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Christmas Markets at EPIC

By johnboy - 15 November 2011 8

For those with the chrimbo bug I’ve had a media release in which is likely to intrigue:

Immerse yourself in everything festive from 9-17 December 2011 at the Capital’s first ever Christmas Markets, to be held at Exhibition Park in Canberra.

For the first time, Canberrans will be able to celebrate Christmas in the spirit of Europe’s famous “Weihnachtsmarkt”. For centuries, these outdoor markets have captured the spirit of Christmas; selling gifts, seasonal necessities and food in a uniquely festive setting. Now, it’s Canberra’s turn to enjoy this amazing experience!

Visitors can stock up on their every need at the markets, with an incredible array of food and handicraft stalls onsite. A relaxed Christmas atmosphere will make finding that unique gift a pleasurable experience for the whole family.

UPDATE: We’ve had this from the organisers:

Further to the media release sent last week, please be advised that the dates for the Canberra Christmas Markets have changed to:

Friday 9 to Sunday 11 December – open from 12 noon to 9pm each day.

More information can be found at the Markets’ website: http://www.canberrachristmasmarkets.com.au/

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8 Responses to
Christmas Markets at EPIC
GardeningGirl 1:14 am 12 Dec 11

makkapakka said :

i commend all the exhibitors that were willing to give this a go, and i can only hope, somehow that with some better organisation, this might be worth attending next year.

I’d love to support something like this, but this is the first I’ve heard of it. So maybe it needs better publicity? And why the conflicting dates, was the duration reduced or was the 11/17 a typo/transcription error? Having now checked out the website and Facebook page I doubt if I would have gone anyway. The website, supposedly intended to “become a comprehensive source of information about the Christmas Markets, including a list of stallholders” had little information about entertainment and if there was a list of stallholders I couldn’t find it. My reaction to the “uniquely festive setting” was, EPIC, seriously? For a uniquely ugly festive event maybe. The only thing I like EPIC for is the Canberra Show, the tin sheds and paddocks vibe suits an agricultural show. Otherwise the event needs to REALLY interest me to inspire me to go there. It’s not very central either. Was Albert Hall considered? It’s small but it’s more central and would seem to have the character befitting a traditional festive event? The malls have been in Christmas mode for months, there are other established markets and doesn’t every school fete have face painting and kids entertainment; a Christmas Market for Canberra is a nice idea but it needs something to set it apart from the competition and to give people a real reason to go.

jules_from_latham 7:55 pm 11 Dec 11

Agree with others – the markets were awful beyond all belief. I sent an email to the organiser to complain, suggesting false advertising. I wonder if I’ll get a response…

FB77 4:59 pm 11 Dec 11

Based on the information on the “Canberra Christmas Markets” website I was really looking forward to this market. I was promised an “incredible array of food & handicrafts” and an experience like attending the famous “weihnachtsmarkt”.
What a huge let down. A total waste of petrol driving to EPIC. Truly terrible “markets”.
Where was the food?! All I saw was a pasta stall (which looked lovely, but I can get that at Kingston) and pancakes. NO Christmas fare at all! Thank god the Handmade Markets are next weekend.

makkapakka 7:55 pm 10 Dec 11

i am very fond of canberra’s family-friendly approach to entertainment. and we do a good market. so i was excited by the thought of our own christmas markets. and i had modest expectations, this being the first year and all.
but dear god. this was lame. the most prominent of the 20 odd stands was a guy selling aussie prawn peelers. without the telstra stand the back of the shed would have been empty. and santa was (understandably) asleep. no sign of any christmas foods, hot or cold.
i commend all the exhibitors that were willing to give this a go, and i can only hope, somehow that with some better organisation, this might be worth attending next year.

puggy 11:21 am 15 Nov 11

HerCanberra said :

And you are right to expect liberal dosings of tinsel. Baubles even.

And gluwein I hope, even though the weather is far from appropriate.

HerCanberra 11:11 am 15 Nov 11

intaba said :

Genie said :

I’m confused ? Array of food ? Epic normally block the sale of any outside ‘cooked’ food.

I think it’s probably more along the lines of famers market + handmade market with liberal dosings of tinsel.

Yep, it’s more about Christmas food supplies (hams, turkeys, gingerbread, stuffings, etc.) than meals onsite.

And you are right to expect liberal dosings of tinsel. Baubles even.

intaba 11:00 am 15 Nov 11

Genie said :

I’m confused ? Array of food ? Epic normally block the sale of any outside ‘cooked’ food.

I think it’s probably more along the lines of famers market + handmade market with liberal dosings of tinsel.

Genie 10:43 am 15 Nov 11

I’m confused ? Array of food ? Epic normally block the sale of any outside ‘cooked’ food.

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