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Victoria’s seven best Christmas markets
Get into the festive spirit with our guide to Victoria's merriest Christmas markets.
Stumped for Christmas present ideas? Keen to avoid the silly season shopping crush? Christmas gift hunting doesn’t have to be a joyless sprint from shop to shop in search of socks, soap and scented candles.
Stress-free present buying is easy. Just spend a few relaxed hours pottering around one or more of Victoria’s charming Christmas markets, and chat with local artists and designers about their clever, unique creations, all made with sustainability at their core.
Find the perfect gift at the Big Design Market.
Seven of the best Christmas markets in Victoria
The Victorian Christmas Gift Fair
7-8 December, 10am-4pm, Drill Hall, 26 Therry Street, Melbourne
Melbourne’s stunning art deco Drill Hall will be taken over by designers and makers for one inspirational weekend. Discover ethical, hard-to-find treasures under one roof, including sustainable fashion for men, women and children, as well as gifts for the whole family by small brands you won’t find in big retail. Think bags, jewellery, beauty products and luxe homewares.
The location is also hard to beat, across the road from the tasty goodness of the Queen Victoria Market’s Deli Hall for your edible Christmas supplies.
Castlemaine Twighlight Market
20 December, 4-8pm, Western Reserve, corner of Wheeler and Forest streets, Castlemaine
Castlemaine’s best artists, designers and food producers are joining forces for the ultimate festive market on the Friday night before Christmas. Browse for presents and festive dinner ingredients in a chilled-out, family-friendly space, with more than 100 makers from the Castlemaine Artists Market, the Castlemaine Farmers Market and the Young Makers Market.
Expect unique art, prints, ceramics, handcrafted leather goods, silver jewellery, designer clothing, cards and homewares, along with everything you need for a festive spread, from Christmas ham and other meats to seasonal fruit and vegetables, olives, flowers, cheese, wine, eggs and more.
And once you’ve finished shopping, grab a local beer or wine, or a top-notch organic fair-trade coffee, and enjoy the live band performances. Kids’ activities will keep the little shoppers busy, too.
French Christmas Market
7-8 December, 10am-5pm. Alliance Francaise de Melbourne, 51 Grey Street, St Kilda
Give your holiday season a French twist at Alliance Francaise de Melbourne’s annual Christmas Market, taking over the organisation’s St Kilda mansion for a whole weekend. This is the perfect place to buy a present for the Francophile in your life. Expect a huge range of French homewares, jewellery, artisan goods, food, wine and pre-loved books.
Give yourself plenty of time to enjoy Melbourne’s annual Marche de Noel, with cabaret dancers, theatre productions, workshops and demonstrations, along with plenty of activities for kids. And let’s not forget the main game – excellent food and wine. (Plus: How to eat like a Parisian in Victoria)
Leif, Martha Jean jewellery designs and Animals in Charge dog collars are just some of the exhibitors at the Big Design Market.