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Over 200 stallholders, delicious food & FREE kids activities

As the festive season approaches, Australia's ultimate festive season shopping destination is back for 2019 – bigger, bolder and brighter than ever!

Regarded as Melbourne's premier shopping event, The Big Design Market, returns to Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens for a three-day extravaganza:

Friday 6 December, 10am–9pm

Saturday 7 December, 10am–7pm

Sunday 8 December, 10am–5pm

Since launching in 2012, The Big Design Market has attracted over 50,000 visitors annually and this year, eventgoers will be treated to the biggest line-up yet of over 200 designers, delicious food and drink offerings, an inspiring art installation, a cocktail bar, and FREE kids activities in a dedicated play area!

200 Local and International Stallholders Under One Roof

The beauty of The Big Design Market is that it delivers a one-stop Christmas shopping experience to an audience who value original, ethically designed, quality products. Shoppers can connect directly with the designers and makers featuring at the market, keep their children entertained with FREE activities, and enjoy excellent food and drink, all in an iconic setting.

The Big Design Market 2019 Highlights

The 2019 stallholder line-up includes a carefully curated assembly of the best local creative talent, with many new additions! Homewares, fashion, beauty care products, furniture, stationery, tech items and kids' products are just some of the designer goods that visitors to The Big Design Market can expect to discover.

The Big Design Market also welcomes visitors to indulge in delicious food and drink offerings, discover an inspiring art installation, relax in the stylish calm of a cocktail bar, and treat the kids to a host of free activities in a dedicated play area.

Guest Artist

Each year The Big Design Market commissions one of their exhibitors to create a large-scale installation to wow visitors at the event. Following the wonderful work of guest artist Marc Martin in 2018, this year the artwork of artist Penny Ferguson of Min Pin, will be on show exclusively at The Big Design Market.

Free Kids Activities

Treat the kids to a host of free activities in The Big Design Market's play space, complete with a jungle gym by Good Design Australia Award-winners Funky Monkey Bars and calming creative activities for kids of all ages.

Food and Drink

Shoppers love to eat and drink, which is why The Big Design Market invites everyone to enjoy delicious gourmet food offerings, craft beer, wine and coffee from local culinary masters.

Check out the Eat & Drink line up here.

Designer Showbags and Prizes

The Big Design Market's designer showbags have become highly sought after by shoppers over the past 8 years with a limited number available to purchase at the event each day until sold out. Featuring fantastic design pieces from stallholders, with a different selection available each day! The price is $30 each (value $150). Limited edition of 300 per day, 2 per person. To see what's in the showbags each day click here.

In addition to designer showbags, The Big Design Market offers over $1800 worth of prizes including a Lekker bike to be won by one lucky event visitor in each city. To enter, sign up to event newsletter here.

The Big Design Market makes shopping for the festive season pure joy. Come along and explore, play, and engage with an extensive array of original products, delectable foods and free activities, all under one roof.

For details about The Big Design Market including full line up of designers, food and drink offerings, kids activities and designer showbags please visit

The Big Design Market - Melbourne

Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens

Friday 6 December, 10am–9pm

Saturday 7 December, 10am–7pm

Sunday 8 December, 10am–5pm


Adults: $5 / Kids (12 and under): free


All payment options are accepted. The majority of stallholders at The Big Design Market will have Eftpos and credit card facilities, and there are several ATM machines located inside the venue.


The Cutaway is wheelchair accessible and houses the lift and amenities, including accessible toilets

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When: 6-8 December
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053
Cost: $5/kids free entry
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