Christmas comes but once a year, as the saying goes, and these markets are ideal for buying a varied choice of Christmas goods of all types.
GISBOURNE OLDE TIME MARKETS When: 4th November and 2nd December, from 9 am to 2 pm Where: Hamilton & Aitken Streets, Gisbourne
These great markets will have over 250 stalls offering a large range of products. These include handmade items, arts and crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, books, plants, fresh flowers, fresh produce, food and wine.
There will also be entertainment for children and products for your pets. The range of food is vast, coffee is good and you can also snack at the local cafes and wineries after the market.
LOST AND FOUND MARKETS When: Wednesday to Sunday Where: 288 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (upstairs)
Lost & Found Market is a vintage market which is open most of the week. Here there are about 40 stallholders selling vintage furniture, industrial, lighting, art, fashion, books, musical instruments, records, kitchenalia and bric-a-brac.
Come here for those who like vintage things and collectable and retro items. A great place to do your Christmas shopping for that someone special!
CHRISTMAS FEST BALLARAT When: 7th December, from 5 pm to 9 pm Where: Pleasant Street Primary School, Lake Wendouree
This is a fest as well as a Christmas market, and there will be activities such as Santa's Cave, showbags and rides. It will be a huge market and will be the perfect way for you to get your Christmas shopping done in one go!
GRANTVILLE CHRISTMAS MARKET When: 16th December, from 8 am to 2 pm Where: Bass Highway, Grantville
Grantville Christmas market will have some great stallholders selling their unique gifts, handcrafts, homewares, art, jewellery, artisan stalls. As it is a small community, you are sure to get some unique items here.
There will also be an array of gourmet food, food trucks, live entertainment and more.
ARTS CENTRE MELBOURNE SATURDAY CHRISTMAS MARKET When: 24th November, 1st and 8th December, from 10 am to 4 pm Where: 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
These markets will have exclusive local designers and artisans. It will be an ideal place if you want unique, beautiful items this Christmas. There will be jewellery, soaps, scarves, candles, woodcraft, leather goods, clothing, paintings and more. Great ideas for under that Christmas tree!
BOHO LUXE CHRISTMAS MARKET When: 9th December, from 10 am to 5 pm Where: Federation Square, Cnr Flinders and Swanston Streets
There will be a good selection of makers and designers here that will offer you exclusive gifts for Christmas. There will be jewellery & fashion designers, illustrators and artists. There will also be healings and psychic readings throughout the day.
RIVER STUDIOS CHRISTMAS MARKET When: 2nd December, from 10 am to 4 pm Where: 41-59 Sims St, West Melbourne
Here you can support local artisans while shopping and talking to the makers at this Christmas market. There will be jewellery, ceramics, artworks, textile items, cards, photos and a wide selection of handmade artisan products.
CHRISTMAS EDITION DESIGN MARKET When: 11th November, from 10 am to 4 pm Where: Federation Square
This will be a huge day of shopping for those Christmas gifts. There will be local artisans and there will also be great food available. Stay a while and listen to live music, have bubbles on tap at a Prosecco van and see some of the best artisans in Melbourne. You will find art, ceramics, fashion, accessories, homewares, drawings, body products, health and vegan items.
I was surprised to hear about the Beaumaris Christmas market, having grown up there, and never hearing about it. Following the link reveals that this market is In Beaumaris in the UK, not Australia. Also, no mention was made on this list of the Swedish/Scandinavian Christmas markets in Toorak. They are amazing.