The Gold Coast’s best Christmas markets

The countdown is well and truly on! While some have their Christmas shopping sorted and are focusing their attention on Christmas Day fare, others are still in search of the perfect gift. We’re all for avoiding holiday crowds and shopping centre carpark rage, and going in search of those special items for loved ones as local markets. There are still a number of Gold Coast markets where you can check out (and buy) the creations of local artisans and makers. Here are our top picks of the Gold Coast’s best Christmas markets.


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The Gold Coast’s best Christmas markets

Christmas Art & Crafters Market

The Gold Coast Potters Association is hosting an arts and crafts Christmas Market. Join the local community and celebrate the festive season. Browse the range of handmade and stylish homewares, jewellery and other accessories. There will be Christmas raffles, too!

When: Sunday, December 4 from 8am-1pm
Where: 173 Ashmore Road, Benowa
Get more information here.

Christmas Markets GC

The Christmas markets on the Gold Coast don’t get larger than the iconic Christmas Markets GC. Get all holly-jolly when the Broadwater Parklands are transformed into a winter wonderland. You’ll find more than 100 stalls selling the wares of local creatives. Get your hands on some gourmet treats and enjoy the festive spirit. Kids will love the rides, and there are also roving characters, glittering lights and everything you can possibly dream of for a happy holidays.

When: Friday, December 16 to Sunday, December 18 from 4pm-10pm
Where: Broadwater Parklands
Get more information here.

German Christmas Marketta

If you get excited by gingerbread houses and German sausage, the German Mini Christmas Market is the place for you. Here are all manner of traditional German specialties. There are also the best Christmas tunes to sing along to. This is the perfect place to pick up those unique, one-of-a-kind type gifts.

When: Saturday, December 3 from 1pm-3pm
Where: Brezel Authentic German Bakery, 201 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes
Get more information here.

HOTA Christmas Twilight Markets

Get jingly with it! The HOTA Christmas Twilight Markets brings you an evening of festive folly to send you into Christmas with the most jolly vibes… And great gifts! You’ll find artisan handmade gifts, the region’s best gourmet street eats, decadent desserts, bespoke boutiques, live entertainment, Christmas decorations and festive season cheer. Oh, and the kids can get their photos taken with that guy in the red and white suit. Tickets are free, so be sure to register your attendance.

When: Friday, December 10 from 4pm-9pm
Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Gold Coast
Get more information here.

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Marina Mirage Christmas Market

If you haven’t sorted your gifts out by Christmas Eve, save the date — December 24. Marina Mirage is having its last market for the year and you’ll find a whole range of stalls for your last-minute Christmas gifts. Talk about shopping by the seat of your pants though!

When: Saturday, December 24 from 6:30am-1:30pm
Where: 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Get more information here.

Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilight Market

Head along to The Esplanade at Surfers Paradise on December 10 and you’ll find a range of one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. This Gold Coast Christmas market has more than 100 stalls with handmade items, boutique clothing and accessories, and Christmas decorations. It’s great for kids too, with plenty of activities and live music to enjoy!

When: Saturday, December 10 from 4pm-9pm
Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise
Get more information here.

The Village Christmas Market

With Christmas drawing near, support your local creative small business community, and soak in some summer vibes while you’re at it! The end-of-year Christmas market at Burleigh Heads State School is its biggest and best market of the year. Stroll through dozens of stalls, discovering new brands and creative makers in the process. The live music and a host of food trucks will make the shopping just that bit easier.

When: Sunday, December 18 from 8:30am-1pm
Where: 1750 Lower Gold Coast Highway Burleigh Heads
Get more information here.

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After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music. Angela is the editor of Kids on the Coast - a free family magazine whats on guide for Kids: things to do, school holiday fun and free activities for kids... Fun attractions, family food & travel, kids health & wellbeing, kids parties venues, parenting, pregnancy & babies, guide for parents. Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids things to do with kids, schools and education and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.

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