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Is it just me, or is Christmas creeping up ever so quickly this year? I noticed the decorations starting to go up in the supermarkets at the start of September yet I think I've become accustomed to seeing things in stores so far in advance that I don't actually take much notice anymore. Then all of a sudden, invites and notices have started trickling in for Christmas parties and concerts, so it got me thinking..... Where is the best Christmas market?
I'm looking for fresh, local produce to make home baked Christmas goods to share with my family, friends, neighbours and school teachers and I'm looking to buy gifts that have a little bit of personality to suit those of the people I'm buying for. So I figure the best bet is to head down to some local markets and see what I can find. If you have a favourite Christmas market that you think is worth a look than I would love to hear from you.
Weekend Notes writer Rossana Fazzolari has come up with a list of ten Christmas markets, all of which I've not visited but would like to know if anyone has and which of them come recommended.
For fresh produce I like the Dandenong market for the convenience of it being on several times a week. I can stock up on seafood, meat, fruit and veggies all in the one place, which is perfect for preparing a Christmas feast. You may be closer to the Queen Vic market, South Melbourne market, Prahran market or your local Farmer's market buying direct from the producer. A full list of farmers markets can be found here.
Another interesting looking event is the Mad Hatter's Christmas Party on the 4th of December 10-30am-5.30pm at the Mornington Racecourse. The event will include unique kids activities, a beer garden, food trucks, live music and 160 stalls. Entry is $5 and kids are free. For more info click here.
Treasures and Tastes Market Saturday December 17 @ 175 Union Road Surrey Hills 9am-2pm; Top of the Hill Twilight Market Red Hill Recreation Reserve Friday November 18 5pm-9pm; Wellbeing Market Sun 4 December Seaford Community Hall, Seaford. All great Christmas markets with gifts and produce