Best Gold Coast Christmas Markets 2021

It’s time to get into the festive spirit and what better way than to attend your local community Christmas markets. Whether you’re after handmade gifts, personalised presents or simply some good old fashion festive treats, we’re sure our list of Gold Coast Christmas markets have it all!

Christmas markets on the Gold Coast are a great place to find unique gifts for those hard to buy for family and friends.

Plus, what better way to get yourself in the Christmas spirit?

In 2021, there are so many Christmas events on the Coast, you’ll be hard pressed to attend them all.

Better still, most of the markets are so much more than just stalls to shop at. You’ll find live entertainment, visits from Santa and plenty of free activities for the whole family plus you’ll be supporting small local businesses. 

Keep our Gold Coast Christmas Markets Guide handy for the month ahead.

Gold Coast Christmas Markets in 2021 

Christmas Markets GC 2021  

The Gold Coast’s most well-known Christmas Markets are back again in 2021. Filled with fun for the whole family, you can shop unique gifts, enjoy some classic Christmas treats, live music and even some rides for the kids. You can find more information about the official Broadwater Parklands Christmas markets over on Facebook.

Where: Broadwater Parklands.
When: 17 – 19 December 2021.
Time: 4pm – 10pm.

German Christmas Fest 

Add some German traditions to your Christmas fun this year with Brezel – Authentic German Bakery Christmas Fest. Join in some Christmas fun with German inspired treats, life music and so much more.  

Where: Brezel – Authentic German Bakery, Varsity Lakes.  
When: 27 November 2021. 
Time: 2pm – 5pm. 

Runaway Bay Soccer Club’s Christmas Market 

2021 will mark the very first Runaway Bay Soccer Club’s Christmas Markets. You can keep the whole family amused with lots of local stall holders, some food trucks and other entertainment for the family. If you’re in the area be sure to going along and support this great local club.  

Where: Runaway Bay Soccer Club. 
When: 27 November 2021. 
Time: 3pm – 8pm. 

Surfers Paradise Christmas Twilight Market 

The classic Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are getting a festive make over this December. All your favourite stall holders are back with Christmas treats, plus some special additions, roving entertainment and even some live music. Dogs are welcome, so be sure to bring your fur-babies along for the festive fun.

Where: Surfer Paradise Beachfront Markets
When: 11 December, 2021.
Time: 4:00pm – 9:00pm.

Dog in front of Christmas lights

Tugun Lights Up 

Back for the ninth year in a row, Tugun Lights Up is a free and fun family event. Every year the streets of Tugun come alive with music, roving entertainment, carols, market stalls and so much more for this community event.  

When: 4 December 2021. 
Time: 4:30pm – 8:00pm  
Where: Toolona Street, Tugun. 

Gold Coast Vegan Markets – CHRISTMAS 

Southport State School is home to this year’s Vegan Christmas Markets. Being held on Sunday, 12 December, these Gold Coast markets are sure to be popular with vegan foods and gifts on offer for all to enjoy. Entry is free and there is plenty of parking on-site too. However, due to the location, pets are not permitted at the Gold Coast Vegan Markets.

Where: Southport State School.
When: 12 December 2021.
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm

HOTA Christmas Twilight Markets  

HOTA are hosting their very own Twilight Christmas Markets this year. The event is free and filled with festive foods, unique gifts and live music. If you attended their Mayors Christmas Carols earlier in December you’ll understand just how much this venue has to offer. Did we mention the jolly man in red himself is also making an appearance on the evening? 

Where: HOTA, Bundall, Gold Coast.   
When: 10 December 2021. 
Time: 4:00pm – 9:00pm. 

Varsity Christmas Market & Fair 

Get ready for an afternoon of fun at the Varsity Lakes Community Centre! Pack a picnic blanket and head on down to the Varsity Christmas Market & Fair for food, live music, market stalls and even a jumping castle for the kids.

Where: Varsity Lakes Community Resource Centre.
When: 5 December 2021.
Time: 2:30pm – 5:30pm.

Beard Dragon Twilight Markets 2021  

As far as Gold Coast Christmas Markets, the Beard Dragon Twilight Markets will have it all. Local breweries and wineries will be helping bring the country and city together, with everything from licenced venues, pony rides, market stalls and a Santa’s Elf Workshop, this isn’t a Christmas market to miss.

All proceeds raised at the event will go to the Local Tamborine Rural Fire Brigade and Wildlife Charities.

Where: 2 Tamborine Mountain Road, Tamborine.
When: 26 November 2021.
Time: 4:00pm – 9:00pm.

December Coomera Country Market  

If you’re looking for a relaxed family market on the Gold Coast to do a spot of Christmas shopping, this event is for you. There will be food, handcrafted gifts, live entertainment and so much more. Parking is easy with plenty of options nearby.  

Where: 61 Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera. 
When: 12 December 2021. 
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm.  

Alicia Street Christmas Fair 2021 

Attention Southport! You’re getting your very own Christmas Fair. This year on the 11 December, Alicia Street will come alive with Christmas cheer. The street will be transformed into a wonderland featuring live music, market stalls, Santa Paws photo comp and so much more! 

Where: Alicia Street Christmas Fair. 
When: 11 December 2021. 
Time: 4:00pm – 8:00pm.  

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