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5 Top Holiday Markets in Austin

These shopping events will help you find gifts for everyone on your list while supporting local makers

(photo courtesy of Markets for Makers)

Looking for the perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift for a friend or family member? Several holiday markets are being held around town to promote small businesses, artists and vendors within the Austin community. Make a visit to one of our favorite markets listed below to find a special something for a loved one — or a perfect gift to treat yourself!

Photo courtesy of Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Blue Genie’s seasonal Art Bazaar is underway through Dec. 24, and with approximately 200 artisans together under one roof, there’s something for every shopper. From bags to books to jewelry and more, attendees can find unique and affordable pieces that reflect their personal style. Entry is free for this annual crowd-pleasing event. Plus, if you’re out of town for the holiday season, you can still shop online and have locally-made items shipped to your door. 

(photo courtesy of Hill Country Galleria)

Hill Country Galleria’s Holiday Artisan Market

The Central Plaza at the Hill Country Galleria is hosting a Holiday Artisan Market on Dec. 1 from 4-9 p.m. Browse an array of vendors for shopping in a festive environment with live performances and bright lights. Guests can expect to find artisan jewelry, handmade goods, art and more at the Galleria. Take part in the holiday cheer with the whole community, and enjoy free parking and free admission.

(photo courtesy of Markets for Makers)

Markets for Makers

Support local makers and small businesses when you shop at Markets for Makers, on Dec. 2 and 3 at the Palmer Events Center. Featuring 120+ diverse makers specializing in home décor, fashion, art, design and food, the market will host a mix of Austin-based makers including Mad Glass Studio, Rosedale Paper, Ally Aiken Design, Sweet Thyme Design, Daisy Metalworks, Lemon Lines Paper LLC, Free Souls Beauty and theREXperiment, as well as makers that have traveled in from all over the country such as So Stoned Crystalz, No Wrong Answers, Sister the Brand and The Blush Edit.

Photos by Alyssa Jarae

Holiday Mini Market

The 12th annual Holiday Mini Market will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3 at Distribution Hall. The marketplace will include shops that support local women-owned businesses, gathered in one place to help attendees get all of their holiday shopping finished. Guests can also enjoy local music, gift bags, complimentary drinks, food trucks and more. Tickets are free of charge, but RSVPs are recommended. There will be free parking along the street and at a nearby garage.

Armadillo Bazaar (photo by Jennifer M. Ramos)

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is a tried-and-true destination for all of your last-minute shopping needs. With nearly 200 curated artists selling their creations from Dec. 15 – 23, as well as a diverse lineup of live musicians, food from Southside Flying Pizza and two full bars, guests can find gifts for the art lovers in their lives as they browse around the Palmer Events Center. Be sure to purchase a day ticket or seasonal pass early as tickets for the bazaar always go fast.