SHOP LOCAL: Southern Downs makers are gathering at markets around the region.
SHOP LOCAL: Southern Downs makers are gathering at markets around the region.

TOP 5: Southern Downs Christmas markets

SPREAD the Christmas cheer this year by shopping locally at one of the many Southern Downs markets.

Drought has damaged the local economy but purchasing power can make a difference: Studies show that for every $100 you spend at a local business, $73 will stay within the community.

That’s 58 per cent more money to Southern Downs families than if you were to spend that same amount at a chain retailer.

Shopping locally also reduces the environmental impact, creates new employment opportunities and results in greater support to local charities.

To help you to support the community through drought, we’ve compiled a list of the top five markets to find Christmas goodies this year.

A BOHO CHRISTMAS AFFAIR

A curated collection of local artisans will gather at Allora for a Christmas market with a difference.

Organisers from Wild Sage Wellness Studio aim to create a bohemian shopping experience with teepees, Kombi vans, live music and cocktails.

The full list of featured businesses is yet to be released, but stalls are said to include everything from summer scarfs to succulents and everything in between.

WHEN: 5.30-8.30pm Thursday, November 28

WHERE: 45 Herbert St, Allora

COST: Free entry

COUNTRY CHRISTMAS FAIR

The Granite Belt is renowned for its creative community and this year Stanthorpe is hosting its own Christmas market. Everything on offer will be home made, home baked, hand crafted or locally grown, according to organiser Judy Leech.

WHEN: 9am-4.30pm Saturday, December 7

WHERE: Stanthorpe Civic Centre

COST: Free entry

WARWICK LIONS COUNTRY MARKET

Organisers are gearing up to help you gift your loved ones this holiday season. Wander down to this Leslie Park staple to find quality country decor, furnishings, candles, sweets and more. Food and hot drinks are available if you get a little peckish during your shop.

WHEN: 9am -1pm Saturday, November 9

WHERE: Leslie Park

COST: Free entry

ALLORA BUSH CHRISTMAS AND MARKETS

This small-town tradition boasts a night of entertainment for the whole family, with rides, food, entertainment and market stalls. There will be activities on offer to keep the kids occupied while you shop to the soothing sounds of local choirs singing.

WHEN: 4.30-7.30pm Friday, December 6

WHERE: Herbert St, Allora

COST: Free entry

CHRISTMAS MARKET IN THE MOUNTAINS

An impressive offering of local makers awaits you at the Market in the Mountains. For more than 26 years this Stanthorpe staple has insisted that every stallholder must make what they sell. There are gifts here for every member of the family, from the plant-loving grandmother to the style-setting teenager. While you’re at it, you can also pick up your weekly produce fresh from the farm.

WHEN: 8am-12pm Sunday, December 8 and Sunday, December 15 (combined with the Showgrounds Markets)

WHERE: Stanthorpe Showgrounds

COST: Free entry



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