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10 top holiday markets for local gifts

Bazaars and markets full of artisanal Austin cheer

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The winter shopping season can be a source of pure pleasure for some and abject pain for others. Regardless, both groups want to find meaningful gifts for the people in their lives, and a good way to do that (as well as have a more relaxing shopping experience) is to shop locally, preferably at places that make it a bit of a party.

To that end, we offer these local spots selling a cornucopia of Austin-made goods. In our experience, the crowds are smaller and nicer, the food and drink are better, and most have some quality live-music acts or other forms of entertainment in the mix.

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1. Holiday Market at Poppy

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12001 N, Burnet Rd Suite F
Austin, TX 78758
(304) 276-3191
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The wares of more than a dozen local vendors will be displayed and available for sale, and the food and beverages from Prep to Your Door, Bearded Brothers Bars, Keel Vodka, Richards Rainwater, and more will be free. December 19, 4-7 p.m.; free.

2. Blue Genie Art Bazaar

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6100 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 222-7303
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One of Austin’s most beloved holiday bazaars, Blue Genie continues to take its be inspiration from its namesake and originator, Blue Genie Industries. The artists at the latter have designed and fabricated some of Austin’s most iconic public commercial art. Its annual art bazaar displays that same playful, inventive spirit and offers locally created paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassworks, ceramics, and more. November 23-December 23, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; December 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; free

3. Handmade Vintage & Holiday Market at the Brewtorium

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6015 Dillard Cir A
Austin, TX 78752
(512) 524-0323
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The market will feature more than 22 local makers, vintage curators, local artists, and crafters for full-on local holiday shopping. December 22, noon-6 p.m.; free.

4. Hill Country Galleria

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12700 Hill Country Blvd
Bee Cave, TX 78738
(512) 263-0001
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The shopping center has a Holiday Village on the lawn featuring custom gifts, ornaments, seasonal coffee and cocoa, mulled cider, toys, spices, and apothecary goods from vendors such as CiMi Shine, ATX Wood Crafts, and Grace & Charm. Thursdays through Sundays through December 24; hours vary; free.

5. Christmas Is Covered at Imagine Art

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2830 Real St
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 448-1840
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Live music, tacos, s’mores and hot cocoa by the open fire, complete with Christmas carols, will complement the decked halls, filled with artists selling their wares. December 16, 6-9 p.m.; free.

6. Austin Flea at Fareground

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111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

Austin Flea closes out its year at its Fourth Sundays Flea downtown. Alongside Fareground’s many dining spots will be handmade items and vintage wares, all from Austin vendors. December 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free.

7. Eastside Pop-up Nights Holiday Market at Hotel Vegas

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1502 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

Not a lot of details in the listing, but the proprietors promise wares for your gifting needs as well as drinking and dancing for folks ages 21 and up. December 19, 7 p.m.; enter through the Volstead—market is on the patio; free.

8. Winter Solstice Celebration and Holiday Market at Tillery Place

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801 Tillery St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 910-5079
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Local makers, deejays, healers, mystics, and more throw down at this benefit for East Austin health initiatives. In addition to the offerings of many local vendors, there’s a whirlwind of services (such as body work and Tarot readings) available, food vendors, and free drinks from Hops and Grain brewing and Wunder-Pilz Kombucha. December 19, 4-8 p.m.; donations encouraged.

9. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at the Palmer Events Center

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900 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 404-4500
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The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been around longer than most, and it’s a regular pilgrimage for many residents. Part of its popularity is no doubt due the top-notch musical acts it has playing, starting at noon every day. December 13-23, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., December 24, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; $10 admission, free for kids under the age of 12.

10. Austin Mini-Flea at Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden

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121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 481-0694
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The roving Austin Flea will have a happy hour market featuring all-local, handmade items and vintage wares, including one-of-a-kind gifts including jewelry, bath/body products, vintage items, original artwork, paper goods, textiles, and more. December 19, 4-8 p.m.; free.

1. Holiday Market at Poppy

12001 N, Burnet Rd Suite F, Austin, TX 78758

The wares of more than a dozen local vendors will be displayed and available for sale, and the food and beverages from Prep to Your Door, Bearded Brothers Bars, Keel Vodka, Richards Rainwater, and more will be free. December 19, 4-7 p.m.; free.

12001 N, Burnet Rd Suite F
Austin, TX 78758

2. Blue Genie Art Bazaar

6100 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78752

One of Austin’s most beloved holiday bazaars, Blue Genie continues to take its be inspiration from its namesake and originator, Blue Genie Industries. The artists at the latter have designed and fabricated some of Austin’s most iconic public commercial art. Its annual art bazaar displays that same playful, inventive spirit and offers locally created paintings, photography, prints, sculptures, jewelry, clothing, accessories, glassworks, ceramics, and more. November 23-December 23, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; December 24, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; free

6100 Airport Blvd
Austin, TX 78752

3. Handmade Vintage & Holiday Market at the Brewtorium

6015 Dillard Cir A, Austin, TX 78752

The market will feature more than 22 local makers, vintage curators, local artists, and crafters for full-on local holiday shopping. December 22, noon-6 p.m.; free.

6015 Dillard Cir A
Austin, TX 78752

4. Hill Country Galleria

12700 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738

The shopping center has a Holiday Village on the lawn featuring custom gifts, ornaments, seasonal coffee and cocoa, mulled cider, toys, spices, and apothecary goods from vendors such as CiMi Shine, ATX Wood Crafts, and Grace & Charm. Thursdays through Sundays through December 24; hours vary; free.

12700 Hill Country Blvd
Bee Cave, TX 78738

5. Christmas Is Covered at Imagine Art

2830 Real St, Austin, TX 78722

Live music, tacos, s’mores and hot cocoa by the open fire, complete with Christmas carols, will complement the decked halls, filled with artists selling their wares. December 16, 6-9 p.m.; free.

2830 Real St
Austin, TX 78722

6. Austin Flea at Fareground

111 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

Austin Flea closes out its year at its Fourth Sundays Flea downtown. Alongside Fareground’s many dining spots will be handmade items and vintage wares, all from Austin vendors. December 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; free.

111 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

7. Eastside Pop-up Nights Holiday Market at Hotel Vegas

1502 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78702

Not a lot of details in the listing, but the proprietors promise wares for your gifting needs as well as drinking and dancing for folks ages 21 and up. December 19, 7 p.m.; enter through the Volstead—market is on the patio; free.

1502 E 6th St
Austin, TX 78702

8. Winter Solstice Celebration and Holiday Market at Tillery Place

801 Tillery St, Austin, TX 78702

Local makers, deejays, healers, mystics, and more throw down at this benefit for East Austin health initiatives. In addition to the offerings of many local vendors, there’s a whirlwind of services (such as body work and Tarot readings) available, food vendors, and free drinks from Hops and Grain brewing and Wunder-Pilz Kombucha. December 19, 4-8 p.m.; donations encouraged.

801 Tillery St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Armadillo Christmas Bazaar at the Palmer Events Center

900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has been around longer than most, and it’s a regular pilgrimage for many residents. Part of its popularity is no doubt due the top-notch musical acts it has playing, starting at noon every day. December 13-23, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., December 24, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; $10 admission, free for kids under the age of 12.

900 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704

10. Austin Mini-Flea at Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden

121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704

The roving Austin Flea will have a happy hour market featuring all-local, handmade items and vintage wares, including one-of-a-kind gifts including jewelry, bath/body products, vintage items, original artwork, paper goods, textiles, and more. December 19, 4-8 p.m.; free.

121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704