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15 Gold Coast Christmas Markets To Get You In The Festive Spirit

By Isabel Croker – who loves morning run clubs as equally as she loves negronis and tiny snack plates

The festive season is upon us and while the thoughts of Christmas movies, baking gingerbread men, putting up Christmas trees and driving around to look at all the beautifully decorated houses makes you feel warm and fuzzy, the stress of buying gifts for all your nearest and dearest is not so much fun. 

Instead of sweating through the shopping centre crowds, how about this year you vow to purchase your presents from local stalls at markets. Not only does this mean you’ll be consciously consuming but you’ll also be shopping small and supporting local creatives and artisans. Read on for all of the best Christmas markets on the Gold Coast/Yugambeh language region in 2023.

Editor's Note: Let us know at editorgc@theurbanlist.com if we're missing a Gold Coast Christmas market.

Christmas Putt Putt Takeover

Parkwood

christmas putt

Okayyy, we know this one isn't a market but it deserves a spot on this list for all Christmas fanatics. Christmas is nearly upon us, and Parkwood Village's mini golf course is transforming into the ultimate Christmas wonderland, perfect for all lovers of the festive season.

Each hole has its own unique Christmas theme, with flashing lights, sparkly decorations, snow,
bubbles, Christmas music and more. Santa’s Putt Putt launches at The Club at Parkwood Village on Friday 10 November—opening nights on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November will include a visit from Santa himself, Christmas face painting, balloons, popcorn, fairy floss and slushies.

2023 Christmas Markets

Confirmed for 2023

Christmas Markets GC

Broadwater Parklands

Perhaps the largest and most iconic Gold Coast Christmas markets, get in the Christmas spirit at the annual Christmas Markets GC, which will transform the Broadwater Parklands into a winter wonderland from Friday 15 December to Sunday 17 December. Over 100 stalls will be selling everything you need to make it a seriously festive Christmas this year, plus kids rides, gourmet Christmas food, roving characters, glittering lights and all the ingredients for a merry time. 

When: Friday 15 December to Sunday 17 December, from 4pm to 10pm
Where: Broadwater Parklands
For more information, click here.

Tamborine Twilight Christmas Country Market 

Tamborine Mountain

Festive magic is in the air at Tamborine Mountain's most splendid Christmas event. Hop in the car and head up to Tamborine Mountain for an enchanting evening at the Bearded Dragon Hotel, which will be transformed in a festive wonderalnd with live music, a pop-up bar, food trucks, a petting zoo, letters to Santa Calus and a visit from the big man himself. This event diretly supports the local Tamborine Rural Fire Bridgade and local wildlife charities, so you're already getting into the giving spirit early.

When: Friday 24 November, from 5pm
Where: Bearded Dragon Hotel, 20 Tamborine Mountain Road, Tamborine
For more information, click here.

Marina Mirage Christmas Market

Main Beach

Celebrate your spot on the nice list at the Marina Mirage Christmas Market, which will be packed full of festive stalls and all your Christmas-themed goodies. Held on December 23, Christmas will be coming at full speed to Marina Mirage and this pre-Christmas market is perfect for all you thrill-seeking, last-minute shoppers. So grab your baskets, bags and buggies and stock up on all the last-minute gifts you can carry.

When: Saturday 23 December, from 6:30am to 12pm
Where: Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
For more information,
 click here.

HOTA Christmas Twilight Markets

Bundall

hota twilight market
Image Credit: HOTA Markets | Supplied

Get jingly with it and celebrate Christmas the right way at the HOTA Christmas Twilight Market, which is set to be an evening of festive folly. Feast on the Gold Coast’s best gourmet street eats and decadent desserts, browse through bespoke boutiques and find one-of-a-kind gifts, all under the canopy of twinkling festoon lights. There will be amazing live entertainment (Mariah will be playing, obviously), bespoke Christmas decorations, kids entertainment and plenty of chances for an ‘elfie’ with Santa. Sign us up.

When: Saturday 16 December, from 4pm to 9pm
Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall

For more information, click here.

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Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilight Market

Surfers Paradise

You’ll find sand (not snow) and market stalls along The Esplanade on Saturday 9 December, where you’ll be able to score a sweet deal on a range of bespoke homemade gifts. You’ll find it hard not to treat yo’ elf (we couldn’t resist) with artisan handmade gifts, boutique clothing and accessories and spectacular Christmas decorations from a huge array of stalls. Grab your little helpers because there will be live tunes, kids activities and loads of stocking stuffers.

When: Saturday 9 December, from 4pm to 9pm
Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
For more information, 
click here.

Christmas Twilight Markets

Upper Coomera

Northern Gold Coast peeps will be happy to learn they've got a brand-new Christmas market up their way. Located at The Well in Upper Coomera, this twilight Christmas market is the perfect family-friendly evening with a petting zoo, free jumping castle, face painting, kids' games, delicious food trucks, markets stalls (for those who like to get their gifts organised early), carols and photos with Santa Clause. What more could you want?

When: Saturday 11 November, from 4pm to 7pm
Where: The Well, 58 Highland Way, Upper Coomera
For more information, click here.

TAFE Robina Christmas Market

Robina

The talented TAFE Robina students are transforming the campus into a bustling bazaar this festive season, showcasing a diverse array of sustainable treasures from local artisans. The markets will stretch across the ground level and in front of Seedpod Café, allowing you to immerse yourself in the Christmas-themed atmosphere while enjoying the melodic Christmas tunes of the twenty-piece band from Robina State High School. Talk about a festive spirit.

When: Thursday 16 November
Where: TAFE Robina, 94 Laver Dr, Robina 
For more information, click here.

Labrador Community Christmas Market

Labrador

Experience the holiday cheer at Labrador's Community Christmas Celebration on Friday 1 December at Labrador State School Oval. Enjoy live performances, indulge in treats from food trucks, explore Christmas market stalls, connect with local community groups, and capture precious moments with Santa Claus at the take-your-own photo booth. The night will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display at 7:30 pm, lighting up the sky.

When: Friday 1 December, from 4pm to 7:30pm
Where: Labrador State School
For more information, click here.

The Village Markets 

Burleigh Heads

Join the local legends at The Village Markets for their end of year Christmas market at Burleigh Heads State School, which is undoubtedly their biggest and best market of the year. With live tunes from local musicians to groove you through the stalls, epic food trucks and seriously trendy threads and heartthrob homewares; it’s also the perfect place to cross everyone off your list. This is THE Christmas market to discover new local brands that you can’t help but purchase. Supporting the community feels good, doesn’t it? 

When: Sunday 17 December, from 8:30am to 1pm
Where: Burleigh Heads High School, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
For more information, 
click here.

Christmas at Frascott Market

Varsity Lakes

This free community Christmas celebration will be loaded with festive, family-friendly fun—we're talking about live music, Christmas carols, market stalls, kids' entertainment and plenty of food trucks. Be sure to stick around until 6pm when Santa Claus will arrive by train along with special school performances, followed by a dazzling live laser show at 8pm.

When: Saturday 2 December, from 4pm to 8pm
Where: Frascott Park, Mattocks Road, Varsity Lakes
For more information, click here.

Christmas Market at Runaway Bay

Runaway Bay

This community-orientated Christmas market will be held in the last week of November, so if you're the type that likes to get your gifting organised early, this is perfect for you. After a hugely successful first market in 2022, this Christmas market will have Christmas photos, live music, market stalls and more to keep your little elves entertained.

When: Saturday 25 November, from 3pm to 7pm
Where: Runaway Soccer Club, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay
For more information, click here.

Christmas Art & Crafters Market

Benowa

The Gold Coast Potters Association will be hosting a gorgeous arts and crafts Christmas market to bring the local community together and celebrate this wonderful time of year. Handmade stylish homewares, jewellery, accessories, music and loads more await, so grab your Christmas list and your wallet and make tracks. You’re sure to be on Santa’s nice list as you’ll be supporting local small businesses and artists.

When: Sunday 10 December, from 8am to 1pm
Where: 173 Ashmore Road, Benowa
For more information, 
click here.

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