It’s almost upon us. The ‘s’ word. Summer. And the ‘c’ word, too. Christmas. Oh, yeah.
Yep, you’ve seen the advent calendars roll out on shelves, the tinsel strung in windows and now the trees are out in full force and your neighbours are donning their near-offensive LED light display…but you wouldn’t have it any other way, because CHRISTMAS.
With Christmas and that all-exciting, blissful summer holiday period comes a string of local markets and special events to get excited about, too. There’s an abundance hitting our great state this year, so we’ve picked a few favourites in the city and suburbs so you can pick one close to home.
Get your appetites ready to explore different suburban neighbourhoods for soulful indulgences and upbeat vibes. Mark your calendars, it’s time to hit the markets – from the city to the hills, to the beach.
1. CITY EAST – Ebenezer Night Market
Soak up those warm nights in the East End with the ever-popular Ebenezer Night Markets. Enjoy sundowners under the fairy lights while you browse stalls from local artisans. Snap up some of your Chrissy gifts (or a gift for yourself – you deserve it!) with everything from the latest fashion trends and jewellery, to unique craft goodies and artworks. Better yet, you can boogie the night away to groovy live music with a drink in hand from the Market Bar, all the while taking in the East End’s ambience.
Various dates, 5.30pm to 10.30pm. Ebenezer Place, Adelaide.
2. CITY WEST – Leigh Street Christmas Markets
Jingle all the way to Leigh Street for your Christmas shopping, then ease the stress with a little Christmas cheer (read: cocktail) afterwards. Wander the market to find locally handcrafted goodies from novelty pots to stylish jewellery, all in the name of supporting our local creatives. You can even bring along the kids, too, with fun-filled activities from juggling to face painting and henna. Sink your teeth on some delicious treats while you gander, too.
Every Saturday from 10 November to 15 December, 1pm to 4pm. Leigh Street, Adelaide.
3. HILLS – CHRISTKINDLMARKT
Get in the spirit of Christmas in true European style this year at Hahndorf’s popular Christkindlmarkt. Follow the lights to the festive Christmas village, complete with wooden stalls, food carts, wine and unique local arts and crafts. With over 50 stalls in one cute little location, you’re sure to knock off your Christmas list, while revelling in the infectious atmosphere and sampling some yummy eats and a bevvy or two.
14 to 16 December, 4pm to 10pm. C3 Church Adelaide Hills
4. FLEURIEU – Fridays After Five
If you’re up for a trip down the coast this festive season, head to the quaint little town of Aldinga for a dose of boho beach vibes, community spirit and a stellar collection of stalls. Gather the family, round up your mates and kickstart your weekend with a good ol’ market browse, vibrant food stalls and a market bar with local wine and beers. Relish in the balmy dusk with a line-up of live music every Friday and kids entertainment on occasion, too. Settle in on the grass and soak it all up. Head down for Christmas goodies, or after Christmas to prolong the festive fun.
Every Friday in Summer, starting 30 November, 5pm ‘til late. Old Coach Road, Aldinga.
5. WEST/BEACH – Glenelg Sunset Markets
Good grub with a view? Yes please. Stroll through 40 fabulous stalls showcasing a whole lot of local lovin’, brought to you by the clever crew at Gilles at the Grounds. All through summer, this dining-and-drinking destination promises a slew of enticing knick-knacks as you soak up some vitamin sea. It’s dog-friendly, too, so you can bring along your furry friends. We hear there’s even some pet-friendly stalls to get your doggos some market treats, too.
25 November 2018, 9 December 2018, 13 January 2019, 10 February 2019, 10 March 2019, 10am to 8pm. Glenelg Beach (South of the Jetty).