Spread the local love and hit up the best Brisbane Christmas markets
We won’t mince words (only pies) – it’s more important now than ever 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.
Portside Christmas Markets – Saturday November 20
Get a head start on your festive shopping at the Portside Christmas Markets on Saturday November 20. From the shop-happy minds of The Market Folk, this merry market will boast more than 50 stallholders offering limited-edition and one-of-a-kind wares. To make Christmas gifting even easier, there will be a complimentary eco-friendly gift-wrapping station run by The Market Folk in partnership with packing brand Noissue. Plus, live tunes will fill the air on the day, adding to the festive atmosphere.
Le Festival French Christmas Market – Saturday November 20 and Sunday November 21
Prepare your stockings – Le Festival’s first French Christmas Market is coming to West Village! From November 20–21, West Village will be transformed into a magical Marché de Noël, illuminated in festive ‘bleu-blanc-rouge’. With a specially chosen array of art and artisan stalls, a French bar, roving entertainment, and more, this will be the perfect way to get into the spirit this festive season.
BrisStyle Twilight Markets – Saturday November 27
Want to shop up a storm? Head to King George Square on Saturday November 27 from 4:00-9:00 pm to experience the one and only Brisbane-based marketplace selling 100-percent handmade goods, featuring more than 60 local designers. Admire artisanal hand-crafted goods underneath the gorgeous glow of Brisbane’s Christmas Tree and start ticking gifts off your Christmas wish list. There will even be a visit from Santa himself!
The BrisStyle Handmade Markets – Saturday December 11
Just in time for Christmas, Brisbane’s favourite handmade designers and artists will gather once again at South Bank to satisfy all of your sustainable handmade shopping needs. A treasure chest of local artisans will set up shop under the spectacular whale sculptures for the BrisStyle Handmade Markets on Saturday December 11, with plants, jewellery, candles, fashion and more handmade goodies on offer.
The Finders Keepers Brisbane Pop-Up Market – Saturday December 4
Celebrate the start of summer and shop small at The Finders Keepers’ first ever one-day Pop-Up Market on Saturday December 4 at Brisbane Showgrounds. Shoppers can expect to browse the best in local design, with plenty of eclectic goodies perfect to put under the Christmas tree. The best part? Entry is free!
A Very Valley Market Christmas – Saturday November 20
Calling all festive folk – the Valley Laneway Markets is celebrating A Very Valley Market Christmas in true Fortitude Valley style on Saturday November 20 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Come one and all for a Christmas celebration like no other in Winn Lane, Bakery Lane, California Lane and the Brunswick Street Mall – you’re sure to stock up on plenty of treats and cheer.
Beenleigh Christmas Twilight Markets – Friday November 19
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 setting the festive vibe.
Carseldine Christmas Twilight Markets – Saturday November 20
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.
Milton Christmas Twilight Markets – Saturday November 27
One of the most hotly anticipated Christmas markets in Brisbane is back for another year – we’re talking Milton Christmas Twilight Markets, 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.
Nundah Christmas Twilight Markets – Saturday December 4
Nundah Markets is set to transform once again into a Christmas wonderland on Saturday December 4 with a bunch of merry festivities on the cards. There will be more than 150 specialty stalls filled with unique artisan gifts such as handmade jewellery, indoor plants, boutique clothing, and delicious snacks. A bunch of flavoursome market bites will also be on offer alongside live music and the market’s iconic North Pole Bar filled with ice-cold craft brews from Stone & Wood, alcoholic ginger beers and Sunly Seltzers.
Christmas Pop-up Market – Saturday December 4
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. Distillery Road Market in Eagleby (halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast) 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 3
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 enjoying heaps of free activities or taking photos with Santa, you’ll be free to shop for local and artisan goods in peace.
Gasworks Markets – Friday December 10
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 – Sunday December 12
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 12
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 45 small independent businesses selling ceramics, pots, handmade clothing, skincare, eco products, accessories and so much more!
Ripley Providore Christmas Market – Sunday November 28
On Sunday November 28, The Ripley Providore Market will return in time for Christmas and it’s going to be 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. There will also be free face painting and balloon twisting for the kids, live music plus a special visit from you know who.
Fish Lane Christmas Markets – Sunday December 19
The Market Folk are returning to Fish Lane right in time for Christmas with the Fish Lane Christmas Markets on Sunday December 19. There will be more than 40 stallholders offering art, fashion, homewares, plants, ceramics, children’s goods, beauty and live music filling the air. Plus, market-goers can fuel their summertime shopping with delicious pre-and-post market meals from The Paladar, Lune Croissanterie, Kiki, Chu the Phat, GrassFed and many more tasty pit-stops.
QAGOMA Store Christmas Design Market Weekend – Saturday December 4 and Sunday December 5
For the first time ever enjoy the QAGOMA Store Christmas Design Market all weekend! Over two very special days – Saturday December 4 and Sunday December 5 – QAGOMA will be showcasing beautiful handmade goods, just for you. Carefully curated to include only the best makers in Queensland, it’s easy to see why this is still Brisbane’s favourite market! Keep your eyes peeled, stallholders will be announced soon.
Everton Plaza Christmas Market – Saturday November 27
The Market Folk is partnering with Brisbane City Council to launch the Everton Plaza Christmas Markets on Saturday November 27. The market will be the perfect destination to find something special for yourself or shop local for a unique Christmas gift, with more than 40 stallholders offering art, fashion, homewares, plants, ceramics, children’s goods, beauty and much more. Everton Plaza Market visitors will be able to stroll the stalls while being delighted by the voice of local folk-pop singer Jess Irvine, who will be performing at the Plaza from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
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