Guide to the Melbourne Christmas markets

From quirky gifts to a wonderland of fresh produce, check off your wish-list with help from Melbourne’s finest producers and makers. With these local Melbourne markets, you’ll get to the end of your list faster than Santa down the chimney.

Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market

To celebrate Christmas, the Arts Centre Lawn will be transformed into a market for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. From gorgeous trinkets to delicious homemade delicacies, jewellery and art, everything at the Arts Centre Melbourne Sunday Market is locally produced. Support the makers that make Melbourne exceptional and head to the last market on Sunday 18 December from 10am to 4pm.

Blender Lane Christmas Market

If you’re scouring the city for last-minute stocking fillers, the much-loved Blender Lane Market is hosting an event especially for Christmas! Dust off your to-do list with the Blender Lane Christmas Market showcasing designs from Melbourne’s talented local artists. Quirky jewellery, unique textiles, intricate designs and a huge variety of art are some of the special gifts on offer. Runs Wednesday 21 December from 5pm to 10pm.

Flemington Racecourse Christmas Market 

The week before Christmas, don’t forget to join Melbourne’s finest makers, bakers and artists for a holly jolly shopping day at Flemington Racecourse! Pick up last-minute festive decorations, handmade gifts, and a selection of Christmas treats – just in case the mince tarts throw a hissy fit in the oven. This family-friendly event runs on Sunday 18 December from 9am to 2pm.

Melbourne’s markets have everything you need this Christmas (photo: Grace Petrou)

Kensington Market

Home to over 60 boutique specialty stores, find gifts on everyone’s wish-list at the Kensington Market. Vintage gems, retro pieces and local artwork are some of the treasures almost everyone would love to see under their Christmas tree. Live music, quality coffee and a range of aromatic food will be available for peckish shoppers, because the Kensington Market team know what Christmas shopping can do to a person… Runs Sunday 18 December from 10am to 3pm.

Kimono House Japanese Festive Market

Skip the ten-hour flight to Japan and climb the stairs to Kimono House’s Japanese Festive Market. A must for lovers of culture, the converted gallery space houses exotic gifts, decorations and adorable Japanese-inspired craft kits for a present you won’t find anywhere else. Runs until Thursday 22 December, from 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday.

Craft Christmas Market

Shop in the name of giving at the 1000 £ Bend Craft Christmas Market. Jewellery, textiles and gorgeous ceramic pieces are some of the items available at this thoughtfully-made, independent crafts market. An annual market celebrating ethically produced Melbourne-made crafts, join our favourite local designers and producers, and celebrate the festive season with lively music, coffee and hands-on workshops. Runs Saturday 17 December from 10am to 4pm.

Queen Victoria Market is open 23 December for last minute shopping (photo: Grace Petrou)

Summer Night Market

Now in its 19th year, this emporium of handmade products, live entertainment and mouth-watering street food is a must visit for any Mr or Mrs Claus. Queen Victoria Market’s Summer Night Market is home to over 100 craft stalls, along with some of the finest food on four wheels. Once you’ve shopped and dropped, make sure to visit Santa and his elves too. Runs every Wednesday from 5pm to 10pm. Or you can head to the Merry Market Christmas on 23 December for your last minute goods!

Head to our Christmas Festival website for more details on every market this December, like the Docklands Christmas Design Market and the Christmas Farmers’ Market at University of Melbourne.