The busy bustling crowds at the Mosman Village Art and Craft Market
On the first Saturday of every month, Mosman comes alive with the Mosman Village Art & Craft Market. Itís a bustling, lively event that draws crowds every single time. And best of all, this month sees a repeat, with Januaryís market being moved up to a Twilight Christmas Market on Thursday 12th December 2013 - as at the time of writing this.
Stunning Christmas baubles stuffed with edible goodies would make a perfect gift
There are over 150 art, craft and food stalls for you to browse, and believe me, you might be overwhelmed by the size at first. But as soon as you start strolling and taking in everything around you, it becomes a truly enjoyable day. Youíll find yourself surrounded by a virtual Aladdinís cave of treasures, both of the new, handmade and edible kind. You can easily fill in a good few hours here.
Christmas trees made out of rocky road chocolate
Itís the handmade items that really draw my attention. Gone are the days of rope friendship bracelets and badges featuring pop bands. Here youíll find exquisitely crafted jewellery, adorable childrenís clothing and tasty things to snack on. At this time of year - again as at the time of writing this; there is also plenty of Christmas-themed fun to get in on. Miniature Christmas trees made entirely out of rocky road chocolate, or beautiful handmade wreaths glistening with bows can be found, as can hollow tree ornaments packed with cookies or fudge.
There are over 150 stalls at the Mosman markets
Youíll also find plenty of handmade scented candles that are Christmas-themed. There are ones made purely of beeswax; together with ones shaped like Christmas trees, and ones that look exactly like pinecones glistening with gold glitter. Not into Christmas-themed items? No problem. There are also a huge variety of candles in every colour, scent and size under the sun.
These handmade candles smell as good as they look
A number of stalls are also selling handmade Christmas crackers. These arenít the kind youíll find at every department store. They are beautifully crafted, almost works of art in their own right, and stuffed with all manner of gifts. In fact, youíd almost be loathe to crack them open, because they are so pretty. Definitely a good idea to buy these in advance, so you can use them as Christmas decorations before busting them on the big day.
Christmas crackers that are almost too pretty to pull on
Yes, I do love Christmas.
You donít need to be in the festive spirit to enjoy the markets though, as there are a number of regular stalls that stock an assortment of products. Some of my favourite finds include app-themed cushions, embroidered doggy cushions, and an assortment of vintage products.
Who could resist cushions this cute
There arenít too many food and drink stalls at the Mosman markets. You will find a freshly squeezed lemonade stand, which proves popular in warm weather, and a few stalls selling an amazing array of baked goods. There are even a few stalls exclusively selling Christmas puddings and cakes, one of which even offers a gluten free Christmas pudding option.
Tech lovers will get a giggle out of these app-themed cushions
What adds to the bustle and excitement is the band that plays. Set up nearby, they keep up a constant stream of lively music, so you feel like youíre at some kind of fair rather than the usual monthly markets. It certainly adds to the atmosphere.
This monthís markets might have already gone by, however as said previously, there will be a second twilight market held later this week - at the time of writing this article. And that in itself says a lot for the popularity of the Mosman markets Ė and I myself might go again.
An array of vintage items for those who like to look for old treasures
Where: Mosman Square and Village Green, Spit Junction, Mosman NSW
Why: For amazing handmade goods you won't find in stores
Cost: Free to attend. How much you spend while there is up to you.
When: Twilight Christmas Market on Thursday 12th December 2013. Regular markets on the first Saturday of every month (excluding January 2013).