The Best Christmas Shopping Events in Melbourne Holiday shopping can be more than a task to cross off your to do list. Make a day or even an night out of Christmas shopping, with these fun upcoming shopping events, many of which are family-friendly with free entry. Whether you are looking for a quirky market or a busy night out at a shopping centre, you will soon have your Christmas shopping sorted at these events.
Christmas shopping can be a fun activity, with plenty of upcoming markets and events for Melbourne shoppers. Image: Pixabay.
Shop the City Festival at Melbourne Central Shop the City is a one-day special event of workshops, activities, and exclusive discount offers at Melbourne Central.
Shop the City at Melbourne Central has an array of workshops and activities on offer for their big shopping event. Image: Melbourne Central Facebook page.
A fun day out with friends or the family, some of the more exciting activities include custom Kit Kat making, awkward family portrait photo shoots, a cupcake decorating workshop and even a treasure hunt with clues released over Snapchat. Note that while there are some free activities at the Shop the City event, most do have an associated cost.
Peruse the quaint wares on offer at Sovereign Hill at their annual night market. You may know Sovereign Hill as an outdoor museum where time is stuck in the Gold Rush of the 1950s, but once a year it transforms into an enchanting night market. Entry is free and all your favourite Sovereign Hill goodies will be available for purchase, including boiled sweets, toys, candles and more.
Stock up on Xmas gifts at the Sovereign Hill Shopping Night. Image: Sovereign Hill Facebook page.
Above: time-lapse video of the 2013 Sovereign Hill Shopping Night.
The Big Design Market Get your hands on unique gifts that nobody else will have from the Big Design Market. While the name sounds like it could be a trade show, it is actually open to all and is family friendly, with free activities for kids. There are also free creative workshops for the adults, covering crafts such as knitted Christmas ornament making and terrarium making.
The Big Design Market is a tasteful market with activities for the whole family. Image: The Big Design Market.
Held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton Gardens over Friday 4 December to Sunday 6 December, the market features an array of products including toys, homewares, clothing, furniture and more. Entry to the market is $2 per person, and free for kids.
Get in early to score one of just three hundred showbags; which have the meagre $25 price tag of a Melbourne Show style bag, but are packed full of sophisticated, aesthetically pleasing goodies.
2015 French Xmas Market
Enjoy a market with a difference at St Kilda's Eildon Mansion, with the 2015 French Xmas Market. Any Francophile will love the French gifts, food and wine available for purchase from an array of stallholders.
The French Xmas Market puts a new twist on the daytime market. Image: AFR Melbourne.
The market will have all the usual children's entertainment including games, face painting and balloon animals, as well as unique activities for adults including French classes.
The family-friendly event is held over two days, on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December, and is open each day from 10am until 5pm. Entry is free.
Above: Promo video for the 2015 French Xmas market, showing last year's event.
Northcote Town Hall Kris Kringle Night Markets
Find some local wares for Christmas gifting at the annual Kris Kringle Night Markets at Northcote Town Hall. Stalls will be selling clothing, jewellery, crafts, confectionery, toys and more. Best of all, entry is free.
The event is family friendly, with face painting for kids and an on-site bar for adults. Each week features a different live band.
The Northcote Town Hall Kris Kringle Night Market runs on four Thursday nights leading up to Christmas, on November 26 and December 3, 10 and 17. The evening begins at 5:30pm and winds down at 10pm.