Make it a Queen Vic Market Christmas

Make it a Queen Vic Market Christmas

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Posted 2023-11-29 by Jenfollow

Fri 01 Dec 2023 - Sun 24 Dec 2023

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QVM (Queen Victoria Market] is setting up for a bumper festive season, and it could be your one-stop-shop this Christmas with the beloved iconic market advising all customers to shop early to secure the best of festive fare and gifts. Try not to be part of the weekend (23-24 Dec) rush in the lead-up to Christmas Day. See the last image for trading hours in case you do need to slip in for some last-minute gift shopping at the Summer Night Market on 20 December 2023.

Take note of 1-12 December 2023 as QVM tries to help make Christmas a little easier this year. They're running a 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway in that timeframe, with prizes including $500 market vouchers, bottles of wine, festive ornaments, fresh cherries, Christmas hams, seafood platters and charcuterie boards. For your chance to win, keep an eye on QVM's stories on social media and head to the website on Friday 1 December for more details. You'll find the T&C's here .


Check out what's happening at the Market this Christmas here , for dates and timeframes.

  • 1 Dec - From Fri 1 Dec, Mary Martin Bookshop, String Bean Alley; decorate a paper bauble to stick on a painted Christmas tree.
  • Pasko Sa Melb: Christmas in our Hearts - 5 Dec 3-9pm C&D Sheds - Experience the magic of all things festive with an array of Filipino food, Parol (lantern) making, cultural performances and more. For more details see here .
  • Mystery Night: Holiday Edition - 5 Dec, 6:15-7:30pm, Mary Martin Bookshop, String Bean Alley. For full details see here for a reading and meet the author night
  • Christmas Entertainment – 9-10, 15-17, 22-24 December - roving entertainment
  • Queen Vintage – Sat 9 Dec 9am-4pm C&D Sheds - Enter a world of timeless treasures and discover a collection of curated vintage fashion and more. For more details, see event page and website
  • Sun 17 Dec from 11am - Christmas Story with Singalong at Mary Martin Bookshop
  • Santa Visits – 21-24 December 10am-2pm except 24 Dec - 9.30am-1pm
  • Christmas Tree + Christmas Chair – Photo opportunity every market day
  • Summer Night Market – Wednesday nights until 13 March 2024 (excl. 27 Dec)
  • 22-24 Dec 10am-2pm - Get your gift bought from QVM wrapped for a Gold Coin Donation to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation at Mary Martin Bookshop

  • See webpage for other general events.


    Especially at Christmas, it's the sharing of food that brings us together, so be sure to see here for all your festive produce at QVM, home to Victoria’s highest concentration of fresh produce and deli traders including 27 butchers, 10
    fishmongers, 36 specialty shops in the Dairy Produce Hall, and 47 fruit and vegetable traders. Shoppers can fill their baskets with fresh local seafood, turkey, ham, Christmas puddings, mince pies, panettone, cherries and other festive produce for the perfect Christmas spread. Be inspired by QVM's Christmas Recipes . Here are some Market Predictions. The fishmongers are forecasting a good supply of seafood with prawns ever popular at competitive prices. If you're planning on lobster, the advice is to buy early and freeze before prices increase closer to Christmas.

    Geese will be in high demand but low in supply. Shoppers have been pre-ordering them since September at QVM. Even if your table is turkey, duck, guinea fowl and pheasant, it's always best to shop early. Cherries and Christmas are synonymous, so keep your eyes open for the freshest available closer to Christmas. For a more economical Christmas you can do a seafood swap between lobster and crayfish tails; better price and more sustainable. Mussels always a cheaper alternative to prawns and other seafood. To feed the masses, choose a whole fish (snapper; barramundi) and bake it. Venison is having a moment and a good quality cut is cheaper than premium beef. Chicken fillets are a cheaper choice over duck fillets, turkey or geese.


    For your gifting ideas, see here . This year’s gift guide features vegan leather journals; scented candles; vintage film cameras; handmade jewellery; festive socks; silk scarves; personalised leather bracelets; aromatherapy gift boxes; handcrafted cutting boards; cocktail packs; and much more. For 'purposeful shopping', stop-by the Market’s newly opened Purpose Precinct – Australia’s first dedicated social enterprise precinct. Purpose Precinct features 100 local social enterprises selling homewares, clothing, food and gifts from purpose-led businesses like Clothing the Gaps, Mildura Chocolate Company, Green Collect and Free to Feed.

    Each market day from 12–24 December, market-goers can have their gifts wrapped at the Purpose Precinct, with a circular twist. All wrapping will use recyclable, repurposed or up-cycled materials. If every Australian family wrapped just a quarter of their gifts in reused or alternative-paper options, it would save enough paper to wrap around the circumference of the earth. Get your gift wrapped for a gold coin donation with proceeds going to supporting the youth employment program at the Purpose Precinct. For the Christmas fanatics and collectors, or those in need of updating their Christmas decorations, visit the Market’s dedicated year-round Christmas store, Ambiance, to deck their halls with the latest ornaments and decorations.



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