Christmas markets bring festive season to Glengallan
WARWICK may be in for a wet weekend but organisers of the 2017 Glengallan Christmas markets are hoping the weather doesn't rain on their parade.
The popular markets are held only four times a year and are situated in the grounds of the historic and stately Glengallan Homestead.
Running from 8am to 1pm on Sunday, the markets feature a host of local stall-holders and generally see a large crowd stream through the gates, to take advantage of the goodies up for grabs in the picturesque heritage setting.
Market co-ordinator Terry Weier said he was hopeful of fine weather for Sunday's market.
"I'm pinning my hopes on that if anything does come it'll come later in the day,” he said.
"We'll play it by ear, but should weather make it necessary to cancel the event, visitors should keep an eye on the Glengallan website and Facebook page.”
Mr Weier said entry to the markets was free.
"There's a charge to enter the house, as is usual but the market in the grounds are free to browse around,” he said.
"We have 26 different stall holders including Valleta Wines, a Granite Belt winemaker, aromatherapy, suncatchers, blown glass, cushions, wood-turning, textiles, hand-made rocking horses, local honey, a macadamia farm is coming and much more.
"Most of these stall-holders all come from within a two to three hour drive from Warwick.
"And we find we have a lot of out of town visitors to if it's a nice day, the Christmas markets are usually very popular with a great turn out.
Allora artist Malcolm Nicholson has been a stall-holder at Glengallan for several years.
"I have done quite a few over the years,” he said.
"And it's always been a pretty suceessful day out I would have thought.
"It is certainly one of the better markets around and always draws a great crowd, mainly from the Southern Downs, but also road-trippers coming into the area.”
Mr Nicholson is a regular on the Southern Downs market scene and it known for his huge array of plants for sale.
"This time I'll be selling wonderful jewellery I've imported in from India,” he said.
"I've also got a few of my paintings for sale, they're more of the fine art, gallery-style peices.
"And I'm also bringing some pecan nuts grown by a local producer.”
As for the threat of inclement weather, Mr Nicholson said it seemed to make for better sales.
"Especially the plants,” he said.
"They seem to sell really well when it's raining.
"Fingers crossed it's a fine day though.”
The markets are held at Glengallan Homestead, on the New England Hwy 10 minutes north of Warwick.