Best Christmas markets 2020

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It’s no surprise that Christmas markets will be operating differently this year, and sadly many of the country’s favourites won’t be going ahead at all. Even Germany’s famous snow-covered Christmas markets have been cancelled. Luckily, many Australian cities are going ahead with beloved Christmas celebrations, or making arrangements to satisfy the festive dreams of shoppers.

Make sure you book these dates into your festive calendar.

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Ebenezer Night Market
5 and 19 December
Ebenezer Place, Adelaide, SA

While Adelaide’s European-style Christkindlemarkt won’t be going ahead this year, the Ebenezer Night Market will be hosting a festive outdoor experience to satisfy the Christmas shopping needs of Adelaideans. Stalls will offer food, clothing, crafts and jewellery, and align with the required COVID safety measures.

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Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Spectacular
5 November 2020 to 26 January 2021
Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, NSW

If you’re searching for experiences rather than gifts, the beloved Hunter Valley Gardens Christmas Spectacular is sure to excite anyone exploring New South Wales this summer. The stunning gardens host a Ferris wheel and smaller rides for younger children, giant snowmen, food and – most famously – more than three million lights that make up the spectacular Christmas light display. Tickets cost $30 for adults, $25 for children between four and 15, or $99 for a family of two adults and two children. You’ll want to book tickets early, as only 500 people can visit the festival at one time due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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WA’s Best Christmas Maker’s Market
4 December to 6 December
Fremantle Art Centre, 1 Finnerty Street, WA

If you’re near Fremantle today or tomorrow, be sure to visit the Fremantle Arts Centre’s Bazaar, where 50 of the state’s favourite artisans are selling art, jewellery, ceramics, jewellery, clothes, textiles, sculptures, and more. Along with the unique gifts, the market offers food trucks and a bar. Entrance costs $2 per person.

Last Minute Twilight Christmas Market
11 December
Mornington Racecourse, 320 Racecourse Road, VIC

Many Melburnians are making the most of their newfound freedom and escaping to the beautiful coastline of the Mornington Peninsula. Locals and lucky Melburnians alike can enjoy fresh produce and festive homemade crafts found at the Last Minute Twilight Christmas Market hosted by the Mornington Racecourse Market.

Do you frequent Christmas markets? What markets would you recommend to other readers? What has been your favourite Christmas market find?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader who loves words. You'll often find him spending time in galleries, writing, designing, painting, drawing, or photographing and documenting street art. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t?

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