As the season changes and Christmas approaches, there’s nothing better than heading to your local Christmas market or fair with the whole family to enjoy all the festivities that are bound to get you in the holiday spirit.
Thankfully, Melbourne is home to plenty of festive markets and fairs full of delicious treats, entertainment and shopping, but with so many options, how can you find the best market near you?
To help you with this, we’ve decided to compile a list of the best Christmas markets Melbourne has to offer. From traditional markets to fun-filled family days out, there's definitely something for everyone to enjoy in this post. So don't miss out! Add these to your Christmas list of family activities!
Christmas Markets and Fairs – Melbourne CBD/Docklands
After a three-year hiatus, Australia’s favourite Christmas shopping extravaganza, The Big Design Market, will be brimming from end to end with fantastic designer goodies and sumptuous shopping snacks!
The event will take place at the Royal Exhibition Building and will hold 270 of Australia's top designers and makers selling gorgeous ceramics, jewellery, homewares, clothing, limited-edition art prints and much more.
If you’re looking to take a break from shopping, the event will have many iconic Melbourne shops, such as ST. ALi, Oriental Teahouse and Pie Thief, where you can sit back, snack and refresh yourself with an ice-cold drink.
There will also be other fun activities, including Funky Monkey Bars with their jungle gym, to ensure your kids stay entertained during the event.
Fri 2 Dec 10 am – 9 pm, Sat 3 Dec 10 am – 7 pm & Sun 4 Dec 10 am – 5 pm
Directly shop from the artists during the Section 8 Christmas Market – a free-to-enter market featuring a small selection of handpicked vendors that will offer prints, clothing, accessories, crafts and more!
Sat 10 Dec 12 pm – 5 pm
On Saturday 10 December, enjoy live performances, muralist art, live DJs and amazing market stalls during The District Docklands Christmas Twilight Market! The event will feature creative, colourful booths with various art, craft, jewellery, homewares, food and last-minute Christmas gift ideas. Plus, there will be delicious goodies from pop-ups and existing stores while you explore District Docklands' open undercover laneways.
The District Docklands Christmas Twilight Market, 440 Docklands Dr, Docklands, +61 3 9328 8600
Sat 10 Dec 3 pm – 8 pm
Looking for the best Christmas market Melbourne has? See the work of some of Melbourne's most talented jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators, artists and makers during the Boho Luxe Market Christmas Edition! On top of selling festive Christmas items, the market will also feature creative workshops, psychic readings, music and great food.
The Vegan Market will also be running alongside the market and it’s the perfect spot to find all your ethical, sustainable, upcycled and 100% vegan needs. So if you’re looking to buy something ethical this Christmas, you’ll surely love their offerings, including vegan food, yoga wear, ethical fashion accessories and vegan skincare!
Set on going? Don’t forget to bring your shopping bags!
Boho Luxe Market Christmas Edition, The Atrium, Federation Square, Swanston St, Melbourne
Sun 11 Dec 10 am – 4 pm
For an all-in-one experience, head on over to the Good Food and Wine Show Christmas Market, which will be bringing shopping, great entertainment, inspiring Christmas food and drink demonstrations, tasty festive treats, cocktails and curated products for gifting and styling, all in the beautiful Royal Exhibition Building on 25 – 27 November 2022.
The lineup will be composed of 100+ small producers offering an abundance of festive feast inspiration. Expect to find everything you’ll need for an extraordinary Christmas, all in one place!
Good Food and Wine Show Christmas Market, Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton, email@example.com
Fri 25 Nov 4 pm – 9 pm, Sat 26 Nov 10 am – 5 pm & Sun 27 Nov 10 am – 5 pm
Christmas Markets and Fairs – Melbourne North
Enjoy a mix of Australian and German Christmas market traditions in North Fitzroy during the German Christmas Market that will take place on Friday 25 November, from 5 pm to 9 pm!
The free, family-friendly community event is run by parents of Deutsche Schule Melbourne and will have Christmas-themed gift stalls, kids' activities, Carols by Candlelight, music, gingerbread houses, German biscuits and more!
Fri 25 Nov 5 pm – 9 pm
Christmas Markets and Fairs – Melbourne South
Find the perfect Christmas gift for your loved ones during the Kinross Christmas Craft Market – a fundraising market that will go towards supporting the arts centre and local makers. The market will feature delightful pieces by a select group of local craft makers, artists and artisans. It will include artwork, jewellery, fine prints, wood, glass, home accessories and stationery!
It’s a pop-up shop that is sure to have something for all tastes and budgets.
Kinross Christmas Craft Market, Kinross Arts Centre (located within Toorak Uniting Church), 603 Toorak Road, Toorak, +61 3 9829 0340, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue 8 Nov – Fri 11 Nov & Sun 13 Nov – Sun 20 Nov, 10 am – 3 pm
Get in early with some Christmas gift shopping while enjoying a night out at the Christmas Twilight Market on 17 November! The Market will have high-quality handcrafted products up for purchase, such as clothing, accessories and homewares, while you enjoy a fun, music-filled evening.
After you’re done shopping, why not grab something to eat from their sausage sizzle? But, if that’s not to your liking, they’ve also got free barista-made coffee and cake. Yum!
Thu 17 Nov 4 pm – 8 pm
Save the Date! Fusion Twilight Christmas Community Market is happening on Friday 2 December 2022, from 4 pm – 7 pm. It will have lots of fun kids' activities, Christmas gifts and crafts to purchase as well as delicious food stalls!
Fusion Twilight Christmas Community Market, Fusion Youth and Community Centre, 185 Warrigal Road, Hughesdale, +61 3 9679 3955, email@example.com
Fri 2 Dec 4 pm – 7 pm
The Christmas Edition of The Keysie Market is happening on Sunday 18 December, from 10 am -3 pm and it’s the perfect spot to get all your Christmas shopping done while helping small local businesses and the health and well-being of residents.
The vibrant outdoor community market will also feature market stalls, food trucks and live music on the day.
The Keysie Market – Christmas Edition, Springers Leisure Centre, 400 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough, +61 424 392 560, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun 18 Dec 10 am – 3 pm
11. Christmas Market
Make the most of the many wonderful stalls, live performances and a range of children’s activities during the Waverley Community Learning Centre's Christmas Market on Friday, 2 December, from 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm.
Mark the date to not miss out on this wonderful community event.
Waverley Community Learning Centre's Christmas Market, 5 Fleet Street Mount Waverley, +61 3 9807 6011, email@example.com
Fri 2 Dec, 2 pm – 4:30 pm
An event for all the family, friends and doggos, the Twilight Christmas Market is back after a two-year hiatus, and they've prepared a joyful event complete with live music, food trucks, workshops, performers, and tons of local artisans with great gift ideas.
There'll even be a lighting up of the artist-designed Christmas Tree at 8.00 pm, Santa photos, Drumming Workshop, a magician and more!
Twilight Christmas Market, Bunjil Place Plaza, 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren
Sat 3 Dec, 3 pm – 9 pm, Free
Christmas Markets and Fairs – Melbourne East
Come on down to Bayswater to find festive gifts and decorations during the Bayswater Christmas Makers Market – a festive indoor market that will offer various high-quality goods from local makers, including Christmas gifts and decorations.
Local produce on offer during the market will include wood and glass crafts, jewellery, toys, candles, art and more!
Bayswater Christmas Makers Market will take place on Saturday 10 December, 2022, from 10 am until 2 pm at the Bayswater Senior Citizens Centre and will be free to enter.
Sat 10 Dec 10 am – 2 pm
Shop local during the Arts Nunawading Market!
Supporting local makers since 1985, the Nunawading Market has a wide range of handmade goods from unique art and crafts to fresh produce and delicious gourmet food.
The last two market events for 2022 will be held on Sunday 27 November and Sunday 11 December, with the latter being the final Christmas edition of the Market.
Proceeds from the market will go towards supporting the cultural, performing and visual arts in the City of Whitehorse.
Arts Nunawading Christmas Market, Whitehorse Civic Centre, 397-397 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading, +61 412 324 249
Sun 11 Dec 1 pm – 5 pm
Buy Scandinavian handmade Christmas decorations, Christmas gifts, candles, herring, sweets, gingerbread, and other Christmas treats during the 2022 Church of Sweden's Christmas Market.
On top of this, there will also be snacks such as coffee, tea, open sandwiches, and more served at the café for you to enjoy in our beautiful garden, live entertainment, an instant lottery on weekends and a Danish Day with Danish food and entertainment on Monday, 26 December.
The Church of Sweden's Christmas Market, 21 St Georges Rd, Toorak, +61 3 98275580, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sun 11 Dec – Sun 18 Dec, Tue, Thu, and Sat 10 am – 4 pm
Christmas Markets and Fairs – Melbourne West
Want to get in the holiday spirit while staying sustainable? Then the Wyndham Park Community Centre Car Boot Sale and Christmas Market is definitely a Christmas market you’d want to check out as it’s all about promoting festive sustainability.
The market will include a second-hand bike sale and bike maintenance and safety advice, Christmas presents and ornaments from the Wyndham Park Community Shed, a Cleanaway truck and recycling workshop, a car boot sale, a sausage sizzle and delicious barista coffee!
The market will take place on Saturday 19 November at the Wyndham Park Community Centre from 9:30 am – 2 pm.
Car Boot Sale and Christmas Market, Wyndham Park Community Centre, 55 – 57 Kookaburra Ave, Werribee, +61 3 9742 7298, Shed@wyndhamparkcc.com.au
Sat 19 Nov 9:30 am – 2 pm
Looking for a great market to do some holiday shopping? Look no further than the upcoming Soho Village Christmas Twilight Market, where you'll find stalls from local makers and artists, food trucks and live music and carols!
So come on down on Saturday 26 November, from 4 pm – 9 pm, to enjoy the offerings from the market as well as from surrounding businesses and get a jump on your holiday shopping!
Soho Village Christmas Twilight Market, Adelphi Boulevard, Point Cook, email@example.com
Sat 26 Nov 4 pm – 9 pm
Celebrate the festive season with free Christmas activities, musical performances, roving performers, magicians and more during the Discover Kensington Christmas Fair, which will be taking place on Saturday 3 December, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Head over to the fair on Bellair Street, where you’ll also get to enjoy shopping for Christmas gifts at one of the local shops and then top off the day by dining at nearby cafes and restaurants – fantastic for a family day out!
Discover Kensington Christmas Fair, Bellair Street, Kensington
Sat 3 Dec 10 am – 4 pm
Join in the fun at Seaworks Bizarre Bazaar! Twilight Market as they celebrate the festive season through live performances, face painting, magic, delicious food and more. It'll be the perfect time to sort out those last-minute Christmas gifts! And the best part is that Santa will also be stopping by, ready with gifts for all the little ones.
Seaworks Bizarre Bazaar! Twilight Market, 82 Nelson Place, Williamstown, Victoria
Fri 16 Dec, 5 pm – 9 pm
See and shop from various local stalls that are bringing their crafts to show and buy. During Forest Green Market's Christmas Market! On top of all the available cool finds, there'll also be lots of fun kids' activities such as face painting, animal farms, kids rides and many more.
Forest Green Market – Christmas Market, 319 Leakes Road, Plumpton, (03) 8849-9500, info@ForestGreenMarket.com.au
Sat 19 Nov, 9 am – 3pm