Super Christmas Weekend

'Tis the season to do some last-minute shopping. And the Old Bus Depot Markets is the right place at the right time. Especially on Super Christmas Weekend. You'll find stalls with all kinds of specialty items. See the many holiday-themed high-quality handcrafts to make for the perfect Christmas present. Indulge in a vibrant market atmosphere and enjoy the weekend with friends and family.

What might you find? In the season for giving, we’ve made sure that everyone has both Saturday and Sunday to find unforgettable gifts for family and friends. All our stallholders are welcome for this weekend making sure you have a wide selection of goodies to choose from. So what are you waiting for? Spread those holiday cheers!


Christmas Kids Weekend

Take the family to the Markets for Christmas Kids. It will be a fantastic day out with a jumping castle, a hilarious elf show, and plenty of other entertainment. Spread the merriment and joy as we count down the days til' Christmas. Don't forget to grab some adorable Christmas presents while you're there.

What might you find? Christmas Kids is one of the most cheerful events at the Old Bus Depot Markets. It's also become quite a holiday tradition. Hear laughter and giggles throughout the Market halls. See many Christmas-themed kids items, and taste lots of delicious treats.

A full list of attractions and entertainment is to be confirmed.


Christmas Markets at the Old Bus Depot

It's a time so full of wonder and joy. Join us in celebrating the annual Christmas Markets at the Old Bus Depot. Browse unforgettable one-of-a-kind Christmas gifts. Taste scrumptious seasonal treats. Have a fun day at the Markets with the whole family. Last, but not least, meet Santa!

What might you find? It's one of the happiest and most bustling events at the Markets. Count on seeing high quality Australian handcrafts with a holiday twist. And loads of seasonal treats. It will be the perfect place to find that unforgettable Christmas gift.


Christmas and Multicultural Sunday

It's that time of the year again! Kick off the Christmas season with the award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets. Browse the products of over 200 stalls. And see a colourful array of high-quality handcrafts that can make for the perfect Christmas gift.

Love experiencing different cultures? This Christmas Sunday will be decorated with multicultural crafts. Witness a touch of international ‘flavour’ to the markets. Imagine touring the world in the nation's capital.

What might you find? A variety of stallholders offer handcrafted items from around the world – think gorgeous jewellery, clothing, accessories and homewares with a multicultural feel – and of course plenty of tasty international cuisine in our food hall.


Christmas & Collectables Weekend

This event will run on:

  • Saturday 22nd December from 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 23rd December from 10am-4pm

By this time, we're so close to the holidays! And you can bet our stallholders are aware and everyone's in the holiday spirits. If ever there was a time to do any last minute shopping, this would be it. Like our Markets for December, we've extended Collectable Sundays for the whole weekend.

Fancy yourself as a collector? On the fourth Sunday of the month, we highlight collectables – anything from records, to furniture and antiques. If it’s worth collecting, you’ll find it here.  On Collectable Sunday, we host a range of different stallholders who deal in an ever-changing stock of collectable items including ceramics and glassware, china and vintage clothing. If you’re into collecting smaller items, you’ll find things like small antiques, lamps and vinyl records. Larger collectables featured on this day include furniture such as Chippendale chairs.


Christmas & Designer Weekend

This event will run on:

  • Saturday 15th December from 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 16th December from 10am-4pm

The Christmas Weekends continue and so we've decided to give our designer theme an injection of the holiday spirit on both Saturday and Sunday! Looking to give that special someone a uniquely designed blouse, dress, or pin? Or just looking for a pace to stroll and enjoy the nice summer weather? Don't miss our on our Christmas-themed Designer Weekend.

The theme of Designer Sunday is typically held on the third Sunday of every month and it showcases fresh-thinking Australian designers, makers, and artists. See dynamic groups of creatives featuring their awesome designs in jewellery, fashion, accessories, homewares, and artwork. Designer Sunday will feature many of our stallholders who previously attended Bling on Sundays, but we’ll also have several new, innovative designers joining in.


Super Christmas Weekend

This event will run on:

  • Saturday 8th December from 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 9th December from 10am-4pm

 

We're so excited for the holidays and are grateful for the festive season. As it’s also the season for giving, we’ve made sure that everyone has both Saturday and Sunday to browse for gifts that friends and family will remember in years to come. All our stallholders are welcome for this weekend making sure you have a wide selection of goodies to choose from. So what are you waiting for? Spread those holiday cheers!

A Super Sunday, in this case a Super Christmas Weekend, is one of the most bustling events at the Old Bus Depot. Take a bite of some freshly baked bread, eye artful accessories from long-time jewellers, and listen to our many talented performers. It's always exciting since you never know which mix of stalls you'll see for this themed event.


Christmas Kids

This event will run on:
  • Saturday, 1st December from 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday, 2nd December from 10am to 4pm
 
Christmas Kids is back to kick-off our Christmas Markets. This is the perfect time to spread all the merriment and joy as we count down the days ’til Christmas. Don’t worry, adults are welcome too.
 
There will be loads of other goodies and delicious treats to look forward to. Like the rest of the weekends, many of our regular stallholders will have some fabulous Christmas gift ideas in store. This event also incorporates our Multicultural Theme Day for products inspired by different cultures.
 
It will truly be a fun filled weekend for the whole family with so many exciting attractions in store:
 
 

Canberra Jumping Castles

Location: Front of the Markets

Bouncy castle anyone? You truly can’t go wrong with this fan-favourite. Always with a queue, Canberra Jumping Castles will be joining us again for Christmas Kids. They specialise in giving kids a great time and giving mums and dads a well-deserved break.

Noah’s Ark Farm Friends

Location: Grassy area in front of the Markets

Throughout our events, kids have really enjoyed our petting zoo with cute and loveable animals that never fail to put a smile on their face and pique their curiosity. They provide a great way to get up close and enjoy farm animals in a fun, safe, and clean environment.

Canberra Reptile Zoo

Location: Foreshore space (at the front)

Possibly as much of a contrast as you can get from animals, but certainly just as adorable are reptiles from the Canberra Reptile Zoo. They’re one of Australia’s most passionate in caring for reptiles housing lizards, turtles, and snakes to name a few.

Poplar Corner Pony Rides

Location: Grassy area in front of the Markets

Wasn’t it always the best thing to dream of a pony when we were little? Poplar helps make this dream come true by letting kids enjoy a pony ride. With over 20 years service to Canberra and the surrounding region, they provide professional support for all aspects of horse and rider needs.

Ernest the Elf

Location: Second level by the ramp

Who doesn’t love Ernest? Ever Santa’s little helper, he never fails to put on a fabulous show to entertain the kids. Expect loads of laughter abound when Ernest is in around. He comes from The Fool Factory which supplies a diverse range of roving and stage comic character entertainment.

Santa Claus

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, and 16th December

Last, but certainly not least, is Santa himself. You heard that right! The one and only Santa Claus will be riding his sleigh ride to the Markets for all the kids to meet and greet. But remember to behave. He’s known to have a list of who’s naughty and who’s nice.