South Bank has put a warm, summery twist on the winter markets of Europe with this year’s Christmas Markets. Running until 23 Dec, the South Bank Christmas Markets have transformed Stanley Street Plaza into a wonderland of twinkling lights, festive decorations and the scent of real Christmas trees.
Enjoy food with a festive flare (gingerbread, brownies, churros and egg nog) from the Christmas Pantry section of the markets while Gifting Lane will make Christmas shopping a breeze with options including wooden children’s toys, hand-poured candles, beautiful cards and jewellery.
My favourite stalls were The Design Farm, a Sunshine Coast business run by the awesome and super friendly Dean who kindly put up with Katy and I speed talking at him about the pros of social media and Grand Designs (you won’t find him online just yet, so visit him at the markets, or you can find his amazing products at Lamington in Noosa), and Fox & Fallow by the super talented Janet who we believe has the moves like Jagger (especially when it comes to The Horses) and an amazing skill when it comes to Typography (you’re all welcome to send me some of her lovely cards!)
You can also have your gifts wrapped onsite in exchange for a gold coin donation to Youngcare (until 16 December) and Hummingbird House (17-23 December).
In addition, live carol singers, children’s entertainers and musicians will ensure the festive frivolity of the season is enjoyed by all.
The markets are on from 11am-8pm daily, except 17-21 December when they will be open until 9pm.
And, if you’re heading to the markets, stick around and enjoy the outdoor Christmas Cinema Series (click here for the schedule) at Streets Beach (6.30pm and 8.30pm, 17-23 Dec) and the fireworks (8.15pm, 17-21 Dec).
There are a dozen great movies to choose from including Polar Express, Deck the Halls and Home Alone, but my pick is always Miracle on 34th Street, which is being screened on 23 Dec at 6.30pm.
Tea for two (or three or four). With $2 refills, how can you say no?
Check out Fox & Fallow’s stall for some amazing gift cards, Christmas cards, prints, notebooks and blackboards (perfect for parties and weddings!)
Rudolph Raspberry iced tea … amazing!
Dean from The Design Farm … you won’t him online so don’t miss out on dropping by the Christmas Markets to get your hands on some goodies! Or find his products at one of my favourite stores, Lamington at Noosa.
Once you’ve done your Christmas shopping, head over to have your gifts wrapped for a gold-coin donation. This week supports Youngcare and next week supports Hummingbird House.
I’ve got Christmas all wrapped up.
On ya bike … I’m lighting up the tree with my fancy footwork.
Pedal power lights up the Christmas tree.
The gingerbread donut with ice-cream from Nitrogenie.
Holy shitballs … I’m addicted to these
Among the flavours of iced tea is the gluhwein (no idea how to pronounce that!) which is a mix of lemon and raspberry with some chai spice mixed in as an ode to mulled wine.
The locals are happy to pose for photos.
Gift wrapping for a gold-coin donation with donations going to Youngcare and Hummingbird House.
Sweet Christmas-themed treats by Sweetopia.
Man’s Best Friend hasn’t been forgotten with these dapper collars.
Thanks for a great afternoon, South Bank.
Nitrogenie whipping up some amazing frozen desserts!
Condensed milk ice cream and custard ice cream donut from Nitrogenie topped with gingerbread ($9).
What I wore: Decjuba dress, Seed Heritage necklace, Rubi shoes flats, Sussan cuff.
Pick ME up!
Thanks Brisbane Marketing for my lovely Christmas present filled with goodies from The Design Farm, Fox & Fallow, The LIttle Gingerbread Cottage and Cocoa Elf.