Spread the local love and hit up Brisbane’s best Christmas markets
As much as getting presents is a total treat, the real joy of Christmas is the giving part. However, the giving part can get tricky when you don’t know where to start. Allow us to give you a tip – shop local and handmade! Buying from Christmas markets pretty much generates nothing but positives – you get to pick up unique things that your friends and fam will love, as well as supporting local creatives with your patronage. If you’re searching for presents with a little more heart this year, save this round-up of Brisbane’s best Christmas markets and cross some names off your nice list.
Fair Trade Christmas Market – November 24–25
As much as some of us are guilty of doing the last-minute mall shop at Christmas time, it feels really good to buy presents that you know are ethically made. For a gift that goes a long way, the Fair Trade Christmas Market has got your back – think slow fashion, repurposed accessories and loads of unique products with an eco-conscious twist.
Brisbane Etsy Made Local – November 24–25
Have you ever spent hours scrolling through online marketplace Etsy wishing that there were a bricks-and-mortar equivalent that you could visit? This is your chance. The Brisbane Etsy Made Local Market brings together more than 150 of Brisbane Etsy’s best and brightest makers, designers and vintage sellers alongside food trucks, tasty drinks, live tunes and even workshops – a buzzing atmosphere that is sure to get you inspired.
Kuraby Christmas Markets – Friday November 30
Savvy southsiders are already well across the popular Kuraby morning markets, but this local favourite is staying up a little later for its first-ever Christmas edition. Winter wonderland decorations and live entertainment will set the scene as you browse through stall upon stall of gourmet festive foods, fresh produce and quirky artisan gifts.
Christmas Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse – First three weekends of December
If you’re keen to really immerse yourself in the silly season spirit while you shop, Christmas Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse is well worth your time. Hosted in conjunction with the World Food Markets, this event is all about fostering community spirit and allowing locals to support smaller, hand-made businesses. This boutique market experience is also pushing a sustainable focus with zero-waste practices in place, right down to the gift packaging.
BrisStyle Brisbane Twilight Market – Saturday December 1
The BrisStyle crew is renowned for its commitment to supporting local artists, so if you’re keen to show some love to local makers this year then this is the place to do it. King George Square will come alive with stalls stocked to the brim with handmade goodies – you won’t find anything imported, offshore, on-sold or mass-produced here. Add in some live music and street eats and you’ve got yourself a damn good shopping experience.
The Christmas Wonderlane – December 7–9
If you like the sound of a community market vibe with loads of family-friendly entertainment, put The Christmas Lane on your must-visit list. Held within Westfield Garden City, this pop-up artisan market is a great spot to pick up unique gifts, handmade treasures and more. The whole gang can delight in The Wishmas Tree Forest, a real Christmas tree forest where Westfield Garden City are granting a child’s special wish up to the value of $1,000. That’s not all – there will also be a vendor selling real Christmas trees! This is not a drill.
Metre Market Christmas pop-up at Coorparoo Square – Saturday December 8
Metre Market and Coorparoo Square – what a dreamy combination! One of Brisbane’s coolest indie markets is hosting a pop-up at the bustling new food and lifestyle precinct, combining our interests of sustainable shopping and delicious eats. Up-and-coming designers, artists and makers will be on hand selling bespoke gifts (and some killer pre-loved gear), while the Square’s range of cafes and restaurants will keep you satiated.
A Very Laneway Christmas Vintage Market – Saturday December 8
One of the best ways to ensure you pick up a unique gift is by going down the vintage route. As part of A Very Laneway Christmas, Fortitude Valley’s three major laneways will be coming alive with a curated selection of killer vintage and live entertainment. Shop streetwear and hip-hop threads in Winn Lane, search for Christmas classics and female fashion in Bakery Lane, and browse California Lane for retro summertime vibes.
Carseldine Christmas Markets – Friday December 14
Friends to the north – one of your local markets is getting a festive makeover! The beloved Carseldine Markets is holding a special twilight Christmas edition for one night only, bringing together the best local makers and providores for your shopping pleasure. It also promises to be a great family-friendly night out with live entertainment and activities for the little ones.
South Bank Christmas Gift Market – December 14–23
When it comes to massive Christmas markets, they don’t get much more spectacular than South Bank’s offering. Spanning across Stanley Street Plaza, The Arbour and Little Stanley Street, the annual festive fiesta runs right up until Christmas from 3:00–10:00 pm daily for all those last-minute buyers. Shop for charming stationery, jewels, homewares and more while you snack on delicious street-food fare.
QAGOMA Christmas Design Market – Saturday December 15
If the event is held by one of the country’s most respected galleries, you know it’s going to come through with the goods. QAGOMA’s annual Christmas Design Market is always a treasure trove boasting unique gifts for everyone on your list – shop more than 40 stalls featuring high-quality goods across ceramics, jewellery, homewares, paper products and more.
Christmas Lane at the Saturday Fresh Market – December 15 and 22
You might know the Saturday Fresh Market as a killer spot to pick up amazing local produce, and this is right on the money – but this year the fresh-food fave is putting on a special Christmas edition of its market. As well as being able to stock up your festive pantry with mouth-watering hams, prawns, and produce galore, browse through a dedicated laneway brimming with fashion, art and craft, giftware and more.
Cleveland Twilight Makers Market – Saturday December 22
Baysiders, listen up – if you’ve never been to the Cleveland Twilight Makers Market, do yourself a favour and check it out. This charming boardwalk market is a family-friendly evening showcasing local makers in the realm of fashion, accessories, homewares and gourmet provisions. The Christmas edition of the market is being held on Saturday December 22 – perfect for those of us who work well under that last-minute pressure.