Austin’s Holiday Markets
A sneak peek at the sweet shops popping up around Austin this holiday season
by Holly Cowart
Dear Austin — it’s officially gifting season! For some that means unraveling the elaborate shopping lists they’ve curated all year, and for others (present company included), it begins the slightly panicked guessing game of making sure each loved one feels appreciated without falling into the last minute gift card trap.
Luckily, our creative city is offering up loads of shopping opportunities that will make delivering unique, perfectly personal gifts a breeze. So give thanks, be merry, and breathe easy for the holidays ahead.
Revelry Makers Market
November 17 | Browning Hangar
Wrapping up the final weekend of the East Austin Studio Tour, REVELRY is hosting a shopping and art event featuring local artists. Alongside over 60 vendors, guests can enjoy free workshops and activities, live music, food trucks, and free sips via Juiceland and Dripping Springs Vodka.
November 17 – 25 | Domain NORTHSIDE
Take out the holiday stress by giving friends and family a tried and true classic — a festive greeting card of you and the kiddos! Register now to get your professional photo taken in an Airstream sleigh pulled by a red-nosed Texas Longhorn along with 10 free greeting cards courtesy of Erin Condren.
Renegade Craft Fair
November 24 & 25 | Fair Market
Renegade Craft is gathering a select group of talented creators for their annual market this November. Featuring high-quality handmade goods, interactive booths and innovative installations, there’s something for everyone at this specialized shopping experience.
Lone Star Holiday Market
November 24 – December 22 | Hill Country Galleria Central Plaza
Lone Star Farmers Market and Hill Country Galleria are teaming up for a month-long holiday market taking place every Saturday on the Central Plaza. Knock out gifts for the entire family while getting a chance to meet the makers behind the masterpieces.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
November 24 – December 24 | 6100 Airport Blvd.
Featuring over 200 artists, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar returns to bring you an assortment of gifts from imaginative works of art to hand-crafted jewelry and beyond. Hassle-free shopping and plenty of refreshments continue to make this annual event a seasonal staple.
German-Texan Heritage Society
December 1 | German Free School
Discover unique finds while immersing yourself in Austin’s rich German heritage at this annual Christmas bash. Live music will fill the air as visitors delight in traditional fare (Gluehwein and Christmas Stollen!) and peruse authentic, handcrafted items like Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, Schwibbogen, decor and more.
Art From the Streets
December 1 & 2 | Austin Convention Center
Gift while giving back this holiday season at Art From the Streets’ 26th Annual Show and Sale. Highlighting the artistic expression of Austin’s homeless and formerly homeless community, this event will present thousands of unique artwork from over 100 different artists, with 95% of sales going directly back to the artist.
Dope Creatives Holiday Market
December 2 | Native Hostel
Explore the work of Austin’s inventive creators at this holiday gathering complete with a full brunch menu and festive photo ops. Representing a diverse group of makers, Dope Creatives aim to connect communities with the exceptional goods being made at a local level.
Santa Lounge & Market
December 8 | W Austin
2ND Street District is hosting a fun holiday pop up at W Austin on December 8 with exclusive specials from beloved Austin brands like Esperos and Sara Reichardt Designs. KP and the Boom Boom and Drew Davis will be singing festive tunes for the day while the first 50 guests will receive a complimentary holiday cocktail!
Cherrywood Art Fair
December 8 & 9 | Maplewood Elementary
The 17th annual Cherrywood Art Fair is bringing the best Texas artists together for one amazing shopping extravaganza. This two-day event is full of live music, local food, family fun activities/entertainment, and all the holiday shopping you have energy for, with proceeds benefiting Maplewood Elementary School and Chula League’s Little Artist BIG ARTIST program.
La Abeja Herbs Holiday Market
December 9 | Sekrit Theater
Head to the stunning Sekrit Theater on December 9 for groovy gifts and good tidings. With a seasonal cocktail in hand, guests will be treated to mystical offerings like tarot readings and aura portraits while perusing an assortment of booths from charming local shops.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
December 13 – 24 | Palmer Events Center
The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar combines special shopping opportunities with exciting entertainment for an epic festival. While more than 175 touring visual artists and local favorites exhibit their work, acclaimed musicians will take this year’s stage including Jackie Venson and Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Eastside Holiday Market
December 14 | REVELRY
In case you missed it the first time around, don’t fret! REVELRY will be throwing their annual block party and holiday market on December 14. Family friendly and free, these makers and collectors will help you knock out your shopping list early and enjoy doing it. Also keep an eye out for their rotating Holidaze pop up and gift wrap bar taking place every Saturday and Sunday from December 1 – 16.
Unique Markets Holiday Pop-Up Austin
December 16 | Brazos Hall
Support small business owners while treating yourself at this cheerful shopping extravaganza. Independent designers, artists and emerging brands will fill Brazos Hall with the best Austin has to offer while patrons sip and shop. Take a breather at the Take 5 lounges, craft the perfect mini wreath at an arts and crafts table, and commemorate the experience with a holiday portrait in the photo booth.
An Oddities Market Austin
December 20 | Elysium
Enjoy the curiouser things this holiday season at downtown’s Elysium on December 20. Perfect for those who prefer the odder things in life, you can expect to find unique gifts for even the quirkiest friend like peculiar things in jars, creepy artwork and one-of-a-kind fashions.