Top Christmas markets in Perth that are absolutely free to attend
The festive arts, crafts and food that will fulfil all your Christmas wishes.
Whether you’re searching for that one-of-a-kind gift for that special someone or want to hang with mates at a European-inspired food market, Perth has the answer this yuletide.
Each year, Perth pulls out all the stops to deliver a wonderful mix of bazaars and markets showcasing independently designed fashion, themed jewellery and Christmas toys for you to buy for yourself/your loved ones. Strike out whichever is not required.
Once you’re tired from your big Christmas shop, sate your hunger at Perth’s hawker Christmas markets. It’s where international delicacies will temp your nostrils and your stomach.
The best bit? All these markets are free to enter. Go on, take a peek:
Top Christmas markets in Perth
1. Bazaar WA’s Best Christmas Market
Established in 1979, Bazaar is one of the oldest markets for locally made goods in Perth. Every year its three-day long Christmas extravaganza features over 50 local artisans selling handcrafted creations. With jewellery, fashion, homewares and more up for grabs, whether you have something in mind or are browsing for inspiration, the Best Christmas Market is literally the best place to start.
- When: 2-4 December 2016 (Friday, night only, Saturday and Sunday, daytime hours)
2. QV1 Christmas PopUpmarket
Typically held at the University of Western Australia, this quarterly handicrafts market moves to the city’s QV1 foyer in December for a three-day shopping blitz. Donning the name of “Christmas PopUpmarket”, it brings 150 artists, designers and gourmet chefs under one roof during weekday lunch hours, so time-poor workers can check those presents off their lists while on break. Thoughtful, right?
3. Perth Home Grown
Have a very merry green Christmas this year thanks to the Perth Home Grown market. This market features a weekly rotation of ethically-sound sellers and local makers in the heart of Perth City Centre. Need a way to get back on the nice list with Santa this year? Shopping ecologically certainly can’t hurt...
4. Summer Night Markets OnWilliam
On a balmy summer night in Perth, Northbridge’s local creatives come together in a celebration of art, giftware, food, music and drink at Perth Cultural Centre’s Wetlands Stage. This pre-Christmas tradition has been running since 2011 and is supported by some of Perth’s favourite creators like Correy & Lion, Generics Urban Apothecary and The Wooden Spoon.
- Where: Perth Cultural Centre
- More information: OnWilliam
5. Xmas Night Market
Ready your engines, Christmas shoppers. You have three hours of night shopping to do under the stars at this open-air Swan Valley market. With so many stalls at your fingertips, you’ll want to max out your chance to shop their finest wares. You know the plan: get there at 6pm – sharp.
- When: 2 December 2016, 6-9pm
- Where: Novotel Vines Resort Swan Valley, Verdelho Drive, The Vines
- More information: MiLi Markets
6. Early Bird Christmas Market
Be one of those smug few who say they’ve got all their Christmas shopping sorted when December comes around by grabbing your wallet and heading to the Early Bird markets at Craigie Leisure Centre in November. Fifty stallholders are set to fill the centre’s basketball court with stocking stuffers and top-notch presents. There is balloon twisting and face painting for the kids, too.
- When: 20 November 2016, 11am-3pm
7. Big Family Christmas Market
Missed the Early Bird Christmas Market in Joondalup (see event above)? No sweat. The event curators know that not everyone has the chance to shop in November so it hosts an even bigger and better event in December. This time, you can expect over 90 stallholders to pack the hall with custom-made gifts, soaps and lotions, designer dolls and more. Even if you did make it to the early bird event, there’s no shame in returning to see what else is up for grabs!
- When: 11 December 2016, 8am-12pm
8. Joondalup Twilight Markets
Held over five Friday evenings in the lead-up to Christmas, you’ll have little excuse not to make at least one of the Joondalup Twilight Markets nights. This is the official night market organised by the City of Joondalup so you can expect only the best gourmet foods, handmade jewellery and gifts on show. For kids, there’s roaming entertainment and activities to help get them into the Christmas spirit.
- When: Friday nights from 18 November to 16 December 2016
- Where: Central Walk, Joondalup City Centre
9. Twilight Hawkers Markets
Okay, you caught us. This isn’t exactly a Christmas market. If you’re a local you’ll know that the Twilight Hawkers Markets happen Fridays from October to April – but hey, when you’re craving food market deliciousness after a long day Christmas shopping and don’t want to splash the cash on nosh, this market has your back.
- When: Every Friday except 18 November, 23 December, 30 December and Good Friday