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Armadillo Christmas Bazaar: A Must-See Austin Tradition

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This year’s full musical lineup is provided on the event website (complete with Spotify playlists), but if the following short-list is any indication, the organizers have outdone themselves! Dale Watson, Jackie Venson, the Peterson Brothers, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Gary P. Nunn, and Lou Ann Barton are just some of the phenomenal talent scheduled to play throughout this 12-day event. Set times are slated for 12, 3, and 7 p.m. each day. The opportunity to hear such top names generally comes with a hefty price tag, but for the cost of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar general admission fee of $10 (or a $50 season pass available online until December 12 only), you can hear some great music and shop the venue. The full artist listing is also available online at the link provided here, categorized in terms of each art medium. Leatherwork, ceramics, body care, wearables, glass, and jewelry are just a sampling of the many art forms made available to shoppers, all of which are detailed online through artist web links.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar: A Must-See Austin Tradition

Photo: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar

What sets this bazaar apart from the classic Christmas shopping experience is the ability of customers to purchase directly from the artist who created the work. Combined with the two onsite full bars and live big-name music acts, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar experience makes for a great place to unwind with family and friends while finding the quintessential gift or art piece that speaks to you.

Anne Johnson, one of the show’s associate producers, stated that the event’s mission is to “…create habitual art show goers and art collectors that support artists at art shows year round.” The show does this by continuing to fill its 40,000-square-foot facility with a mixture of new as well as returning artists, featuring high-quality art pieces at varying price points. This means you can find everything from the one-of-a-kind painting you’ll want to feature in your front foyer (merry Christmas to you!) right down to the hand-made stocking-stuffers that no one else has set eyes on before. It really does have something for everyone. And, as Johnson said, it has a unique Austin feel and appeal to it. The event enhances “…the sphere of prosperity around Austin’s cultural identity for the long-term good of the community.” With community in mind and Christmas around the corner, there’s no better time than a night (or two… maybe even three!) at the upcoming Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Visit the event website for more details on the venue, artists, admission, and parking.