Christmas celebrations are high on everyone's agenda in December. There are events to attend, Christmas Day dining to plan and a shopping list to complete. What better way to shop during the festive season than to head out to the many farmers and craft markets in Melbourne. These venues serve up fresh seasonal produce directly from the farmers, gourmet products from artisans and craft from some of Victoria's emerging talent and leading makers. Instead of supermarkets and department stores, here are 16 of the best markets to visit in and around the world's most liveable city in December.
Southbank Farmers' Market - 1 Dec
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You don't have to travel out of Melbourne city for a Victorian Farmers Markets Association accredited farmers' market thanks to the Melbourne Farmers' Markets. Their recently established Southbank Farmers' Market is just located in Southbank's Boyd Community Hub.
The market is plastic-bag free and parking is available on Balston and Kavanagh Streets. Head over to the heritage-listed building to grab fresh Victorian produce, direct from local food producers on 1 December from 8am to 1pm. Phone 03 9419 0826 or visit the website for more information.
Address: Boyd Community Hub, 207 City Road, Southbank, VIC 3006
Head over to the Summer Night Market at the Queen Victoria Market for evenings of food, drink, entertainment and shopping from 5pm onwards. There are over 35 food stalls offering a wide range of cuisine, licensed bars with Victoria's regional wines, live music on 2 stages and over 200 market stalls to browse. Phone 03 9320 5822 or visit the website for more information.
Address: Queen Victoria Market, Elizabeth St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
A Melbourne laneway covered with street art is the ideal setting for this outdoor market event. The Blender Lane Artists Market is where you can find quirky and colourful stalls offering art, illustration, craft, design, textile and jewellery from 5pm to 10pm. Alongside the market stalls are live music acts, performing arts, creative workshops and food. Visit the website for more information.
Address: Blender Lane Artists Market, 110 Franklin St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
The Big Design Market - 5 - 7 Dec
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For just $2, you can visit the biggest show of independent Australian and international design, not only in Melbourne but around Australia. The Big Design Market is where you enjoy 3 days of shopping for fashion, accessories, homewares, textiles, lifestyle and kids' products, stationery and books, gifts for the Christmas season and many more in the iconic Royal Exhibition Building. There will more than more than 220 designers to meet, browse and buy from. Visit the website for more details on opening hours and designers.
Melbourne's Mystery Market will take up a residency at QV this December, offering creative and independent Melbourne-made goodies in a pretty park style setting. From 5pm on Friday nights and 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, you can enjoy browsing the Gift Market for quality handcrafted products including home décor and furniture, water colour paintings, greeting cards, prints, wooden postcards, tote bags, contemporary jewellery and many more. Phone 03 9486 9821 or check out the website for more information.
Supported by the McKinnon Primary School, the Mckinnon Farmers Market offers direct access to a variety of Victoria's finest producers and growers from 9am to 1pm on 6 December. You can buy artisan breads, handcrafted wines, free range eggs, real fresh milk, cream, yoghurt, honey and many more. There will also be a Christmas Twilight Market on 18 December from 4pm to 8pm. Entry is based on a gold coin donation to the School. Visit the website for more information.
In addition to professional development sessions for practising and budding makers, artists and designers, public exhibitions like Craft Cubed, Craft also hosts events like Melbourne Town Hall pop-up shop, artist talk and New Craft in Queen Victoria Market. The monthly art and craft market in Melbourne's iconic market showcases a wide selection of products handmade in Victoria and allows the public to meet the artisans from 9am to 4pm. Phone 03 9650 7775 or visit the website for more information.
Address: Shed C at the Queen Victoria Market, corner of Peel and Victoria Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000
If you're looking for more craft, then head over to the Hawthorn Craft Market on 7 December from 10am to 3pm. As one of Melbourne's longest running makers' markets since 1979, all products are handmade by artisans. The stalls feature a diverse range of high quality works including original paintings, ceramics, woodcraft, glassworks, photography, innovative fashion and design, children's toys and costumes, jewellery, accessories, bags, plants, gourmet foods and much more. A special Christmas Twilight Market will be held from 4pm to 8pm on 14 December. Phone 03 9278 4444 or visit the website for more information.
Set against the iconic backdrop of St Kilda Beach is the St Kilda Esplanade Market. This weekend arts, crafts and design market has been running since 1970. You can browse a wide variety of artisan food, body products, hand crafted artwork, jewellery, accessories, homewares, furniture and more from over 120 stalls. Check out the new stalls added each week at the Market which operates from 10am to 5pm. Visit the website for more information.
Address: The Upper Esplanade, The Esplanade, St Kilda, Victoria 3182
Kensington Arts and Craft Market - 14 Dec
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More than 60 specialty stalls will come together on 14 December at the Kensington Arts and Craft Market located in Kensington Primary School. It is established to provide local talent in the Kensington and Flemington areas and surrounding precincts to showcase their products. You can enjoy live music and buskers while browsing a eclectic mix including designer fashion and jewellery, visual art creations and even fresh produce from 10am to 3pm. Visit the website for more information
Head over to the Boroondara Farmers Market on 20 December to grab your festive supplies like fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, herbs, eggs, bread, olives, cakes, honey, dips and sauces, beer and wine. They come directly to you from producers all around Victoria. The market runs from 8am to 1pm and requires a $2 entry. Phone 03 9278 4444 or visit the website for more information.
Located in Surrey Hills' Holy Trinity Anglican Church is the Treasures and Tastes @ Trinity. This local makers and producers market only offers handmade produce and products like vegetables, honey, jams, cakes, wine, home crafts, children's clothes, accessories, art work and many more. The indoor market also contains a cafe where you can enjoy a scone and hot drink. Check out the website for more information.
Address: Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 177 Union Rd, Surrey Hills, VIC 3127
The beautiful surrounds of the Gasworks Arts Park with its artists' studios, theatres, galleries, workshops and cafe is home to the Gasworks Farmers' Market. Enjoy seasonal produce from local growers like cherries, artichokes, broad beans and asparagus from 8am to 1pm from this Victorian Farmers' Markets Association accredited market on 20 December. Phone 03 9419 0826 or visit the website for more information.
Address: Gasworks Arts Park, 21 Graham Street, Albert Park, VIC 3206
Held indoors in the main Convent building at the Abbotsford Convent is the Abbotsford Makers Market. From 10am to 4pm, you can browse a wide range of handmade original designs in textiles, paper, print, wood, ceramic, sculpture, jewellery, glass, photography, clothing, toys, home decor and more. In addition to the wide variety of products made by local artisans and crafters, you can also enjoy FREE face painting from 10am to 2pm, beautiful gardens, studios, galleries and eating places. Visit the website for more information.
Address: Community Room, Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, VIC 3067
The Shirt and Skirt Markets located on the beautiful grounds of Abbotsford Convent is an ideal place to browse the latest works of emerging fashion designers. You can enjoy browsing men, women and children fashion, jewellery, homewares, skincare and many more from 10am to 4pm. All the products sold are handmade by the designers and artists. Check out the website for more information.
Address: Abbotsford Convent, 1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford, VIC 3067
Slow Food Melbourne Twilight Market - 23 Dec
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A gold coin donation will gain you access to the
Slow Food Melbourne Twilight Market located in the picturesque surrounds of Abbotsford Convent from 3pm to 8pm. You can find seasonal, organic and low or no chemical fruit and vegetables. There are also free range, rare breed and heritage meats, fish, chooks and eggs. You can also find handmade cheeses, pasta, condiments, bread, honey, olive oil, flowers, seedlings and many more. With Christmas just 2 days away, check out the last minute festive products like preserves, fruit cakes, dried fruit and nuts, organic wines and beers. Phone 03 9419 0826 or visit the website for more information.
Address: Abbotsford Convent, St Heliers Street, Abbotsford, VIC 3067
Looking forward to seeing many shoppers there for all last minute food & gift buying direct from Victorian producers.
Melbourne Farmers' Markets will then kick off the new year at the Collingwood Children's Farm & Coburg Farmers' Markets on the 10th January 2015.
More info atwww.mfm.com.au