Does the thought of supermarket shopping on Christmas Eve fill you with dread?

Skip the dodgy trolleys and bad Christmas muzak and head to the New Brighton Farmers Market instead.

A special Christmas Eve market featuring all the market’s usual stallholders with a fantastic selection of fresh local food to fill your Christmas table will be held on Monday, December 24.

Operating during the market’s usual hours of 8am-11am at the New Brighton Oval, it’s an opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, friendly and fun Christmas shopping experience in the great outdoors and to pick up some of the best and freshest local food the region has to offer.

Grab a delicious lamb roast or marinated butterflied leg for the bbq from Local Dorper Lamb (or put in an order beforehand via their website), see Brunswick Seed Oysters for great tasting local Sydney Rock Oysters, or for the vegetarians, there is Byron Bay Tempeh’s range of non-soy tempeh.

For Christmas nibbles, take home some of The Bay Smokehouse’s delicious smoked fish or award-winning fish rillettes –  a moreish dip made with organic raw cashew cream and local smoked fish. Pick up some hummus and other Middle-Eastern inspired dips from Baraka Byron Bay or one of The Spice Palace’s super fresh seasonal dips or macadamia dukkah. There’s also the delicious range of farmhouse dairy and goat cheeses at Nimbin Valley Dairy, olives from Grumpy Grandma’s and macadamias (including choc-coated and honey-roasted) at Rainforest Foods.

Fresh fruit and vegies are covered with The Salad Hut’s huge range of greens and herbs, and veggies from Jumping Red Ant, Everest Farm, Glenyce Creighton, Kennedy Lane Farm and Summit Organics. There are blueberries for your fruit salad or Christmas pav at Blueberry Fields, bananas from Neville Singh and other seasonal fruit available including passionfruit, papaya and plums and cherries from Costanzo Apples.

Scratch Patisserie will also be joining the market with fresh bread, pastries and fruit mince pies.

The market’s breakfast and coffee stalls will  be operating as usual, Jane from Rancho will have ice-cold fruit drinks to keep you hydrated, the kids can keep cool with 100% fruit ice-blocks from Rainbow Fruit Flats,  the craft area will have activities to keep the little ones are entertained, there’ll be live music from local buskers and, yes, the Big Man in Red will be dropping in for a special appearance.