This year's Warrnambool Christmas Market will have more stallholders than ever before, with a record number of traders showcasing their items.
Market organisers Kerry Lee and Dianne Brown said they couldn't wait to host Sunday's market, which was the first of three markets in the lead-up to Christmas.
"It's phenomenal," Ms Lee said. " We're knocking people back which we've never had to do for the Christmas Markets."
Ms Lee said the annual event usually had about 45 stallholders and interest this year had exceeded their expectations with about 60 traders booked in. This will increase to 68 stallholders on December 19, the last market before Christmas.
"It's been an amazing response and I guess that's just people wanting to get back to some sort of normality," she said. "If the stallholders have still been creating during all the lockdowns, there should be some great items at each of the stalls."
Ms Lee said there was a wide array of items ranging from clothing, jewellery, woodwork, art, candles, skincare and plants to leather and canvas products, garden ornaments and Christmas puddings.
She said people could shop for almost anyone on their Christmas list with babywear, sensory toys and children's items also available.
"We're very happy and very excited," Ms Lee said. "The three markets are always really popular. I think when you want to buy something that's handmade or a bit unique or a piece of art, it's a great place to have a wander."
There will be QR codes to check in at the COVID Safe event and she said the layout has been changed to allow specific entry and exit points.
It's on the Civic Green on Sunday, December 5, 12, and 19 from 9am to 1pm.
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