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Return of the Markets – Christmas Edition

With Christmas fast approaching, Charlotte Lloyd gives us the rundown of when and where the local markets are happening so that you can get into the Christmas spirit.

One of the most beloved things about Newcastle and all its wonder is the endless amounts of markets and cute knick-knacks that we seem to accumulate after every weekend trip. Of course, this year hasn’t allowed us to do this as often as we would like, but with Christmas fast approaching, and many of us opting to buy off homemade and small businesses, now is the best time to start attending those markets that seemed to have gone away forever. But now they’re back and better than ever! Read on for a rundown of the markets – both Christmas and otherwise – that need to be pencilled into your calendar.

Olive Tree Markets:

19 December, Civic Park

Easily one of the most popular markets that Newcastle has to offer. Also probably on the more expensive side of Newcastle’s finest, this is the perfect opportunity to spend that little bit extra on someone you love, whether a family member or friend. The next markets and the only one before Christmas are on the 19th December at Civic Park and are further to be confirmed. These markets have always been an arena of promotion for artists and designers in a diverse event. There are an array of products from jewellery to artworks to ceramics and clothes. There is something for everyone and gifts galore. Although the next markets are not Christmas based, this doesn’t stop you from getting into the Christmas spirit and going all out for a year like no other. So if you’re not working and need an excuse to spend some money. Head on down to Civic Park and maybe even buy a cheeky little something for yourself.

Farmers Markets:

Sunday’s, Broadmeadow Racecourse

Throughout the year, one of the constants that have always been reliable is the daily trip to the Farmer’s Markets each Sunday. This attracts groups of families with kids running to and fro, university roommates, and everything in-between. With Christmas high on the agenda, the Farmer’s Markets are the perfect place to get some local produce for your Christmas lunch ad support local farmers in the region. Meandering through these on a summery Sunday morning can mean the smell of freshly roasted coffee and baked bread, with food both savoury and sweet wafting through the air. More so than this, the atmosphere and cheer of Christmas mean that this market will be better than any other Sunday as the weeks close in before d day. So whether you’re wanting to stock up on the Christmas food that is oh so delicious or just wanting some fresh produce to see you through the week, Sunday’s at Broadmeadow Racecourse from 7 am is the place to be.

Homegrown Christmas Markets at the Station:

12 December, The Station

Home to the newly refurbished Newcastle Station, the Homegrown Markets are bringing the Christmas magic and cheer to the hunter community with an all-new Christmas based market. Alike the Olive Tree Markets, these are markets that showcase local designers and artists by providing local businesses a chance to get their name out there. These markets have 100+ handmade and eco stalls, coffee, drinks and sweet treats, live music, and even better, is pet friendly. As well as the stalls set up, the shops that are located at The Station will be open for business. Regarding our dear friend COVID, there will be a 1.5m distancing rule in place, using hand sanitiser regularly, wearing face masks is encouraged and each store holder will have their own guidelines regarding products, etc. The Station also provides some easy parking with the closest option being at the Foreshore Park, although this is paid. Or if you’re looking at being at the markets for the full day, free all-day parking is available at Throsby Car Park (on Honeysuckle Drive), or as an alternative, you can make your way via the light rail or stroll along the foreshore. Nonetheless, this will provide you with all the Christmas cheer to get you through this December and enough gifts to spoil those you love. Held on Saturday the 12th December at 9 am, this is a must for all those who want to feel all the Christmas feels.

You can see the full details for the markets via the event on Facebook.


So whether you despise Christmas altogether or Christmas is your favourite time of the year, you can’t deny the fact that the atmosphere, love, and joy that is in the air is unlike any other. And although this year has been a little different and the thought of Christmas and what it might mean for us and our families has been up in the air, the hope of spending it with those you love is hopeful, to say the least. By spending a little extra to show your love and gratitude to those closest as well as supporting local businesses that you love, Hunter’s markets are the best way to do so.

Feature Image: Madelyn Gardiner, Yak Media Designer,


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