Your guide to the best Christmas Markets in Geelong, Melbourne and surrounds for 2021

Your guide to the best Christmas Markets in Geelong, Melbourne and surrounds for 2021

Get into the festive spirit with some of our favourite Christmas markets in Victoria.

Christmas is coming and with it comes along a lengthy list of presents and Kris Kringle gifts, festive treats and glistening Xmas decorations.

Enter, the Christmas Market.

As well as being the perfect place to tick off your entire shopping list, a lot of the time these specially curated markets offer one-of-a-kind experiences that are sure to put you in a festive spirit. And after the year we’ve all had, what’s not to love about that?

It’s still early days, though several Xmas markets have already been announced in the region and further afield. So, pencil these in your diary, hop in the car, crank up the Bublé and head along to these markets this festive season.

Blank Space Christmas Night Market

Now that Geelong is pretty much back in full swing, Blank Space Café has given us yet another reason to adore them with their very pop-up Christmas night market.

Kicking off from 5pm on Thursday night, November 25, the team at Blank Space have invited a selection of amazing local businesses and talented creatives to showcase their products, including many of those who don’t have their own bricks and mortar stores.

You’ll find some sweet sneakers from Sneaks N Fashion, clothing and accessories from Geelong-born clothing company Pine, an epic collection of Chiggi accessories will effortlessly give the lift you need to the simplest of outfits, the prettiest indoor plants from Ocean Green Collective, bold and bright statement earrings from Kissy, natural skincare products from Henry & Lexi, sensory creation kits from Busy Box Creations, bright and bold geometric prints from JB Creates, and beans from Coffee 131 Roasters, plus heaps more.

Shop local at Blank Space (4/343 Pakington Street, Newtown) from 5pm.

Piccadilly Christmas Market

Consistently serving as our final nudge to get into gear for the past few years, the annual Piccadilly Christmas Market is all about supporting the local makers in the region – and after the year that we’ve all had, there’s never been a better time to support local.

Taking to the Barwon Valley Activity Centre in Belmont, this year’s market will go ahead on Saturday, December 11 from 10am to 3pm.

Boasting more than 100 stalls, Geelong’s most talented jewellers, fashion designers, illustrators, artists, food producers, and makers will all be there to provide you with artsy gift ideas for everyone on your Christmas list.

Alongside all the products up for grabs, this year’s market will also see the return of food trucks, a fun farm for kids, face painting, amazing selfie and photo walls, giveaways and live music, making this quite the outing for all.

And let’s be real: this market is also great for maybe picking up a little something for yourself (after you’ve gotten your Christmas list all sorted, of course).

There is a $2 entry fee for adults, please note, this is a plastic bag free event. No masks are required and no density limits however you do need to be double vaccinated.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Piccadilly Market (@piccadillymkt)

Sovereign Hill’s Christmas Shopping Night

Earning a solid reputation as Australia’s best ‘Major Tourist Attraction’, Sovereign Hill should be added to your market list this year with their annual Christmas Shopping Night.

On Thursday, December 2, the Main Street turns into a Christmas market with stalls featuring Sovereign Hill’s traditional goodies, such as creamy fudge, jams, sauces, soaps, chocolates, creams and other locally made products. Personalised Raspberry Drops are also back, perfect for the sweet tooth in your family.

Kids will have fun exploring the adventure play space and getting a photo with St Nick inside the Red Hill Photographic Rooms. A fully-licenced café and Hotel Bar will be open for food and drinks. While you’re there, head over to the Hope Bakery for a full range of Christmas treats.

Entry is free but bookings are essential due to capacity limits in place.


String Bean Alley Christmas Night Market

If you’re a fan of Queen Victoria Market and you don’t mind making a trip to Melbourne, we recommend checking out the String Bean Alley Christmas Night Market.

Here you can venture out under the starry lights of one of Melbourne’s favourite laneways for a festive night market, where you can pick up locally-made gifts and unique Christmas trinkets, before indulging in delicious street food from some of the city’s best food trucks and carts and refreshing summer drinks at the Brick Lane Bar.

Fully embracing the Christmas spirit, it will be festive fun for everyone, complete with Christmas carollers, fake snow, a giant gingerbread person to snap a picture with and even a special visit from Santa.

You can visit the market Monday 6, 13, 20 December from 5pm-10pm alongside all the extra festival celebrations in the post below.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Queen Victoria Market (@vicmarket)

Makers Christmas Market

We love a regional festival market and Horsham’s Makers Christmas Market is definitely one we recommend getting to. Most years see at least 60 local artisans selling their handmade goods alongside local food trucks serving up the best in local food and treats.

The market will be on Saturday 4 December 9:00am-1:00pm.

Find out more here.


Bay Street Christmas Market

The famed Artisan Christmas Market on Bay Street – Port Melbourne is returning to the bay side strip this December – due to overwhelming demand from stallholders and the public, alike and will showcase more than 150 traders for the special festive market.

Victoria’s largest Artisan Market drew more than 10,0000 people in its augural year last year, and will be looking to beat that this year. A free community event, the market will be offering products ranging from handmade and locally produced gifts, art pieces, clothing and jewellery along with live music and a range of entertainment for all ages.

We recommend heading in early for this one. It kicks off on Saturday, December 4 from 12pm to 7pm in Port Melbourne.

Find out more here.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Port Melbourne Bay Street (@3207port)

Doggy Christmas Market Geelong

If you’re anything like us, your dog is basically your child. And just like any child, they deserve the best that you can give them this Christmas – and that includes glorious markets dedicated entirely to them.

Giving you an excuse to get out and treat your loyal and fluffy, four-legged best friend, Newtown’s new(ish) dog bakery, Pure Paws Dog Bakery, is hosting a Doggy Christmas Market Geelong, celebrating some of the best things in life.

Featuring pet stalls selling a range of fabulous pet products, this is a great chance for you to purchase your Christmas gifts for the pets and pet lovers in your life! There will be a little decorated photo area that you can take photos of your dog in (so dress your pooch in their best Christmas costume for even more fun).

You’ll also find Puppiccinos for the doggos and Coffee van for the humans.

Free Entry. Find it at 406 Pakington Street, Newtown on Sunday, December 12 from 10am to 2pm.

Eynesbury Christmas Market

If you’re looking for something new, the Eynesbury Christmas Market is just an hour’s drive away to the bluestone homestead.

Promising to be your one-stop shop for all things gifts, decorations and festive treats, the market will run from 9am – 1:30pm on Sunday 19 December.

Pop by for fresh food and produce to fill your table for a Christmas feast, while Santa will be joining in for helicopter joy rides and photos – you don’t want to miss this!

The Christmas Market forms part of the Eynesbury Summer Festival, which also includes a Food Truck Festival this weekend, a Pet Market and a Kingdom Festival for Kids early next year.

Find out more here.


Castlemaine Twighlight Market

Whether you are after a treasure for yourself or an utterly unique gift, you’ll find the very best art and design talent in the region, along with sumptuous food stalls, top-notch organic, fair trade coffee, and some friendly, welcoming folk, making this twilight market a must-see for any visitor to the area.

Showcasing over 60 established and emerging artists, designers, and craftspeople, the Castlemaine Twilight Market offers everything from handcrafted leather goods, to exquisite silver jewellery, slick screen-printed products, earthy ceramics, designer clothing, timber home wares, and much, much more. The ideal place to find something to put under the tree.

This year the market goes down on Saturday 18th December from 3pm – 7pm on Western Reserve, Forest Street Castlemaine.


Torquay Cowrie Market

The Surf Coast Arts Collective’s crafty little market transforms Torquay Common into a Christmas mecca for one-off gifts and eco-friendly products by local artists and crafters.  While not a specifically themed Christmas market, this one will be going down on Sunday, December 19, just in time to get those last minute goodies for your friends and family.

Market organisers make sure all items for sale are home-grown, hand-made and environmentally sustainable (so remember to bring a bag along, as it’s a plastic bag-free event).  There’s even live music and plenty of food to make this the perfect day out.

Find out more here.


Heide Christmas Market 2021

This one is a must for those that enjoy eclectic goodies. The Heide Market is a collaboration between Heide Museum of Modern Art and The Rose St. Artists’ Market, taking over the picturesque surrounds of the Heide Museum of Modern Art sculpture park with a special Xmas Market on December 11.

Here you’ll find the work of up to 120 different makers, from artwork, design and handcrafted goods to tasty treats and other eclectic goodies- so there’s plenty of reasons to make a visit to the Heide Market part of your weekend.

Find more on Heide Christmas Market here.


View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Heide Market (@heidemarket)

Lucas Christmas Market

Another one for those of you in and around Ballarat. Coltman Plaza and Integra will be hosting the Lucas Christmas Market on Friday, December 3 from 4pm, featuring specialist boutique stalls, offering a variety of unique locally made goods ranging from arts and crafts to freshly made delicacies providing something for everyone.

Grab some food and get your Christmas shopping done at the amazing local art and craft stores. Lock it in the calendar.

Find out more here.


Ballarat Christmas Market

On the Friday before Christmas (December 17 2021), Ballarat Farmers Market will be holding a special market focusing on gifts, artwork, homewares, clothing, garden art, gourmet food, wine, cider and more at the North Gardens Reserve. Grab dinner from the hot food vans and, of course, there will be a coffee van on site. Regulars from both the Ballarat Farmers markets will be attending, along with stalls coming just for this event.
90+ stallholders are expected, so mark the date and enjoy this special opportunity. As a bonus, stallholders will feature Christmas specials and Christmas gift packs.
Find out more here.

The District Docklands Christmas Night Market

The District Christmas Makers Market is an absolute gem, providing visitors with unique gifts and wares from a range of local store holders.

Enjoy live entertainment and creative, colourful market stalls showcasing art, craft, jewellery, fashion, homewares, gifts and delicious homemade and homegrown produce at The District Makers Market. You can even bring your furry friends along as The District is a pet-friendly precinct and you’ll find stalls selling doggie treats, accessories and outfits.

Going down at the District Docklands on Friday, December 17 from 4pm to 9pm, this is the perfect place to reconnect with friends and family and explore the open-air laneways, restaurants and cafes.

Find out more here.

Arts Centre Melbourne Christmas Market 2021

We love the Arts Centre and this festive season you’ll be able to discover handcrafted treasures made by the Art Centre’s favourite local artisans to help you find a gift for your loved one that’s unique, beautifully crafted and locally made.

The markets are running every weekend from 13 November to 19 December, winding along St Kilda Road between Hamer Hall and Melbourne’s iconic spire is Arts Centre Melbourne’s Weekend Markets.

Featuring local designers and artisans – meet the makers behind the creations, uncovering the inspiration and level of skill poured into each piece. From jewellery, soaps, scarves and candles, to woodcraft, leather goods, clothing and paintings, each item is lovingly handcrafted, making for a memorable gift.

With no two stalls the same, uncover a truly unique treasure to give to that special someone this festive season.

Find out more here.

Christmas Artists’ Market

If you’re hoping to get your Christmas gifts and Kris Kringle presents sorted early, head to the Christmas artists’ market at the Pavilion in Fitzroy Gardens, East Melbourne.

Going down on December 4 and 5, you’ll find artworks by 14 artists on display outside the Pavilion, along with lots of ideas for Christmas presents for friends. Browse paintings, prints, sculptures, jewellery, ceramics, glass, earrings, printed tea towels, serving boards, drawings, brooches, invisible mending, botanical art and much more on the day.

The Pavilion will be open with larger artworks on display by artists including Roze Elizabeth, Nancy Lane, Elsa Thorp, Laurie Franklin, Christine Morton, Pauline Delaney, Studio Vincenza, Kerri Ryan, Leanne O’Sullivan, ODD Studio, Red Rocket Design, Alissa Duke and Nicole Macdonald.

Find out more here.