Guide to the Melbourne Christmas markets

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a frenzied, joyless experience. Instead of sprinting from shop to shop or fighting shopping centre crowds, get it all done at a merry market or two. These pop-up and special holiday edition markets are bursting with gifts that are clever, creative and often unique.

Square up to that Christmas shopping

The biannual Markit is back just in time for Yuletide, for one day only at Federation Square on Sunday 17 December. From jewellers to ceramicists, the 89 stall holders have been selected for their originality, focus on quality, and commitment to sustainability. The icing on this market’s cake are tasty stalls by the likes of All Day Donuts and St Ali coffee.

A handmade cloth purse

Markit features products from some of Australia’s most talented makers

For Fed Square regulars, a December outing could be your last-minute Christmas shopping saviour. Under the motto ‘Melbourne made, indie design, ethical production’, The Thread Den Market gathers 60+ innovative designers, artists and makers. Clothing and accessories are the focus, so you’re bound to find something special for the fashionista in your life. It runs 5pm to 10pm on Friday 22 December.

Looking for bespoke or handmade gifts this Christmas? Boho Luxe Market at Federation Square has a curated selection of bohemian style clothing, jewellery, candles, artwork, children’s wear, men’s grooming products and much more! Once you have crossed everyone off your Christmas list, unwind with fresh juice or delicious vegan baked treats and enjoy the live music at Federation Square. Free entry from 10pm to 5pm on Sunday 10 December.

Selection of vintage and bespoke footwear

Don’t miss the Boho Luxe Market. Photo by The Wild Hideaway

Christmas shopping classics

Christmas Glistens at Queen Victoria Market. From gifts to party food, one of Melbourne’s most iconic shopping destinations has everything you need for the holidays – including Santa himself! In addition to the usual market hours, the market is open on the six days leading up to Christmas. There’s also The Night Market which starts its summer season Wednesdays from 15 November. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, it features more than 60 global street food stalls and festival bars and more than 130 artisan fashion, homewares and general merchandise traders.

And don’t forget the Flemington Racecourse Christmas Market, a maker’s market offering everything from amazing food to unique kids products, plants and sculptures to brighten up the garden as well as woodwork, skincare, cards and prints.

A woman sitting on santa's lap at an outdoor market with someone taking a photo in the foreground

Deck the stalls at the Queen Victoria Market

Creative Christmas

Blender Artist Market is back, at its new home in The District at Docklands, Friday nights from 17 November. This weekly art and design market promises creative gift ideas galore, plus live music, open artists studios, food trucks and a licensed bar.

A Night at the Nicholas: Summer Edition promises lots more gift ideas with a difference on Thursday 7 December. From the arcade to the ninth floor, the Nicholas Building’s mysterious warren of studios and boutiques will throw open their doors. Get ready for a pop-up shopping adventure!

A shop in an old building filled with vintage clothes, jewellery and knick knacks

A Night at the Nicholas: Summer Edition

More Christmas shopping ideas

Other top options for finding that one-of-a-kind gift include the creative Guild Christmas Market, running from Saturday 25 November until Sunday 24 December, and the Collins Place Design Market on Friday 15 December. December editions of Kensington Market and Docklands Sunday Market promise to be very merry, as will the Kimono House Japanese Festive Market. The latter begins with a twilight shopping event on 1 December, and continues 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday until Friday 22 December.

A crowded market in a shopping mall

Collins Place Design Market