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A Merry Market Christmas at Queen Victoria Market

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by Vanessa (subscribe)
WeekendNotes Chief Editor / Chief Writer / PR & Communications.
For the first time in the market's 138-year history, Queen Victoria Market will be open until 9pm for last minute Christmas Shopping and a Christmas Festival on Friday 23rd December.

This one-day only event not only offers a huge variety of fresh produce (Vic Market is hoping to sell around 20 tonnes of prawns, 10,000 dozen oysters, five tonnes of crayfish, 3,000 turkeys, 15 tonnes of ham and 6,300 kg of cherries for Christmas Day) but also a diverse range of general merchandise as well.

Mark Scott, Head of Promotions and Communications at Queen Victoria Market said the move to extend the market's trading hours over Christmas was necessary to keep up with Melbourne CBD's booming night time economy. "The City of Melbourne has been working hard to cultivate its lively night-time culinary scene and the Queen Victoria Market is dedicated to ensure it meets the needs and wants of its visitors," Mark said.

"On Friday 23 December, the entire market will be open until 9pm for those CBD workers and late-night shoppers still needing to purchase any last-minute Christmas groceries and gifts".

Adding to the bustling atmosphere is a Christmas Festival with a jam-packed schedule of events, including over $10,000 worth of prizes to give away, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and heaps of food and drink on offer. Highlights include:

  • Roving Santa giveaway between 2-6pm in General Merchandise

  • Hourly $500 raffle drawn under the Christmas Tree between 2pm – 7pm

  • 5,000 insulated shopping bags handed out to shoppers, in partnership with Second Bite

  • Festive entertainers and celebrity appearances including the Mic Macs, Perch Creek, The Choir of Hard knocks and the Salvation Army Brass Band

  • Cooking demonstration with Emma Dean and Lynton Tapp from My Market Kitchen/Masterchef

    For more information on this special market event, please visit

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    When: Friday 23 December 2016 until 9pm
    Where: 513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000
    Cost: Free Entry / Two hours free parking from 2pm
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