Can you hear that? Screaming children, fighting couples and shouted profanities thanks to carpark road rage. Forget daggy carols, they’re the true sounds of Christmas, well, Christmas shopping at least. Never fear, we’ve got the gift that keeps on giving – forget lines a mile long, empty shelves and hearing Mariah Carey’s voice on repeat, Brisbane’s long list of Christmas markets are here to save you and your sanity.
We might miss out on a white Christmas, but that doesn’t mean we have miss out on European style market. Bringing together Brisbane’s best food trucks, market stalls, live music and a licensed bar, the World Food Market’s concept is a Christmas miracle. There’ll be stalls with Christmas cakes and puddings, decorations and wreaths, artisanal local handmade goodies and gifts. Bring along a picnic blanket, your nearest and dearest and even your furry friends (although maybe leave the reindeer at home) and enjoy a not-so-silent night. Read more about the markets here.
BRISBANE TWILIGHT MARKET | KING GEORGE SQUARE | DECEMBER 9
King George Square is set to come alive this week with Brisbane’s Meet-The Maker holiday market. Showcasing only 100% handmade gifts, this is the place to pick up that truly unique present. And in true market fashion, there’ll be loads of food, live music and craft workshops for the little ones.
SMALL BATCH CHRISTMAS MARKET | WANDERING COOKS | DECEMBER 16
What have Wandering Cooks got under the tree? A chance to make the silly season extra delicious and a little more local this year. By gathering a sleigh-full of local foodie makers in the one spot, gone are the days of a stressful Christmas. Scrounge around the stalls of Brisbane’s finest makers for artisan goods and fill your bags with the multitude of stocking fillers that even the fussiest on your friends and family will love. The perfect ‘wrap-up’ for your Christmas to-do list, head on over and score yourself some local goodies.
CHRISTMAS ON THE CRIBB | MILTON MARKETS | DECEMBER 21
You know it’s going to be a holly, jolly Christmas with Milton Market’s Christmas on the Cribb back again after a successful first year! Expect once more exclusive festive flavours to deck your stomach with, and bounds of frosty goodness available on the night! Follow the jingle of clinking ales and rowdy festive cheer to the market’s one of the three pop up bars, or sidled over to the main area to enjoy the live entertainment, gourmet cakes and provisions, summer produce (yep, that means mangoes!), and artisan gifts on offer.
RIVERSIDE NIGHT MARKET | CBD | DECEMBER 14
The City Botanic Gardens will be aglow with Christmas lights and cheer on December 14th, thanks to Riverside’s night market. The perfect way to combine finishing your holiday shopping with a twilight picnic, this free entry market offers 100 stalls, food, drink and live entertainment. Bonus points for the onsite post office too. S-l-e-i-g-h.
CHRISTMAS VILLAGE | SOUTH BANK | DECEMBER 15-23
Forget decorations, all we want for Christmas is stomachs full to bursting. Held over eight balmy nights, South Bank plays host to a range of traditional Christmas gifts, keepsakes, festive live music and of course, an abundance of mouthwatering eats. Santa may favour the north, but we’re pretty happy sticking to the south side of the river this Christmas.
CHRISTMAS VEGAN MARKET | WEST END | DECEMBER 10
The best things in life are cruelty-free, so put the ‘green’ in evergreens and purchase Santa some almond milk and animal-friendly cookies this festive season at Brisbane’s Christmas vegan market! A fun-filled event for kids from 1 to 92 (not to mention the doggo!), delve into the stalls of various vegan traders, before cooling down later with I Should Coco’s ice-cream delights! Remember to bring the hemp bag so that you can heap it with all the yummy goods on offer!
Holiday Markets at 480 Queen | BRISBANE CITY | DECEMBER 11-12
Brisbane city’s newest foodie precinct is getting into the spirit. From 11-2pm on December 11 & 12, stop by for markets featuring onsite retailers Jimmy Rod’s Shave Saloon and F1rst Class Fitness, plus Box Betty, Riverbend Books, Fleur De Luxe, The Original Artisan, Mix & Co, and more. The perfect lunch break to add to your diary!
CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL | SANDSTONE POINT HOTEL | DECEMBER 16
The arrival of December means the ominous ‘Santa’s always watching’ threat starts getting a work out, so you can guarantee your little elves will be on their best behaviour for this Christmas festival. With rides, entertainment, carols, market stalls and fireworks to top off the day, it will be a winter wonderland for all kids, big and small. Add a whole bunch of food stalls and it truly is fun for the whole family – hallelujah, it’s a Christmas miracle!
CHRISTMAS TWILIGHT MARKET | BEENLEIGH | DECEMBER 8
If the prices of this year’s mangoes and the latest toy that your kid HAS to have is putting a dent in your Christmas spirit, pep it up again by hitting Beenleigh’s wallet-friendly Christmas Twilight Market where you can rub shoulders with Saint Nickle-less and his thrift-savvy elves! Not only is entry to the event free, but Santa will also be handing out goodie bags, and kids who come early can get a photo with him for free! With over 100 specialty stores showcasing their gourmet goods and Wonderland decorations, this twinkling twilight market could make even the grumpiest Grinch smile.
Goodness Gracious Markets | Graceville | December 16/17
Over two epic days Graceville’s beloved cafe, Goodness Gracious, will be turning up the cheer with their own market event. Open from 8am-1pm on Saturday and Sunday, different local vendors will be showcased each day, featuring handmade crafters, macrame, candles, flowers, jewellery and more. The cafe will be serving up Christmas baked treats, and taking orders for Christmas hampers. Baby, it’s hot outside and we cannot wait.
Want to be on everyone’s nice list this Christmas? Make sure you’re present at these Christmas markets in Brisbane this December.
Words by Georgia Tyler and Jacquelin Pon – the gourmands who have been crankin’ Bublé since September.