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Finding the perfect Christmas gift for someone special can be one of the hardest things to do. I should know, I am the worst Christmas shopper you will find. I'm not big on crowds, hate queues and am always amused when Christmas decorations fill department stores from September only to find myself wondering why no one reminded me that Christmas was only a few weeks away or in my case usually only days away and I have yet to select a single present let alone something for the entire family. So this year I have plans to do things differently, I'm trying to be organised enough to shop at local markets for unique gifts to keep out of department stores and packed car parks and I'm going to make the most of the sunshine.
Mornington Racecourse Twilight market is on the 28th of November between 3pm-8pm. The atmosphere at the twilight market is always fantastic and in previous years it's been a balmy evening with many people strolling through the rows of stalls before grabbing a bite to eat and relaxing on the lawn. Expect to find Christmas decorations, chocolate houses, Christmas cards, plum puddings, fruit mince pies and many other festive offerings along with many of the usual stall holders. For more info click here.
The last Mornington Racecourse Market before Christmas is on Sunday 13th of December between 9am-2pm. Around 300 stalls fill the site and it's sure to be popular with Christmas shoppers.
Portsea Market at Point Nepean is on the 29th of November between 9am-2pm. This market is also operated by Craft Markets Australia but unlike Mornington and Flemington markets the Portsea market is only held three times a year in this picturesque location. While you're there make sure you have a look at the Quarantine Station, walk through the forts and tunnels or try a famous vanilla slice in Sorrento. To find out more about the market click here.
Red Hill Market is referred to as the 'Grand Dame of Victorian craft markets' and is on Saturday 5th of December between 8am-1pm with over 300 stallholders selling everything from wine, cheese, plants, art, craft, fresh produce and more you're sure to find something. For more info click here.
Flemington Racecourse Market on Sunday 20th of December 9am-2pm is only 5 days out from Christmas day and is perfect for last minute Christmas shopping. Expect to find similar items as you would at the Red Hill and Mornington craft markets with many of the stallholders attending all of these markets. For more info click here.
Emu Plains Market at Balnarring Racecourse is on Saturday 19th of December from 9am-2pm. With a country atmosphere set amongst the trees you will find over 200 stalls offering everything from eclectic vintage pieces, hand crafted items from the Mornington Peninsula, gourmet foods, local wines, childrens activities and more. Parking is $4. More info can be found here.
Mornington Main Street Market every Wednesday between 9am-3pm is set among the cafes and boutique stores on Main st in Mornington. Expect to find quality handmade goods, fruit and veg, art and craft, plants, cakes and more. Parking can be difficult closer to lunchtime as many market goers stay and enjoy lunch but if you arrive early there are plenty of parking spaces at the rear of Main st. For more info click here.
Piccadilly Market in Geelong is on the 5th and 6th of December between 9:30-3:00pm daily. Over 100 specialty stalls including special Christmas items. Make sure you keep an eye out for one of the two hidden golden gnomes to win a prize. Entry is $2 for adults, free for children. For more info click here.
There are many other Christmas fetes and markets I have found including:
Riddells Creek street festival and market is on the 28th Nov from 4pm till dusk. The festival includes rides, children's activities, 70 market stalls, live music and more.
DSM Christmas market in Fitzroy North on the 27th November from 5pm-9pm. Click here for more info.
Bayswater South Primary school Christmas market is on the 9th of Dec from 5pm-7:30pm. Click here for more details.
OLMC twilight community market in Heidelberg is on the 27th of Nov from 3:30-8:30pm. For info click here.
St Peter Juilian Eymard primary school market in Mooroolbark is on the 28th of Nov from 10am-3pm. Visit their Facebook page here for more details.
Brunswick East primary school twilight market is on the 27th of Nov from 3:30-8pm. For more details click here.
Woodend Christmas twilight market on the 12th of Dec from 4-8pm, Shepperton Twilight Christmas market on the 5th of Dec from 4-8pm and Gisborne Twilight Christmas market on the 19th of Dec from 4-8pm. For more info on these click here.
Hawthorn craft market is on the 6th of Dec from 10am-3pm with the twilight market on the 18th of Dec from 4-8pm. For more info click here.
I'm sure I've missed a few great Christmas markets and fetes so please feel free to leave a message with details of the market/fete for other WeekendNotes readers to enjoy.
Boneo Market is the same day as Emu Plains and has been running for 30 years by volunteers. It has 150 stalls of great homemade qualitycraft and food. Plenty of plants too. Santa will be there, the petting zoo always attracts a crowd and it is easy to find at Boneo Primary School on Boneo Road. Well worth a visit and a plug please !