Spread the local love and hit up Brisbane’s best Christmas markets
We won’t mince words (only pies) – this year it has never been more important to shop local and handmade when it comes to your festive-season gifting. 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.
Kuraby Christmas Markets – Friday November 13
Savvy southsiders are already well across the popular Kuraby morning markets, but this local favourite is staying up a little later for its third-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.
Beenleigh Christmas Twilight Markets – Friday November 20
Southsiders, Santa has been listening and has granted your wish for a market brimming with silly season cheer. The Beenleigh Christmas Twilight Markets are a perfect spot to do your holiday shopping while enjoying a night out with delicious food, drink and great entertainment to set the festive vibe.
Rotary Club of Mount Gravatt Christmas Markets – Saturday November 21
When the World Food Markets is behind it, you know it’s going to be a brilliant event. This all-in-one Christmas extravaganza will showcase unique handmade products through its market, as well as a festival-style event with free entertainment and delicious food. As a bonus, all proceeds go to Rotary projects like the Red Rose Foundation to support victims of domestic violence and others in need.
Carseldine Christmas Twilight Markets – Friday November 27
Friends to the north – one of your local markets has had a festive makeover! The beloved Carseldine Markets is giving us another year of its massively popular Christmas twilight edition that debuted last year, 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.
Christmas on Cribb – Saturday November 28
One of the most hotly anticipated Christmas markets in Brisbane is back for another year – we’re talking Christmas on Cribb, baby! Milton Markets’ annual festive fiesta has garnered quite the reputation for providing shoppers with gourmet food, live entertainment, handmade gifts a whole lot of cheer to boot – you can grab a cocktail at the pop-up bar, get down to some groovy tunes and keep the kids in check with an appearance from Santa.
BrisStyle Christmas Twilight Market – Saturday November 28
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.
Jingle all the Bay – Friday December 4
Sandgate fam, listen up! This festive street party and Christmas parade also doubles as a truly fantastic market for all of the folks on your nice list – so while the kids are off taking in heaps of free activities or wandering the Winter Wonderland Laneway, you’ll be free to shop for local and artisan goods in peace.
Brisbane Eco Living Festival Christmas Market – Saturday December 5 and Sunday December 6
If you’re looking for some guilt-free gifts, this is the place to get ‘em. This beloved sustainability festival is hosting a condensed market-format version of its popular February event to help us all go green this silly season. You’re bound to find some seriously innovative stuff, and while you’re there you can enjoy food trucks (all sustainable and vegan) plus free workshops and seminars.
Christmas Pop-up Markets at South City Square – Saturday December 5
The Market Folk and South City Square – what a dreamy combination! One of Brisbane’s coolest indie markets (who you might recognise under its former name The Metre Market) is hosting a pop-up at the bustling Woolloongabba 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.
Gasworks Markets – Friday December 11
The Market Folk are really spreading the love this year, bringing a bevy of Christmas cheer to Gasworks Plaza for a massive local shopping event. You can find boutique market stalls, artisan workshops, pre-loved rack sales, live music, family fun and loads more – fill your stocking with the likes of fashion, art, homewares, plants, ceramics, accessories and cute things.
Christmas Carnival – Saturday December 19
Folks, it’s time to brace your elves – this annual festive bonanza is returning to Sandstone Point for another year of family-friendly fun. The markets and food stalls here are a real treat, plus there is plenty happening to keep the kids out of your hair while you go on covert gifting missions – think rides, entertainment, carols and a visit from Santa.
Coorparoo Markets – Sunday December 20
The motto of this indie market from The Market Folk is “skip the mall and shop small” – so if you’ve left your shopping a bit late and still want to throw your support behind the little guys, this is your best bet. The markets will feature a great range of more than 30 small independent businesses selling ceramics, pots, handmade clothing, skincare, eco products, accessories, honey and so much more! As an extra treat, you can browse the pre-worn rack sales and nab yourself a cute Christmas Day outfit.
ChristmasQuarter – Saturday December 6, Thursday December 10, Saturday December 13 and Sunday December 20
ChristmasQuarter is the brand-new Christmas pop-up coming to the Sunshine Coast. Meet colourful Christmas characters (hello, Santa!) within three different seasonal worlds including the Elves Workshop, the Snowy Forest and Grinch-land, explore a Christmas playground created for families, or choose the adults-only experience for those wanting to sip cocktails and enjoy some cheeky Christmas fun.
Ripley Providore Christmas Market – Sunday November 22
On Sunday November 22, The Ripley Providore Market will return for Christmas and it’s bigger and better than ever! Regional artisans and producers will come together to provide the best in local produce, handmade goodies, plants, clothing and more. Musician Danny Black will perform live and free entertainment will be on offer for the kids, including face painting and balloon twisting.
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