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Slip Into The Festive Spirit With These Gold Coast Christmas Markets

By Cayleh Ferguson
18th Nov 2019

gold coast christmas markets

The festive season is upon us and while the thoughts of Christmas movies (namely Elf and Love Actually), 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 all your presents from local stalls at markets. Not only does this mean you’ll be consciously consuming, you’ll also be shopping small, supporting local creative and artisans,  enabling them to keep doing what they love. Read on for all of the best Gold Coast Christmas markets, so you can spread the Christmas cheer this year. 

Christmas Night Market 

Helensvale

If you like to be organised and have all your gifts bought before the month of December rolls around, then pop on over to the Christmas Night Market at the Helensvale Community Centre Hall. Leave the kids at home and tick all those presents off your list from the unique stalls, treat yourself from the various food trucks, have a vino and head home with the satisfaction you are ahead of the game, supporting local, shopping small and engaging in your community. 

When: Saturday 23 November; 5pm to 9pm
Where: Helensvale Community Centre, 31 Discovery Drive, Helensvale
For more information, click here.

Cooly Good Vibes Christmas Market 

Coolangatta

For some stellar good vibes, then pack up your picnic basket and blanket, gather your friends and family and head on down to Cooly State School for a fun Sunday morning. You’ll be shopping up a storm at the huge array of creative stalls, rack sales and vintage clothing. This market, which is put on by The Design Collective Events team is also pet friendly, so no one will feel left out and left at home! With plenty of live music to soothe the soul in the sunshine, you’ll almost feel like you are attending a mini festival, more than just mediocre markets. 

When: Sunday 24 November; 9am to 2pm
Where: Coolangatta State School, Stapylton Street, Coolangatta
For more information, click here.

Hide And Seek Market + Family Fun Day

Elanora

This is the market to attend if you have children, nieces, nephews, god-children or just new additions to your family this Christmas. The Hide and Seek Market doesn’t come around often, but when it does we are next level excited. With ever-adorable boutique stalls, all-day kid’s activities, face painting and food trucks with all the trimmings, it’s the perfect morning out to get some stocking stuffers for the little ones who will cherish them for years to come. Support local and shop small, it’s a change you can make this Christmas for the better. You may just discover some beautiful baby brands that you just have to purchase for a special little someone in your life.

When: Sunday 24 November; 9am to 1pm
Where: Elanora High School, 261 Nineteenth Avenue, Elanora
For more information, click here.

Art + Crafters Christmas Market 

Benowa

If you are based on the northern end and on the hunt for unique and handmade gifts at the Gold Coast’s best Christmas markets, then this is the perfect place to ponder. Put on by the Gold Coast Potters Association means there will be plenty of stalls boasting creations by local artists including ceramics, jewellery, glass, sculpture and textiles as well as fascinating demonstrations by the potters, sculptors, wood turners, spinners and weavers themselves—so you can see it all in action. Don’t miss out on raku firing demonstrations at 11am and 1pm where you can see pots taken from the kiln, glowing red hot and then placed in a material that starves the pot of oxygen resulting in a glaze of sensational colours. A definite must watch! 

When: Sunday 24 November; 9am to 2pm
Where: 173 Ashmore Road, Benowa
For more information, click here.

Coomera Christmas Markets 

Coomera 

In a fantastic setting, Coomera Christmas Markets is perfect for perusing on a balmy summer’s evening. This Coomera Waters event will be set up all along the boardwalk overlooking the marina, so you can get your Christmas shopping done, and drop hints to your SO of which boat you would like. With all the Christmas feels, epic food trucks in the spirit of the season, mulled wines to taste, face-painting for the little ones, entertainment and lots of Christmas gift stalls, this is one Gold Coast Christmas market not to miss. If you hang around long enough, the markets turn into a twilight event with fairy lights, carols and live performances. 

When: Saturday 7 December; 11am to 8pm
Where: Coomera Waters Marina, 25 Harbour Village Parade, Coomera
For more information, click here.

The Village Markets 

Burleigh 

One of our favourite regular markets is on twice a month, and is the perfect place to pick up the last-minute gift. Join these local legends for their end of year Christmas market from at Burleigh Heads State School. With live tunes to groove you through the stalls, epic food trucks and seriously trendy threads and heartthrob homewares; it’s also the perfect place to treat yourself, because, self-love and all that jazz was the theme of 2019. This is THE market to discover new local brands that you can’t help but purchase. Supporting the community feels good, doesn’t it? 

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

Christmas Markets GC

Broadwater Parklands

Don’t you just hate it when you see a gift, ‘yeah-nah’ it and then regret not biting the bullet and buying it? Luckily for you, this year’s Christmas Markets GC is held over three big days. After strolling over 100 market stalls, make a visit to the supersized snow dome or settle in for a free Christmas movie on the big screen. ‘Tis the season to kick back under the stars and watch Santa arrive by helicopter. Yes, really. Swing by between 4pm and 10pm for three seriously impressive days of Christmas markets on the Gold Coast.

When: Friday 20 to Sunday 22 December; 4pm to 10pm
Where: Broadwater Parklands, Southport
For more information, click here

Haven't sorted Christmas Day lunch yet? Check out our round up of the best restaurants open on Christmas Day so you don't have to cook. 

Image Credit: Unsplash 

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