If the call by Melbourne’s oldest (and coolest) permanent Market, to shop local, with free parking, gift wrapping, and the chance to check out Santa and his elf, aren’t enough to persuade you to change your shopping habits this festive season, then we don’t know what will – but here’s ALL the great reasons that might get you across the line this festive season.
Extended shopping – the Market will open its doors for five days straight in the lead up to Christmas Day, open Wed 20 and Thu 21 December from 8am-4pm, Fri 22 December from 8am-5pm, Sat 23 and Sun 24 December from 6am-4pm.
Seafood galore – for a relaxed and very merry Aussie Christmas, fill your table with prawns, crayfish, crabs, bugs, oysters and all things fishy from our seafood traders Aptus Seafood, South Melbourne Seafoods and T.O.M.S Organic Meats & Sustainable Seafood. Save time and pre-order your seafood.
Sweets, cheese and condiments – from mince pies, shortbread, stollen and panettone to cheese platters with dried fruits and nuts, and condiments like brandy sauce, cranberry sauce and gold mustard, it’s all here to adorn your table.
Local produce – stock up on an abundance of cherries, berries, mangoes and seasonal summer produce at our fruit and veg stalls.
Turkeys, hams and geese – if meat’s your thing at Christmas time, it’s worth ordering the best quality bird or pig from the experts. Choose from organic, free-range, smoked or glazed and don’t forget to ask your butcher about the provenance of the animal and how it was farmed. For the full range of over 80 ham and turkey varieties available at the Market this Christmas, plus tips for storing, carving and serving, check out our special Turkey and Ham Buyers’ Guide.
Great gift ideas – Market stallholders have brought together the best Christmas finds for her, him, kids, home and the garden. The guide will be available online and throughout the Market soon.
Gift vouchers – if you’re struggling to find the perfect gift, vouchers for The Neff Market Kitchen cooking school or Market vouchers which can be used at 140+ stalls, make great gifts.
Carols and festive tunes – shop to the sounds of the Jazz Jokers and the Salvation Army Carol Singers.
Santa and his elf – the big guy and his elf helper will be visiting daily from Wed 20 Dec – Sat 23 Dec, 11am-1pm.
Gift wrapping – charity will not be forgotten with Sacred Heart Mission offering gift wrapping every Market day from Dec 13 – just a gold-coin donation and all proceeds go to providing meals for those in need this Christmas.
Two hours free parking – you won’t have to lug your goods too far with 345 car spaces available and two hours free parking on all Market days.
Shop local – by shopping at South Melbourne Market this Christmas you’re continuing a 150 year tradition, supporting over 140 small businesses, and giving back to the local economy and local producers.
During the Christmas week, Market traders expect to sell in excess of: 180,000 oysters, 15 tonnes of prawns and crayfish, 6.5 tonnes of ham, 4 tonnes of pork, 4 tonnes of sausages, and more than 1200 turkeys and 500 game birds.
See all our festive trading hours here
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