Visiting markets around Adelaide is definitely one of my most favourite things to do, even more so during the Summertime. Coming into Christmas is especially fun as you can always find the best gifts from local producers there. Here’s a list of some of the markets I will be checking out this coming month:
Beachfront Twilight Markets, Angus Neill Reserve, Seacliff
The Beachfront Markets are run in conjunction with The Lollipop Markets, this gorgeous market runs just off the foreshore in Seacliff. Visit to discover great food, kids activities and live entertainment. Featuring boutique products from over 100 handpicked stallholders including jewellery, plants, artworks, designs and unique creations. You’ll surely find the perfect gift for someone special here.
Beachfront Twilight Markets are on from 5.30pm – 8.30pm on December 4th 2015 & continuing on 15th January 2016. Keep up to date with The Beachfront Twilight Markets via the Facebook event page here.
Moonlight Markets, Thorndon Park, Campbelltown
An extremely popular market the first Friday evening of the month (except January) during the Summer months, is located in Thorndon Park, Campbelltown, 15 minutes north-east of the CBD. Hosting well over 100 stalls with everything from fashions, homewares, jewellery, arts, crafts, food and wine. Thorndon Park is the perfect setting for family fun or a cute date night out. Bring along a picnic rug and relax by the duck pond watching the sunset and indulging in the high quality local produce, brought to you by the infamous Campbelltown Food Trail.
Moonlight Markets are on from 6.00pm – 10.00pm Friday December 4th 2015 and resume the first Friday of February 2016. Visit their Facebook page for the latest updates here.
Ebenezer Night Markets, Ebenezer Place, Adelaide CBD
Taking place on selected Friday nights, Ebenezer Night Markets open at 5.30pm, turning the whole street into one massive party. Offering around 50 independent stalls, you will find fantastic gift ideas from handmade crafts, artisan jewellery, henna body art and terrariums to soy candles, vintage & designer clothing, original artworks and more. Plus there will be many food stalls to gorge yourselves on and DJs to dance the night away too.
Ebenezer Night Markets are on from 5.30pm – 11.00pm on Friday December 4th and Friday December 18th 2015. Visit their Facebook page here.
Flinders Street Market Christmas Bazaar, 230 Flinders Street, Adelaide CBD.
Flinders Street Market is one of my favourite weekend markets to attend, and they are joining forces with the makers of Etsy to once again bring their Christmas bazaar to life this year. This two day market features a huge range of amazing handmade gifts ideal for all your loved ones. As usual, you can find unique and artisan made from leathers, glass, ceramics, woods, metalworks and more. Pick up locally designed and crafted Christmas cards, wrapping paper, and festive decor. As usual find delicious food trucks and live entertainment to keep you amused for hours.
Flinders Street Christmas Bazaar is on from 10.00am – 6.00pm on the 5th and 6th of December 2015. Find out more info via the Facebook event page here.
Gilles Street Market’s Grand Bazaar, 91 Gilles Street (Gilles Primary School), Adelaide CBD
Attracting over 10,000 people and hosting 100+ stalls at the last Grand Bazaar, this a calendar event that you definitely don’t want to miss! With an outstanding stallholder line up including emerging SA fashion & inspirational interior home designers alongside the best in vintage and pre loved wares plus delicious SA made food & relaxed tunes tie in the perfect atmosphere for your Summery Sunday afternoon. The ultimate outdoor market experience for 2015.
Gilles Street Grand Bazaar is on from 10.00am – 4.00pm on the 6th of December, 2015. For more information, check out their Facebook event page here.
Lollipop Market’s Twilight Carols & Christmas Market, Dunston Grove – Linde Reserve, Nelson Street, Stepney.
In conjunction with the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters, you can expect to find high end, unique & boutique products, clothing and apparel for men, women and children, jewellery, plants, artwork and designs plus one-off creations all perfect for Christmas gifts. There will be kids crafts, amusement rides, live performance from the Lucky 7 Orchestra featuring Peter Coombe and even a visit from Santa for the kids.
Lollipop’s Twilight Carols and Christmas Market is on from 6.00pm – 9.00pm on Friday 11th of December. Find out more information via their Facebook event page here.
Christkindlmarkt, cnr Main Street and Auricht Road, Hahndorf
The third annual European style Christmas market perfectly situated in the German town of Hahndorf, around 20 minutes up the freeway from the CBD. Hahndorf is simply magical this time of year and showcases not only the beauty of this Adelaide Hills town but the talent of local artists, creators and businesses. This includes handmade produce, crafts, gifts, sweets and decorations. Christkindlmarkt is a large market that brings the whole of the Adelaide Hills community together to flaunt fun, celebration, laughter, family and community spirit. If you visit only one market this December, make sure you take the time to visit this one.
Christkindlmarkt runs over 3 days, opening from 5.00pm – 10.00pm Friday 11th and Saturday 12th December and from 12.00pm – 10.00pm on Sunday 13th December. Find out more from the Christkindlmarkt website here.
Adelaide Night Market, Prince Henry Garden, North Terrace, Adelaide CBD
A very casual atmosphere for a Sunday evening filled with live music, food trucks and browsing through bargains at each stall, the Adelaide Night Market is perfect for couples, groups and families alike. Attracting around 50 stall holders including handmade candles, jewellery and more, you’re bound to find some great stocking fillers here. So much food to choose from including Asian, Mexican, Spanish and Italian cuisines plus sweet trucks for afternoon dinner treats to indulge in. On the last Sunday of each month (excluding December), why not pop down for the evening. If you’re looking for something slightly different to do for the regular Sunday pm sesh with your friends, why not kick back on the lawns here?
Adelaide Night Market is on from 4.00pm – 8.00pm on the 13th of December, 2015 and continuing on the last Sunday of each month, 31st of January, 2016. Find out more information via their Facebook page here.
Flinders Street Market’s Giant Secret Santa, Adelaide CBD
Not so much a market, but a really cool event aimed to bring the local Adelaide community together & feed that Christmas spirit. For some people in the wider Adelaide community, for one reason or another, they don’t receive a gift a Christmas time, or some people don’t have someone to give to. This initiative was designed to include those people in the festive season and is a great excuse to let the art-and-crafty side of everyone create a handmade gift of goodness. This is the first year Flinders Street Market have done this, so lets make it a good one! To participate in this event is really easy:
1 – Click here for the Flinders Street Market website and register yourself for this event. It is only $5 to register and you can do it online with a credit card.
2 – Once registered, get thinking, making, putting together, baking, stitching or whatever gets your creative juices flowing! For those who have the enthusiasm but not so much manual dexterity, you can always buy one of the many lovely hand crafted items they sell at Flinders Street Markets, or get a crafty friend to help you! (Gift value up to $20)
3 – Now you have your lovely gift, wrap it in a creative way, go all out there, remember the intention of this is to make a total stranger smile and feel the love.
4 – Last but most important, deliver your gift on a nominated weekend at the gift collection stall, where you will also receive your Secret Santa!
It’s a really fun and easy way to bring Adelaide together during a time where for some of us can be very difficult. Plus, while you’re making, baking and creating, you may find yourself with a new hobby? Who knows?!
FSM Giant Secret Santa costs $5 to register and around $20 per gift. Gifts must be in at the Flinders Street Market by the 19th of December 2015 for distribution. For more information, visit their website here.