Be your own Santa at Brisbane’s best Christmas markets
Oh boy, would you look at the time? It seems that true to form, Christmas has crept up on us like a warm kitten (and left a similar trail of adorable chaos in its wake). As much as trudging to the local mall to get all of your presents in one hit is a tempting prospect, one of the coolest gifting options is to support local and handmade businesses. Whether you’re having a bit of a panic attack in regards to your lack of organisational skills or just want to check out some festive fun, we’ve rounded up the best Christmas markets between now and when the Man in Red visits.
Christmas on Cribb – December 14–15, Milton
For some people, Christmas markets are a total drag. Invite those people to Christmas on Cribb and they will be whistling a different tune in no time. This two-night affair is the festive version of the regular Milton Markets offering, and the gang have really pulled out all the stops to make it grand. As well as nabbing some of the freshest local produce this side of the river, shoppers can much on limited-edition Gelato Messina flavours (no joke) as they amble through more than 50 stalls selling unique artisan wares with flair. Did we mention that there are pop-up bars? Yes please.
South Bank’s Christmas Markets – December 16–23, South Bank
From your dearest relatives to the more obscure people you have to buy for, you’re bound to find something suitable at South Bank’s Christmas Markets. For eight nights in December, the cobbled streets come alive with the festive sounds of live music and roving entertainers to keep the vibe up as punters shop for traditional Christmas gifts, keepsakes, delicious fare and ornaments. As an added bonus for those strapped for time, the markets run until 10:00 pm every heckin’ night!
Museum Twilight Markets – December 16, North Ipswich
When it comes to atmosphere, not many markets can beat this – sprawling across the grounds of the Workshop Rail Museum, the Museum Twilight Markets bring together local artisans with food trucks, live music and free craft workshops to create an event that’s loads of fun. The talented minds from BrisStyle are behind this offering, so you know the goods up for grabs will be top-notch in quality and style.
Eats & Beats Christmas Festival – December 16, Logan
Logan locals are probably well aware by now that the awesome Eats & Beats is the business when it comes to fun and food truck frivolity, and the gang behind the initiative really upped the ante with this year’s Christmas Festival edition. The final instalment of the Christmas-themed offering hits the Hyperdome on Friday, so it’s your last chance to pick up some cool gifts from local vendors (as well as stuff yourself silly because calories consumed before December 25 don’t count).
Christmas Carnival – December 17, Sandstone Point
Two of the most joyful words in the English language are ‘Christmas’ and ‘carnival’, so when you put them together it’s bound to be a ripper of a time. Sandstone Point is decking its hypothetical halls for this absolute bonanza effort that encompasses all the best parts of a handmade market combined with a fun fair. The kids will be entertained by rides galore as grown-ups can select delightful one-of-a-kind gifts from the market stalls on offer. Plus, if you’ve had it with the Mariah-style carols that have been pumped out around the place you’re in for a treat – the Christmas Carnival’s live performers offer swing and acoustic alternatives (no Mariah homages here).
Handmade Expo and Vintage Market – December 17, Bundambah
When the Australian Markets and Fairs Magazine names it as Australia’s best handmade market, you know it’s got some serious credentials. The Handmade Expo stays true to its name by only selecting vendors who are DIY – there’s no cutting corners here. As well as the local and visiting craft crew, there is also a great selection of high-quality vintage on offer. If you’re after unique wares, this is the way to go.
Mitchelton Carols in the Park – December 17, Mitchelton
Don’t let the name fool you – it isn’t just carols going down at this family funfest. For those who are late to the Christmas gifting game, there will be a tidy selection of market stalls popping up for the Mitchelton Carols in the Park. If the person you are shopping for is present (ha!), just distract them with the many other happenings – such as rides and live entertainment – while you ninja off to purchase some festive delights.
Christmas Night Market – December 22, Brisbane City
If you’re venturing into the CBD to do some frantic last minute shopping before Santa comes to town, it’s definitely worth taking the walk to the City Botanic Gardens to check out the Christmas Night Market. Nab some grub from one of the many amazing food vendors and then browse through stalls offering handmade jewellery, arts and crafts, leather work, wood work, candles, skin care products and fashion.
The Gap Farmers’ Market Twilight Music Festival – December 23, The Gap
If you like your Christmas cheer with a side of rock’n’roll, then this is the market for you. The Gap’s already killer farmers market is taking things to the next level for its Christmas offering, putting on a mini music festival featuring some awesome live bands. Stroll through the markets to pick up interesting oddities and amazing fresh produce, all while the likes of Some Jerks and Splat Acrobat tear up the stage in the background. Hell yeah!