SEA­SON OF GIV­ING

BEAT THE CROWDS AND FIND UNIQUE CHRIST­MAS GIFTS AT ONE OF THE COAST’S MANY MAR­KETS

Life & Style Weekend - - MARKETS -

Beat the crowds at ex­hausted shop­ping malls and stroll stress-free through one of the Sunshine Coast’s many sum­mer­time mar­kets. Find the per­fect gift for that hard-to-buy friend or fam­ily mem­ber or pick-up the fresh­est lo­cal pro­duce to whip up the per­fect hol­i­day feast. You will find an end­less amount of hand­made, eth­i­cal and unique gifts. But if you’re that guy who re­ally hates shop­ping, hit up one of the many food truck ven­dors and veg out as you leave it to the pro­fes­sion­als (the ladies).

COOLUM TWILGIHT MAR­KETS

When and where: 4pm to 8pm, De­cem­ber 8 to Jan­uary 19. Tickle Park, Coolum Beach. A vi­brant mar­ket on the beach­front with about 60 stalls held ev­ery Fri­day over the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod. www.coolum.com.au

BIG PINEAP­PLE MAR­KETS

When and where: 6.30am to 1pm, ev­ery Satur­day. The Big Pineap­ple, Nam­bour Con­nec­tion Rd, Woom­bye. Fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles, meat, chicken, seafood, del­i­catessen products and spe­cialty goods. Every­thing you need for a tan­ta­lis­ing Christ­mas spread! www.big­pineap­ple.com.au

CALOUN­DRA STREET FAIR

When and where: 8am to 1pm, ev­ery Sun­day. Bul­cock Beach, Caloun­dra. Im­merse your­self in a street mar­ket fea­tur­ing over 200 unique stalls. There is some­thing for the whole fam­ily with ac­tiv­i­ties for kids, hand­crafted lo­cally made products, art and live en­ter­tain­ment. En­joy fresh lo­cal food and flow­ers, fresh juices, tasty break­fasts, cof­fee, lunch and de­li­cious sweet treats. www.caloun­dras­treet­fair.com.au

SUNSHINE COAST COL­LEC­TIVE MAR­KETS

When and where: 8.30am to 12.30pm, De­cem­ber 9 and De­cem­ber 23. Coolum Pri­mary School. Sunshine Coast Col­lec­tive Mar­kets isn’t just your av­er­age mar­ket. It is a col­lec­tive of over 90 lo­cal Sunshine Coast de­sign­ers, mu­si­cians, artists, food­ies, cre­ators, vin­tage wares and life­style lovers. No mass pro­duced or cheap im­ported products to be found! So, if you have a per­son to buy for that is a tad on the ‘fussy side’ this will be the per­fect place to find a one-of-a-kind present. sun­shinecoast­col­lec­tive­mar­kets.com.au

KAWANA FARM­ERS MAR­KET

When and where: 7am to noon, ev­ery Satur­day. Kawana State Col­lege, Sports­mans Pde, Kawana. Some of the finest and fresh­est pro­duce of the re­gion, or­ganic fruits and veg­eta­bles, and gourmet condi­ments. Per­haps an eas­ier op­tion for south­side Coast res­i­dents look­ing for Christ­mas recipe in­gre­di­ents. www.kawanawa­ters­farm­ers­mar­ket.com.au

EU­MUNDI NIGHT MAR­KETS

When and where: 5pm to 9pm, De­cem­ber 9, 16 and 23. Eu­mundi Vil­lage. En­joy re­tail ther­apy un­der the stars with a fab­u­lous se­lec­tion of art and craft stalls at Eu­mundi night mar­kets. The vil­lage of Eu­mundi will sparkle, with vil­lage shops and the trees in the mar­ket precinct lit up with Christ­mas lights. Caplick Park play­ground will be trans­formed into an en­chanted forest with spe­cial an­i­ma­tions and at­trac­tions in­clud­ing one of Santa's elves climb­ing an ae­rial silk cir­cus rig, along with a sen­sa­tional laser light show. www.eu­mundi­mar­kets.com.au/whats-on/ events/night-mar­kets

COT­TON TREE MAR­KETS

When and where: 7am to 12pm, ev­ery Sun­day. Kings Street, Cot­ton Tree. En­joy a great day out ex­plor­ing the mar­ket, shop­ping at the qual­ity re­tail­ers, meet­ing friends for cof­fee and a bite to eat whilst shop­ping for the per­fect Christ­mas gift. www.cot­ton­treemar­kets.com.au/home

FISHERMANS ROAD MAR­KET

When and where: 6am to noon, ev­ery Sun­day. Fish­er­man’s Rd, Ma­roochy­dore. Fruit and ve­g­ies, new and pre-loved cloth­ing, pet treats, hand tools, books, fresh seafood, plants and seedlings, home­made toys and fur­ni­ture. Tick all the Christ­mas gift items off the list in one hit! e-club­house.org/sites/mooloolaba­au/ page-7.php

NIGHTS ON OCEAN – CHRIST­MAS MAR­KETS

When and where: 5pm to 9pm, De­cem­ber 14. Ocean Street, Ma­roochy­dore. Nights on Ocean is also re­turn­ing on Jan­uary 4, 11, 18 and 25. Strug­gling for Christ­mas in­spi­ra­tion? Get down to Nights on Ocean on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14, for the best fun you can have while shop­ping for the re­lies. Swap looped carols and food courts for fab­u­lous live mu­sic and de­li­cious street food and browse a truly eclec­tic mix of stalls of­fer­ing every­thing from lo­cally-de­signed jew­ellery, art­works and home­wares, to cloth­ing, pop art and up-cy­cled col­lecta­bles. Then why not kick on with friends at one of the great restau­rants and bars. www.oceanstree­t.com.au

TWI­LIGHT MAR­KETS CALOUN­DRA

When and where: 5pm to 9pm, De­cem­ber 8 to Jan­uary 26 (each Fri­day). Bul­cock Beach Es­planade, Caloun­dra. The Twi­light Mar­kets Caloun­dra are set to bring hol­i­day spirit to Bul­cock Beach. The mar­kets will op­er­ate over the De­cem­ber/ Jan­uary hol­i­day pe­ri­ods and pro­vide over 100 stalls that will line the street of Bul­cock Beach, street en­ter­tain­ment and a wide se­lec­tion of food stalls, there is some­thing to amuse the whole fam­ily. www.caloun­dras­treet­fair.com.au

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