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Fremantle’s best Christmas shopping ideas

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For Christmas shoppers that love a list or those preferring to browse–here’s Fremantle’s best Christmas shopping ideas and tips to relax and enjoy the festive season...

12 things you can only buy in Fremantle

Did you know 92.9 FM’s Ryan Jon lives in Freo? He’s been checking out gift ideas and found 12 things you can only buy in Fremantle (we quite like the sound of that baby rattle).

There’s nothing like open air shopping

Fremantle is without doubt Western Australia’s best open air shopping experience with the Freo Doctor gently blowing, cafés with parklets and lots of choices for a mid shop pit stop. Where else can you tick off your Christmas shopping and head down to Bathers Beach House to relax. Put your toes in the sand, enjoy a 'long jetty iced tea' and watch the sunset (**sigh**).

Shop with the family

Make the list, plan your stops using our beautiful Fremantle shopping map (↓), and set the reward for the kids when you’re all done (the icecream at Gabriel Chocolate is a winner). There's markets, boutiques, small and large stores where the kids can pick out something special even on a pocket money budget. Break it up with a run around the Esplanade - big kids at the skate park and little ones at the playground or maybe a ride on the wheel. ‘Santa’ might glean some clues for Christmas gifts along the way.

Christmas markets, cooperatives and collectives and uber cool gifts

Fremantle is home to many creative peeps and the markets, cooperatives or collectives are a haven for gifts from local makers and artisans. Look for them at MANY 2.0, FOUND at Fremantle Art Centre, Common Ground and The Artisan Store on High Street or check out the list on our shopping pages .

Pick up the turkey, the ham and everything else for the table - in Fremantle

Whether you bring the people you love together with an Aussie style BBQ or traditional sit down dinner, clove studded hams, plump turkeys, cherries or flowers for the table are waiting at gourmet stores, grocers and delicatessens in Freo. Get an early start at Frank’s on Wray Ave or pop into Kakulas Sister and Little Sister, Freo’s purveyors of groceries and fine foods from around the world. Head over to our groceries and fresh food pages to find more. 

Gifts for the impossible to buy for!

For folks that have everything - experiences hit the mark. A season pass to Luna on SX, tickets to Spare Parts summer show Moominpappa at Sea, a headlining act at Fremantle Arts Centre’s 2019 events program or splurge on a night or two at one of Fremantle’s boutique hotels. Find more inspo here.

Light up your Christmas spirit

Amidst the pre Christmas frenzy it’s lovely to stop and enjoy the season. Light up your Christmas spirit at the free annual City of Fremantle’s Candlelight Carols (this year at Fremantle Oval). Kidogo Arthouse brings in songstress Kavesha Mazella and guest musicians for Carols & Christmas songs on the deck and Fishing Boat Harbour is hosting a special Christmas Festival through December with carollers, circus acts, Christmas lights and markets. Check the Fremantle story special events pages for new events added daily.

That special something

Creations Jewellery and Designers travel the world to find the best diamonds for bespoke pieces available in their High Street flagship store. Much sought after Australian South Sea pearls can be found at Kailis Australian Pearls in Fremantle’s West End precinct and Fremantle Opals have a stunning range of uncut pieces from some of the best opal fields in the world including Australia’s Lightning Ridge.

#shopFREO competition

Thought WA’s best open air shopping experience couldn’t get any better? Well you could also win $500 to spend in your favourite shop in Fremantle! Just ask for the unique code word in 85 + participating businesses when you spend $20 or more in one store. Enter your code word online (and wait for the call!). Two $500 prizes will be drawn each Friday right up to 21 December 2018.

 

Free parking Santa

Keep an eye out for #freeparkingsanta and his elves as their annual visit from the North Pole kicks off in December. They’ll be making guest appearances right up to Christmas looking for shoppers to pay for their parking.

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