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This December, swap the online shopping cart and lengthy delivery delays for a weekend in the country, where you can not only stock up on some fantastic local fare for under the Christmas tree, you’ll feel good supporting our rural neighbours and friends.

Whether it’s filling your esky with local produce direct from the farmer (think organic hams, fresh berries and the best Queensland wines on offer) or stocking your stocking with local gifts and goodies, make this Christmas all about the country.

Here’s our round up of the best festive season shopping, savouring and celebrating in Southern Queensland Country.

The ultimate festive fare direct from the farmer

Skip the city crowds and queues this year and support producers from the country by heading straight to the source. You can’t possibly get fresher or more seasonal than buying the best tasting Christmas food at regional outlets, farmers markets or retailers who will thank you for shopping local.

Pick your own Christmas Tree!

Harvest Season at the Granite Belt Christmas Farm – Visit and pre-order to collect between 30 November to 23 December, open 9am to 4pm (Stanthorpe).

You select your perfect pine tree (which will smell incredible by the way) and staff will cut and net it for you for easy transportation. Bring the family to the farm, with Santa’s animals to feed and weekend appearances by Santa throughout the harvest.

Did you know? Real Christmas trees (cut) will keep in your home for three weeks if you keep them watered and out of direct sunlight and heat.

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Order your Christmas hams and turkeys direct from the country butcher

In country towns and villages it’s the local butcher who’s the hero, sourcing the best cuts directly from farmers and graziers ready for your Christmas table. Kingaroy on the South Burnett is famous for their pork; Central Highlands and the Darling Downs have world-class beef, and the Southern Downs and Lockyer Valley boast some of Australia's best poultry, lamb, orchards and vegetable farms.

Many butchers let you order online with either pickup in person or in some cases, home delivery. To find out where to shop contact the Visitor Information Centre at major regional towns or visit one of our regular farmers markets for supplies, just remember to take your empty esky!

Toowoomba Farmers Market

    • When: 7am - 12pm each Saturday
    • Where: Under the windmills at Cobb + Co Museum, Toowoomba

    Granite Belt Farmers Market

      • When: 7.30am - 12 pm each Saturday
      • Where: Farley St Piazza, Stanthorpe
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      The best Christmas markets to drive for

      Empty the car boot and lace up your comfy shopping shoes as you hit these local markets – remember to pack your appetite too as you taste your way around the region:

      Toowoomba Region

      Bush Christmas Exhibition

        • When: 9am to 6pm, 22 November to 1 December 2023
        • Where: Masonic Centre, Toowoomba

        Greenmount Christmas Twilight Markets

          • When: 5pm to 9pm, Thursday 30 November 2023
          • Where: Greenmount War Memorial

          Festive Vibes Twilight Markets

            • When: 3pm to 8pm, Saturday 2 December 2023
            • Where: The Goods Shed, Toowoomba

            Crows Nest Christmas Markets

              • When: 7.30am to 1pm, 3 December 2023
              • Where: Crows Nest Community Hub

              Aberfeldy Christmas Twilight Markets

                • When: 4pm to 8pm, 3 December 2023
                • Where: Aberfeldy Farm, Westbrook

                Clifton Christmas Markets

                  • When: 8am to 1pm, 9 December 2023
                  • Where: King Street, Clifton

                  Cambooya Community Christmas Markets

                      • When: From 3pm, 9 December 2023
                      • Where: Cambooya Recreation Grounds

                      Christmas Makers Markets

                        • When: 8am to 1pm, 10 December 2023
                        • Where: Railway Goods Shed, Victoria Street, Toowoomba

                        A Very Vintage Christmas Markets

                        • When: Morning of Saturday 16 December 2023
                        • Where: Royal Bulls Head Inn, Drayton

                        Cruise to Christmas

                          • When: Morning of Saturday 16 December 2023
                          • Where: Crows Nest Showgrounds

                          The Makers Market - Christmas Edition

                            • When: 9am to 1pm, 17 December 2023
                            • Where: Highfields Cultural Centre

                            Queens Park Christmas Markets

                              • When: 8am to 1pm, 17 December 2023
                              • Where: Queens Park, Toowoomba

                              Western Downs Region

                              Miles Handmade Christmas Markets

                                • When: From 9am daily, 2 to 15 December 2023
                                • Where: Miles Showgrounds

                                Christmas Street Party Markets

                                  • When: From 6pm, Friday 8 December 2023
                                  • Where: Lawnton Street, Wandoan
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                                  Goondiwindi Region

                                  Goondiwindi Christmas Markets

                                    • When: 8am - 2pm Saturday 2 December 2022
                                    • Where: Goondiwindi Cultural Centre

                                    Lockyer Valley Region

                                    Mulgowie Twilight Christmas Markets

                                      • When: 4pm to 8pm, 17 November 2023
                                      • Where: Mulgowie Recreational Grounds

                                      Christmas Markets at Forest Hill

                                        • When: 8am to 12pm, 18 November 2023
                                        • Where: Forest Hill School of Arts

                                        Hatton Vale Christmas Markets

                                          • When: 4pm to 8pm, Friday 24 November 2023
                                          • Where: Hatton Vale State School

                                          Gatton Christmas Markets

                                            • When: 7am to 12pm, Sunday 3 December 2023
                                            • Where: Gatton Showgrounds (via Woodlands Road)

                                            Laidley Christmas Twilight Markets

                                              • When: 4pm to 8pm Saturday 16 December 2023
                                              • Where: Ferrari Park, Laidley

                                              Plainland Country Christmas Markets

                                              • When: 7am to 12pm Sunday 24 December 2023
                                              • Where: Next to Porters Plainland Hotel
                                              040 A0129

                                              Southern Downs and Granite Belt Region

                                              Jingle & Mingle Twilight Christmas Markets

                                              • When: From 5pm, Friday 24 November 2023
                                              • Where: Warwick Art Gallery

                                                Christmas Market in the Mountains

                                                • When: 8am to 12pm, Sunday 10 December 2023
                                                • Where: Stanthorpe Showgrounds

                                                  Christmas Pop-Up Gift Markets

                                                  • When: 5pm to 7pm, Thursday 21 December 2023
                                                  • Where: St Mark's Anglican Church, Warwick

                                                    Central Queensland Highlands Region

                                                    Christmas Twilight Markets

                                                    • When: 4pm to 9pm, Saturday 25 November
                                                    • Where: Rotary (Panda) Park, Blackwater
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                                                    Take the family to a Christmas celebration they'll love, with our guide of what's on in December around the region, from Christmas Carols to street parties and light displays.

                                                    With the challenges of weather please always call ahead before you travel, to confirm the details of the event. A good place to get local information is the Visitor Information Centre at most regional towns. For a full list click here.

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                                                    Acknowledgement of Country

                                                    Southern Queensland Country Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the lands and waterways that run through these regions. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past, present and emerging.