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200 stallholders, delicious food & FREE kids activities

Australia's ultimate festive season shopping destination is back – bigger, bolder, brighter! This festive season, The Big Design Market is the only place to find Australia's most unique, ethical and uplifting gifts for loved ones.

Regarded as Sydney's premier shopping event, The Big Design Market, returns to the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park for a three-day extravaganza:

Friday 7 December 2018, 10am–8pm

Saturday 8 December 2018, 10am–7pm

Sunday 9 December 2018, 10am–5pm

This year, eventgoers will be treated to an extended line-up of over 200 designers, delicious food and drink offerings, inspiring art installations, a cocktail bar and FREE kids activities in a dedicated 'inner-city garden' themed play area!

Over 200 Local and International Stallholders Under One Roof

The beauty of The Big Design Market is that it delivers a one-stop Christmas shopping experience to an audience who value original, ethically designed, quality products. Shoppers can connect directly with the designers and makers featuring at the market, keep their children entertained with FREE activities and enjoy excellent food and drink, all in an iconic setting.

Director Simon Obarzanek comments on the unique approach of the events: "we love bringing creative products to new audiences and working with artists to create something special each year. The event provides a dynamic platform for independent design brands to launch their new product ranges to a discerning and responsive audience who look for excellent design, cutting-edge innovation and eco-conscious practices. When these powerful elements align, it's a win for the designers, the makers, the shoppers and the earth."

The Big Design Market 2018 highlights


The 2018 stallholder line-up includes a carefully curated assembly of the best local creative talent. Homewares, fashion, beauty care products, furniture, stationery, tech items and kids' products are just some of the designer goods that visitors to The Big Design Market can expect to discover.

The Big Design Market consistently delivers diversity and excitement to its visitors every year by featuring new talent alongside established independent brands. This year's event will showcase the work of more than 200 independent design brands and makers in each event.

With a distinct theme of sustainability in this year's line-up, The Big Design Market hosts brands that are making a difference with stylish reusable wares. From the likes of Beetbox with their award winning glass lunch bowls, to Honeybee Wrap who finally forgo pointless cling wrap, long-time favourite Bridget Bodenham with her gorgeous ceramic travel cups and more.

To continue with a positive attitude and everyday wellbeing, the line-up also includes The School of Life with their fantastic range of publications, personal and professional material, Lekker bikes to get you moving and I Am That Yoga with their funky natural cork yoga mats.

There is also a selection of brands whose businesses directly support and nurture communities. Successful not-for-profit indigenous enterprise, Bush Medijina, who use the knowledge that has been passed down from their elders to harvest bush produce to make a unique range of body products. The sales support their business, community and the Warnindilyakwa women who are making the products too. Indigenous social enterprise Magpie Goose creates sustainable jobs in the fashion industry for indigenous people in remote Northern Territory communities. Park SSC make original designed soccer balls that are making a difference internationally helping disadvantaged kids with their buy one, pass one to a kid in need model.

Independent brands making a big impact with their innovative product designs include 2018 iF Design Award winners Orbitkey and recent Shark Tank contenders Subo, whose unique non squeeze food bottles for kids were a big hit. Shoppers will also discover bags made from recycled pineapples, swimwear made from recycled plastic bottles and the Revolving Kinetic Wine Glass by Emma Klaus that functions both as a drinking vessel and as a decanter that aerates the wine as it revolves.

Visitors shopping for kids should keep an eye out for Lekker bikes, Beep Bicycle Bells, Halcyon Nights and Rainbeau.

Check out the full designer line-up here.


Guest Artist

Each year, The Big Design Market commissions one of their exhibitors to create a large-scale installation to wow visitors at the event. Following the wonderful work of Melbourne illustrator Pete Cromer in 2017, this year the artwork of award-winning artist and children's book author children's Marc Martin will be the feature of an awe-inspiring installation.


Free Kids Activites

Treat the kids to a host of free activities in The Big Design Market's 'inner-city garden' themed play space, featuring a 6 metre mural print created by illustrator Megan McKean. Kids can play and create all day decorating two giant cubby houses and making paper floral blooms for mini-gardens, or colour-in decorations designed by Megan.

Food and Drink

Shoppers love to eat and drink, which is why The Big Design Market invites everyone to enjoy delicious gourmet food offerings, craft beer, wine and coffee from local culinary masters.

Visitors can enjoy coffee and specialty teas by Welcome Dose Coffee and Rabbit Hole Organic Tea. There will be cocktails by Archie Rose Distilling Co along with Australian wines by Innocent Bystander and olives by Mount Zero. On the sweet side, there's gelato by Messina, donuts by Shortstop, and handmade chocolates and pastries by award-winning patissier Esti Garcia. For lunch and dinner there will be sashimi bowls by Fishbowl, Mary's burgers and Smoking Gun bagels, all washed down with refreshing craft brews from Young Henrys.

Check out the full food and drink line-up here.

Designer Showbags and Prizes

The Big Design Market's limited edition designer showbags have become highly sought after by shoppers at the Sydney event. The showbags are curated specifically to promote the quality and diversity of products on offer at the event and always sell out. This year's showbags hold a selection of different products each day, including hand-made earrings by Erika Harder Jewellery, cute enamel pins from Danica Studio, body products from Leif and other tempting goodies from the likes of Dana Kinter, The Study Collective, Honeybee Wrap, T Totaler, Karmme, Write To Me, Red Parka, Made From Good Deeds, Hello Miss May and Thankyou. Included in every single Sydney showbag are the latest issues of Peppermint Magazine and Green Magazine! To see what's in the showbags each day visit

The designer showbags are available for $20 ($100 value) and there will be a limited number available to purchase at the event each day until sold out.

In addition to designer showbags, The Big Design Market offers over $1300 worth of prizes including a Lekker bike to be won by one lucky event visitor in each city. To enter, sign up to the event newsletter here:

The Sydney event will also be introducing a Friday 'Gold Book' – a free booklet of exclusive VIP offers from stallholders, available on Friday 8 December in Sydney only.

The free Gold Book will be handed to every visitor entering the show between 12noon and 8pm on Friday and is full of exclusive deals from over 80 stallholders.

Gelato Messina are offering a free tote bag with every purchase of one of their new choc or strawberry sundaes, Bespoke Letterpress are giving away a set of two letterpress-printed A5 notebooks illustrated by Edith Rewa with all orders over $100, and when visitors purchase a leather Orbitkey key organiser they can get it monogrammed for free! A one-year subscription to Peppermint magazine will also be on offer for $30 instead of the usual $46.

The Big Design Market makes shopping for the festive season pure joy. Come along and explore, play, and engage with an extensive array of original products, delectable foods and free activities, all under one roof.

For details about The Big Design Market including full line-up of designers, food and drink offerings, kids activities and designer showbags please visit

The Big Design Market - Sydney

Royal Hall of Industries, Errol Flynn Blvd, Moore Park NSW 2021


$2 for adults and FREE for kids 12 and under


All payment options are accepted including EFTPOS and credit card facilities. There are multiple ATM machines located inside the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Disability Access

Wheelchair accessible. All exhibitors are located on the ground level.

Parents room

A dedicated private space will be available to carers of infants and children for feeding or quiet time.

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When: 7–9 Dec 2018
Where: Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park NSW
Cost: $2 adults / free for kids 12 and under
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by Vanessa on 20/10/2016
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