An incomplete guide to Melbourne Christmas Markets.

An incomplete guide to Melbourne Christmas Markets.

IMG_0351I don’t have any photos of Christmas markets in Melbourne, so here’s a picture of some lights outside Galleries Lafayette in Paris in 2010.

It’s that time of year again, where I start to wake up sweating in the middle of the night, haunted by memories of crying children and angry mothers telling me that I’ve ruined Christmas.  Hours upon hours of hearing the same Christmas songs on repeat.  ♫ I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus… ♫ – who cares, kid?  Why were you sneaking around spying on your mother anyway?  AND AREN’T YOU OLD ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT SANTA ISN’T REAL?!

My time working in retail isn’t the only contributing factor to my bah humbug approach to the yuletide season, but it definitely hasn’t helped the matter.  It is for this reason that I try to avoid the shops at Christmas time [aside from the odd 5am visit to Chadstone during their 24-hour trading period].  But, there is one type of holiday shopping experience that I do not completely despise: Christmas Markets.  Here is a small guide to some of the markets taking place in Melbourne over the coming weeks:

Northcote Kris Kringle Market
5:30-10pm, every Thursday until Christmas

I visited the Northcote Kris Kringle Market on Thursday for a spot of present-buying, and was a little disappointed by how small it was.  Located in the Northcote Town Hall [or just outside it, weather permitting], this market is full of crafty things and handmade jewellery, but there isn’t any food.  What kind of market doesn’t sell food?!

St Kilda Twilight Market
5-10pm, every Thursday until Christmas (then returning throughout Jan & Feb)

I may be slightly biased in telling you to visit this market, as I’ve just landed a casual gig helping out at one of the stalls.  In the gardens next to Luna Park, the St Kilda Twilight Market has stalls selling all sorts of things, from vintage clothing and artwork to really tasty vegie burgers and home brewing kits.

The Suzuki Night Market
5-10pm, almost every Wednesday night throughout summer

With its tasty food and live music, the Queen Vic night market is always incredibly busy.  If you’re not a fan of crowds, I’d recommend that you steer clear.  But if you think that you can handle it, the Queen Vic markets are a lovely place to spend a summer’s eve.  And there are stalls selling pretty much everything.

Abbotsford Convent Supper Market
6-10pm, every Friday throughout summer

Worth visiting for the food more than anything else, the Supper Market takes place in the historical convent grounds.  There are stalls selling handmade fashions and jewellery, but to be perfectly honest with you, I’m just going there for the cake.

German Christmas Market
9:30am-3pm Thurs 5th December

In the tradition of a European Christmas market, next Thursday there’ll be a pop-up German Yuletide celebration at the Melbourne Town Hall.  Apparently these have been going on for a couple of years, but I hadn’t heard of it until a couple of weeks ago.  Definitely worth taking a look, I think.

So, what have I missed?  Any market recommendations are welcome, Christmas or otherwise.



  • 5 years ago

    Primrose Fair Christmas Market at The Cloisters, Toorak College on 14th December in Mt.eliza. Great market, boutique stalls with amazing food.

  • Mel
    5 years ago

    Although you have missed it this year. St John Lutheran Christmas Bazaar is definitely worthwhile visiting.

    Food, Cakes, Music and friendly atmosphere.

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