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Tis the season to be jolly,: Fa la la la la la la la la. The best way to get into the Christmas spirit is to gather a few friends and go shopping but not just anywhere. You need somewhere with atmosphere, food and hand made gifts created by locals with passion and creativity for the best Christmas presents.
Three of the best places to do that is Flemington Racecourse market, Yarra Glen Racecourse market and the Mornington Racecourse market, all of which hold an annual twilight market specifically for Christmas Shopping. Each of the markets has over 200 stall holders with the philosophy of Make it, Bake it or Grow it. With most stalls offering wonderful regional produce and hand made items, what better way to enjoy the season.
Every year I attend the Mornington craft markets Twilight event, it has a much different atmosphere than the usual monthly market. Everyone seems more joyous and relaxed, there's not as much of a rush to get in and get out. Most people have dinner on the lawn and enjoy listening to some music. On previous years the weather has been warm and perfect for a twilight market and hopefully it will continue to be this year.
I know I for one, will be making a V line to the cherry stall for the first Red Hill cherries of the season, they are sublime and one of the best foods during the festive season (in my opinion). You may enjoy some of the sweeter treats such as Farmhouse Country Cooking's famous fruit mince pies or Mandi's Christmas puddings a 5kg Cadbury chocolate house, or perhaps a multi award winning Grandma's Puddings is more to your liking?
The Flemington Market sees nearly all the same stall holders as Mornington go to the city, which is very convenient if you live nearby and want presents and food not available elsewhere in shopping centres.
Apart from great food, jams and preserves and fresh produce, there is as a wide array of children's clothing, nursery items, artworks, woodwork, plants, Christmas decorations, hand made cards and jewellery, cut flowers, dog beds and leads, and the list could go on and on.