Who says you need to be rugged up, sipping on mulled wine and ice-skating around the snow to enjoy the spirit of Christmas markets? Perth’s turning it on with plenty of fantastic markets this festive season, so you have no excuse not to get in the spirit and do a little (or a lot) of Christmas shopping.
Here are some of the best Christmas markets in Perth to hit up this year.
Fremantle Arts Centre’s Bazaar
Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December
If you want to do your Christmas shopping with some lush gardens as the backdrop, there’s no better place than Fremantle Arts Centre’s Christmas Bazaar. Running all weekend, the FAC grounds will be packed with 50 of the very best local market stalls selling the highest quality handcrafted goods, from woodwork and textiles to sculptures and ceramics. Consider your office secret santa sorted.
Cottesloe Village Hullabaloo
Saturday 3 December
Santa is bringing all the festive fun back to Cottesloe Village for the iconic Hullabaloo from 10am to 3pm on Saturday 3 December. Fun for all ages, the free community street party stretches throughout Napolean and Railway streets, with heaps of market stalls to explore along with live music, face painting, a petting zoo, plus, loads more activations and offers from local restaurants and bars.
Leighton Beach Christmas Markets
Saturday 3 December
What better way to tick off some of your Christmas shopping than by pairing it with a dip at the beach. Leighton Beach Surf Lifesaving Club will be hosting some top-notch local stall-holders on the grass area and inside so you can go straight from the ocean to the shops.
Christmas Markets At Valley Social (Formerly Elmars In The Valley)
Sunday 4 December
The Swan Valley's pretty magical already, but Valley Social is amping that right up for their Christmas market day. We suggest you book a table for lunch so you can plonk yourself down for a feed and a pint after ticking off everything on your gift list.
Central Park Christmas Markets
Wednesday 7 December and Thursday 8 December
The iconic Central Park Christmas Markets are returning to Perth’s CBD this December, with more than 25 stallholders slinging unique gifts (including Central Park’s exclusive Lotus scent), top tier local produce and yummy eats. Plus, there’s also an ice-cream cart and a festive bar complete with live music, Christmas entertainment and games. Open from 11am to 2.30pm on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 December, it’s the perfect way for corporate workers and city visitors to enjoy some sunshine while Christmas shopping in this lush urban oasis.
East End Festive Marketplace
Friday 9 and Saturday 10 December
Perth's iconic State Buildings has teamed up with Fremantle Arts Centre and Second Life Markets to bring a dash of festive shopping to the CBD's east end. Popping up within the State Buildings forecourt and Perth Town Hall undercroft for two days this December, the massive festive marketplace has been thoughtfully curated and features beautiful creations from the city’s most exciting artisans and makers. If you're looking to pick up a gorgeously unique gift while grabbing a delish bite to eat and a glass or two of wine, this is the place to do it.
Summer X Salt Beachside Christmas Market
Saturday 10 December
The beloved Summer X Salt markets are taking over Clarko Reserve in Trigg for a morning of beachside Christmas shopping, and they’re bringing loads of new and exciting pop-up activities with them. Drop by and pick up some prezzies for the salty-lifestyle living people in your life at these sustainable markets—there’ll be plenty of local artists, ocean-friendly products, plus food, juice and coffee. Don’t forget, they also offer free yoga and meditation.
Local & Aesthetic's Christmas Markets
Friday 16 to Sunday 18 December
Our fave Aussie cafe slash art gallery slash retailer, Local & Aesthetic, is bringing its popular Christmas Markets back again this year. They'll be expanding out onto the lane next to their Mount Lawley cafe, with loads of awesome creative stalls to explore.
Perth Hills Artisan Market
Saturday 17 to Sunday 18 December
The Perth Hills Artisan Market is the perfect place to pick up a one-of-a-kind gift or a bite to eat, with the most fabulous local market stalls popping up around Mundaring Arena for two massive days of Christmas shopping. Round up your crew and head for the hills from 9am to shop handmade jewellery, beautiful homewares, delicious jam and everything in between. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for elves on kangaroos and Santa’s sleigh on the day!
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Image credit: Supplied (Central Park Christmas Markets)