Beach or Currumbin dwellers’ weekend social calendar, the Palm Beach Farmers Markets is one of the best markets on the Gold Coast. This well-patronised market has truckloads of local, leafy, tasty things to eat, so if you’re in charge of the BBQ salad this weekend, make sure you stop here. This is also a plastic bag-free market, so BYO reusable vessel to carry your goodies. 

When: Every Saturday; 6am to 11:30am
Where: Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach

Burleigh Farmers Market 

If hay barrels and homemade chutneys are your weekend jam, then trot along to the Burleigh Farmers Markets on any given Saturday from 7am until noon, where an abundance of farm fresh produce sits amongst flower pop-ups, collectables and international street food stalls. Clear your afternoon post visit, you’ll be in the stay-at-home-and-bake-apple-strudel kind of mood.

When: Every Saturday morning; 7am to noon
Where: Burleigh Heads State School, 1750 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

Helensvale Farmers Market

An oldie but a goodie, and perfect for stocking up in time for Christmas, this northern Gold Coast market has everything you need—and plenty you don’t, but you want anyway. From fresh fruit and veg to flowers and, of course, loads of street food stalls, we love the leafy surrounds, cruisy live music and no-frills local vibe of this weekly gathering.

When: Every Saturday; 6am to 11:30am 
Where: Helensvale High School, Helensvale Road, Helensvale

Bundall Farmers Market

If you like your markets minus the hipsterness, Bundall Farmers Market is as down to earth as they come. Held every Sunday in the grounds of the Arts Centre Gold Coast, we suggest hitting a coffee stall for a steaming brew before filling up your netted bags with fresh produce, baked goodies and everything picnic-worthy. Then, use this picnic spot list to find the perfect posi to lay down your rug and brunch.

When: Every Sunday; 6am to 11:30am
Where: The Arts Centre Gold Coast, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall

Organic Gold Coast Farmers Market

Do you get depressed when picking through the tiny all-organic veggie offerings at the local Woolies? Well, you’ll find mindful foodie nirvana at the Organic Gold Coast Farmers Market. Popping up at Miami State High School every Sunday morning, this super chill market stocks, you guessed it, nothing but sustainably sourced, spray and chemical-free produce. 

When: Every Sunday; 6am to 11:30am
Where: Miami State High School, 2137-2205 Gold Coast Highway, Miami

Hamper loaded with fresh goodies and nowhere to go? Check out these six beautiful picnicking spots and your weekend = sorted.  

Image credit: The Urban List

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