March 11, 2020 / By Rosie Stevens
With clear blue skies, sandy stretches and soaring temperatures, Christmas in Australia is quite the departure from the traditional depiction of the festive season—where snow, fluffy coats and steaming mugs of hot cocoa are the norm.
Although Christmas down under is more about the beach, bikinis and BBQs than cosy fireplaces and comforting roast dinners, there’s one thing that both versions of festivity can agree on; and that’s a great Christmas market.
The perfect place to stock up on gifts for friends and family and get yourself in the festive spirit, markets are a wonderful way of embracing the season. Here’s my pick of the best Christmas markets in NSW.
Bowral Christmas Market - 7 & 8 December
Easily one of the most Christmassy on our list, the Bowral Christmas Market transforms the Bong Bong Racecourse into a veritable Christmas playground. As well as offering an epic Christmas market where shoppers can tick everything off their list in one place, there is also of plenty of festive fun for the kids—including a Santa's Cave, Santa photos, kid's craft corner for making Christmas cards, Santa's mailbox, best-dressed competitions and a whole lot more!
The Olive Tree Market, Newcastle - 7 & 21 December
Newcastle’s premier art and design market is the perfect place to pick up some unique gifts for your nearest and dearest. The vibrant space combined with the festival atmosphere makes it the ideal destination to get in the spirit of the season, where visitors are provided with the unique opportunity to meet local artisans, view high-quality goods, and collect, source, and commission one-off works.
There’s jewellery, ceramics, gourmet produce and a whole lot more to sample and enjoy at this fun-filled market! Located at Civic Park, Newcastle, it’s ideal for a spot of Christmas shopping.
Moss Vale Festive Foraging - 12 December
The Southern Highlands have long been hailed as a great destination for independent shopping, with a great reputation for stylish homewares and gifts. Although not a market as such, their fun Festive Foraging event allows you to get all of your Christmas shopping sorted in one fell swoop at the annual Moss Vale community late night shopping event on Thursday 12th December 2019 between 4pm and 9pm.
During the evening, you’ll be able to enjoy special offers from a host of the town’s favourite stores, plenty of free tastings, a tipple or two, and a whole lot of festive fun for the whole family. See you there!
Millthorpe Markets - 1 December
Widely acknowledged as one of the best in the Central West, the Millthorpe markets are a bi-annual event—and they’ve got you well and truly covered in time for Christmas. A diverse range of stallholders offer everything from clothing, jewellery and artisan beauty products, to arts and crafts, woodwork, homewares and a plentiful range of gourmet produce.
And while you’re there, you may as well soak up the gorgeous atmosphere of the town of Millthorpe itself—just a stone's throw from the stylish country hub of Orange, it’s got character, style and an abundance of things to do and see. Catch you there on Sunday the 1st of December.
Canberra Christmas Market - 7 & 8 December
OK, OK, we know it isn’t technically in NSW, but you just can’t have a Chrissy market roundup without including the offering from our nation’s capital. Held at Exhibition Park in Canberra, the market is one of the biggest and best to be found— where shoppers can expect to find all sorts of gorgeous gifts, from speciality items and gourmet foods to jewellery and handmade clothing. With over 90 stalls to choose from—it’s the perfect one-stop-shop for all your unique Christmas needs.
To add to the spirit of things, the markets give kids the chance to meet Santa, to decorate gingerbread houses and to listen to all the classic carols as you shop.
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