SOCIAL OUTING: You'll find creative designers, retro stalls, food and entertainment at Coolangatta markets.
SOCIAL OUTING: You'll find creative designers, retro stalls, food and entertainment at Coolangatta markets.

Cooly markets colour up Christmas

IN THE lead-up to Christmas, gift buyers will be on the lookout for fresh ideas and markets that offer a little bit extra when it comes to entertainment.

Gold Coast Design Collective markets are now well established on the southern end of the Gold Coast and in the Northern Rivers, and they're all free to enter.

Organiser Kat Creasey said the design collective markets are all about colour, retro-styling, handmade wares, supporting small business, and creative designers.

"We have a very loyal following of stallholders and street food trucks that go to every one of our events because they are so popular with the young and old," she said.

"We encourage people to bring picnic blankets and have a social outing.

"They get to meet the creatives face-to-face and enjoy delicious food.

"We have a vintage caravan that we have turned into an outdoor stage so local musicians can perform for the crowds and people get to enjoy live music."

Kat said the markets were fun and different, and family friendly.

"Our gourmet street food truck nights attract thousands of people from miles away - wherever we pop up, the local town benefits positively with people booking in accommodation and supporting the local traders.

"We are often approached for local council to activate areas and bring our crowds.

"We have worked very hard to ensure that we are different from other markets and have that mini festival feel."

Look out for the Coolangatta Good Vibes market on November 27, from 9am-2pm and the Cooly Christmas Festival, December 3, 3-9pm, Coolangatta State School, cnr Miles and Stapleton Sts, Coolangatta.


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