I realise I'm probably in the minority here, but by November 1st I've started my Christmas list and am merrily organising my shopping calendar - markets are a brilliant place to pick up your fresh Christmas produce, and unique gifts that will often save you a bundle. And with Christmas just around the corner, many of our favourite markets are spreading Christmas cheer by putting on special Christmas Markets or extending their regular trading hours. Here's a list of the major Christmas markets in Brisbane this festive season.
A chance to find that special, one of a kind gift, designed and created by local talent. Wares include jewellery, art, homewares and clothing. Check the website or my Weekend Notes review for more information.
Live music, gourmet food stalls, kid's entertainment and shopping for mum and the little ones; these markets offer unique and styling wares with a focus on handmade, homemade and homegrown, with a retro, chic edge. For more details check out the website or a Weekend Notes review.
Enjoy 2 days of shopping, food and live music in air-conditioned comfort. These markets provide shoppers with the opportunity to purchase Fair Trade and Ethical gifts of clothing, homewares, jewellery, toys, gift hampers and so many more unique and charitable gifts. Check out last year's stallholders to get an idea of what's available.
These could be the Christmas markets of the season; over 100 local artisan stalls in a lantern lit King George Square, surrounding the Christmas Tree and Pantomime Stage which will be staging live entertainment. I bought my mum's Christmas present here last year and my sister bought me mine - a gorgeous and colourful handmade tapestry wall hanging.
When:Fridays 5.00pm - 10.00pm, Saturdays 10.00am - 5.00pm and Sundays 9.00am - 5.00pm Where:Stanley St Plaza, Southbank
Southbank won't hold any special Christmas markets this year but the usual weekend Lifestyle Markets will run in the lead up to Christmas. I have purchased many a Christmas gift from these fabulous markets in the past; take your pick from an exciting array of fashion items, homewares, collectables, handmade arts and crafts and more.
When:Friday 21st December, 2.00pm - 9.00pm Where:Cnr Old Cleveland Rd and Tilley Rd, Capalaba
One of Brisbane's biggest and longest running markets, Chandler sells an endless array of products including fresh produce, plants, arts and crafts, homewares, toys, gifts, clothing and fashion accessories.
When:Saturday 22nd December and Sunday 23rd December Where:385 Sherwood Rd, Rocklea
Both the Saturday Fresh Markets and Sunday Discovery Markets - which sell all of your Christmas fresh produce needs and last minute gifts, will extend trading hours and run from 6.00am - 2.00pm on December 22nd and 23rd respectively. The Wednesday Twilight Markets on December 26th and January 2nd are cancelled, with normal trade resuming on January 9th.
When: Sunday 23rd December, 4.00pm - 7.30pm Where:Brookfield Showgrounds - access through Brookfield State School carpark on Boscombe Road.
Get your fresh produce, seafood, meat (free range straight from the farm), Christmas cakes and puddings, plants and more at the special Twilight Market; the regular craft market will also be in operation at these markets.
When:Every Wednesay in December (5th, 12th 19th and 26th), 10.00am - 6.00pm Where:Queen St Mall (bridge end)
All of the usual favourites will be there plus some surprise Christmas stalls. The regular markets in the suburbs may hold special Christmas Twilight Markets but nothing has been announced yet; watch this space or check the website for updates.
So there you have it folks, plenty of opportunities in the coming weeks to find that special, one of a kind gift and stock up on fresh festive produce. And if you hear of any other Christmas markets be sure to let everyone know in the Comments section. Happy shopping.
Christmas Gift Shop at St Gerard Majella Church @ 146 Maundrell Terence, Brisbane - church with massive Christmas lightings - winner of 4KQ Christmas Lightings 2011
The Christmas Gift Shop will operate from Friday 26 October until Christmas showcasing the following and more:
Nativity Sets Galore
Demdaco, Willow Tree Figures
Figurines, Tree Ornaments
Photo Frames, Teacher’s Gifts
Huge range of candles
Soft Toys and much more
Hours: Monday to Friday – 9am to 4.45pm
Before and after weekend Masses
And from 2 December – also each evening from 6pm to 10pm with each evening festive lighting, festive entertainment and sale of food & beverage
Credit Card and EFTPOS Facilities available - Plenty of off-street parking