Sydney is certainly the place to be during the holidays, packed full of festive cheer with shopping, carols, light installations and Christmas celebrations taking place all over the city. While Christmas shopping can be overwhelming and not for the faint-hearted, Xmas markets around Sydney are a wonderful way to find unique gifts while enjoy delicious local produce, workshops and live entertainment in a calmer festive environment.

And of course, Sydney Social 101 is your one-stop shop for all your Xmas market info this month!

Thursday 10th December 2015

  • Christmas Fare, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Queens Square, Sydney
Sydney Living Museums will once again host the annual Christmas Fare at the World Heritage listed Hyde Park Barracks Museum.

For one-evening only on Thursday 17th December shop at 40+ stalls featuring a hand-picked selection of Sydney’s finest artisan producers, makers and small-scale retailers. From create-your-own gourmet food hampers, to premium hand-made produce and artisan wares, we have everything you need for your Christmas table.  Enjoy free museum entry, a festive drink at Young Henry’s pop-up bar, a bite to eat at one of our premium ready-to-eat food stalls and live entertainment by emerging local talent.


Friday 11th December 2015 

  • The Finders Keepers Markets, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh, Sydney

A highlight on the market calendar, The Finders Keepers kick off the Christmas market countdown in Eveleigh from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th December.  With over 200 independent stalls, you can expect to uncover great gift ideas from NSW artisans and designers.  Food trucks, coffee carts and food and beverage stalls will keep the hunger at bay after all that shopping.


Saturday 12th December 2015 

  • The Rocks Markets, The Rocks, Sydney

Christmas gifts, hand crafted with love, are just some of the hidden treasures waiting to be discovered at The Rocks Markets, open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm throughout December.  From Playfair and George Streets, to Jack Mundey Place, cobbled laneways and sandstone walls, reveal a treasure trove of hand-made gifts from stallholders; bursting with interesting one-off designs and a special story to tell.


Sunday 13th December 2015


  • Kensington Street Christmas Bazaar, Kensington St, Sydney
    The new lifestyle precinct of Kensington St in Chippendale has sprung to life in 2015 with the opening of The Old Clare Hotel, hot new restaurants and the redevelopment of the heritage workers’ cottages.  The inaugural Kensington Street Christmas Bazaar on Sunday 13th December is the perfect opportunity to explore this exciting new precinct, while enjoying marketplace stalls, pop-up bars, Christmas workshops and a moveable feast.


Thursday 17th December 2015 


  • Christmas Fare Market, Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney
    Showcasing locally made seasonal and sustainable food by some of the best boutique producers, chefs and urban farmers in Sydney, for one night only on Thursday 17th December Sydney Living Museums will host their annual Christmas Fare market at the Hyde Park Barracks Museum.  Featuring live entertainment, create your own food hampers, a Young Henry’s pop up and over 40 stalls – you’ll be in the Christmas spirit in no time.


Friday 18th December 2015


  • The Village Bizarre Night Markets featuring Workshopped, The Rocks, Sydney

Christmas shopping amongst The Rock’s cobbled laneways and historic pubs has just got better with The Village Bizarre Night Markets featuring Workshopped. With stalls featuring handmade beauty products, homewares, art, jewellery and fashion – grab a friend and enjoy the yuletide atmosphere in Sydney’s most historic precinct.


Saturday 19th December 2015 – 6 sleeps


  • The Olive Tree Market, Civic Park, Newcastle, NSW
    The Olive Tree Market at Civic Park in Newcastle has supported art and design in the local community since 2008, and Christmas this year will be no different. On 19th December the market will feature over 200 stallholders offering handmade gifts with a difference.


Sunday 20th December 2015 – 5 sleeps


  • Byron Bay Community Markets, Butler Street Reserve, Byron Bay, NSW

For delicious locally-grown produce, unique art, handmade crafts and delicious food you can’t go past the Byron Bay Community Markets. Considered one of the best markets in the region, you’ll find Christmas shopping in Byron a breeze thanks to the live entertainment, craft stalls and kids’ activities


  • Dubbo Riverside Markets, Macquarie Lions Park, Dubbo, NSW
    Head to the Dubbo Riverside markets at Macquarie Lions Park for a fantastic Christmas shopping experience with local produce, stalls and live entertainment by local artist Michelle Little.


Wednesday 23rd December 2015 – 2 sleeps


  • Carriageworks Farmers Markets, Eveleigh, Sydney
    The food and produce mecca of Carriageworks Farmers Market are doing a Christmas edition, with their very first Twilight Christmas market taking place from 4.00pm – 9.00pm. Just in time for your final Christmas preparations, the markets will offer fresh turkey, hams, seafood, seasonal fruit and all the trimmings from some of NSW’s best producers


  • Sydney Fish Market, Sydney

Leave your Christmas lunch preparation to the last minute? Don’t fret! The famous Sydney Fish Market 36-hour seafood marathon will be on once again from 5.00am on Wednesday 23rd December all the way through to 5.00pm on Christmas Eve offering everything from prawns, lobsters, oysters and more!


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