This year has truly brought into focus the importance of supporting small business and spending within our communities. So ditch the department stores, get offline and support our local creators at one of these upcoming holiday markets.
Etsy Made Local Perth & Handmade Market
There’s no bigger way to kick off Christmas market season than the Etsy Made Local market, held at the brand-new WA Museum Boola Bardip on its opening weekend. There’ll be 50 stalls peddling jewellery, clothing, homewares, art, pet treats and more. Check out Cellardoor Creations for their recycled oak barrel grazing platters, Parisian-inspired fine jewellery from The French Attic or treat yourself with small batch skincare from Bare Botanics. Delish Ice is on-hand to keep punters cool with their range of gourmet ice pops.
November 21 & 22, 10am–5pm
Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Entry is free
Now in it’s 12th year, Perth Upmarket is one of the city’s biggest design markets, bringing more than 180 artists, designers and makers to the University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall. Earrings from Clay and Clasp, body products from Perth Soapworks and ceramics from Mrs Potter are perfect stocking stuffers. The dedicated gourmet hall allows you to build gift hampers filled with locally produced ingredients that are just as sweet to gift as they are to keep for yourself. Bring your dogs for a Christmas photo that supports Guide Dogs WA.
November 29, 10am–4pm
Winthrop Hall, University of Western Australia
Entry is free
Fremantle Arts Centre’s Bazaar
Fremantle Arts Centre’s bespoke event is a favourite in the port city. Food trucks including The Habbibs, Box Pizza and Paella on the Move will keep you fuelled as you browse wares including textiles, homewares and ceramics from 50 artisans. There's also a strong focus on Indigenous makers. A roster of DJs will add to the festive atmosphere.
December 4, 5pm–9pm, December 5 & 6 9am–5pm
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle
Entry is $2 (free for kids under 12)
Made on the Left Christmas Market
Returning to Fremantle’s Esplanade Park, Made on the Left has something for the whole family. Featuring workshops to amuse kids while you peruse the wares of more than 100 WA makers selling fine jewellery, luxury candles, leather goods and wooden homewares; the event is a one-stop shop to tackle your burgeoning Christmas list.
December 5 & 6, 10am–5pm
Esplenade Park, Fremantle
Entry is free
European Christmas Markets & Children’s Party
While a European Christmas is off the table this year, the Rhein-Donau Club are bringing a traditional Northern Hemisphere Christmas to us. The family-friendly market has hand-crafted wooden toys, Christmas decorations, and homemade treats. The club’s restaurant will be turning out German winter favourites including schweinshaxe (pork knuckle) and bratwurst, making it the next best thing to being in Berlin.
December 6, from 2pm
110 North Lake Road, Myaree
Entry is free
The Conscious Christmas Market
The Conscious Christmas market brings together a focused selection of stall holders who specialise in eco-friendly wares. Happy Bee Botanicals will be stocking hand care products to revive our over-sanitised mitts, while The Conscious Party Co has plastic-free toys. Make sure you book ahead for one of the paper making workshops running throughout the day by the team from Open Hands Creative.
December 8, 9am–3pm
Moore + Moore Cafe, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle
Entry is free, paper making workshop is $30
Perth City Farm Festive Twilight Markets
While the maker’s stalls and food trucks make this market a worthy visit on their own, the real drawcard is the workshops. There are how-to’s on candle and soap making, macrame plant hangers, printmaking and salad-making using fresh produce from City Farm’s own garden. Pick up a skill that’ll serve you for many Christmas lunches and gift exchanges to come.
December 9, 10, 16 & 17, 4pm–8pm
1 City Farm Place, East Perth
Entry is a gold coin donation, workshops are $9