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Ten Christmas Markets in Melbourne 2016

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by Rossana Fazzolari (subscribe)
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Find Santa and your Christmas cheer at these markets
Their slower pace, friendly atmosphere and community fun is why I love to visit local Christmas Markets. It's exciting to explore artisan products, home made produce, eat lots of Christmas treats and mingle outdoors with the locals.

Christmas Decorations
Christmas Decorations

When I lived in Germany, Christmas was my favourite time of year. I had a small attic apartment in a four storey building. In the weeks before Christmas, sounds of hammering and tinkering drifted up through my open window as the Christmas Market was constructed in the town's shopping precinct below; where it would trade for several weeks. Most of the stalls were little quaint wooden huts with sturdy doors, for they were heated of course. Other stall holders braved the cold and had open stalls with their colourful wares displayed on large wooden benches and on the walls. There were many stalls devoted to Christmas decorations and the Nativity Scene.

Rainbow Pixies
Rainbow Pixies by Chachimoo's Enchanted Forest "large image

You had to wait until night time to experience the Christmas Markets at their most enchanting. As the sun quickly set, the market lights would flicker on illuminating the timber, honey-coloured walls in a warm glow. Around 5 - 6 pm when people knocked off work, they would huddle in their thick winter coats and hats around outdoor heaters, eat German street food and sip on fragrantly spiced mulled wine, spiced tea or the local brew. A bit like our Friday night drinks, except each night of the Christmas Market.

There were unique wares on offer and most of them were handmade. The sweet smell of freshly candied almonds filled the air and I would always buy the very moreish Munzen (bear claws) a type of biscuit, fried and dusted in icing sugar (the Rhineland variety) and of course Lebkuchen (gingerbread) of all sorts.

It was always fun to visit other Christmas Markets in other major cities.

Christmas time berries
Christmas time is berry time in Melbourne

Here in Melbourne we have many Christmas Markets on offer that are reflective of the Spirit of Christmas. They also highlight the talents of artisans and craftspeople in the local community. There are many people making beautiful and authentically unique products. I'm sure you're bound to find something for the person who is 'hard to buy for'. Some markets include second hand stalls that provide affordable price points for children spending their pocket money. Some are modelled on the traditional European Christmas Market, others have a focus on ethical products or Steiner influenced. They are a great alternative to large bustling and busy shopping centres, which can get so hectic. On one occasion last year when I had to get some last minute things in the frenzied days before Christmas, I sent a request up to the Angels to help me get a car park, even they couldn't arrange one for me so I drove back home empty handed.

Santa often makes an appearance, have you got your list ready for him?

Follow the FaceBook Page links to learn more about each individual market. If you know of another great Christmas Market that isn't listed here, please provide details in the comments section at the end if the article.

18 November 2016
Christmas Market
Billanook Primary School
270 Sheffield rd, Montrose 3765

Christmas Market - Billanook Primary School
Photo Credit: FaceBook Event Page; Christmas Market

19 November 2016
Christmas Artisan Craft Market
Little Sophia Rudolf Steiner Kindergarten
35 - 37 Abbotsford st, Melbourne 3067

Christmas Artisan Christmas Market
Photo Credit: FaceBook Event Page; Christmas Artisan Craft Market

20 November 2016
Weihnachtsmarkt, German Christmas Market
Tabulum and Templer Homes for the Aged
31 - 34 Elisabeth st, Bayswater 3153

Christmas Market - Tabulum and Templer Homes for the Aged
Photo Credit: FaceBook Event Page; Weihnachtsmarkt, German Christmas Market

25 November 2016
Twilight Christmas Market
736 Mt Dandenong rd, Kilsyth 3137

Christmas Market - Kilsyth
Photo Credit: FaceBook Event Page; Twilight Christmas Market, Kilsyth

25 November 2016
Deutsche Schule Melbourne German Christmas Market
96 Barkly st, Fitzroy North 3068

Christmas Market - Deutsche Schule Melbourne
Photo Credit: FaceBook Event Page; Deutsche Schule Melbourne German Christmas Market

26 November 2016
2016 German Christmas Bazaar
St John's Lutheran Church
3 Albert ave, Springvale 3171

Christmas Market - St John's Lutheran Church
Photo Credit: FaceBook Event Page; Weihnachtsbazaar 2016/ German Christmas Bazaar

2 December 2016
Christmas Market
1105 Frankston Dandenong rd
Carrum Downs 3201

Christmas Market - Carrum Downs
Photo Credit: FaceBook Event Page; Christmas Market Carrum Downs

3 - 4 December 2016
Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar
The Swedish Church
21 St Georges rd, Toorak 3142

Christmas Market - Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar
Photo Credit: FaceBook Event Page; Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar

7 December 2016
Baywater South Primary School Christmas Market Weihnachtsmarkt 2016
22 Enfield drive, Bayswater 3153

Christmas Market - Bayswater South Primary School
Photo Credit: FaceBook Event Page; BSPS Christmas Market Weihnachtsmarkt 2016

13 December 2016
Ethical Christmas Night Market
One Church
184 Surrey rd, Blackburn 3130

Christmas Market - Ethical Christmas Night Market
Photo Credit: FaceBook Event Page; Ethical Christmas Night Market 2016

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Why? 10 Markets with the magic of Christmas
When: From 18 November to 13 December 2016
Where: Various suburbs around Melbourne
Cost: Free entry or gold coin donation
Your Comment
Lovely article, Rossana!
by Elaine (score: 3|8025) 1629 days ago
Thank you Rossanna for highlighting the Christmas markets in Melbourne! Love it!
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Great article!
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