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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar Comes Back to Austin

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Temperatures have finally dipped here in Austin and we’ve made it through Thanksgiving. The stores have seen greater activity and people are decorating their homes and prepping the Christmas tree. It is safe to say that Austin is ready to celebrate the holidays!

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What better way than the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar landing back in Austin this December and open between December 14 – 24? In its 41st year, the Palmer Events Center will host the event with over two-dozen newly curated and innovative artists from around the United States. Some local artists will also be a part of the event.

Boasting over 160 artists and craftsmen of their respective medium, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is the place to go if you are in the market for unique and original holiday gifts. Check out the list of artists at this year’s event:

The Palmer Event Center and Bazaar are open between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m.

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A festival in Austin of any sort is not complete without music. While you shop, take some time to relax and listen to the live music as well. Grab a snack and enjoy the cooler temperatures; grab a warm drink and sink in. The event describes, “Art for you, gifts for them, music for everyone. The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, a Texas cultural icon, is one of Austin’s longest running art and music festivals, showcasing award-winning artists of local and national recognition. Two full bars and an intimate stage featuring live music come together to create a lively atmosphere that makes holiday shopping fun.” Further, “At least three bands per day perform on the intimate Armadillo stage, creating a joyful and truly Austin holiday setting. Featured musicians range from new and emerging stars, many of whom will go on to become national stars, to local legends and Grammy winners. You’ll find shoppers dancing merrily in the aisles with gifts in one hand and a cold beer in the other.”

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Many have come to rely on the festival for a one-stop shopping experience for holiday gifts. With an abundance of options in multiple price ranges, the bazaar offers options one cannot find in big box stores and shopping centers.

Tickets are $8 for a single-day pass – available at the door, or in advance this fall. For the best value, purchase a season pass, which allows for entry throughout the duration of the show. Free admission for children 12 and under. More information at Throw on a warm coat, bring the family, and come enjoy the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in its 41st year!