At this time of year, our thoughts turn to where we might be able to purchase unique Christmas gifts. Markets come to mind because they provide such innovative items.
There are a myriad of markets, which are all great fun, but one that really stands out as a Melbourne tradition is the Christmas Market at the Swedish Church.
It is usually held every year on the first weekend in December and has become a Melbourne tradition as it has been running for well over thirty years.
But this year, the Christmas market opens on November 18 and runs until December 17. The Christmas market is open: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10 am-4 pm, Sundays 12 pm-4 pm
There you have the opportunity to buy Scandinavian Christmas decorations, Christmas presents, candles, herring, sweets, Christmas Must, gingerbread and much more.
Please book for Saturday, December 2nd. Then they will offer some extra Christmas fun with Pippi Theatre, a little more focus on food and a lot of other surprises. They also have a lot of live music during the four weekends during Christmas.
You can also buy your goods online via their webshop. It will be replenished with new goods as they are delivered to the Church. "Click and collect" within Melbourne. Outside Melbourne, they ship your goods with Australia Post.
It is run by the Swedish Church, which is based in one of Toorak's elegant double-storey mansions. It was once the regal home of the Governor of Victoria in the days before Government House. The church took over this fine building in 1956.
Sweden is renowned for its beautifully designed goods, and this market is a showcase for such ingenuity.
There are textiles, handicrafts, glassware and gorgeous wooden Christmas decorations all imported from Sweden.
Pick up some colourful serviettes for the Christmas table or some stunning glassware.
The food is a real cultural and culinary drawcard. You get to try all kinds of Scandinavian foods such as rye crispbread (knackerbrod), cod roe spread (tarama), open sandwiches, Swedish cakes and pancakes, Danish hot dogs with crunchy fried onions and sweet mustard and cinnamon rolls.
Admission is free, but a gold coin donation would be appreciated.