The Olive Tree Christmas Market Festival
December 2 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pmFREE
Give the gift of supporting local artists!
The Olive Tree Market
Christmas Market Festival
Art. Design. Food. Music. Workshops. Free Kids Activities
December 2nd 9am-3pm Civic Park, Newcastle
Get ready for the biggest market of the year! Newcastle’s longest running independent art & design market will bring Civic Park to life with the annual Christmas Market Festival on December 2nd. We have sourced some of the best talent Newcastle has to offer as well as well-known designers from around the country. Get ready to discover the work of 200 creative stallholders, delicious food and drinks, artist workshops, live music, and free kids’ activities.
Shop local & handmade!
Apart from the sheer enjoyment of wandering Civic Park and chatting with artists and stallholders on a balmy Saturday in Summer, The Olive Tree Markets also encourages shopping local. There are so many reasons to shop local – unique gift ideas, supporting local artists, championing creative talent, finding a Christmas party dress that you won’t see on three other people… the list is endless! Shopping at the market also helps build a sense of community. You can get to know the people who are making the products you’re buying, hear their recommendations, and contribute to social enterprise.
Market founder Justine Gaudry says, ‘We seek to encourage creativity, to connect, inspire and empower the creative community; this is always at the heart of what we do at Olive Tree. We encourage the community of Newcastle to shop local and handmade this Christmas season at The Olive Tree Market; to support creative and innovative small businesses and enjoy shopping and participating in an exciting community focused environment.’
A hub of creativity
On December 2nd come and say hi to local, unique artists like Publisher Textiles, whose hand screen printed fashion features prints by indigenous artist from remote Aboriginal communities, ceramicists Clay Canoe, original illustrations and water colours by well-regarded emerging artist Kiasmin Burrell, stunning contemporary embroidery and embroidery kits from Madi Astolfi of Unpicking, who has developed a cult following for her work, and who will also be running a workshop on the day, and prints from Trevor Dickinson, you may know his vibrant murals from around Newcastle, unique sculpture succulent planters by Dogswood Botanical Alchemy and grooming products for the beaded and shaved gentleman by The Mister Brand.
With 200 stalls on December 2nd, market-goers are spoiled for choice!
Sustainable + eco-conscious
At the Olive Tree Markets, find delicious produce, handmade clothes and accessories, and independent art and designs that haven’t been produced in bulk and shipped halfway around the world wrapped in layers of plastic. Since its beginning in 2008, The Olive Tree Market has always held the value of ethical sustainability at its heart. Visit the stall of Toby Eagle Jewellery featuring unique, eco conscious jewellery. Handcrafted by metalsmith Toby Eagle, who uses sustainable practices in her stunning designs, each piece features reclaimed sterling silver, gold, and other high-quality materials. Slow fashion label Inside Jo B ethically creates stunning designs in raw silks, cotton and linen. Each piece is individually eco dyed with plants to create beautifully unique patterns and colours. Freya Tasci of Apiwraps creates reusable Beeswax Kitchen Wraps, which are healthy, eco-friendly, and sustainable replacements for plastic wrap, and the make great stocking fillers!
Get your Christmas hamper happening!
We love indulging with delicious handmade goodies during the festive season with foodie products straight from the hands of our artisan makers! Don’t miss hand blended teas for serious tea drinkers from Billy Goat Brew, cheeses to temp your taste buds from The Cheese Riot, crisp breads, mueslis and cookies from the award winning Bacco’s Bakery, seriously decadent puddings by https://www.puddinglane.com.au/, Christmas cakes and treats by Baked Uprising, pickles and preserves, straight from growers kitchens to the jar, by Station Street Picklery and oils, olives and dukka by Arolyn Grove.
Gifts for the kids
Why not buy beautiful presents for the kids straight from the hands of the makers! We love hand screen printed T-shirts featuring witty commentaries on parenthood by Well Spotted and hand crafted wooden toys by Wise Owl Creations and vibrant quilts in beautiful fabrics by Oliochi.
For the teenagers body scrubs from Hell Wench, accessories with a upcycled kilim and ikat rugs by and crafty teen Souk Trader, candles from Luka Candles and cool phone chargers designed from refurbished and recycled timbers from Tree Charge.
Live Music + Free Fun for families
Relax under a tree listening to the soulful tunes of some of Newcastle’s best independent musicians including the Tom Macokatic Band, who have just won band competition Passport to Airlie, Joel Leggett, and Truman Smith, The High Andies and Jono B Smith and Blake Morgan. Stay tuned for surprise announcement for free kid’s activities that are guaranteed to have the kids smiling and adults entertained while sipping their coffee.
Parking on the day- to make your visit easy
Park all day for $6.50 at the Civic West Car Park-Gibson St entrance- or if you are coming from the other side of the ‘Tracks’ coming from Hanel Street then park for $5 at Harbour Park Car Park. Argyle St Newcastle. Easy! Or take public transport, ride or walk and keep our city ‘green’!
Christmas is around the corner!
Find unique, handmade gifts that really mean something to the special people in your life, meet with friends at Civic Park to share gourmet artisan food from the many food trucks, and ‘Tis the season!
The Olive Tree Market will be held on November 18th, December 2, and December 16, with a different line-up of stalls each date. Also join us for a special Twilight Christmas Market at Maitland Regional Art Gallery on 25 November.
For more information on The Olive Tree Markets, held once a month in Newcastle, NSW, visit www.theolivetreemarket.com.au or contact founder Justine on 0439 649 058.