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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Discover the joie de vivre at FANS French Market 2023 this Sunday

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Head to Sydney’s Killarney Heights this Sunday for a day filled with French flair, delicious cuisine, and a touch of je ne sais quoi at the French-speaking Association of the North Shore, best known as FANS French Market 2023.  Killarney Heights Public School is again the venue for the 17th Annual French Market 2023 FANS fundraiser. This vibrant event promises a delightful fusion of French culture, fabulous stalls, and a warm community atmosphere.

FANS French Market 2023

A Culinary Journey through French Delights

Indulge your taste buds in an array of delectable French offerings, from mouth-watering bakery delights to the more Aussie barbecue. You can savour cakes, aromatic coffee, delicious crêpes, and the ever-popular croque-monsieurs and quiches. 


The little ones can enjoy face painting and fairy floss while the adults browse French books and partake in engaging games. Don’t forget to grab some madeleines, buy raffle tickets, and enjoy refreshing drinks and waffles.


FANS French Market 2023 Stall Holders: French Jewellery

Peruse the exquisite stalls featuring stunning French jewellery creations. You’ll discover the artistic designs of Bud Creative, Brigitte Ehrat Beading Designs, Myriam Sabine, Mo Resin, Zag Bijoux, Les Dames Lunatics, and Lisa Carney Design.

FANS French Market 2023

FANS French Market 2023: Charming French Homewares

Elevate your living space with authentic French homewares. Explore the offerings from 2 Duck Trading Co, 2nd Vie, Store Tresor, French Cargo, Tefal, Holala French Homewares, Isabelle from France, Picnic Butler, Fridge to Go, and Whitelaw & Newton.


FANS French Market 2023: Frenchy Finds

Uncover Frenchy treasures from Fora Studios, Infrench, French Affair, FANS Bilingual Program, Le Courrier Australien, Canal Australie, France Travel Solutions, French à la Carte, Bayard Press and Le Forum.


French Fashion at the French Market 2023

Elevate your style with French fashion finds from The Boy and I, Pure Accessories Collection, Volange Paris, Maya Neumann, The Modeuses, Merci Preloved, Read & Bell, Rees Kids, Big on Hats, Maison Torrini, and Charming & Sweet.


A Gastronomic Journey at Killarney Heights French Market 2023 

Tantalise your palate with an array of French culinary delights from Nougat Limar, Bondi Smokehouse, Amuse-Bouche, Rustic French, Le Parisien, France At Home, Choux Pâtisserie, Cheese on Wheels, Four Frogs Creperie, Frencheese, Le Petit Louvre, Yellow Things, Saucissons Australia, and The Original Smoke & Spice.

FANS French Market 2023

A thanks to the generous sponsors

The generous sponsors who help make the FANS French Market possible are: Decathlon, Col Crawford, Renault, Ray White Fairweather, North Shore Peugeot, Four Frogs Creperie, France At Home, and Tefal.

The 17th Annual FANS French Market 2023 at Killarney Heights Public School promises a delightful day for the whole family, showcasing the essence of French culture and fostering community support. Don’t miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the joie de vivre of France right in the heart of Killarney Heights!! 



WHAT: FANS French Market 2023 – the 17th edition of an annual fundraising French market at the bilingual Killarney Heights Public School

WHEN: From 9 AM to 4 PM on Sunday, November 5, 2023

WHERE: Killarney Heights Public School

HOW: Just show up

HOW MUCH: Entry is free

MORE INFO: The official Facebook page is here


Have you been to a French market before?


For more activities with links to France and the Francophonie that are happening this month, check out our What’s on in November article.



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