If you haven't done your Christmas shopping yet, there is still a bit of time left, but not much! So if you are looking for a unique gift or a personally crafted gift, you might find what you're looking for at one of the many markets held in Geelong during December. There are also markets held during summer in and around Geelong, from December 2015 through to about March 2016.
When I started to research markets, craft markets, and craft and food markets I was surprised to find that there were so many markets in Geelong. My first problem was how to list them — alphabetically, in date order, my favourites first? I decided to start with the markets being held in December. The markets are in no particular order - just December markets listed first.
The Geelong Showgrounds Market is held every Sunday, all year round (except for the Geelong Show weekend in October).
The next Geelong Showgrounds Market is on Sunday 13th December from 8.00am to 1.00pm, at 79 Breakwater Road, Breakwater. This market has fresh fruit and vegetables, new clothing, new products and second hand products.
More Upcoming Dates for Geelong Showgrounds Market:
Sunday 20th December from 8.30am to 2.00pm
Sunday 27th December from 8.30am to 2.00pm
Sunday 3rd January 2016 from 8.30am to 2.00pm
Where are the showgrounds? On the corner of Carr Street & Breakwater Road, East Geelong. For further information or to book a stall call Terri 0417 759 777
The Belmont Market is held every Sunday, except if Christmas Day falls on a Sunday. This market has indoor and outdoor stalls and is open through rain, hail or shine. New stall holders are welcome.
Belmont Market is at 1 Barwon Heads Road, Belmont (opposite Kmart Belmont). The Belmont Market is held in the Barwon Vally Activity Centre. The next Belmont Market is on Sunday 13th December from 8.00am to 1.00pm.
Products sold may include fresh fruit and vegetables, new, pre-loved and vintage clothing, confectionery, plants, flowers, toys, phone accessories, home wares, sunglasses, jewellery, material, crafts, pet supplies, books, industrial items and more.
Sunday 20th December from 8.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday 27th December from 8.00am to 1.00pm
Sunday 3rd January 2016 from 8:00am to 1.00pm
Airey's Inlet Community Market is held at the Airey's Inlet Community Hall. It is generally held on the 2nd Sunday of the month, from October to June. Sometimes a few extra markets are thrown in as well.
What better place to browse around a community market, than the beautiful coastal town of Airey's Inlet, located along the Great Ocean Road. When you finish browsing you can enjoy a meal at one of the cafes, restaurants or hotels in the township, or you could purchase food from the market.
The market is held in the hall and the grounds of the hall. There is always a great selection of fresh fruit and vegetables and other produce. You can expect to find some tasty home cooked cakes, slices, jam or cookies. This isn't a huge market, however it prides itself on artisan produce and quality items. Sometimes there are stalls selling photography, paintings, beautiful hand crafts and art, sculptures and other items on sale.
The Airey's Inlet Market runs from 9.00am to 1.00pm. Contact 0402 733 262 for further information.
The Drysdale Market is in a lovely setting at the bottom of the Drysdale Recreation Reserve. There are lots of gum trees providing shade and the market stalls are set amongst the trees and rolling slopes. Sometimes there are over a hundred stalls set up, selling a wide range of products.
You can expect to find local handcrafted gifts, including woodwork, knitted items, clothing and toys. You can also purchase the best of the Bellarine Peninsula, as local produce is on sale, vegetables, preserves, oils, honey and other gourmet foods.
If you want to pick up a bargain or pick the freshest harvest, you need to try to get there early. The market starts at 9.00am and runs until about 1.00pm. There is always plenty of food to buy for lunch or a snack, fresh coffee is usually on sale and there is usually entertainment from buskers or local artists.
Drysdale Market is held on the 3rd Sunday of the month, from October to May. It is held at the Drysdale Recreation Reserve, off Duke Street, Drysdale. There are plenty of signs pointing to the market so you should be able to find it easily. There is lots of parking near the market and in the recreation reserve. The public toilets at the reserve are open on the day.
Next Drysdale Market is Sunday 20th December, from 9.00am to 1.00pm. At Drysdale Recreation Reserve, Duke Street Drysdale. Free entry. Contact 0466 154 672 for further information.
Geelong Farmers Market is held in Little Malop Street. It has dozens of stalls that sell local produce from the region of Geelong. You can purchase gourmet food including jams, biscuits, breads, wines, cheeses, olive oils and sauces. My friend John sometimes walks in from East Geelong specifically to buy the beautiful fresh flowers on sale at the Geelong Farmers Market. You can also buy real organic vegetables direct from the farmer.
There is usually some type of entertainment at the market. Local chefs and cooks may demonstrate how to cook the local produce. The mini cooking classes have become a draw card for the market, with famous people like Chez Jo among the guests. There is also music and other entertainment to make the morning a festive occasion.
There are usually some activities for the children too, with face painting, and a petting farm. Everybody likes to get up close to the baby farm animals. Come and browse the Central Geelong Farmers Market for a few hours and enjoy the entertainment and fresh produce.
On the second Saturday of each month central Geelong's Little Malop Streets between Moorabool and Yarra Streets comes alive with the Geelong Farmers Market. The market has been a popular event since commencing in 2003 and brings a great vibe to the city, attracting thousands for some of the freshest produce and gourmet products.
The Geelong Farmers Market is held year round, on the 2nd Saturday of the month. The Market starts at 9.30am and runs until 12.30pm. the next Geelong Farmers Market will be held on Saturday 12th December.
For further information about the market or on how to become a stall holder you can contact the Market Co-ordinator Shelley on 03 5227 0938.
Held on the grounds of the historic Osborne House, and overlooking Corio Bay, the Osborne House Growers Market is a great place to browse the market stalls, then pop inside Osborne House to see if there are any displays or exhibitions being held inside.
The market sells fresh and locally grown organic produce, as well as some wonderful locally crafted goods. I used to have a stall here myself. You can usually purchase knitted toys, scarves, baby clothes and more, depending on which stall holders are there on the day. You may also be able to purchase fresh fruit and vegetables, free range meats, eggs, gourmet and arisan foods. If you're looking for Christmas gifts there is also a range of candes, photography, hand made soaps and a range of other creative items available.
The market runs on the 3rd Sunday of the month. The next market will be held on Sunday 20th December 2015, from 9.00am through to 1.00pm.
Osborne House is in Swinburne Street, North Geelong. Swinburne Street intersects with Melbourne Road. The market is held on the grounds of Osborne House, in front of the House, and sometimes on the verandah and inside.
Phone 03 5277 3808 or mobile 0424 373 214 to make enquiries about holding a stall there yourself or to ensure the market is on.
This market is one of the most popular markets being held on the Bellarine Peninsula. It is held at the Point Lonsdale School, in the grounds.
There are always lots of stall holders there and you can buy anything from food to fruit and vegetables, jewellery to plants and trees. There is a lot of local produce for sale from jams and potatoes to home made cakes and biscuits. There is also lots of art and craft available, with home made clothes, artwork and photography for sale at great prices.
The market is set up on the school oval, along Bowen Road and also inside the school buildings. The school quadrangle is often lined with food stalls and buskers.
Where: Point Lonsdale Market is held at Point Lonsdale Primary School in Bowen Road, just off the Bellarine Highway. The market is held on the 2nd Sunday of every month, from 9.00am to 2.00pm.
The next market will be held on Sunday December 13th 2015. Free entry. Contact 0417 037 970 for any further information.
Beckley Park Market Corio is held every Saturday, all year round. It has been renamed the Geelong Greyhounds Community Market, however most Geelong residents would know it as Beckley Park Market.
This market has been held every Saturday from 3rd January 2015 to 26th December 2015. There will be a market this Saturday 12th December. Markets run from 8.30am to 1.00pm.
At the Geelong Greyhounds Community Market, there are a lot of regular stall holders who go to this market every Saturday. The market is held outside and indoors. You can buy your Saturday morning newspapers. There are over 150 stalls, from fruit and vegetables to plants, from clothing to leather goods, jewellery, pet food and pet needs, from eggs to treats and sweets. You can even have a hair cut.
Most items are new, and there are second hand items to be bought as well. There is a food court, food vans and hot doughnuts. It is free to enter. There are toilets and plenty of free parking outside.
Beckley Park is on Broderick Road, Princes Highway, Corio. If you come in to Geelong via the freeway (not the Ring Road) Beckley Park is on your right, just before Aldi.
At time of printing, all information about the markets being held in Geelong is correct. If you're unsure about when a market is being held or if you want to check that it is on this weekend, there are contact numbers for each market listed above.