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Show & Tell this Christmas

Elisabeth Sander O'Hearn and Calum Stenning

Despite our year-long comments that 2016 is ‘flying by’, most of us suddenly find ourselves ill-prepared for the Christmas and holiday season.

We tell ourselves that this year we’ll “be organised” and not leave gift buying to the last minute, but a second later it’s Christmas Eve and we’re fighting for a park at the mall, wondering if a gift card will make do.

Luckily for Canberra, the second ever Show & Tell Market will be held at Belconnen Arts Centre on Saturday 26 November and this will be your chance to become that person who has all their gifts bought a month before December 25.

True to Christmas spirit, this night market will be held in the evening from 4 – 9pm and will be filled with a cheery atmosphere with local talent showcased in every stall and even some delicious food!

Founded by illustrator and graphic designer, Juliette Dudley, the first Show & Tell market was held this past July. It featured 28 stalls and had a turn out of over 500 people.

“The market is curated around the theme of contemporary design, with an emphasis on unique products from local designers and makers,” says Juliette. “Our main priority is to promote Canberra designers, but we have also had a few from local areas such as Bungendore and certainly welcome stallholders from interstate. A lot of our stallholders know each other, and it’s great to watch as more local creatives start to collaborate and support each other.”

The market can be a one-stop shop for all gifts as there will be over 35 vendors selling their wares. Despite wanting to buy everything to keep for yourself, there will be enough unique gifts for all on your Christmas list – also meaning that you’ll lessen your chance of giving the same gift as someone else.

“We are keen to create a family friendly atmosphere again at our Christmas market, with an outdoor seating area where visitors can take a break between shopping to grab some food and listen to music,” explains Juliette.

Although every cent will be worth it, markets are more than just about what you buy! There will be live entertainment from local singer-songwriters Ned Philpot and Mickey Sulit and a night of Christmas shopping means that you’ll work up an appetite, so in the theme of all things local, plenty of food trucks will on site.

“There will be a selection of sweet and savoury foods on offer including vegetarian and gluten free options. We’re excited to welcome back Loose Churros and Kombean mobile coffee lounge, and we also have Canberra Distillery and a pop-up food and drink stall by Ha Ha Bar.”

It’s always great to support local designers and creatives, whose love and passion for their work will be evident in whatever you choose to buy.

“You’ll find a great mix of jewellery, ceramics, original artwork and prints, candles, boutique tea, handbags, accessories, terrariums and plants, kid’s clothing and accessories, and homewares for inside and the garden,” says Juliette. “There will also be live art by local artist Alice Worley who recently worked on the new mural at Nookie Espresso in the city.”

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the essentials

What: Show & Tell Christmas Markets
Where: Belconnen Arts Centre
When: Saturday 26 November from 4-9pm
Find more information here: showandtellmarket.com

Elisabeth Sander O'Hearn

Despite struggling to throw together a few catchy sentences about herself, Elisabeth hopes she can portray Canberra in a much more positive light. Although she’s read Her Canberra articles meticulously, Elisabeth has still fallen prey to making poor dining choices- a fate she wouldn’t wish on anyone. She may be leaving the country’s capital in a few weeks for some overseas travel – but she’ll only speak fondly of the city that’s been her home for the past nine years. More about the Author

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Calum Stenning

Calum Stenning is Her Canberra’s newest and most male (read: only) intern. Three years spent living overseas has given him a renewed appreciation for Canberra life. Every day starts with coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald crossword at a favourite coffee haunt, as he is wary of the perils of dementia, and thinks crosswords are a viable safeguard. If he lives to a dementia-appropriate age (evidence says he won’t), he’ll let us know. More about the Author

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