Get ready to jingle all the way as we dive into the festive wonder of Gold Coast Christmas markets! Picture twinkling lights, the scent of holiday treats, and an atmosphere buzzing with seasonal joy. Whether you’re a local or just passing through, these markets are your ticket to unique gifts, delicious nibbles, and a community vibe that’ll have you feeling all warm and fuzzy. Let’s unwrap the magic of the Gold Coast’s Christmas markets and get into the spirit of the season!
Christmas Markets GC (Broadwater Parklands)
I guess the most iconic and biggest Gold Coast Christmas markets, comes to life at the annual Christmas Markets GC. The Broadwater Parklands will be transformed into a winter paradise from December 15 to December 17 from 4 PM to 10 PM. More than a hundred stalls will be selling everything you need to make it a seriously festive Christmas this year, plus kids rides, glittering lights, gourmet Christmas food, roving characters, and all the ingredients for a merry time.
Tamborine Twilight Christmas Country Market
The festive charm of this event is overflowing. Get into your vehicle and head up to Tamborine Mountain for an enchanting evening at the Bearded Dragon Hotel.
Moreover, the place will be transformed into a festive wonderland with live music, a pop-up bar, food trucks, letters to Santa Claus, a petting zoo, and a surprise visit from the big guy himself. This event directly supports the local Tamborine Rural Fire Brigade and wildlife charities in the area. The market will open on Friday, November 24, from 5 PM onwards.
HOTA Christmas Twilight Markets
Visit the HOTA Christmas Twilight Market to celebrate Christmas the proper way and get jingly with it. Surely, it will be a night of festive folly. Enjoy the best street eats and mouth-watering desserts of the Gold Coast, browse through boutiques, and find unique gifts, all under the canopy of twinkling festoon lights. Moreover, expect a fantastic live entertainment (Mariah will be playing), bespoke Christmas decorations, kids’ entertainment, and plenty of chances for an ‘elfie’ with Santa. Sign us up.
When: Saturday, December 16, from 4 PM to 9 PM
Where: HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Bundall
Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilight Market
You’ll find sand (not snow) and market stalls along The Esplanade on Saturday, December 9, from 4 PM to 9 PM. It is where you can score a sweet deal on a range of bespoke homemade gifts. It will be difficult not to spoil your elf with handcrafted, artisan gifts—we couldn’t help ourselves. As well as boutique clothing and accessories, and beautiful Christmas decorations from a huge array of stalls. Get your little helpers ready because there will be kids’ activities, live tunes, and many stocking stuffers.
Labrador Community Christmas Market
Experience Labrador Community Christmas Celebration’s holiday cheer on Friday, December 1, at Labrador State School Oval. Enjoy treats from food trucks, see live performances, browse Christmas market stalls, and get to know local community groups. Also, capture precious moments with Santa Claus at the take-your-own photo booth. The night will culminate in a spectacular fireworks display at 7:30 PM, lighting up the sky.
The Village Markets (Burleigh Heads)
Join The Village Markets in Burleigh Heads State School and the local legends for their end-of-year Christmas market. It is their best and biggest market of the year. Listen to live music from local musicians to lighten up your mood while strolling around the epic food trucks, stalls, and seriously heartthrob homewares and trendy threads. Also, it is the perfect place to cross everyone off your list. It is THE Christmas market to discover new local brands you can’t help but purchase. Supporting the community feels good.
When: Sunday December 17, from 8:30 am to 1 PM
Where: Burleigh Heads High School, Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads
Christmas at Frascott Market (Varsity Lakes)
This free community Christmas celebration will be loaded with festive, family-friendly fun—we’re talking about live music, Christmas carols, market stalls, kids’ entertainment, and plenty of food trucks. Be sure to stick around until 6 PM when Santa Claus will arrive by train, along with special school performances, followed by a dazzling live laser show at 8 PM in Frascott Park, Varsity Lakes.
When: Saturday, December 2, from 4 PM to 8 PM
Christmas Market at Runaway Bay
This neighborhood-focused Christmas bazaar is scheduled for the final week of November, so if you’re the type that likes to get your gifting organized early, this is perfect for you. After a hugely successful first market in 2022, this Christmas market will have Christmas photos, live music, market stalls, and more to keep your little elves entertained.
When: Saturday, November 25, from 3 PM to 7 PM
Where: Runaway Soccer Club, Lae Drive, Runaway Bay
Christmas Art & Crafters Market (Benowa)
The Gold Coast Potters Association will host a gorgeous arts and crafts Christmas market. It is to unite the local community and celebrate this wonderful time of year. Handmade jewellery, music, stylish homewares, accessories, and many more await. Why not check your your wallet, Christmas list, and make tracks. You’ll surely be on Santa’s nice list as you’ll support local small businesses and artists.
When: Sunday, December 10, from 8 am to 1 PM
Where: 173 Ashmore Road, Benowa
Gold Coast Christmas Markets Wrap-Up
In conclusion, the Gold Coast Christmas markets offer a diverse and enchanting array of festive experiences catering to every Christmas enthusiast. From the twinkling lights and artisanal stalls to the lively entertainment and seasonal treats, these markets create a magical atmosphere that embodies the holidays’ spirit. Whether you’re seeking unique gifts, indulging in gourmet delights, or simply enjoying the joyous ambience, the Gold Coast Christmas markets are sure to fill your heart with the warmth and merriment of the season.
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