The days are getting hotter, Michael Buble’s sweet voice is ringing throughout shopping centres and mince pies have officially hit supermarket shelves everywhere. Yes, the festive season is well and truly upon us.
Although Christmas is known as the most wonderful time of the year, when you’re scouring near-empty shelves and trying to find a car park at overcrowded shopping centres, it certainly doesn't feel like that. 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, but you’ll also be shopping small, supporting local creatives and artisans, enabling them to keep doing what they love.
We’ve rounded up the best Christmas markets happening on the Sunshine Coast, so go on, grab your Christmas gift list and get ready to spread Christmas cheer.
Eumundi Christmas Extravaganza
Perhaps the most well-known market on the Sunny Coast, after 41 years of operating, Eumundi Markets has rightfully created a name for itself as a market like no other. The Eumundi Christmas Extravaganza will be a five-hour festival showcasing Christmas themed entertainment, free carnival rides, fireworks, face painting, food trucks and, of course, the usual market stalls boasting an array of handcrafted furniture, artworks, jewellery and fashion. If you’re only going to visit one Christmas market, make it this one. You might even be able to snap an ‘elfie’ with Santa.
When: Sunday 12 December, from 2:30pm to 7:30pm
Where: 29 Napier Road, Eumundi
Christmas In Caloundra
Wander through Caloundra this December and you’ll be immersed in the Christmas spirit at the Christmas In Caloundra Markets. Bulcock Street will be filled with a local twilight market, while Felicity Park will be lit up during the iconic Christmas tree lighting and entertainment. You can groove to Christmas carolers and live music, let the kids burn off some energy with a range of kids activities and then fill your bellies with noms from the array of food trucks.
When: Friday 3 December, from 4pm to 8pm
Where: Felicity Park, Caloundra
Beerwah Tower Green Festive Market
If you’re looking for some unique Christmas gift inspiration, a vintage knick-knack or just something a little less ordinary, then you need to get down to the Tower Green Festive Market this month. This artisan market overflows with community spirit and everything is hand baked, hand made, hand sewn or hand-grown so you can feel good knowing you’re giving back to the local community, while also scoring some epic gifts. The Beerwah Tower Green Festive Market spills out onto the Beerwah Tower Green lawn, where Santa will be taking free photos!
When: Saturday 11 December, from 8am to 12pm
Where: Beerwah Tower Green, Beerwah
Aussie World Christmas Spectacular
Christmas is the most joyful time of year and it gets a whole lot more joyful when Aussie World transforms into a winter wonderland this December. Their most popular event of the year, the Aussie World Christmas Spectacular, will be filled with Christmas lights, market stalls, live entertainment, rides galore (you can even fly like Santa’s reindeer) and roving dancers. You can snap an ‘elfie’ with Mr and Mrs Claus and, word on the street is that there might even be some snow! Tickets are selling quickly, so don’t be a Christmas turkey and grab yours ASAP to ensure you don’t miss out.
When: Saturday 18 December, from 5pm to 9pm
Where: Aussie World, 1 Downunder Drive, Palmview
Sunshine Coast Collective Christmas Markets
The Sunshine Coast Collective Markets aren’t just your average markets. Over 100 local Sunny Coast designers, foodies and artisans gather to create a magical space of design, creativity, delicious street food and soulful tunes. At their Christmas markets, you can expect there to be loads of one-of-a-kind gifts, Christmas tunes and festive cheer. You’re spoilt for choice with plenty to see, speciality goodies and coffee and fresh produce galore. Weekend plans=sorted.
When: Saturday 18 December, from 7am to 12pm
Where: Alex Skate Park, Alexandra Parade
Burnside Twilight Market
Get ready to embrace the Christmas cheer and enjoy yo ‘elf at the Burnside Twilight Markets and Christmas Carols. Start ticking off your Christmas list, with loads of homemade wares, jewellery, crafts and local artisans display their goods. Bring a rug and enjoy the live music, chow down on fare from the food trucks, let the kids run wild on the jumping castle and then settle down for the Christmas carols. We can feel the festive spirit from here.
When: Sunday 12 December, from 5pm to 8pm
Where: 86 Windsor Road, Nambour
It’s A Wrap Artisan Market
‘Tis the season for merry vibes, delicious food and loads of market-trawling. Well, luckily for you, It’s A Wrap Artisan Market delivers all those things. Caloundra Regional Gallery’s annual artisan market is the perfect place for you to discover a handcrafted gift for someone special (or yourself), such as one-of-a-kind jewellery, artwork, homewares and more. Chill out to live entertainment from local musician, Darcy Kate and enjoy the bar and refreshments available.
When: Friday 26 November, from 4pm to 7:30pm
Where: CCSA Hall, Nutley Street, Caloundra
Sunshine Coast Collective Maroochydore Markets
Try to rein in your excitement (get it?) ‘cause The Collective Markets will be hosting a Christmas popup market at the Maroochydore Homemaker Centre. We know the Sunshine Coast Collective Markets always create gorgeous events and we’re sure this market will be no exception. Market-trawl to your heart's content for all kinds of gifts, something for yourself or simply a unique knick-knack.
When: Saturday 4 December, from 9am to 5pm
Where: Maroochydore Homemaker Centre, 11-55 Maroochy Boulevard, Maroochydore
Maleny Late Night Christmas Handmade & Artisan Markets
Get jingly with it and celebrate Christmas in the right way at the Maleny Late Night Christmas Handmade & Artisan Markets. Their last market for the year will be filled with handmade, hand-baked and handcrafted goodies that are sure to bring festive cheer. Perfect for all your late night and last-minute Christmas shopping, this market is open until 8pm on Friday night. Phew.
When: Friday 10 December, from 11am to 8pm; Saturday 11 December, from 9am to 3pm
Where: Maleny Community Centre, 23 Maple Street, Maleny
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