Can you hear that? It’s the collective scramble of Adelaidians realising the pageant has come and gone and Christmas is right around the corner. If you’re dreading the thought of lines and late nights, we’ve got you covered. It’s time to ditch the department stores and support our local creators at one of these upcoming holiday markets.

Bowerbird Design Market
Design extravaganza, Bowerbird, is back just in time for Christmas. It’s one of the biggest markets in Adelaide, with more than 160 stalls. Head to Wayville Pavilion for the most innovative gifts around, as well as food trucks, live demonstrations and workshops.
Nov 25–27; Fri 4pm–9pm and Sat to Sun 10am–5pm
Wayville Pavilion, Adelaide Showground
Entry $5, children 12 and under free

Brick+Mortar Christmas Night
Norwood’s creative hub opens up after hours for a night of classy Christmas shopping. Here you’ll find handcrafted objects, beautiful prints, accessories and more. There will also be live music and holiday treats such as champagne cocktails and chocolate pudding.
Dec 1, 6pm–9pm
Brick+Mortar Creative, 49 George Street, Norwood
Entry is free

Carclew Dusk Arts Market
The Dusk Arts Market will once again deliver workshops, exhibitions, live music, food trucks and a bounty of stalls, at the iconic Carclew House. Browse the locally made creations as the sun sets over the Carclew gardens, and enjoy a drink at the Alpha Box and Dice bar. What’s more, your donation for entry will support Carclew’s work with emerging artists and young people.
Dec 6, 5.30pm–9.30pm
Carclew House, 11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide
Entry by donation

That Dapper Christmas
Get set for vintage traders and local makers at That Dapper Christmas in McLaren Vale. The market is presented by Littlest Vintage so you can expect beautifully crafted handmade local wares, as well as food stalls, a bar and live music. Get your goods gift wrapped for a gold coin donation - all proceeds go to the RSPCA South Australia.
Dec 10, 11am–6pm
Littlest Vintage, 117 Main Road, McLaren Vale
Entry is free

The Makers and Shakers Market
Homewares, furniture, food, flowers, stationery, photography and more can be found at The Makers and Shakers Market. This indoor event brings together people who care about where things come from, how they are made and what they are made from. From the founder of Round She Goes, it’s a chance to grab an affordable, wholesome treasure (or two).
Dec 10, 10am–3pm
Woodville Town Hall, 74 Woodville Road, Woodville
Entry $2, children 12 and under free

Hahndorf Christkindlmarkt
Come and experience a taste of German Christmas (minus the snow) in historic Hahndorf. Walk through tightly packed alleyways of European-style stalls peddling arts, crafts, food and more. If previous year’s events are anything to go by, you’re sure to have a fairytale experience.
Most stallholders operate cash only
Dec 16–18; Fri 5–10pm and Sat to Sun 4–10pm
Corner Main Street and Auricht Road, Hahndorf*
Entry is free

Gifted Christmas Market
Gifted Christmas Market will be packed to the brim with more than 100 stalls featuring some of Adelaide’s finest producers. Expect Plant 4’s regular stallholders and in-house eateries, plus Christmas cocktails and food hampers. There will be activities for kids and adults alike, including henna face-painting, craft tables and a photo booth. There’s even a gift-wrapping station for those of us with a fear of sticky-tape and ribbons.
Dec 17, 12pm–9pm
Plant 4 Bowden, Third Street, Bowden
Entry is free