Best Christmas Markets on the Gold Coast for Kids

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Is there anything better than a Christmas market in Gold Coast, QLD? Over the past couple of years, we’ve visited some of the most festive Christmas Markets down on the Coast. We’ve compiled this list so that you, too, can visit them, and partake in the joy you get from supporting small businesses.

Simply walking among the vibrant decorations is all that it takes to boost your Christmas spirit. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to browse the unique handmade goods, indulge in some festive flavours, and soak in the Christmas vibes. It’s the best place to get your Christmas shopping done! And luckily for Gold Coast families, there’s no shortage of markets to choose from.

Best Christmas Markets on the Gold Coast for Families

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Children enjoying the holiday season by opening presents

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate the festive season in style, here is a list of the best Christmas markets on the Gold Coast for kids.

Palm Beach Farmers’ Market | Palm Beach

Head along this year on Saturday 24th December and stock up ahead of the holiday festivities with this special seasonal edition of Palm Beach Farmers’ Market. All your favourite stallholders will be there, as well as special guest, Santa Claus! You’ll find Santa strolling through the market from 6am-11.30am. Pick up the last-minute bits on your list and you will be inspired into the Christmas spirit just in time for your Santa duties!

When: 2nd December

Address: Palm Beach Currumbin High School, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach

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Christmas Markets GC | Broadwater Parklands

Christmas Markets GC is held in the Broadwater Parklands, with a generous mix of activities and entertainment for families to enjoy. Kids can look forward to a free Christmas movie, food trucks, entertaining activities, and the arrival of Santa in a helicopter. Free entry and free Santa photos are also available. See the Christmas Markets GC Facebook page for further updates.

When: 15-17th December

Address: Marine Parade, Southport QLD 4215

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HOTA Christmas Twilight Markets | Surfers Paradise

HOTA Market’s FIRST annual Christmas Twilight Market! Debuting a Christmas Spectacular of the region’s best gourmet street eats, decadent desserts, bespoke boutiques, and one of a kind gift finds, all under twinkling festoon lights! Wind your way through the market lanes to the sweet serenades of stunning live music, spot roving performers, snap a selfie with an elfie… or meet the big man himself – SANTA will be visiting to add Christmas magic to the market.

When: 16th December

Address: HOTA, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

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Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilight Markets

Celebrate your spot on the nice list at Surfers Paradise Twilight Markets. Shop the ultimate stocking stuffers from our curated collection of makers and their bespoke goods! Get into the Christmas spirit under the twinkling lights and rock around to some jingling tunes!

When: 9th December

Where: The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

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Varsity Christmas Market & Fair | Varsity Lakes

Head on down and buy unique gifts from local boutique businesses in a fun Christmas atmosphere. Santa will be there, the snow will be falling, Christmas carols will be sung with loads of things for the kids and everyone to enjoy. Local artist both young and old will be displaying their works.

When: 10th December

Address: 20-28 Mattocks Rd, Varsity Lakes QLD 4227, Australia

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Marina Mirage Christmas Market | Main Beach

Indoors, under the cool white sails inside Marina Mirage, this Christmas market will be from from 6:30am-12pm. The Market showcases freshly picked seasonal fruit & vegetables, local hand-crafted gifts and homeware, artisan delicacies, freshly baked bread and pastries, homemade cakes & chocolate slices, speciality jams/marmalade, fresh banana bread, fresh seafood, free range eggs and much more.

When: 2nd December

Address: 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Queensland, Australia, 4223.

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Hide And Seek Market | Robina

This market will showcase quality goods that come directly from local designers and makers who are right there in their stalls for all your questions and praise. You will find the perfect Christmas gifts for all the children in your lives PLUS have an amazing day out with the kids enjoying everything the Historic Rivermill has to offer.

When: 16th December

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Address: Robina High School

Vocalescence Christmas Markets | Nerang

Head along and indulge in this Christmas market on Saturday 10 December at Nerang Country Paradise Parklands. With over 30 local stalls, a range of food stalls to feed you and the family and some live entertainment all thrown in.

The fun starts from 9am and continues until 3pm; head along and pick up some local gifts for your friends and family.

When: 25th November

Address: Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert Nerang Road, Nerang, 4211, Australia

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Gold Coast Potters Association Christmas Art & Crafters Market

Head to the Benowa studio to enjoy a wonderful array of hand crafted goodness — ceramics, jewellery, and art — as well as delicious food stalls and pottery throwing demonstrations. It is the perfect opportunity to buy unique handmade Christmas gifts. There will be live music. Social distancing will be in place.

When: 10th December

Address: 173 Ashmore Road, Benowa, Queensland, Australia

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Beard Dragon Twilight Markets

This market encompasses all that the country is and promotes the beautiful region, art, talents, local crafted beer, wine as well as great family fun. There will be live music on the Main Stage, pony rides, Santa’s Elf Workshop with kids activities and letters to Santa. Support the Local Tamborine Rural Fire Brigade and Wildlife Charities and many local small businesses, artists and crafts people who really need your support.

When: 24th November

Address:2 Tamborine Mountain Road, Tamborine, Queensland

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The Village Markets | Burleigh

Located within the Burleigh Heads State School are the Village Markets – a popular spot for Gold Coast families to snag a unique gift for the holiday season. The events includes a blend of elements both parents and children could easily enjoy, including a wide array of stalls to browse, food trucks, and heaps more.

When: 20th December

Address: Lower Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads, Queensland, 4220

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Hungarian Santa and Christmas Market

Celebrate Christmas together on the Gold Coast, on 19th November between 10am and 3pm, at the Carrara Community Centre. It is a FREE event, no admission fee to enter. They would like to invite the children to go and help decorate the Christmas tree at arrival. For the youngest generation, they organise a baby-corner for mums & bubs to chill. For the little bit older children, there will be various activities to do. They invited Santa to visit around 2pm. DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER your child for Santa’s gift list, by 13 November.

It is free to get on the gift list. During the event there will be a Christmas Market at the Venue, with various stallholders selling many lovely Christmas presents, so take some cash to grab some beautiful gifts for your loved ones. For lunch they offer traditional Fisherman’s soup, and sausage sizzle. There will be tea, coffee, soft drink and beer available at the bar.

When: 2nd December

Address: Nielsens Rd, Carrara QLD 4211, Australia

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Christmas Art And Crafter’s Market

Gold Coast Potters are happy to present their Christmas Market. The perfect place to find unique handcrafted gifts for Christmas including ceramics, jewellery, glass, sculpture, and textiles. Enjoy live music, delicious food and pottery throwing demonstrations on the day.

When: 10th December

Address: 173 Ashmore Rd, Gold Coast, Queensland 4217

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Best Christmas Markets on the Gold Coast for Kids 2023

The Gold Coast is home to an extensive list of festive markets, helping to get families in the spirit for the festive season. Both parents and children can stroll among the vibrant decorations, browsing the wide array of stalls while uncovering some perfect gift options for those hard-to-buy-for family members.

Otherwise, families can take a step back and relax while listening to live music and enjoying some delicious food. If you’re looking for some entertaining Gold Coast Christmas markets, keep your ears to the ground for some possible 2023 announcements of these events as the holiday season draws closer.

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