C’est la fête: French Christmas Markets in Australia transform cities into a Winter Wonderland

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With only four weeks to Christmas, the season of French Christmas markets in Australia has truly begun! Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra you’re up next! And Adelaide will celebrate Summer rather than Christmas with its first French-style garden party.

French Christmas markets in Australia

Experience the enchantment of French Christmas markets right here in the heart of Australian cities, as these vibrant markets transport you to a festive wonderland reminiscent of the charming streets of France. Picture yourself strolling through the bustling stalls adorned with twinkling lights, where the air is filled with the scent of warm crepes, spiced mulled wine, and the sweet aroma of freshly baked pastries. Read on to find out about a French market in Australia near you!


The first of the French Christmas markets in Australia have already happened with Newcastle’s first Twilight in Paris, Canberra’s Telopea School La Grande Fête and the French Association of North Sydney’s French market at Killarney Heights Public School already taking place.


MELBOURNE 1-3 December

The Alliance Française de Melbourne will hold its Xmas Market at its Madame Brussels Lane pop-up this weekend. There will be plenty of food stalls to choose from on offer including raclette, charcuterie, crepes, French and Caribbean gourmet food, macarons, cronuts and much more. Watch down  these tasty bites with French wines and ciders.


Gifts for the foodie will be easy with stalls selling French supermarket products, gourmet Belgian chocolates, and imported French products. Choose from gifts for the home or for the fashionista with photographic prints, art prints and candles or jewellery, clothing, and other fashion on offer too.


Plus, you can also have the chance to win some prizes by entering the French’tastic raffle to help the AF Melbourne raise funds. Some of the fantastic French prizes include a trip to New Caledonia, dinner at some of Melbourne’s top French restaurants, hotel stays, beauty packages, and gourmet food. Purchase your raffle ticket online here (let us know if you win!)

marché de Noël français Melbourne / French Christmas market in Melbourne

Also on 2 December, the Alliance Française de Canberra will hold its annual French Market from 10am to 3pm, with more than 20 stalls providing a touch of French culture, food and drinks, all while supporting local Australian businesses!


Savoury or sweet? Or both? Enjoy what Gourmet Traveller has called “the most authentic saucisson in the country”, some Jordanian cuisine, or even vegan salmon. Sweet tooths are also spoilt for choice with breads, éclairs, macarons, dessert jars, celebration cakes, and baked goods, gelato, cannoli, vegan desserts and crepes.


Get your Christmas shopping done or treat yourself with candles, French books, vintage and retro clothing, oven mitts, quilts, jewellery, and silk flower arrangements.


Try your hand at pétanque, be transported by outdoor live music and let your children have fun with special activities just for them!


The AF de Canberra will also have its annual  raffle with funds supporting the organisation and giving you a chance to win wonderful prizes including chocolate, a magazine subscription, a night in a hotel, earrings and much more!

French Christmas Market Canberra / marchés de Noël français


And in Sydney on 2 December, there are two French markets to enjoy, one in Maroubra, the other in Manly.


Lycée Condorcet in Maroubra is holding its annual Marché du noel from 10am to 3pm. There are a wonderful variety of stalls selling everything you need to tick everyone off your Christmas gift list!


Fashion-wise, expect stalls selling jewellery in a variety of styles, summer hats, handbags, pre-loved French fashion for both adults and children, clothes from with French phrases on them Les Petits Mots, clothes with French Provencal inspired prints, colourful scarves.


There are also plenty of homewares from resin serving boards, candles, prints and homemade Christmas decorations, ceramics and more. Pamper yourself or your giftee with nourishing body oils, soaps, and green skincare. Bibliophiles will also find a range of books in French for all ages thanks to Language International Intext Book Company.


Kids are covered too with activities and items such as French inspired stationery, toys and more. All that shopping is bound to work up an appetite and fortunately there are also plenty of options to whet your appetite. From French pastries to crepes, with paella, dumplings and more, you won’t go hungry!


And that’s not even everything on offer at the Lycée Condorcet’s Marché du noël! See the full list of stallholders here.

Maroubra Lycée Condorcet marché de Noël French Christmas market in Australia


Experience the festive charm of the Paris to Manly-Xmas market at St Paul’s Catholic College in Manly from 3-8 pm, presented by Le Marché Willoughby. Dive into your Christmas shopping amidst a variety of stalls featuring unique, handcrafted treasures. While you shop, savour the flavours of Gourmet French food curated by Le Marché Willoughby, adding an authentic touch to your evening.


Take a break at the Champagne and wine bar, offering a selection of premium bubbly and wines to elevate your experience. The atmosphere comes alive with live music, creating a lively backdrop to the festivities. Start your December with a delightful celebration in Manly — a perfect blend of Christmas shopping, Gourmet French food, a Champagne and wine bar, and live music under the stars.

Paris to Manly Christmas Market


2 December, Adelaide

The Alliance Française d’Adelaide is holding its first La Guingette Summer Garden Fest instead of its usual November market. Rather than a market, expect this to be an open-air sensation taking over French summers right here in Adelaide. A perfect opportunity for a pre-Christmas Frenchy catch-up with friends and family.


Celebrate Summer on a special day filled with food, drinks, live entertainment and activities for children and adults, specially crafted by the team at the Alliance Française d’Adelaide. Head along for a community celebration in the sun à la française!

WHEN: 12pm to 9pm, Saturday 2 December
WHERE: Village Green, Unley- Oxford Terrace & Rugby Street NOTE THIS IS NOT THE SAME VENUE AS THE NOVEMBER MARKET

AF Adelaide Guinguette


On the second and fourth Sundays of every month, so 10th and 24th December, Le Marché Willougby brings a taste of France to Sydney’s North Shore. Read our article about the market here. The Christmas Eve edition will run from 9am to midday only, the perfect place for last-minute Christmas food and gift shopping.


And finally, from 15 to 22 December, over 8 nights, the Jolly Market will be a place for your pre-Christmas catchups complete with champagne and mulled wine and a great spot to do your Christmas shopping. It will return to Customs House Forecourt at Circular Quay after its success last year. We will publish a more detailed article about it next week but in the meantime, check out our article from last year.


Indulge in the joy of festive camaraderie as you navigate these enchanting French Christmas markets in Australia. The delightful blend of seasonal splendour and artisanal treasures offer the perfect backdrop for joyful pre-Christmas catch-ups with friends, all while finding unique gifts that will make your holiday shopping a truly magical experience and a festive celebration that transcends continents.

Will you be visiting any French markets in Australia this December?


For events happening this month, check out our What’s on in November


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Don’t miss these incredible works by French artists at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2023

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Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2023 is almost over! You’ve got until this Sunday to explore the awe-inspiring creations, but after that, it’ll be too late. Among the remarkable artists on display, two French talents have left an indelible mark with their thought-provoking and visually captivating works. Read on as we take a closer look at the 2 French artists whose works you shouldn’t miss before this iconic free outdoor sculpture exhibition concludes.

Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2023
Norton Flavel (Perth, WA) Monument II

Océane Jacob: A Tribute to the Mighty (Great White Shark)

Océane Jacob, a gifted artist hailing from France and Hong Kong, has presented a truly magnificent sculpture titled “A Tribute to the Mighty (Great White Shark)” This monumental piece, measuring 400 x 400 x 150 cm, is a tribute to the awe-inspiring great white shark. Crafted from stainless steel and recycled Australian fishing nets, the sculpture goes beyond its grandeur to deliver a profound message.

Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2023
Image: Charlotte Curd

Jacob’s creation serves as a powerful reminder of the great white shark’s importance in our oceans and the vulnerability of this species. By using recycled materials, she underscores the interlaced relationship between these majestic creatures and their environment.


A Tribute to the Mighty (Great White Shark) is not only an artistic masterpiece but a call to action for marine conservation. Don’t miss the chance to witness the blend of artistry and environmental awareness that Océane Jacob brings to Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.


Christine Madiès: Escaping Gravity

Christine Madiès, another remarkable French artist, has left an indelible mark with her work, “Escaping Gravity.” This sculpture, measuring 120 x 83 x 48 cm, is a testament to the transformative power of art. Crafted from statuario Carrara marble and black granite, it defies gravity and captures the essence of fluidity and light.

Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2023 Christine Madies Escaping Gravity
Image: Charlotte Curd


Madiès’ work takes you on a visual journey, from the rough and dark to the fluid and light, showcasing her extraordinary talent in working with stone. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness the ethereal nature of her art and experience the captivating allure of Escaping Gravity.


Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2023 concludes this Sunday, so make sure not to miss the chance to view these incredible works by Océane Jacob and Christine Madiès, among hundreds of other works. Their artistry and messages will leave you inspired and in awe of the boundless possibilities that sculpture can offer. Hurry to Bondi Beach to experience these masterpieces and bid farewell to this year’s exhibition.



WHAT: Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2023

WHEN: 20 October – 6 November 2023

WHERE: Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sydney, Australia

HOW: No bookings required. Just go!


For more events with links to France and the Francophonie, check out our What’s on in November article.



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