Finding the perfect gift can be tough, and it’s easy to let yourself get all stressed out at high-traffic stores. Well, relax. You’re lucky. Because you live in a city that makes everything fun and unique, and that includes shopping for the holiday season. From now until the big day, there are markets, bazaars, art shows and arts fests around every corner. Here’s what’s up for some Christmas shopping in Austin this weekend and beyond.
One and Two-Day Shopping Events
Drinks, live music and late night hours make this shopping experience as unique as the items for sale. Come to shop for vintage clothing for both men and women, accessories, costume jewelry, hats etc., all handmade items by local artisans. Different vendors will be featured each day. There will be no shortage of unique gifts to purchase.
Enjoy wine and bubbly while you shop for handmade gifts from local artisans at this spirited event! No ticket is required to attend this event, but please RSVP at smudgestudiosaustin.com.
Share in a day of shopping for original art, religious items, unique gifts, vintage clothing and more fro local craftsmen. Enjoy great music and food while you do. Bring a whole family out for pics with Santa and his magical elf. There is no ticket required to attend this event.
Shop for fine art, jewelry, paper goods, vintage housewares, clothing and accessories, and more, all handmade by local artisans who also sell on Etsy.com! No ticket is required to attend this event.
Ongoing Shopping Events
Downtown Bastrop transforms into holiday shopping and entertainment central, with a host of ticketed and free events. There will be two ticketed events, a $30 wine tasting and foodie event at the Main Street Marketplace on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 6 pm and a $5 performance of The Nutcracker that same evening at 7:30 pm at Bastrop Opera House. In addition to those, there are many opportunities for folks to enjoy live music, shopping and extraordinary holiday light displays at no cost. See our event listings for all the details.
There is no better place to shop and rock than at The Armadillo. It’s an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. The Armadillo stage showcases some of Austin’s most popular musical talent, with live, intimate performances throughout the afternoon and evening. Featured musicians—25 bands over the eight-day show—range from new and emerging stars to local legends. Admission is $7 for a single day pass and kids 12 and under get in free.
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar (BGAB) features thousands of handmade artwork, jewelry and gifts from more than 135 Austin area artists. In addition to shopping, there will be a number of special art and music events throughout the nearly four-week show. BGAB is a free, family-friendly event, organized as an open shopping experience where shoppers can browse in a hassle-free environment with centralized checkout. Light foods, beverages and full bar also available.
Daily, during this event, enjoy a different holiday themed party or performance on Main Street including folk dancing, street lighting, cookie decorating, Christmas caroling, and story time and movie night to name a few. There is no cost to attend these events. Just bundle up, bring your family and your holiday cheer and enjoy! See our event listing for all the details.
Whoa Boy. Clearly there is plenty of shopping and holiday fun to get into.