Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published November 19th 2013
Tis the season to be shopping
I love Christmas and I love shopping. When you combine the two you get a heady mix of retail therapy to the sound track of jingle bells; what could be better? Christmas markets are a great opportunity to throw yourself into the Christmas spirit whilst also scouting gifts and Christmas fanfare that typically only appear at this 'most wonderful time of the year'. Whilst Australia might not be famed for its Wintery Wonderland Christmas markets, recent years have seen a great step forward in local craft makers, food producers and refreshment providers coming together to put on a really great Christmas market atmosphere for all those wishing to partake. Perth now hosts a great number of these markets, and here's a quick overview of where you can get your hit of Christmas market frivolity.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Illuminites Christmas Festival and Night Markets When: Friday 13 December 2013 - 5pm-10pm
What: As night falls, and light fades, enjoy shopping around the 70 stalls offering giftware, fashion, stationary and accessories. This is the Christmas market that could also make a great date night, as when you've finished shopping you can hit up some mulled wine at the pop up bar, enjoy live music and grab some tasty bites. Based in the vibrant Northbridge area, you can make a real night of it and head to some of the local bars and clubs afterwards; that's if you don't have too many shopping bags weighing you down. Where: Perth Cultural Centre, off William Street, Northbridge.
When: Sunday 24th November 2013 - 10am - 4pm What: Regular Perth Upmarket goers, will know that they've got a real treat in-store for this Christmas themed November market. This is your chance to get your Christmas shopping all wrapped up before the month of merriment commences, and from a beautifully appointed market at that. Situated in the beautiful grounds of UWA, the Perth Upmarket is a free entry event that features over 150 handpicked artists, designers, crafts people and gourmets all in one picturesque place. You'll want to take your time wandering through this one as each stall offers something really special and the variety is huge. Where: UWA Winthrop Hall, Stirling Hwy, Crawley
Christmas shopping gets even better after dark
Perth City Christmas Market - Made on the Left When: Saturday 23 November 2013 - 10am - 4pm
What: If you're seeking unique Christmas gifts, then this is the place to head to. Get your presents from over 40 stalls offering one of a kind gifts to make you the secret Santa that everyone wishes they'd gotten. Where: Forrest Place, Murray St, Perth
Christmas Gift Market at Subi Farmers Market When: Saturday 7 December - 8am - 12pm
What: This is a cute little farmers market that operates every Saturday creating a great place to bring the kids and source great fresh Perth produce at its best. For Christmas, an additional 40 stalls are to be added on to include a range of fair trade gifts for the ethical consumer. This is a really family friendly market with children's entrainment and fantastic music to feast upon.
Where: Subiaco Primary School, 271 Bagot Road, Subiaco - Note: Parking can get very busy so arrive early, or come prepared to walk a little distance.
Kalamunda Farmers Market - Christmas Spectacular
When: Sunday 22 December 2013 - 8am until 1pm.
What: Kalamunda Farmers market is heralded by many as the best produce market in Perth, so where better to stock up on all your Christmas delicacies and treats than at their Christmas market spectacular. Not only can you grab all that you'll need to make your Christmas Day a gastronomic treat, but come prepared to wander through the stalls to get some great gifts too. If you've not been before, then this is the perfect time to visit the market, taste some free samples and buy produce direct from farmers, growers and suppliers. This is the best pick if it's fresh food your after.
Where: Central Mall, Kalamunda
Christmas Shopping = Good times
Ellenbrook Mega Market Christmas Festival
When: Sunday 8 December 2013 - 10am - 5pm
What: This market was a huge hit last year with over 11,000 people in attendance at this free event. If you missed it last year, then mark your calendar up now so you don't miss out on over 150 stalls, kids entertainment, fantastic tasty treats, rides, music and cooking demonstrations. This is a slightly different take on the traditional Christmas market, offering a whole day out for those who want to truly become immersed in the Christmas spirit. Rock up at 10am and stay the whole day. You'll go home feeling thoroughly merry.
Where: Main Street, Ellenbrook