Canberra is home to a tonne of amazing year-round markets celebrating local food, art, craft and fashion. As Christmas creeps up, many of the markets turn things up a notch adding seasonal touches and there are some special Christmas-only markets thrown into the mix. Canberra's Christmas markets provide great opportunities to shop small and shop local as you fill your Christmas stockings and tables. With Canberra's Christmas market season kicking off in early November and running right through until Christmas, here is a list of some of the best markets to help you plan your seasonal shopping spree.
Handmade Canberra - 6 - 8 December 2019
A beautifully curated quarterly market, Handmade Canberra is offering a bumper Christmas weekend from 6-8 December including a Friday twilight market in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday. If you like high-quality handmade fashion, art and craft, this is the place for you. Remember to check out the food hall for both snacks on the go and gourmet gifts. Located at EPIC, entry via a gold coin donation.
Canberra Christmas Market - 7- 8 December 2019
With loads of food stalls and plenty festive shopping on offer, the Canberra Christmas Market provides a great opportunity to snap up some fabulous Christmas presents. While there are handmade goodies, the focus here is broader and includes pet gear, plants and everything in between. Located at EPIC.
The Old Bus Depot Markets Christmas series - throughout December
The Old Bus Depot Markets are a mainstay of the Canberra market scene. A mix of food and fresh produce downstairs and handmade, vintage and fashion on the upper level, the markets always have some great gift ideas but throughout December, there are Christmas themed market days to enjoy including the Christmas kid's weekend (where rumour has it you might spot Santa) and the super Christmas weekend on 21-22 December.
The Suitcase Rummage pops up in Canberra's New Acton Precinct throughout the year. The market provides fledgeling makers with the chance to get started. The market focuses on conscious consumption and also offers upcycled and sustainable goodies so its a great option for eco-conscious shoppers. Located at New Acton, free entry.
The Makers and Shakers Market - 2 November
Makers and Shakers offers a curated line-up of handmade products and gourmet goodies. Over 60 stalls will be there at the new bigger venue. The early November date makes this the perfect option for super organised shoppers who like to beat the last minute Christmas rush. Located at the Old Bus Depot Building, entry costs $2.
Canberra Etsy Made Local Market - 23 November
If you love supporting local businesses, Etsy Made Local is the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping done! Comprised entirely of Etsy sellers from the Canberra region, you'll find high quality handmade as well as food and drinks. And you can feel good knowing the money you spend is supporting local creatives and makers. Win win! Located at EPIC, free entry.
Designer Op Shop Emporium Christmas Market Day - 17 November
As if the Designer Op Shop Emporium isn't awesome enough on its own, they are lifting the bar and throwing a Christmas market day with stalls and giveaways. Enough said. Located at the Designer Op Shop Emporium in Fyshwick Entry is free.
Undercurrent Design Market - 22- 24 November
For a high-brow Christmas Market experience, check out Undercurrent Design Market at the National Portrait Gallery. Featuring contemporary Australian made designs including jeweller, homewares, textiles and glass. Shop directly with the designers themselves and pick up a unique gift to be treasured. Located at the National Portrait Gallery, entry is free.
Christmas Fayre at All Saints Ainslie - 7 December
For some old-fashioned Christmas fun, head to the All Saints Christmas Fayre. You'll find jams, puddings, cakes, ornaments and crafts. You can even enjoy a Devonshire tea while you shop. If you plan on buying a Christmas pudding, you can pre-order and pick up on the day to make sure you don't miss out!
Hartley Hall Christmas Markets - 1 December
This monthly outdoor market swells with additional stallholders in the lead up to Christmas. With plants, handmade clothes and décor, toys, food, fresh produce, art, photography, pet treats and almost anything else you can imagine, if you want to experience an old-style market complete with rides for the kids and live music, pencil the Hartley Hall Market into your to-do list. The December market can get hectic and sprawls further than usual so plan to get your walking legs into action.
Crafty Frog Christmas Party and Market - 30 November
Crafty Frog is a specialty craft shop and its annual Christmas market showcases some of Canberra's best makers with stalls at the front of the building. Purchase directly from local makers. Located at the Crafty Frog, entry free.