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The best Christmas markets in Sydney 2016

The spirit of Christmas is strong at these magical Christmas market hotspots.

When the Christmas tree in the Queen Victoria Building goes up and the Christmas lights in your neighbourhood go on, that’s when you know Sydney’s festive season has truly begun.

With it comes an exciting array of Christmas markets, right here in Sydney. It feels like each year more and more pop up and if you’re looking for a unique gift to put under the tree or want to celebrate as the Europeans do, these markets have the goods.

Feature image: The Brewery Yard Christmas Markets

The best Christmas markets in Sydney

brewery yard

1. The Brewery Yard Christmas Markets

This yuletide the Brewery Markets will be taking over the Central Park Living Mall with twilight Christmas markets on levels 1 and 3.

Like the mall itself, there’s a twist on the norm at these markets, which . This includes hip-hop Christmas carollers, art demonstrations, workshops and merry elves. For those here to shop, there will be 50 stalls selling arts, crafts and Bavarian treats.

  • When: 3-4 December 2016, 4-9pm
  • Where: Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale

sydney market 1

2. Sydney Living Museums’ Christmas Fare

Set in the grounds of the historic Hyde Park Barracks, this annual Christmas fair boasts over 40 stalls showcasing wares and produce from Sydney’s finest and most promising suppliers and creators. There’s free entry into the museum, a bar on site and live music from local bands throughout the night.

  • When: TBC
  • Where: Hyde Park Barracks

paddington market

3. Paddington Christmas Markets

Twilight Christmas markets seem to be all the rage, and Paddington has cottoned on to the idea. Last year it held its festive markets the Thursday just before Christmas, where handpicked local designers gathered outside the historic Paddington Uniting Church to deliver bespoke handicrafts, unique stocking stuffers and artisan Christmas treats. Details of this year’s event are yet to be released, but we’re expecting the same and then some.

  • When: Mid-December (dates TBC)
  • Where: Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington

finders keepers market

4. Finders Keepers Spring/Summer Market

The seasonal Finders Keepers Market is one that needs no introduction. It’s a melting pot of fashion, craft, art and design from independent sellers and makers, and because the event curators constantly seek fresh new talent to add to the bill no two markets are ever alike. Food trucks and live music set the scene, so there will be no shortage of entertainment or sustenance to get you through the 200 stalls.

  • When: 9-11 December, Friday 6pm-10pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm
  • Where: Australian Technology Park, Exhibition Hall, Locomotive Street, Eveleigh
  • Cost: $2

carriageworks market

5. Carriageworks Twilight Christmas Market

Having had its inaugural year in 2015, the Carriageworks Twilight Christmas Market is one of the youngest markets on this list. It’s a festive version of the venue’s weekend Farmers Markets so the primary focus is seasonal produce, which is perfect if you want to take the reins and whip up a home-cooked Christmas meal. Held two days before Christmas, it’s also great for that last-minute shop before the holidays kick in! Christmas trees and gifts are also on sale.

  • When: 23 December 2016
  • Where: Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
  • Cost: Free

mosman xmas market

6. Mosman Christmas Markets

During Christmas, Mosman’s standard weekend market is transformed into a festive feast for the senses. There’s a seemingly endless number of local produce and craft stalls to choose great gifts and stocking stuffers from.

In 2015, Christmas carollers filled the air with song and Santa dropped by to say hello during the evening, too.

  • When: 8 December 2016, 4:30pm-9:30pm
  • Where: Mosman Square and Village Green, Spit Junction

etsy local market

7. Etsy Local Christmas Markets

Etsy, one of our favourite online stores for handmade gifts, moved offline in 2015 to host the Sydney Made: Etsy Local Christmas Markets. Held at the Seymour Centre, it was a rousing success with punters pushing for space as they shopped for wares from Sydney’s independent designers and makers.

This year, the event returns in a bigger and better space at the Brewery Yard. It’s coming to us in November, so you can get your Christmas shopping done early. Thoughtful, right?

  • When: 19 November 2016, 10am-4pm
  • Where: Brewery Yard Markets, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale

sydney fish market

8. Sydney Fish Market’s 36-hour seafood marathon

This Sydney tradition has been running for over 20 years and it’s not slowing down for anyone. It’s a 36-hour seafood shopping spree and your last chance to grab the freshest seafood in Sydney to cook on the barbie this Christmas. For more traditional chefs, Christmas turkeys, hams and cold meats are also available.

  • When: 5am on 23 December-5pm on 24 December
  • Where: Sydney Fish Market, Bank Street, Pyrmont
  • Cost: Free

kirribilli market

9. Kirribilli Markets

Founded in 1976, the Kirribilli Markets have grown to become one of the best loved markets in Sydney’s North Shore. The markets alternate every weekend between a general market and an art, design and fashion market with over 200 stalls present at each. From mid-December, the art, design and fashion market takes a break, but the general market is still up and running.

  • When: 11 December (art, design and fashion market), 17 and 24 December (general market), 8:30am-3pm
  • Where: Alfred Street South, Milson’s Point
  • Cost: Free

eryldene house

10. Eryldene Historic House and Garden Christmas Fair

Held in the historic grounds of Eryldene in Gordon is this unique Christmas fair experience. It’s a fundraising event supported by some 50 stalls selling everything from garden and kitchen wares to Christmas delicacies like puddings and hampers.

  • When: 26-27 November, 10am-4pm
  • Where: Eryldene Historic House, 17 McIntosh Street, Gordon
  • Cost: Free



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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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