The Best Christmas Markets In Melbourne

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There's nothing quite like unique and handmade for Christmas gifts, and the best thing is that this time of year, Melbourne is overrun with locally made goodies in all the holiday-themed markets in the leadup to the festive season. Here a few worth checking out.

The Big Design Market

The Big Design Market, Australia's ultimate festive season shopping destination is held over 3 days in December, delivering an exceptional line-up of the most unique curated offerings of ethical and independent designer gifts – and 2019 is no exception. Homewares, fashion, jewellery, art prints, books, ceramics, tech accessories, stationery and kids' toys are just some of the designer goods on offer from over 200 stalls.

What You Need To Know

Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton
When: 10 am-9 pm 6-8 December 2019
Entry: $2, children 12 and under free.

Nunawading Christmas Market 

The first Christmas markets cab off the rank is the ever-popular Nunawading Christmas Market - the make it, bake it, grow it market! There are over 100 stalls selling everything from quality craft and produce to gourmet foods. There are artisan crafts, gifts, jewellery and homeware products to choose from, so load up on Christmas gifts for everyone in the family (even the dogs, which are welcome outside the stalls).

What You Need To Know 

Where: Whitehorse Civic Centre, Whitehorse Road, Nunawading
When:  1 pm-5 pm on Sunday 8 December

Saturday Christmas Market, Arts Centre Melbourne

This Christmas, rather than scouring catalogues or shuffling through brightly-lit aisles, find a gift for your loved one that’s unique, beautifully crafted and locally made. Winding along St Kilda Road between Hamer Hall and the Spire building is Arts Centre Melbourne’s Christmas Market. A showcase of genuine talent, this annual Christmas market is the perfect spot for those looking for a one-of-a-kind gift this Christmas.

Exclusively featuring local designers and artisans – meet the makers behind the creations, uncovering the inspiration and level of skill poured into each piece. From jewellery, soaps, scarves and candles, to woodcraft, leather goods, clothing and paintings, each item is lovingly handcrafted, making for a memorable gift.

What You Need To Know

Where: 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
When: 30 November, 7 December and 14 December from 10 am to 4 pm
Entry: Free

German Christmas Market 

The Deutsche Schule Melbourne German Christmas Market is a mix of Australian and German Christmas market traditions in North Fitzroy and is a fantastic community event run by parents at the Deutsche Schule Melbourne, a bilingual German-English primary school.

A large number of market-stall holders book a table for the Weihnachtsmarkt and offer a diverse range of items – just in time for some early Christmas shopping. Overall the idea of the market is to support Victorian craftspeople and artists. Expect plenty of stalls selling handmade cards, wooden toys, jewellery, natural cosmetics, leather goods, Christmas decorations, clothing and-authored books.

Food-wise, get ready to feast on array of sweet and savoury options, including German sausages, pizza, Turkish Gözleme, European cheeses and French crêpes. In addition to a street full of food trucks, there are pretzels and sausages for sale in the market itself. For dessert, there are homemade cookies, Gingerbread Houses, crepes, cakes and fairy floss. Drinks are certainly not forgotten; the Christmas Market is fully licensed with a bar selling a range of German beers, plus Glühwein for those who like to imagine a cold white European Christmas!

There is plenty of excitement for the kids, with an enormous inflatable jumping obstacle course, sandpit treasure hunt, face painting, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, and a special visit from St Nikolas, his donkey and his helpers! 

What You Need To Know 

Where: 96 Barkly Street, Fitzroy North
When: 5 pm - 9 pm 29 November

French Christmas Market & Open Day

Alliance Francaise de Melbourne will once again be putting on a chic French affair and their French Christmas Market & Open Day. The French festivities will include fashion, food, wine, music, art, kids' activities, French trial classes and more!

What You Need To Know 

Where: 51 Grey Street, St Kilda
When: 8 & 9 December from 10 am to 5 pm
Entry: Free

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