Christmas wrapped up at twilight market

December 8, 2023 BY

Lots to do: Take a break from shopping and drop into the Bannockburn Library to get into some Christmas craft during the Golden Plains Twilight Market. Photo: FILE

IT’S less than a week until the Golden Plains Twilight Market offers up all the local food and gift stalls a person could need for the festive season.

But if you’re bringing the children along, just need a quiet moment, or you’re wanting to make your own Christmas decorations and wrapping, the Bannockburn Library has got you covered.

This year, the library will be open during the Twilight Market until 7pm, offering some fun Yuletide activities and cheer, alongside their usual borrowing services.

“Exploring local community markets is a great way to do Christmas shopping and support local makers and creatives at the same time,” Geelong Regional Libraries CEO Vanessa Schernickau said.

“Skip the last-minute dash to chain stores and the shopping centre queues and pop into the library where you can make your own sustainable and environmentally friendly wrapping paper.

“And then perhaps browse our shelves, physical or digital, for some more ideas on homemade gifts and festive craft.

“You are welcome to bring your snacks, and chat over craft; libraries are no longer places of shooshing.”

Library staff are aiming to have an eco-approach to their free DIY Christmas craft activities, with paper Christmas tree-folding from recycled magazines and books, eco-friendly wrapping paper-making with stamps and cut outs, and gift tag-making.

“If you, or your children, need a break from shopping, somewhere quiet to sit, the library is the perfect place,” Ms Schernickau said. “Everyone is welcome.”

Golden Plains Twilight Market will run from 4pm to 9pm on Thursday 14 December at 22 Byron Street, and Bannockburn Library is at 25-27 High Street.

Along with the activities on at the library, more than 90 stall holders are expected at the event, as well as live music and entertainment, food and drinks, and a visit from Santa.