Joe Blow might say that if you’ve seen one Christmas market, you’ve seen them all, but to Joe Blow we say ‘shutupayouface’! Unless you’ve already seen nine Christmas markets this year, in which case you probably have seen them all.
A Merry Market Christmas
If you’re one of the 90% of Australian fathers who forget they have to buy Christmas presents, then rest assured; the Queen Victoria Market has got your back this year. Open from 6am–9pm on December 23rd, drop into Melbourne’s most iconic market for those last minute Chrissie prezzies, where you’ll be greeted by Santa and his elves, roaming entertainment and live music.
Where: Queen Victoria Market
When: Friday, Dec 23, 6am–9pm
Arts Centre Saturday Christmas Market
Known famously on the market circuit for its handmade treasures, you can be certain that the Arts Centre Saturday Christmas Market will have everything you need for those hard-to-buy-for-but-easy-to-satisfy-with-locally-made-crafts rellies.
Where: Arts Centre, Melbourne
When: Dec 1–3, 10am–4pm
Christmas Market At Stamford Plaza
Located in the lobby of the Stamford Plaza Melbourne hotel, this market is packed with homemade gingerbreads, an exclusive range of loose-leaf teas (hello!), homemade Christmas cards and even a live choir performing Christmas carols. And there’ll also be ice cream and coffee, so really it’s win-win-win.
Where: Stamford Plaza, Little Collins St
When: Friday Dec 9, 10am–2pm
Craft Christmas Market
For one Saturday in December, the Craft Christmas Market will be taking over the historic 1000 £ Bend site for an extravaganza of handmade jewellery, ceramics, textiles and art–all handmade, ethical, and original crafts–and all great ways to spend that money you’d been planning to pay your electricity bill with this month (sorry, not sorry, Simply Energy).
Where: 1000 Pound Bend, Little Lonsdale St
When: Saturday Dec 17, 10am–4pm
Flemington Racecourse Christmas Market
Attendance at the Flemington Racecourse Christmas Market is essential if you want anyone on your gift-buying list to actually like the present you give them. It’ll be packed with one-of-a-kind jewellery, skincare, toys and homewares, as well as freshly baked bread, gourmet sauces, handmade chocolates, spices and wine. Treat yo’self to something nice while you’re there.
Where: Flemington Racecourse
When: Sunday, Dec 18, 9am–2pm
Kris Kringle Night Market
Northcote’s annual Kris Kringle Night Market is back at it this December with four Thursday evenings featuring over sixty stalls selling locally designed and handcrafted goods. This market has everything, from homewares, jewellery and skin products, all the way through to designer children’s clothing (thank gawd).
Where: Northcote Town Hall
When: Thursdays, Dec 1,8,15 & 22 5:30–10pm
Mad Hatter’s Christmas Party
If you’re only going to go to one Christmas market this festive season, make it the Mad Hatter’s Christmas Party. Located at the Mornington Racecourse grounds, this Chrissie market will feature over 170 stallholders, numerous food trucks, a beer garden (yaaaasss), live music and even kids activities (to keep them busy during the beers). The whole thing will be to the theme of Alice In Wonderland because what a time to be alive.
Where: Mornington Racecourse
When: Sunday, Dec 4, 10–5:30pm
Christmas is, after all, all about Baby Jesus, so why not head on over to St Dunstan’s Anglican Church on Saturday the 3rd to hunt through stalls of delicious cakes, fresh produce, Chrissie gifts and all sorts of treasures. The main attraction will be a sausage sizzle (because this is Australia).
Where: 163 Wattle Valley Road, Camberwell
When: Saturday, Dec 3, 9am–1pm
WAM Pop Up Makers Market
For one night only, Northcote’s High Street will transform into a sea of Christmas goodness, featuring live music, handmade goodies, homemade treats and people in high-vis vests wearing Santa hats. This is a great opportunity to kick off your Christmas celebrations and get your Chrissie shopping out of the way at the same time.
Where: High Street, Northcote
When: Thursday Dec 1, 5–8pm
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