Market hopping is the ultimate summer weekend activity. And if there’s ever been a time to get into market-hopping, it’s this month—with boozy farmers markets on offer, a seafood marathon and a cherry pickling workshop.
Here are the best markets to check out this December.
The Glebe Market is one of Sydney’s best weekly markets. It happens every Saturday and is a bit of a local hotspot. This December, vendors are going all out for Christmas with even more stalls showcasing the best vintage and second-hand clothing and delicious street food as well as live music to brighten up the atmosphere.
When: Every Saturday, 10am - 4pm
Where: Glebe Public School, Glebe
The Rocks Christmas Market
Made up of historic laneways and classic pubs, The Rocks is a pretty magical place at any time of year. But come December, it gets extra magical care of The Rocks Christmas Markets. Get lost in the vast array of stalls where you will discover mouth-watering morsels, festive flavours and crafty creations. The atmosphere will be electric with the sights, scents and sounds of Christmas-inspired street food being served. You can expect local produce cooked to perfection, and sweet treats being thoughtfully prepared by stall owners to help you get in the Christmas spirit.
When: Thursday 5 until Sunday 22 December, 10am - 8pm
Where: The Rocks, CBD
Craft Drinks Market
Australia’s first boozy farmer’s market is hitting our shores this December and the lineup features the most exciting, exclusively Aussie, craft brewers. You'll be treated to a day full tastings, which means everything from beer and ciders, to spirits and wine. Get inspired by the craft too, with talks on everything to do with brewing and distilling wheld throughout the day, and designed to help you with your own at-home, DIY boozy projects.
When: Sunday 8 December
Where: Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park
Summer Design Fair
If you haven’t heard of Precinct 75 yet – it’s basically an insane haven for foodies and mammoth design enthusiasts. Around the grounds you’ll find a heap of independent, handcrafted designer brands including jewellery, body products, treats and ceramics. To fuel your body on the day, make sure you also get around the food trucks which will see feeds from The Bread and Butter Project, Dumplings Time and Mr Bao Buns. To make things even better, she’s also dog-friendly.
When: Saturday 14 December, 9am – 4pm
Where: Precinct 75, St Peters
The Makers Nest Design Market
The Makers Nest Design Market is only held twice a year, so you definitely do not want to miss out on this one. Celebrating local artists who design contemporary and creative products, you’ll be able to find the perfect Christmas present for anyone as it’s packed to the rafters with fashion, jewellery to ceramics, textiles and illustrative artworks all created by Australian artists.
When: Sunday 15 December 10am – 4pm
Where: Tramsheds, Forest Lodge
The Carriageworks Christmas Farmers Market
Your favourite Christmas farmers market is back and this year it’s stacking it up with even more epic food, drinks and gift choices. It's set to be loaded with fresh food, produce, artisanal gifts and cherry pickling workshops to help you get in the festive spirit. With the some of the most delicious feeds being served to the perfect gifts for Christmas gifts as well as must-do cherry pickling workshops, this Christmas farmers market has it all and you don't want to miss it.
When: Saturday 21 December, 8am – 2pm
Where: Carriageworks, Eveleigh
36-Hour Seafood Marathon
This annual event is set to return this month and just in time for all those last-minute Christmas meals. Retailers at the Fish Market will stay open for 36 hours, kick its doors open at 5am on December 23 and staying open until Christmas Eve. You’ll be the middle of Sydney’s freshest seafood, premium eats, gourmet fruit and veg and deli produce as well as last-minute kitchenware gifts.
When: Monday 23 December (opening at 5am) untill Tuesday 24 December (closing at 5pm)
Where: Sydney Fish Markets, Pyrmont
If you love a good bargain, head here to check out more free things to do this month.
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