Christmas is less than a month away and the craft market scene is heating up, with events planned in Laggan and Gunning this weekend.
Laggan Market, December 8
The final Laggan Market will be held this coming Saturday, December 8, 9am-1pm.
The Christmas markets are the biggest market of the year for the Laggan Markets, Karin Schaefer said.
“There will be over 50 stalls, with gifts and stocking fillers with lots of variety.”
The markets have had a successful year, and recently received news of a nomination for the event of the year for the Upper Lachlan Shire Council Australia Day Awards.
Money raised from the 2018 markets would be going towards the preservation and rejuvenation of the floor in the Laggan Memorial Hall.
“Last year we replaced the wooden windows which all had to be individually made.
“The builder thinks part of the floor, which will be sanded and oiled, could be the original flooring.”
Market vendors will be selling baking good for the Christmas table, Belinda Foley will display farm produce, and eco-friendly goods, including fridge bags and wraps.
“Which will make great presents for people who are concerned about the environment.”
There will be candles, jewellery, garden art, scented candles, “lovely” fudge, olive oils and olives, lots of craft.
It is also the final market of the year and they will restart in February.
Nominations are council and Australia Day community regard nomination as an honour in itself and the extent to which the event it is valued at the community.
The Gunning Country Christmas Markets, December 9
The Gunning Markets will hold their first ever Christmas markets on Sunday, December 9, 8am-2pm.
John Milverton, Lions Club of Gunning, said people have already shown interest in attending the inaugural market from Gunning, Goulburn, and Canberra.
The Lions Club of Gunning host the monthly Gunning markets which are a “small street market” with around 10 stores.
Following interest from market vendors, the Christmas markets could grow to around 18.
“The Honey Man – Alan from Young, will be there,” Mr Milverton said.
“A musician playing Christmas carols.”
There is definitely jewellery, soaps, a local artist, toy stores, there is bric-a-brac, garden ornaments.
Weetangera Bakery will sell fresh baked goods, and the Gunning Butcher Shop will remain open during the markets.
Plus, the Lions Club BBQ will cook up a hot breakfast or lunch.
The money raised from the monthly markets, and this year’s Christmas markets all goes back into the local community, Mr Milverton said.
“Come out to Gunning and buy local for Christmas! Support small businesses and stallholders by picking up your gifts here.”
- Organisers are welcome to email details of upcoming Christmas markets to firstname.lastname@example.org