With Christmas just under a couple of months away, our attention is turning towards gifts, good times and good food. And some of the best places to get these gifts, have a good time and get your hands on a huge array of good food is at one of Brisbane’s Christmas Markets.
There are more than a couple on in the lead-up to the big day, with the first ones starting as early as next week. You’ll be able to grab plenty of presents, festive trinkets and more amongst a range of locally-made goods. You might even hear some carols, see Santa himself, or find the perfect pressie for yourself.
Take a look at Brisbane Christmas Markets below (in chronological order).
1. Kuraby Christmas Twilight Markets
When: 4-9pm, Friday 12 November
Where: 1342 Beenleigh Road, Kuraby
The first market to kick off the season is the Kuraby Christmas Twilight Market and it’s coming in hot with Christmas cheer, carols, and cheeseburgers. The Friday Twilight market takes place right by the Kuraby train station and will feature 135 specialty stalls with a huge range of gourmet eats, cakes and desserts, fresh produce as well as artisan gifts and unique gift ideas.
The market will be decorated with a winter wonderland theme and there’ll also be live entertainment through the evening. With free entry as well, it’s hard to pass up on Kuraby’s Christmas Twilight Market if you’re keen on getting the festive season started.
2. Brisbane Etsy Made Local Christmas Market
When: Friday 12 November–Sunday 14 November
Where: The Exhibition Building, Brisbane Showgrounds
After having missed out on last year’s edition, Etsy is bringing back with a supersized Christmas Market. Across the entire weekend, its talented makers and designers will be spruiking their wares from inside The Exhibition Building.
Entry will be $2 but just like every vendor on the inside, the ETSY Made Local Christmas Market is cashless. Once you’ve done your shopping, you’ll be able to kick your feet up and grab a bite to eat from one of the many food trucks on site.
3. Beenleigh Christmas Twilight Markets
Where: Beenleigh Town Square Night
It’s night market time at Beenleigh on Friday 19 November as they break out the winter wonderland decorations and live entertainment that’s calling on Santa to drop in.
This year will see more special guest stalls plus kids activities and entertainment, as well as the usual gourmet Christmas, eats, desserts and treats.
4. Le Festival’s Marché de Noël
When: Saturday 20 November – Sunday 21 November
Where: West Village
Christmas, but French.
The Le Festival’s French Christmas Market is your chance to celebrate the festive season with a range of French-inspired talents, art and artisan stalls. A French bar will be in full swing as well as roving entertainment to bring out the bleu-blanc-rouge spirit.
5. Carseldine Christmas Twilight Markets
When: 4–9pm, Saturday 20 November
Where: 532 Beams Road, Carseldine
It’s time for Carseldine to shine come evening on Saturday 20 November when Christmas cheer takes over the Carseldine Markets.
The evening will be packed with live entertainment, snaps with Santa, and all the glorious eats and treats you can think of to get into the perfect Christmas shape. There will also be plenty of handmade goods on offer plus spectacular Christmas decorations to make sure you’re no grinch.
6. Portside Christmas Markets
When: 12–4pm, Saturday 20 November
Where: Portside Wharf
The Market Folk are taking over Portside Wharf—the eclectic urban village—for a specially-curated Christmas Market.
If their usual markets are anything to go by, then you’ll be in for pre-loved rack sales, workshops, live music family fun while supporting local producers, makers and creators.
7. Vend Christmas Markets
When: 5–9pm, Saturday 27 November
Where: 1768 Sandgate Road, Virginia
Across the indoor marketplace and the outdoor pop-up, Vend is one of the bigger Christmas Markets in Brisbane with something like 150 shops to choose from. This includes their greenhouse so you can stock up on plants for presents as well.
Kids will be well looked after with a free face painter on the premises as well as the kids playground now open. Live music will keep everyone entertained and so to will the best-dressed Christmas costume competition where a $100 Vend voucher will be up for grabs.
The café, which is licensed, will also be doing a bunch of Christmas dinner specials.
8. Milton Christmas Twilight Markets
When: 4–10pm, Saturday 27 November
Where: Cribb Street, Milton
Milton Twilight Markets are popping off with a bespoke Brewdolph pop-bar to go along with the handmade gifts you will find as well as all the delicious eats you can grab as you browse and buy.
The kids will be well looked after with plenty of entertainment as well as Christmas cheer and more decorations you can poke a reindeer at. Oh, and Santa will be on the street too.
Parking and entry is $2 each.
9. BrisStyle Twilight Christmas Market
When: 4-9pm, Saturday 27 November
Where: King George Square
BrisStyle is doing Christmas and it’s the place to go to discover handmade and locally-designed treasures. It’s your chance to shop local all in the one place, including all-natural skincare for dogs, embroidered native plants for decoration and unique crafted ceramics.
Food stalls will also be in King George Square as well as food trucks so you don’t go hungry. And in case you finish up your Christmas shopping early, there’ll be live music to keep you entertained well into the evening.
10. Nundah Twilight Christmas Market
When: 4–10pm, Saturday 4 December
Where: Station Street, Nundah
If you’re in need of bulking up Christmas stockings, filling space beneath the tree, or you just want to get out and about the Christmas cheer, then Nundad has got it all for you. From bespoke designers to pop-up bars, there’ll be plenty to do and see while doing more of your Christmas shopping.
Yule have no option but to get among the jingles, street eats and tasty drinks.
11. Scenic Soul Christmas Market
When: 9-2pm, Saturday 4 December
Details are a bit slim on this one, but The Soul Nook Collective are all about beautiful spaces for small events. We do know that there will be artisan homewares on offer and that your lil doggos are more than welcome to attend. So, if you’re in the Marburg area…
12. South City Square Christmas Markets
When: 9–1pm, Sunday 5 December
Where: South City Square, 148 Logan Road, Woolloongabba
On the fifth day of December, The Market Folk and the folk over at South City Square are joining forces for 40-plus stall Christmas market. You’ll be sure to find ceramics, art, homewares, children’s toys, relaxation & skincare products, pots, plants, eco & zero waste products, as well as locally made fashion and plenty more!
And of course, there will be food trucks on hand to keep you fuelled and live entertainment, which has yet to be announced.
13. Plant Empire Christmas Market
When: 9–1pm, Sunday 5 December
Where: Plant Empire, Yeerongpilly
If what you’re after are plants, or if you prefer to gift a living, breating organism (that isn’t a pet), than Plant Empire’s Christmas Market is where you want to be heading on the first Saturday of December.
There’ll be over 60 stallls with a massive array of plants, inclucing cacti which we all know are the perfect present. But there will be more than just plants as well. Pots too, as well as ceramics, art, fashion, jewellery, coffee and food. And if you’re keen on doing a shop with a sweet soundtrack then Plant Empire has gotten local band Folk ‘n’ Broken Hearted to keep you tippy tapping.
14. Gasworks Christmas Market
When: 5–9pm, Friday 10 December
Where: 76 Skyring Terrace, Brisbane
It’s the Market Folk again but this weekend they’re back at the Gasometer for their monthly design market, but since it’s December expect a Christmas twist to the occassion.
Save this date because with the quality eats in the area, as well as fashion, art, vintage, homewares, plants, pots, ceramics and more on offer, the Gasworks Market is always a good choice for a Friday evening out.Gasworks Christmas Market
15. Coorparoo Christmas Market
When: 9–1pm, Sunday 12 December
Where: 300 Old Cleveland Road, Brisbane
The Market Folk are really ramping up the markets in the run up to Christmas and no weekend is safe, apparently. On this Sunday, they’ll be at Coorparoo Square with over 45 small independent businesses showcasing the best in Christmas gifts and ideas.
Dogs are welcome too.
16. Fish Lane Christmas Markets
When: 9–1pm, Sunday 19 December
Where: Fish Lane, South Brisbane
Many of us will leave Christmas shopping right up until the very end, but that just makes for stressful times. So, why not get in a little earlier than normal—say, the weekend before Christmas—and pick up what you can find at the Fish Lane Christmas Market. It’s curated by the Market Folk so you know that it’s going to be good.
Besides, there’s plenty of great eats in the area and plenty of good coffee as well.