If you’re on the hunt for local handmade gifts for Christmas and enjoy twilight market vibes, you’re in luck!
In stunning locations spanning from Coledale to Killalea State Park, there’s a swag of festive day and night markets coming your way this summer.
Salt Church Christmas Markets on Saturday, December 2, 4-8pm
The annual Christmas twilight market at 275 Keira Street, Wollongong showcases market stalls, skill-sharing workshops, family activities, a coffee cart and gourmet food. Details
Fraternity Club Christmas Festival, Sunday, December 3, from 2.30pm
Fairy Meadow will come alive on Sunday for the Frat’s inaugural Christmas festival, featuring market and food stalls, live entertainment, carols by candlelight, an appearance by Santa, plus all your favourite carnival rides for the kids. Unlimited ride tickets will be $15 per person. Details
A Berrycool Christmas in Coolangatta on Saturday, December 9, 9am-4pm
The Collective at Berrycool Estate, a new market on Coolangatta Road, will hold a special Christmas day of stalls, food, live music, live art, workshops, a bouncy castle and a visit from Santa. Details.
The Farm’s Twilight Market, Saturday, December 16, 3pm-8pm
The usual suspects will be at the special Killalea State Park Christmas market - the foodies, the brew, the makers and, of course, live music on the hill. Details
Foragers Twilight Market, Bulli Showground, Sunday, December 17, from 5pm
Bulli will be abuzz with the festive spirit, playing host to the Christmas Twilight Foragers Market. Details to come.
Coledale Twilight Market at Coledale Public School, December 20, 2pm-8pm
Bundle up the kids and a picnic blanket to enjoy food stalls, artisan, handmade and homemade products, entertainment at dusk. Details.
Twilight Markets, Flagstaff Hill, first Friday in Jan and Feb, 5.30pm-8.30pm
Pack a picnic blanket and head to Endeavour Drive in Wollongong to enjoy light music and savour flavours from international food stalls – from woodfired pizza and French cuisine to delicious desserts. Details.
Kiama Makers and Growers Market, Saturday, December 23, 10am-4pm
A 'Make it, Bake it, Grow it, Sew it' market at Black Beach in Kiama, offering gourmet food, produce and handmade goods. Details
Dapto Showground Markets, every Sunday, 7am-1pm
Caters for a wide range of merchandise from new and second-hand goods to fresh produce, clothing, plants, antiques and collectibles, furniture and many other kinds of goods. Details.
Warrawong Markets by the Lake, every Saturday, 7am-1pm
On Northcliff Drive, opposite Bunnings, stallholders sell new and secondhand goods, fresh produce, plants, craft, fashion and more. There are buskers, entertainment, food and drinks and plenty of space to sit and relax on beautiful Lake Illawarra. Details.
Eat Street in Crown Street Mall, every Thursday, 5pm-9pm
A delicious range of food stalls from local restaurants and traders - ribs, dumplings, hot dogs, Asian salads, burgers, and desserts, as well as live music and comfy seating. Details.
Friday Forage in Crown Street Mall, every Friday, 8am-3pm
Enjoy your weekly shop of fresh produce and tasty treats, take in the talent of local traders and musicians at Friday Forage on Crown. Details.
Shellharbour Village Marketplace at Pioneer Park, last Sunday of each month, 10am-3pm
Spend the day in the picturesque Shellharbour Village on Addison Street (next to the skate park) and browse through the markets. Details.
Kiama Farmers’ Market, Coronation Park at Surf Beach, every Wednesday, 3pm-6pm
A huge selection of seasonal produce direct from the farmer or maker. Along with fruit and veg, you’ll find find oysters, local beef, honey, eggs, milk straight from the local dairy, gelato, fresh cut flowers, cider and more on Manning Street. Details.
Kiama Seaside Markets, third Sunday of the month, 9am-3pm
More than 100 stalls offer everything from handcrafted gifts, locally designed clothing, jewellery, art, vintage and up-cycled products, holistic health and wellness products, as well as a range of other unique products that are locally sourced, designed and created. Details.
Gerringong Village Markets, third Saturday of every month, 8.30am-1.30pm
Held in Gerringong Town Hall, this Rotary market offers handmade crafts, local produce, toys, books, jewellery, plants and clothes, hot food stalls, coffee and cakes. Details.