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A Christmas tree with red bows at Prahran Market.
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The best Christmas markets in Melbourne for getting festive in 2023

Stock up on treats, handmade gifts and decorations at these festive markets

Leah Glynn
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Leah Glynn
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The Christmas holidays are the time for family, friends, feasting and forgetting to buy presents until the last minute. Lucky for you, Melbourne has several festive-themed markets happening in December, giving you ample opportunity to grab gifts that will make your loved ones smile and load up on specialty goods to serve up on the big day. 

Once you're sorted, don't forget to make the rounds and check out our city's Christmas light displays and get festive with our guide to celebrating Christmas in Melbourne.

Still stuck? We've rounded up some foolproof gift ideas here. Forgot the tree? Here's where you can buy a real Christmas tree in Melbourne.

Best Christmas Markets in Melbourne

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This year, more than 100 shops, stalls and bars will light up the open-air market sheds across a bumper 16-week season. Highlights include treats from from It's Off Tap, That’s Amore Cheese Nepal Dining Room, Hoy Pinoy and delicious serves of Aussie dessert fave, pavlova – with topping choices! As always, you can expect roving performers and a rotating line-up of live music on the market's main stage. After sipping and snacking, be sure to explore the dozens of stalls selling locally-sourced and handmade products including jewellery, art, skincare, books and homewares. 

The first four weeks of the market will be a festive wonderland to spread the holiday season cheer, with a Christmas tree forest, a roving Santa Claus, festive entertainment including carollers and of course, your fave Christmas songs on rotation. 

 

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This December, Prahran Market is transforming into a Christmas wonderland, complete with a nutcracker window display, festive decorations and a ten-metre-tall inflatable tree. The beloved community market will delight visitors with a surprise at every turn – including food-themed edible Christmas trees, a life-size Mrs Claus wearing a red candy dress and some very cheeky elves hiding in Christmas crates and disguised as pineapples.

The big man himself will also be making an appearance on December 16 and 17, with families (and furry friends!) invited to come down and snap a pic. Santa will also be roaming the market from December 19-24. There's truly no better place to get in the festive spirit.

 

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Each Saturday and Sunday the Rose St Artists' Market gathers some of Melbourne's most exciting artists and designers to display their wares and talk all things handmade. The market has been buzzing since 2003 and is modelled off similar markets in London, Berlin and New York. Weave your way through the crowds and duck into the warehouse to check out the handmade fashion, food and curios for sale. The artists are usually on hand to compare crochet needles and discuss their work, so drop in for a squizz, a chat and a haircut from the resident hairdresser.

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Arts Centre Melbourne isn't just great for the odd musical or theatre production – in fact, every weekend the grounds of the arts precinct's hub come alive with market stalls selling everything from handmade leather wallets to locally made art by the city's designers and small business owners. Situated a short walk from Flinders Street Station, everything on offer at the market has been locally made, and the market also features a great range of food stalls if you want to shake up your weekend brunch.

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  • St Kilda

The Esplanade Market at St Kilda has been a city icon since 1970. With its inspiring mix of arts and crafts, it's a world-renowned hotspot for local artists and creatives to sell their wares to the casual Sunday crowd who wander along the palm-fringed esplanade. The market is an easy 15-minute ride from the city on the 16 or 96 trams. St Kilda Esplanade Market is open 10am to 5pm during daylight savings, or 10am to 4pm at all other times.

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