Markets & Food Events

15 Markets To Check Out In Melbourne This December

By Ioana Dragnef - 30 Nov 2018


Market season is officially on, so get your bibs and wallets ready. There's everything from twilight, to French, Scandinavian, and even a canine Christmas market this month.

Oh and if this is not enough, wait until our Christmas market round-up next week.

But, until then, here are 15 markets you need to check out in Melbourne this December.

Japanese Festive Market

For those who are already sick of all the similar-looking Christmas markets this year: we hear you. Luckily, The Japanese Festive Market stall returns to Kimono House this year, so you can browse through Japanese gifts and festive trims that aren’t just covered in tacky repeating patterns of candy canes. It’s a great place to find stuff that’ll finally stump that friend or relative for whom you dread buying Christmas gifts.

Where: Kimono House, 37 Swanston Street, Level 3
When: Saturday, 1 December until Saturday, 22 December 2018
For more info, click 

Market Place At Collins Place

The Collins Place market is back in all its boutique-y glory. Enjoy the best of Melbourne's finest designers, creators and food makers from local and regional Victoria, staged within Collins Place. Best part: there’s a pop-up bar where you can chill to relaxing tunes while you sip a glass of bubbly goodness.

Where: Collins Place, 45 Collins Street
When: Friday, 14 December 2018
For more info, click 

Big Design Market

The Big Design Market is at it again. We’ll come out and say it: it might just be the best Christmas hack you’ll come across this season. Showcasing a ton of designers and artists, it’s the perfect opportunity to load up on all sorts of weird quirky gifts for your weird quirky family. And if you’re tired of shopping, you can always stop by an interesting workshop or two.

Where: Collins Place, 45 Collins Street
When: Friday, 30 November 2018 - Sunday, 2 December 2018
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A Very Koorie Krismas

This is not your typical Christmas market, which pretty much guarantees it’ll be a great time. With lots of workshops, live music and dance (and a gum leaf performance), and a ton of different stalls (from crafty stuff like Karroong Craft to delicious indigenous cuisine treats from Mabu Mabu), you’re definitely in for a Very Koorie Treat.

Where: Koorie Heritage Trust, The Yarra Building (Levels 1 and 3), Federation Square
When: Saturday, 1 December 2018
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Kensington Market

Kensington Market is back on this month and celebrating its fifth birthday. With 70 specialty stalls, the market offers an eclectic mix of fresh produce, designer fashion, jewellery and visual art creations, vintage, retro and antiques, all set in a vibrant environment filled with live music, great coffee and delicious foods. Plus, they have a petting zoo, so...we’ll see you there.

Where: Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair Street, Kensington
When: Sunday, 16 December 2018, 10am –3pm.
For more info, click 

Sisters Market

Brunswick Sisters Market is back and ready to take your money. Local artists, artisans, designers, and small businesses are here to grace you with their works and more importantly, their food. Munch on some delectable delicacies (Abruzzo Lab is one of the many stalls that will entice your nostrils and fill your stomach) while you stroll through the colourful stalls.

Where: Brunswick Town Hall, 233 Sydney Rd, Brunswick
When: Friday, 14 December (4pm to 9pm) and Saturday, 15 December (10am to 4pm)
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Moonlit Markets

It’s not summer until you’ve traipsed through a crowded market after dusk. Eastland’s Moonlit Markets are back for another instalment of testing our short attention span with shiny things. Browse through an assortment of handmade homewares, sweet treats, and accessories. There will also be an array of food trucks available, so make sure you go on an empty stomach.

Where: Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
When: Every Thursday until Thursday, 20 December, from 5pm - 9pm
For more info, click 

Boho Luxe Christmas Market

It’s time to get boho chic at the Boho Luxe Christmas market. Melbourne's most talented jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators, artists and makers will be there to provide you with artsy gift ideas, but let’s be real: this market is also great from maybe picking up a little something for yourself (after you’ve gotten your Christmas list all sorted, of course).

Where: Federation Square, Corner Flinders and Swanston St
When: Sunday, 9 December 2018, 10am – 5pm
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The Fitzroy Mills Market And Fitzroy Market

The Fitzroy Market and The Fitzroy Mills Christmas Market have joined forces in what’s surely the most anticipated Christmas market collab of the year. Start your day with an Industry Beans coffee and then hit up the stalls that will be offering artisan gifts, fresh produce, delicious food, vintage goods, flowers, art, pre-loved treasures, coffee, craft beer, live music and more.

Where: 75 Rose Street, Fitzroy
When: Saturday, 1 December 2018, 9am – 2pm
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Arts Centre Melbourne Saturday Christmas Market

With no two stalls the same, the Arts Centre Melbourne Saturday Christmas Market is back in full force. Yes, there’s also a Sunday Market, but the Saturday market only goes until December 8. So if you want to get in on those arty gifts, better make it quick.

Where: Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road
When: Saturday, 1 December 2018 until Saturday, 8 December, 10am – 4pm
For more info, click 

Docklands Sunday Markets

If you find yourself in the Docklands, head over to their Sunday Markets for an Instagram-worthy stroll up the boardwalk and a tasty snack or two. And as Christmas rears its tinsel-y head, there will be plenty of Christmas-themed stuff to choose from. And if that’s not enough incentive for you, there’s a stall selling Spanish doughnuts. Enough said.

Where: NewQuay, 24 Newquay Promenade, Docklands
When: Every Sunday until Sunday, 23 December 2018
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Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar

If anyone knows Christmas (and winter, and snow), it’s the Scandinavians. Find all sorts of Scandinavian design, textiles, handicrafts, glassware, and more at what’s become a very popular market over the years. Plus, you get to dive into Norwegian pancakes, Danish hot dogs, Swedish cakes, and open sandwiches, which is definitely not something other Christmas markets can boast about.

Where: Swedish Church, 21 St Georges Rd, Toorak
When: Saturday, 1 December 2018 (10am - 5pm) and Sunday, 2 December 2018 (10am - 4pm)
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Eltham Twilight Christmas Market

As you can probably tell, we love a good night market. Back in time for the holiday season, the vibrant Eltham Twilight Christmas Market Late offers late-night trading from a variety of shops, market stalls, live music, and free activities.

Where: Eltham Town Square
When: Thursday, 13 December 2018 from 4pm - 9pm
For more info, click 

French Christmas Market

L’Alliance Francaise are putting on their yearly French Christmas Market, so get ready for some yummy goodies. Train your nose at a perfume masterclass or your tongue at a French trial class, or if you’re anything like us, spend the weekend scarfing down delicious bread, chocolate, and wine.

Where: Alliance Française de Melbourne, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda
When: Saturday, 15 December and Sunday 16 December 2018 (10am - 5pm)
For more info, click 

Canine Christmas Market

That’s right—a Christmas market for dogs. The Big Day Out For Dogs is Dogs Victoria's annual festive community event and open day. The event showcases a wide variety of breeds, clubs and dog activities to the public, and offers you the opportunity to spoil your canine buds at the Canine Christmas Market.

Where: KCC Park Skye
When: Sunday, 9 December 2018 (10:30am - 4pm)
For more info, click 

Melbourne Farmers Markets

There’s nothing processed about this process. At Melbourne Farmers Markets, you can get real food straight from Victorian farmers. You can find them at a number of spots around Melbourne.
Here's the list: 

Coburg North Primary School: Every Saturday, 8am–1pm
Carlton Primary School: First Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Collingwood Children’s Farm: Second Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park: Third Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Slow Food Melbourne at Abbotsford Convent: Fourth Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
Fairfield Primary School: Third Saturday of every month, 8am–1pm
The University of Melbourne: Every Wednesday during the semester, 10.30am–2.30pm
For more information, click here.

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