6 unforgettable Christmas markets in Canberra 2021
These markets are getting into the Christmas spirit. Are you?
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Christmas is the time for Canberra to show off its creative side, and the city doesn’t disappoint. Many of its weekly markets take on a Christmas flavour to put you in the right mood while the city itself hosts one stellar event filled with lights, sounds and market stalls.
Are you in?
1. Canberra Christmas Market (cancelled for 2020)
Set over the second weekend in December, Canberra Christmas Markets specialises in gifts for the season. The same stallholders will be there both days, so if you’re the kind that deliberates over presents, pop by on Saturday to window shop and return on Sunday to seal the deal.
- When: Cancelled for 2020. Returning on 11 December 2021.
- Where: Fitzroy Building, Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC)
- More information: Canberra Christmas
2. Dirty Janes Twilight Christmas Shopping
Love shopping the racks for vintage wears and knick-knacks? Dirty Janes has your Christmas sorted with a Twilight Christmas Shopping Event to knock your socks off.
Dress up and head on down to work your way around its gift and food stalls. Bookings are required. As is a touch of Christmas spirit.
- When: 4 December 2020 from 5pm-8:30pm.
- Where: Dirty Janes, 80 Collie St, Fyshwick
- More information: Canberra Christmas
3. Canberra Potters Christmas Fair
Ceramics by local potters are a darling gift that work for anyone seeking to dress up their workspace or home style.
Choose neutral colours if you're unsure of their colour scheme to get this gift just right.
You can even add your own personal touch with a smaller gift inside such as a plant, jewellery or Christmas ornament.
- When: 10-20 December from 10am-4pm.
- Where: Canberra Potters Gallery, Watson Arts Centre, 1 Aspinall St, Watson ACT 2602
- More information: Canberra Potters
4. Handmade Market
Established in 2008, the quarterly Handmade Market has grown to become a Canberra institution. It's the brainchild of two women who wanted to create a space that focused on local designers. When it began, it had 35 stalls. Now, it features almost 300. Naturally, Christmas is one of the biggest times in the year for the markets so you can expect the scene here to be bustling and the items to be exquisite.
- When: 7, 14, 21 and 28 November, from 9am-4pm.
- Where: Online
- More information: Handmade Canberra
5. Old Bus Depot Markets (cancelled for 2020)
The tourist mecca for market stall gifts gets a special twist during Christmas. Pop by in December to be treated to a world of Christmas wreaths, gingerbread houses, trees, baubles, mince tarts and puddings. Need to get your Christmas on? We know a place.
- When: Cancelled for 2020.
- Where: Old Bus Depot, 21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
- More information: Old Bus Depot Markets
6. French Market
France boasts some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, so naturally, its alliance in Canberra delivers on the goods. Kicking celebrations off early, this event provides local vendors with a space to showcase their cheeses, charcuteries, truffles, wines and handcrafted products. You can also expect a showcase of classes, events and live music to set the scene.
- When: 21 November 2020.
- Where: Alliance Francaise de Canberra, 66 McCaughey Street, Turner
- More information: French Market – by the AF Canberra
More Christmas activities in Canberra
Christmas Story and Theatre for Kids
Christmas BBQ Cooking Class
Christmas Painting Workshop at Home
DIY Christmas Hamper Experience
Christmas Craft Workshop
Christmas Brush Lettering Class
Feature image: Old Bus Depot Markets
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