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Shop in The City this Christmas

Support Newcastle’s great retailers this festive season

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With events, special gifts and shopping evenings, there’s every reason to get out and support local retailers this Christmas!
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As per usual, Christmas is sneaking up ever so quickly and if you haven’t given it much thought yet, now's the time to start thinking about who, what and when you’re buying for! We’ve made it super easy with the below list that is full special events, festive gift ideas, pop-ups, sales and extended open hours!


Furoshiki Wrap | 1, 8 & 15 Dec
Furoshiki Patch Jumble is happening at High Tea with Mrs Woo on the first three Sundays in December - a fun way for you to gift or make your own beautiful wrapping cloths. No bookings, just pop in during store trading hours (11am-3pm) to patch and jumble! For $35, you get to choose your own combination of fabrics plus a pattern kit to assemble your own Furoshiki.
Where: High Tea with Mrs Woo | 74 Darby St, Cooks Hill

Islington Christmas Block Party | 5 Dec
Islington is opening up late on the first Thursday in December for a family-friendly evening that will be hosted by the local retailers. There's going to be loads happening including Christmas crafts, face painting, music, food and more!
Where: Islington
When: 4pm-7pm

Maker Market | 8 Dec
This time around it’s JAZZ themed! Think smooth tunes spun by Dan Phelan, old fashioned cocktails in the summer sun along side quality vintage women’s, men’s, childrenswear, homewares, records, plants and more.
Where: Royal Crown Hotel | 94 Ocean St, Dudley
When: 12pm-3pm
More Info: click here

Workshopp XMAS Studio Sale | 7-8 Dec
Pick up some beautiful ceramics at this two-day event! Get your hands on planters, keep cups, platters, salad bowls, oil burners, vases, plus loads of samples and seconds!
Where: Workshopp | 2 Harris St, Maryville
When: 10am-2pm

Olive Tree | 7 & 21 Dec
There are TWO final market days in the lead-up to Christmas. Meet our makers, learn their stories, and take home beautiful goods, which have been ethically created by our talented creatives.
Where: Civic Park
When: 9am-3pm

The Grateful Shopping & Fundraising Party | 12 Dec
The shopping party will kick off at 5pm with drinks and nibbles, plus as always, for every $1 to $25 spent on the night The Grateful will donate $1 on your behalf, towards potentially saving the life of a women from domestic violence, by providing much-needed self-defence classes through Got Your Back Sista!
Where: The Grateful | 122 Young St, Carrington

Late Night Shopping at Monsoon Living | 12 Dec
Live street music, in-store giveaways, complimentary gift wrapping and a glass of bubbles to celebrate the Festive Season!
Where: Monsoon Living | 174 King Street, Newcastle

A Nordic Xmas at Pappa Sven | 12 Dec
Go a little Nordic this Xmas at Pappa Sven, Libby and the team will be trading late and will be offering up some delicious Elderflower Spritzers all to the soothing sounds of a Finnish Folk group playing live.

City Sparkles | 12 Dec
The team from Makers & Traders are planning a city-wide celebration of community and extraordinary shopping with drinks and activities across the City of Newcastle. Stay tuned for more details.

Scout & Abicus Re-launch Party | 12 Dec
Celebrating the new chapter and relaunch of Scout with a large scale collaborative window installation from the team at High Swan Dive and Ash from Film & Foliage. There will also be a live in-store performance, juicy giveaways, complimentary gift-wrap and 10% off store-wide at BOTH stores.
Where: Abicus & Scout | Darby St, Cooks Hill

Homegrown Christmas Market | 14 Dec
Head along and enjoy shopping the incredible line-up of handmade and eco friendly stalls for festive fun! With heaps of Christmas activies and workshops lined up, it makes for an awesome festive day for the whole family.
Where: The Station
When: 9am-3pm
More Info: click here

Maker Christmas Market | 15 Dec
Maker Store & Studio is putting on an evening Christmas market full of stalls with beautiful handmade gifts.
Where: The Edwards Beer Garden | 148 Parry St, Newcastle West
When: 4pm-7pm

Pappa Sven     Xmas Movie Night | 15 Dec
Start the festive season with Pappa Sven’s special screening of the Finnish film Ailo’s Journey; an incredible story of Ailo, the little reindeer. The wonderful film adventure takes place in the astonishing unspoilt nature of an Arctic Lapland never seen before. Pappa Sven invites you to gather your family and friends and enjoy a beautiful afternoon together.
Where: Event Cinemas Kotara
When: 5.30pm-7.30pm
More Info: click here

Homegrown Twilight Market | 18 Dec
Over 100 handmade stalls for a unique Christmas shopping experience as well as heaps of festive activities and live music.
Where: Speers Point Park
When: 4pm-8pm
More Info: click here

Homegrown Christmas Market | 22 Dec
Homegrown’s last market for the year. Get in for that last Christmas gift shopping plus heaps of festive fun and activities for kids.
Where: Speers Point Park
When: 10am-2pm
More Info: click here

Advent Calendar | December
Every day of the December Christmas calendar Makers & Trader members across the city will be giving away Christmas Advents to their loyal customers. One purchase at participating stores = one entry.
Where: Across Newcastle City retail stores



The Green Altar
Do you have a friend or loved one who really loves their plants? These people can sometimes be the hardest to buy gifts for but you don't have to worry, the team at the Green Altar have come up with a solution! Send your loved one in store to develop a plant and pot list and then, when you come in the staff can assist you spend your money on the gifts on their list they really want.

They will also have a selection of green gift bundles, which will include local and handmade items and helpful plant products.
Where: Shop 1 & 1a, 110 Scott St, Newcastle


Get in the festive spirit with their 2019 Christmas Collection.
Where: 513 Glebe Rd, Adamstown

For the last seven years Yardsale has made a stand against unsustainable consumption and presented Newcastle with a unique selection of socially positive and environmentally conscious ideas. Offering everything from local ceramics to items to help you attain a zero waste household. Our pick for the festive season are the Elf (Will Ferrell) socks!
Where: 94 Maitland Rd, Islington

Blackbird Corner
The Darby St retail space is full of Aussie handmade goodies including T-shirts for guys from Anorak Designs and the new arrivals of the Newcastle themed baby and kid’s tees!
Where: 70 Darby St, Cooks Hill

Will be donating 10% of their sales on the night of the Islington Christmas Block Party (5 Dec) to the RFS.
Where: 106 Maitland Rd, Islington

The Colour Bug
Will be offering a sustainable gift wrapping service as well as launching a new collection featuring 2-3 new artists!
Where: 111 Hunter St, Newcastle

Monsoon Living
Will be handing out a FREE Swell magazine with every purchase in store.
Where: 174 King St, Newcastle

Hide + Seeker
Now selling leather sandals, perfect for the summer! Designed by Geordie at Hide + Seeker and made in Greece. The flight duffles are also proving to be very popular!
Buy online: click here
Where: 92 Maitland Rd, Islington

Common Circus
For the month of December, every $100 spent in store will mean you’ll score a free coffee!
Where: 36 Brooks Pde, Belmont

Lillies at The Junction
Offering 25% off all shoes and FREE gift-wrapping up until Christmas. Also, if you purchase a $250 gift voucher you’ll get a BONUS $50 and if you purchase a $500 gift voucher you’ll get a BONUS $100!
Where: 10 Kenrick St, The Junction

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