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What are the best Christmas markets in Australia and will they go ahead this year?

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Christmas is coming, and we all know it’s going to be a little bit different this year. With that being said, there are plenty of traditions that are going ahead in 2020. To get into the holiday spirit, we look at our favourite Christmas markets in Australia that are on this December.

While this article was up-to-date at the time of publishing on 6 November 2020, things may have changed since then and travel restrictions can be put into place at any time.

Will Christmas Markets go ahead this year?

Due to COVID-19 some Christmas events have been cancelled, with a few beloved Christmas Markets deciding to wait until next year before putting out their stalls.

However, there are many different marketplaces working hard to create safe outdoor shopping spaces for the festive season, and are going to go ahead with their planned dates.

What about Christmas Markets abroad?

Australia is still subject to an overseas travel ban and we’re not sure when this ban will be lifted. If you’re currently in Australia, you might not be able to attend any Christmas markets taking place outside the country.

To settle your fear of missing out, the whole world has been affected and very few Christmas market hubs are going to be business at usual. With the onset of the colder winter season in the northern hemisphere, the Christmas Market haven, Germany, is considering cancelling their festive shopping events this year.

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The best Christmas Markets in Australia 2020

So where can you go for a little December shopping in Australia? Check out the Christmas markets going ahead in 2020.

WA’s Best Christmas Maker’s Market

Fremantle Art Centre, 1 Finnerty Street

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Fremantle’s Arts Centre is pulling no punches with their bazaar, especially with an adjoining title promising to be the Christmas Market to beat. We can’t really dispute the claim, especially when 50 of WA’s celebrated artisans set up stalls here every year. Expect to find stands with beautifully crafted jewellery, sculptures, textiles, ceramics, clothes, and textiles. It’s a prime place to find pre-Christmas presents.

There will be a bar and several food trucks to keep you fuelled while you shop. If you’re looking for something special and live in Western Australia, this is the place to be this coming Christmas – you’ll have to be quick off the mark though, this event only lasts for one weekend.

When: December 4th 2020 – 6th December 2020
Cost: $2
Best Christmas Market in Australia for: unique gifts

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in place?

As of yet, nothing has been announced with regards to COVID-19 from the organisers of the Bazaar, so you will need to check local government restrictions before you set off. Western Australia is heading in Phase 4 and are lifting many local restrictions that have been in place for the last few months. Head here for the latest COVID-19 updates from the Fremantle local authority.

Margate Beach Christmas Market

Margate Parade and Mabel Street, Margate

Christmas gift at the beach

On Saturday the 14th of November, just north of Brisbane, and right by the sea, is the Margate Beach Christmas Market. Run by the Love Handmade Markets, this market promotes eco-friendly makers and handmade products. As we head into the next decade, we’re becoming more and more aware of how much waste we produce and finding green gifts with a sustainable footprint is a great way to embrace the future of Christmas.

But it’s not all selfless – with 80 stalls packed to the rafters with unique and handmade goods, being green has never been so easy. Head out here and spend a day shopping by the sea (hello sweet, sweet ventilation). Best of all, entry is free and dogs are welcome.

When: 14th November 2020
Cost: Free
Best Christmas Market in Australia for: eco-friendly gifts

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in place?

The Love Handmade Christmas Market has reiterated the Queensland government advice for safely visiting the market. This means social distancing must be observed while at the market (1.5m at all times), to wash or sanitise your hands regularly, and stay at home if you are displaying any symptoms.  

Ebenezer Night Market

Ebenezer Place, Adelaide

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The beloved Christkindlemarkt is not going ahead this year, so it’d be easy to despair over your chances of getting a cup of delicious mulled wine in December. However, the Ebenezer Night Market has stepped in with a festive outdoor shopping experience for the Christmas Market fans of Adelaide.

Set in Ebenezer Place, you’ll find plenty of Christmas gifts, and stands selling clothes, jewellery, crafts and food here. We cannot promise mulled wine, but we can promise plenty of festive joy. (If you’re really craving mulled wine, find our recipe here).

When: 5th and 19th December 2020
Cost: Free
Best Christmas Market in Australia for: atmosphere

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in place?

All operating stall holders will need to provide hand sanitiser to patrons and maintain a strict cleaning regime. Social distancing will need to be maintained (1.5m) and you will need to regularly sanitise/wash your hands whilst in the market.

Last Minute Twilight Christmas Market

Mornington Racecourse, 320 Racecourse Road

santa snowglobes

Melbourne has had a tough go of it this year, and so a little Christmas cheer will go a long way. Luckily, the Mornington Racecourse Market is still planning to hold their (hilariously titled) Last Minute Twilight Christmas Market, specifically geared to shoppers whojust cannot help spinning their shopping wheels as long as they can.

Located on the Mornington Peninsula, this market showcases local produce and products. Expect to find gorgeous handmade, homemade or homegrown goods that will make for some excellent stocking fillers, and thoughtful gifts. Entry is free, and when the market is over there are lots of boutique shops nearby, and plenty of coastal activities you can take advantage of.

When: 11th December 2020
Cost: Free
Best Christmas Market in Australia for: last minute shoppers.  

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in place?

Increased cleaning and disinfection measures have been put in place, and you will find hand sanitiser/wash stations throughout the market. You must maintain social distancing, and if you are displaying any symptoms, or have been exposed to the virus you will not be able to attend. There is a first-aid facility if you have any concerns. For more information, head here.

Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Spectacular

Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road

Christmas lights

Christmas is all about lights, and there are over three million of them at this beloved holiday event. Starting on the 5th of November this year, and running until the 26th of January 2021, you and your family can wander through eye-popping light displays, that range from world globes, soaring rainbows, and giant snowmen.

There are also rides, such as the Tea Cups and Carousel for kids, and the Ferris Wheel for all ages (ideal for getting a birds-eye view of the entire park).

When: 5th November 2020 – 26th January 2021
Cost: Adult $30, Child (4-15) $25, Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $99
Best Christmas Market in Australia for: Christmas lights

Are there any COVID-19 restrictions in place?

Yes, there are. You’ll have to book early, as due to new health and safety restrictions, only 500 people can visit the event at a time. Guests will have to sign in using a QR code, and your contact details will be stored for 28 days. Obviously, if you are displaying any symptoms, you will be denied entry.

The tickets will also be released in staged releases for set dates, but you can register for their newsletter to find out when tickets go on sale.

Christmas may be different this year, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be filled with laughter and light and everything that makes the season worth celebrating. Stay up to date with the latest government guidelines so you can stay safe and happy during the holiday season.

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Common questions travellers have about Christmas Markets

Is it safe to go to Christmas Markets?

Anywhere you go where there are crowds will involve some risk, and it is generally advised that if you are going to be around more people, that you stay in well ventilated areas, wear masks, wash your hands regularly, and maintain a distance of around 1.5m. Luckily, most Christmas markets are held outdoors, which reduces the risk of transmission significantly. Read up on the latest government advice here.

Is there a chance the Christmas events you listed will be cancelled?

All Christmas events are subject to cancellation. We’ve added links for each event so you can stay up to date with any changes that might be made.

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