We're not quite sure how it happened ... but sure enough, we've landed here.
With Christmas looming, it's time to get shopping. For those who shudder at the thought of hitting the shops, perhaps catching your local market will offer a slight reprieve from the task ahead.
And whilst they may not appear as picturesque as this...
Or as delightfully warming as this...
... we can promise some top notch bargains, local gifts, seasonal produce and a fair dusting of Aussie festive spirit.
Here are the Huffington Post Australia's top picks from across the country.
The Big Design Market (Melbourne)
Just in time for Chrissy, this three-day artisan market features works from over 200 independent designers from around Australia and New Zealand. If you're looking for classy designs for your special someone (or picky mother-in-law) that outbid any of the usual suspects, this is your place.
Christmas is only 4 weeks away! With 200 independent designers at The Big Design Market it's easy to delight everyone on your Christmas list with gorgeous gifts. The Big Design Market • Sydney: 25–27 Nov, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park • Sat 10am–7pm, Sun 10am–5pm • $2 entry/kids free • 2hrs free parking #bigdesignmarket #sydney #christmasshopping #independentdesign #sydneycreative #sydneyevent #sydneylocal #sydneydesign #sydneymarkets #handmade #handcrafted #australiandesign #sustainabledesign #shoplocal #meetdesigners #allweekend
From the quirky pastel designs of Beci Orpin to interiors by award-winning stylist Sibella Court, we're cheering at the diverse female artists that 'The Big Design Market' is celebrating this year.
Sydney friends, learn how to block print with Home-Work today. You'll go home with two of your very own printed tea towels, perfect for Xmas pressies! Workshops at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm. Book early at the workshops hub. Great instapic from @home_work_. The Big Design Market • Sydney: 25–27 Nov, Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park • Sun 10am–5pm • $2 entry/kids free • 2hrs free parking #bigdesignmarket #sydney #getcreative #homework #blockprinting #sydneyworkshops #learn #create #makeyourown #sydneycreative #sydneyevent #sydneylocal #sydneydesign #sydneymarkets #australiandesign #sustainabledesign #allweekend
Where? Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne
When? December 2-4, 2016
Christmas Fare (Sydney)
Each year, Sydney Living Museums takes over Hyde Park Barracks Museum for a one-evening-only Christmas event. There'll be 50 stalls run by local Sydney makers and producers and a suite of pop up food bars to keep you shopping-ready. Museum entry is free, so it's really a win-win.
Where? Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Macquarie Street, Sydney
When? 4:00-9:00 pm on December 15, 2016
Twilight Christmas Market (Brisbane)
This Friday is set to be a fun filled night out for the whole family! Shop handmade this Christmas with the best local handmade Artists Brisbane has to offer, FREE kids craft workshops (book via the website), food trucks, live music, the amazing @brisbanecitycouncil Christmas tree and more! King George square 4-9pm! Amazing video put together by the super talented Tanya from @minimayhem
This is as close to Christmas in Berlin as you're going to get. Held in King George Square, there's your usual spray of hand-made stalls PLUS carols and a jazz band to boot.
Where? King George Square, Brisbane
When? 4:00-9:00pm on December 2, 2016
Bazaar Christmas Market (Perth)
How bizarre, how bizarre. These markets showcase a fair sprinkling of local WA artisan talent. Set amongst the gardens of Fremantle's Art Centre, you'll have three days to soak up this one in all of its festive glory.
It's a bit hard to believe but it's Bazaar time again! WA's best Christmas market is back this weekend, kicking off 5pm Friday. All week we will be sharing photos of some of the goodies that will be on offer from the 49 stalls. Shop local this Christmas and support WA makers. Full details on our website #fremantleartscentre #FACbazaar #christmasmarket #market #handmade #shoplocal #buylocal #fremantlestory #urbanlistperth #uwperth #broadsheetperth 📷 @jessicawyld
Where? Fremantle Art Centre, Perth
When? December 2-4, 2016
Christmas Grand Bazaar (Adelaide)
In what can only be described as an uptake on Perth's offerings, Adelaide is bringing the wonders of Etsy to life this Christmas.
Flinders Street Market is joining with Etsy Adelaide for a two-day Grand Bazaar. And in line with everything that we already love about Etsy, there will be a whole range of price points to nab your grandma's gift AND your work KK.
Where? Flinders Market, Adelaide
When? December 6, 2016
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