A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Published November 21st 2018
Where to market-hop this Christmas
Christmas markets are popping up all over Brisbane this festive season. A great alternative to the hustle and bustle of the suburban shopping centres, markets offer the chance to source unique gifts in a fun and relaxed environment. We've rounded up our list of top Christmas market picks below.
This year across two days, over 150 of Brisbane's most talented designers, makers and crafters will be in the one location at the Brisbane Showgrounds. Jewellery, clothing, toys, paper craft, ceramics, woodworking, upcycled and repurposed items here could prove to be that elusive gift you've been searching for. Together with food trucks, live music and workshops, these markets always hit the mark for a fun Christmas bazaar experience. Entry via gold coin at the door.
When: Saturday 24th November, 8am – 6pm and Sunday 25th November, 8am – 3pm Where: Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre, Kessels Road, Nathan
Support an ethically sourced Christmas by popping in to do some gift browsing. QSAC is an all-weather air-conditioned venue where even the littlest sustainable shoppers are taken care of with free kids face painting. Read the full Weekend Notes review here.
The Brisbane Markets at Rocklea have become a staple on the Brisbane market scene for fresh produce, recycled goods and chance bargains on any given weekend. For two special Saturdays in December the markets are expanding with an extra Christmas lane full of festive goodies to help get Christmas sorted. Visit these markets to buy Christmas hams, gifts for loved ones, and even real Christmas trees.
Christmas Market at the Cathedral
When: Saturday 1st December, 2pm – 9pm and Sunday 2nd December, 9am – 3pm
Where: Cathedral of St Stephen, 249 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Browse local and globally sourced handicrafts in the surrounds of one of Brisbane's most beautiful churches.
More than just a shopping experience Christmas Festival at the Brisbane Powerhouse will be the place to connect with family and friends this pre-festive season. Enjoy a twilight picnic on the lawn while listening to live music and sipping on a very merry cold beverage. Follow this up with a browse through the market stalls of gourmet provisions, fine handiwork, and festive adornments. Stretching over three weekends means there's plenty of opportunities to head down by the river to revel in the festive fun.
Christmas Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse, Image from event Facebook page
When: Friday 14th December, 6pm – 10pm
Where: The Old QUT Campus, 523 Beams Road, Carseldine
Well known for their Saturday morning farmers markets, Carseldine Markets are celebrating the festive season with a twilight Christmas market. There'll be all the great things this market regularly delivers including live entertainment, food and drinks, fresh produce, artisan stalls and kids activities, but with a festive twist. An added bonus for families is that this market coincides with the beginning of school holidays so would be the perfect family outing to celebrate summer.
Visit the historic grounds of Karuna House for this well-known Brisbane Christmas Market tradition. By supporting this event you'll not only find gifts to give loved ones, you'll be giving the gift of charity by helping to raise much-needed funds to support Karuna's work throughout the year. Read the full Weekend Notes review here.
Handmade Samford Christmas Market
When: Saturday 1st December, 9am – 2pm
Where: The Old Samford Church Hall and Grounds, 130 Samford Road, Samford
If you appreciate the labour of love that goes into the creation of fine handmade wares then this is the market for you. Spend the day in the picturesque semi-rural valley of Samford browsing market stalls and connecting with a community of craftspeople, where locally made is celebrated. Here you'll find beautiful bespoke items for that special someone just in time for Christmas.
Handmade Samford Christmas Markets, Image from Handmade Samford Facebook page
When: Friday 14th December – Sunday 23rd December, 3pm - 10pm
Where: Stanley Street Plaza, South Bank Parklands, South Brisbane
South Bank transforms into a festive hub in December with the Christmas Gift Market a focal point for the yuletide action. We love the stalls, the entertainment and the scrumptious food, but we keep coming back for the atmosphere. You can read the full Weekend Notes review here.
QAGOMA Christmas Design Market
When: Saturday 15th December, 9am - 4pm
Where: Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) Cultural Precinct, Stanley Place, South Brisbane
Visit the 40 craft and design market stalls at this year's QAGOMA Christmas market event to sample inspiring artisan ideas and to purchase exquisite goods. When you need to have a break (or to give your purse a break) head inside GOMA to check out the latest exhibitions.
QAGOMA Christmas Design Markets, Image from event Facebook page
Love the photo of the Christmas baubles near the top of this article - no reference to where these are available from - which market or, even better, the maker and whether they have a website. Thank you - enjoyed your article.