Manic crowds, jostling like gulls at a tip. Frantically pulsing lights sending a subliminal message to buy and buy fast. Perfume attendants, waiting to spritz you with the latest celebrity essence. It’s Christmas shopping time.
This year, forget the stressful routine and head to a Christmas market. Meet artisanal producers, share a glass of mulled wine and sing carols in a park like you’re alone in the shower. Markets have a lot to offer the jaded Christmas shopper and here are some we think you’ll enjoy.
The Brewery Yard Markets
Sip an eggnog at twilight to get in the mood and then shop homewares, Christmas hampers, clothing, mulled wine, food and produce from culinary artisans. Santa’s elves, hip-hop carol singers and buskers will also be there. Plus there’s a culinary workshop each evening. “We’re so excited,” says co-curator Rupert Partridge, sounding like a kid on Christmas Eve. With a line-up like this, we’re excited too.
Levels 1 and 3 of Central Park (opposite UTS)
December 3 & 4, 4pm–9pm
The community housed in Precinct 75 has joined with homewares store Design Twins to create a series of market events. The community of artists that has studios in the complex will keep the door open on market days. You can meet the designers and give a gift with a story behind it. This Christmas market will have a range of unique, handmade gifts, such as vintage keepsakes, accessories, homewares, decor, art books, fashion, food and more.
75 Mary Street, St Peters
December 12, 9am–4pm
Dear Pluto Pop-Up Xmas Market
What could be more civilised than a glass of wine before you begin your shopping? This Christmas market has been curated to provide a platform for new and emerging designers. Expect a wide and beautifully curated range of local and sourced wares including cards, ceramics, vintage objects, jewellery, homewares and art. It also has an in-house florist (with a beautiful range of natives) and a pop-up nail salon.
107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern
December 11, 6pm–8pm
December 12, 10am–6pm
December 13, 10am–6pm
The Finders Keepers is primarily a design market that features the work of independent producers. And with More than 200 independent art and design stalls, Christmas shopping should be a breeze. Homewares, jewellery, ceramics and art will give you plenty to browse, while food trucks, live music and two bars await.
Australian Technology Park, Exhibition Hall, Locomotive Street, Eveleigh
December 11, 6pm–10pm
December 12, 10am–6pm
December 13, 10am–4pm
Kensington Street Christmas Bazaar
Inside Chippendale's Central Park district, the Kensington Street Bazaar includes a range of displays from Sydney's leading design centres, alongside local wares and crafts. For the inspired DIY Christmas decoration enthusiasts, Graffiti and Christmas Wreath workshops will be in full swing. A multitude of local produce and food samples will also be available, alongside speciality treats at the KOI desert bar. Or, for something with more bite, take a left turn at Spice Alley to find some of Chippendale's finest Asian cuisine.
Kensington Street, Chippendale
December 13, 11am-8pm
Hyde Park Barracks Annual Christmas Fare
The Annual Christmas Fare celebrates locally made, seasonal and sustainable food. This year it will have more than 40 of Sydney's finest food artisans: bakers, picklers, salters and jammers, all serving delicious ideas. You can make your own gourmet food hampers, buy handmade wares or watch entertainment from emerging bands. Enjoy a festive drink at the Young Henrys pop-up bar or a free visit to the museum.
Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney
December 17, 4pm–9pm
Carriageworks Twilight Christmas Market
The inaugural markets at Redfern's art centre will be bustling with people grabbing last minute Christmas treats and gifts. A festive edition of Carriageworks' weekly farmer's market, fresh turkey and plum puddings will feature alongside handcrafted gifts and local produce. With goods from Pudding Lane and Pepe Saya up for grabs, this is the best kind of last-minute shopping.
December 23, 4pm-9pm