Here in Austin, we’re pretty devoted to our holiday traditions — spinning under the Zilker Tree, watching the Chuy’s Parade, strolling through the Trail of Lights — and shopping at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been one of our city’s longest running art & music festivals, providing a very fun authentic Austin shopping experience in a family friendly environment. You’ll find a huge assortment of fine art and crafts, a great music lineup, delicious food, and cold beer, too. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is open Thursday, Dec.14 through Sunday, Dec. 24 from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily at the Palmer Events Center, and kids 12 & under are free!

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is actually like two events in one: an art fair and a music festival. The Armadillo stage showcases some of Austin’s most popular musical talent, with live performances throughout the afternoon and evening from such artists as Dale Watson, Shinyribs, Warren Hood, Los Coast, Ruthie Foster, and so many more. Check out the full music schedule here.

Lots of local music! Photo by Jennifer Ramos.

You can browse an amazing array of handmade items from 170+ artists offering a variety of upscale art, handmade gifts, heirloom pieces and even stocking stuffers. Check out the full list of artists here.


Photo credit: Jennifer Ramos

No Austin event would be complete without food and drink! You can find a full bar each day as well as food from Southside Flying Pizza and Chi’Lantro that will satisfy the cravings of both the kids and grown-ups.

–> Tickets: Admission is $8 for a single day pass. Kids 12 and under FREE! Season Passes are $60 and can be purchased online, in advance before December 14th. You can click here to purchase your tickets online. Parking is available at the Palmer Events Center Garage for $8.

For more info, you can visit the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar website and Facebook page.