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

By Isabel Croker
23rd Nov 2021

a christmas market stall filled with christmas toys and ornaments

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 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. 

Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilight Market

SURFERS PARADISE

You’ll find sand (not snow) and market stalls along The Esplanade on Saturday 11 December, where you’ll be able to score a sweet deal on a range of local homemade gifts. You’ll find it hard not to treat yo’ elf with artisan handmade gifts and spectacular Christmas decorations from over 100 stalls. Grab your little helpers because there will be live tunes, kids activities and loads of stocking stuffers.

When: Saturday 11 December, from 4pm to 9pm

Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

For more information, click here.

Broadwater Parklands Christmas Markets

BROADWATER PARKLANDS

Get in the Christmas spirit at the annual Broadwater Parklands Christmas Markets, which will be transforming the Parklands into a winter wonderland from Friday December 17 to Sunday December 19. 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 December 17 to Sunday December 19, from 4pm to 10pm

Where: Broadwater Parklands

For more information, click here.

HOTA Christmas Twilight Markets

BUNDALL

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), kids entertainment and plenty of chances for an ‘elfie’ with Santa. Sign us up.

When: Friday 10 December, from 4pm to 9pm

Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall

For more information, click here.

German Mini Christmas Market

VARSITY LAKES

Christmas is the most joyful time of year and it gets a whole lot more joyful when you bring traditional German specialities into the mix. Think—freshly baked waffles topped with cherries and cream, apple punch, German stollen, gingerbread cookies and loads more traditional German Christmas treats. At this German Mini Christmas Market, you can sing along to the sweet tunes of an Austrian choir, who will serenade you with English and German Christmas carols all afternoon. If you’re stuck for Christmas gift ideas, there will also be an array of small businesses displaying their homemade products, which are perfect for a one-of-a-kind Christmas gift.

When: Saturday 27 November, from 2pm to 5pm

Where: Brezel Authentic German Bakery, 201 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes

For more information, click here.

The Gold Coast Vegan Christmas Markets

SOUTHPORT

‘Tis the season for merry vibes, vegan food and cruelty-free shopping! Since arriving on the Coast last year, the Gold Coast Vegan Markets have become a much-loved favourite and the regular crowds of patrons are testament to their popularity.  Feast on delicious plant-based food and listen to chilled-out tunes while browsing the array of funky vegan stalls. With plenty of stalls and food trucks to keep you busy, the vegan markets will be your one-stop shop for making the world a better (and more festive!) place.

When: Sunday 12 December, from 9am to 3pm

Where: Southport State School, 215 Queen St, Southport

For more information, click here.

The Village Markets 

BURLEIGH

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 market to discover new local brands that you can’t help but purchase. Supporting the community feels good, doesn’t it? 

When: Sunday 19 December, from 8:30am to 1pm

Where: Burleigh Heads High School, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

For more information, click here.

Runaway Bay Christmas Market

RUNAWAY BAY

We love whenever we hear there is a new market on the Gold Coast, so of course we were excited to hear that Runaway Bay Soccer Club will be hosting their first ever Christmas Market, to bring their community together and celebrate this wonderful time of year. Stylish homewares, jewellery, accessories, Christmas raffles and loads more await, so grab your Christmas list and your wallet and make tracks.

When: Saturday 27 November, from 3pm to 8pm

Where: Runaway Soccer Club, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay

For more information, click here.

Hope Island Marina Christmas Markets

HOPE ISLAND

Our northern friends can get excited, ‘cause finally they’ve got an epic Christmas market heading up their way. At the annual Marina Christmas Markets, you can shop all of your favourite usual market stalls plus many more festive additions. Groove to live music, let the kids run loose on the jumping castle and let off some steam at the kids craft table. There will be loads of festive prizes and giveaways, and we’ve heard that a very special someone from the North Pole might be making an appearance…

When: Saturday 11 December, from 4pm to 7pm

Where: Hope Island Shopping Centre, 10 Santa Barbara Road, Hope Island

For more information, click here.

Labrador Twilight Market

LABRADOR

Hit up the friendly and relaxed Labrador Twilight Market and browse a huge array of stalls that’ll have something for everyone. Shop local and pick up unique gifts, dig into delicious food and drink and keep the kids entertained with Christmas Carols and live entertainment all night long. You can even get a photo with Santa and the big finale of the night will be an incredible festive fireworks display.

When: Saturday 4 December, from 4pm to 9pm

Where: Labrador State School, Gordon Street, Labrador

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: Thursday 23 December, from 6:30am to 1:30pm

Where: Marina Mirage, 73 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

For more information, click here.

Varsity Christmas Market & Fair

VARSITY LAKES

Celebrate the Christmas countdown at the Varsity Christmas Market and Fair this December, where your little elves will be kept busy with games, face painting, a jumping castle and craft activities. Start ticking off your Christmas list and browse the market stalls, before grabbing a snack from the sausage sizzle and popcorn stalls. 

When: Saturday 5 December, from 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Where: Jim Harris Park, Mattocks Road, Varsity Lakes

For more information, click here.

Mudgeeraba Christmas Twilight Market

MUDGEERABA

Embrace the Christmas spirit this festive season and wander the Mudgeeraba Country Markets under magical twilight lights. Handcrafted items and Christmas treats under the stars? Sign us up.

When: Saturday 18 December, from 3pm to 8pm

Where: 115 Mudgeeraba Road, Mudgeeraba

For more information, click here.

Once you’ve got your Christmas plans sorted, there’s one big event still lurking around the corner. Say goodbye to 2021 and welcome in the new year the right way at the Gold Coast’s hottest NYE parties.

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