Summer in Melbourne has arrived. Christmas is almost here. This can only mean 1 thing…
Grab your calendar, muster up some friends and create a hit list of the Melbourne handmade markets guaranteed to help you win Christmas and take home the coveted title of Best Gift Giver.
This variety riverside market in the heart of Docklands just 5 minutes from the CBD features handmade soy candles & soaps, colourful Indian hand crafts, handmade leather goods, hand-knit hats & scarves, recycled kids’ designer clothes and soft toys, jewellery, an enormous range of rare Earth Rocks and semi-precious gems, kaftans, vintage signs and a selection of food stalls for refuelling between buys.
WHEN: Christmas Twilight Market 10am – 8pm Sunday 8th December 2019
WHERE: NewQuay Promenade Docklands (free trams from the city centre)
HIGHLIGHT: Selfies with Santa 12pm – 8pm + 50-person Carols Choir 5pm – 7pm
MORE INFO: www.melbmarkets.com.au
Boho Luxe Market showcases handmade bohemian brands from Melbourne, Byron Bay and beyond. You could be forgiven for thinking you’d stumbled across a festival, with live music, delectable market food and an energetic vibe that continues to draw record numbers.
New designers are featured at every event, showcasing candles, handmade dreamcatchers, jewellery, men’s products, boho pet products, room sprays, kidswear, women’s fashion and artwork. Head along to their last market before Christmas and grab same boho stocking fillers starting from $20, not readily available at other markets.
WHEN: 10am – 4pm Sunday 1st December 2019
WHERE: The Atrium, Federation Square
HIGHLIGHT: Delicious market food available to purchase including vegan options
MORE INFO: www.boholuxemarket.com
Formerly the Kris Kringle Night Market, The Northcote Night Market features only the very best locally designed and handcrafted items, direct from makers to you.
Northcote’s heritage hall provides a perfect setting for this handmade Christmas market with over 60 indoor stalls selling handmade fashion, textiles, skin products, plants, jewellery, ceramics, woodcrafts and more. Bring the family and make a night of it with live entertainment, a licensed bar and food.
WHEN: 5.30pm – 9:30pm Thursday 12th Dec & Thurs 19th Dec 2019
WHERE: Northcote Town Hall, 189 High Street, Northcote
HIGHLIGHT: Licensed bar & live entertainment
RSVP & INVITE A FRIEND: Facebook Event Page
The Coburg Night Market is returning in a new format! Now held over four consecutive days, the market will feature the same food, shopping, bars and stage program you’ve grown to know and love. Delicious food, beautiful handmade wares and a relaxed Coburg vibe make it a great occasion for families and friends planning end of year get togethers.
Graze on scrumptious street food from around the world while browsing some of the city’s finest handmade artisan stalls. Fill your ears with foot-tapping local music acts and basque in a balmy Melbourne summer evening while working your way through the Christmas list – no queues, no car park prowling… just Foot Falcons and market fun for the whole family!
A collaboration between Melbourne institutions, Heide Museum of Modern Art and The Rose St. Artists’ Market, the Heide Makers’ Market is set in the idyllic surrounds of the Heide Museum of Modern Art sculpture park. You’ll find an eclectic mix of art, design and handcrafted goods from up to 120 makers, along with yummy treats to tease your tastebuds while browsing handmade gifts to make this year’s Christmas giving the most memorable exchange yet.
WHEN: 10am – 3pm Saturday 14th December 2019
WHERE: Heide Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Park, 7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen
HIGHLIGHT: Over 30 stunning sculptures to discover across the 15 acre site
MORE INFO: www.heidemarket.com
Having evolved from the former Hawthorn Craft Market in Camberwell established in 1979, the Hawthorn Makers Market is one of Melbourne’s oldest, most well-known makers’ markets now held in the the beautifully restored Hawthorn Arts Centre.
Held on the first Sunday of each month between March and December, market merrymakers browse homemade wares from over 70 local stallholders including jewellery, homewares, stationery, toys, clothing, beauty products, plants and gourmet cakes to accompany freshly-brewed barista-made coffee.
WHEN: 10am-3pm Sunday 1st December 2019
WHERE: Hawthorn Arts Centre, 360 Burwood Rd Hawthorn
HIGHLIGHT: Funds raised through volunteer management of the Market and any donations collected are directed to the Rotary Club of Camberwell.
MORE INFO: www.hawthornmakersmarket.org.au
The Make It Collective has once again teamed up with Melbourne Museum to bring together the best of Australian-made for an amazing outdoor handmade Christmas market located in the Melbourne Museum Plaza.
From original jewellery pieces and quirky homewares to natural bath products and everything in between, you’ll find the perfect Australian-made Chrissie gifts for everyone on your list in one convenient and accessible location.
Invite family and friends to spend the day shopping handmade before exploring some history, culture, science & nature at the museum’s many exhibitions!
And just quietly, Santa might be making an appearance too…
WHEN: 10am-3pm Saturday 14th December 2019
WHERE: Melbourne Museum Plaza, Carlton Gardens, Nicholson St, Carlton
HIGHLIGHT: When you’re all shopped out, hit the Museum or IMAX Theatre for some educational family fun
RSVP & INVITE A FRIEND: The Make It Collective
Handmade arts, locally produced crafts and freshly made delicacies – you’ll find everything you need for a relaxing outing just a short walk over the bridge from Flinders Street Station. With a backdrop of Melbourne’s buzzing arts precinct, but the feel of a regional craft market, the Arts Centre’s Sunday Market is the perfect setting for finding unique, handmade Christmas gifts that won’t be forgotten from over 80 artisanal stallholders.
WHEN: 10am – 4pm every Sunday (excluding Dec 22)
WHERE: Arts Centre Lawn, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
HIGHLIGHT: Enjoy live local music on the lawn (weather permitting) from 12pm – 3pm
MORE INFO: www.artscentremelbourne.com.au/visit/sunday-market
Held monthly, the Kensington Market hosts a minimum of 70 speciality stalls offering a diverse mix of fresh produce, designer fashion, children’s wear, jewellery and an assortment of visual art creations. Enjoy a stress-free, ambient Christmas shopping experience surrounded by buskers and live music while exploring the best handmade crafts from the Kensington/Flemington area and beyond.
WHEN: 10am – 3pm Sunday 15th December 2019
WHERE: Kensington Town Hall, 30-34 Bellair Street, Kensington
HIGHLIGHTS: Up to 70 stalls of local artisans
MORE INFO: www.kensingtonmarket.com.au
The Big Design Market brings together 200+ Australian and international artists and makers for 3 unmissable days of Christmas shopping. If the creative workshops, gourmet food and craft beer aren’t enough to lure you along, perhaps exclusive designer showbags filled with design pieces from stallholders will! At only $30 each (packed with $150 worth of value), each day brings a new assortment of showbag goodies to fangirl over.
WHERE: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
COST: Adults $5 / free for kids 12 and under
HIGHLIGHT: Limited edition designer showbags for grownups (only 300 per day)!
MORE INFO: www.melbourne.thebigdesignmarket.com
The District Makers Market features a brand-new line up every month! Browse an array of handmade homewares, jewellery, arts, crafts and everything in between, with new entertainment each market, plus workshops, giveaways and more.
WHERE: The District, Docklands Drive, Docklands (The Square, near H&M/UNIQLO)
MORE INFO: www.thedistrictdocklands.com.au
Laneway Festive Market showcases some of Melbourne’s most talented, established and emerging artists and designers. Enjoy live music, food and delicious coffee from Art Lane Cafe throughout the day while ploughing merrily through your Christmas list.
The popup market is run in conjunction with Space2b, a community driven, grassroots, social enterprise that supports newly arrived immigrants and refugees.
WHEN: 10am – 2pm Sunday 1st December 2019
WHERE: In the laneway at 144 Chapel St, St Kilda
HIGHLIGHTS: Every purchase supports newly arrived immigrants and refugees
RSVP: Facebook Event
Drop into The Make It Collective Shop at 264 High St Northcote to view an extensive range of handmade Christmas gift ideas from local artists, including homewares, handmade accessories, clothing, plants & terrariums, body products, stationery and handmade kids gifts.
Monday – Friday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
This post was updated November 22, 2019. If any of the information is incorrect or you would like your market included in the list please get in touch and let us know.
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