2018 Holiday Bazaars, Markets, And Craft Shows

There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday season and keep Austin weird than by supporting local artisans, crafters, and makers in the ATX! Find unique gifts for everyone on your list at one of Austin’s holiday bazaars, markets, or craft shows.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar – photo by Dani Dudek

2018 Holiday Bazaars, Markets, And Craft Shows in Austin and Beyond

Editor’s note: Not all activities on this list are free. Please click on the individual link to learn more.

Sleigh Bell Lane Arts and Crafts Show
November 9 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., November 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | St. Richard’s Episcopal Church  1420 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock
A unique display of beautiful local arts and crafts just in time for the holidays. FREE!

Mistletoe Market
November 10 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Walker House, 2600 Block House Dr. South, Leander
The Mistletoe Market presents its 33rd Annual Christmas Boutique. The show will feature handcrafted gifts and holiday decorations from 21 artists. The show is located in the historical Walker house at 2600 Block House Drive South in Leander. Admission is FREE and, in the spirit of community, canned goods will be collected and donated to Hill Country Community Ministries.

Merry Market Place
November 10 | from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Bethany United Methodist Church, 10010 Anderson Mill Rd.
Holiday shopping with up to 60 vendors! Breakfast and lunch available in the café. Drop-in Childcare available for shoppers and volunteers (donations requested to offset staff costs). Large Silent Auction with donations from all vendors and from local businesses. Holiday photo ops with Santa—bring your camera! Santa will be there from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Delicious Bake Sale supporting MOMs’ missions. Alternative giving opportunities (gifts that support local and worldwide causes).

Holiday Bazaar Arts & Craft Show
November 10 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Clay Madsen Recreation Center, 1600 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock
The City of Round Rock’s Clay Madsen Recreation Center invites you to the 15th Annual Rockin’ Around the Holidays Bazaar. A variety of vendors will be present for you to start shopping for unique and handcrafted items. Admission is FREE but please bring a canned food item or boxes of colorful Band-Aids for the Children’s hospital. Free shuttle running from Randalls Market 10am to 2pm if parking in full onsite. Park in back near Wells Fargo.

Austin Flea
November 10, 11, 17, 18, & 23; December 1, 2, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, & 23 |  locations vary
The Flea features all local handmade items and vintage wares from some of Austin’s most amazing and talented vendors. Find one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays or any occasion including jewelry, glasswork, clothing, artwork, paper goods, textiles, and so much more. Family friendly and FREE!

Holiday Bazaar and Craft Show
November 10 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. |  Clay Madsen Center, 1600 Gattis School Rd., Round Rock
A variety of vendors will be present for you to start shopping for unique and handcrafted items, plus live music. Admission is free but please bring a canned food item or boxes of colorful Band-Aids for the Children’s hospital.

Laura’s Library Artisans’ Market
November 10 | from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. |  Laura’s Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd., Austin
The Artisans’ Market is a craft show featuring about 24 unique Austin artists, a silent auction, and two food trucks. The show is a fundraiser for the library’s student scholarship program and for library programs. Admission and parking are FREE. Rain or shine. Learn more and confirm event details here.

A Christmas Affair
November 14 – 18 |  Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin
This year A Christmas Affair will feature more than 200 merchants from across the country and The Junior League of Austin expects more than 25,000 shoppers to attend. Behind the scenes, a volunteer force of 1,300 League members staff the event, making every detail perfect for the guests. The holiday market opens to the public on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 12 p.m., following a preview event on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

Deep in the Heart of Texas: An Affair on the Square
November 15 | from 5 to 8:30 p.m. | Georgetown Square, Georgetown
Kick off the Holiday Shopping Season at An Affair on the Square! Bring your friends to Downtown Georgetown the Thursday before Thanksgiving for shopping, dining and having fun! Grab your boots and your “Best Western” outfit because the theme this year is “Deep in the Heart of Texas.”

Pfall Pfest Craft Show
November 17 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Pflugerville Recreation Center, 400 Immanuel Rd., Pflugerville
It’s the best place in town to start holiday shopping or find those one-of-a-kind items for a friend — or treat yourself. Handcrafted items, baked goods, jewelry and glassware are just a few of the unique gift items to choose from. Shop right through lunch as proceeds from onsite food sales benefit the Senior Activity programs. Admission to the craft show is free!

A Sami Show Merry Mistletoe Marketplace
November 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. & November 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  |  Williamson County Expo Center, 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, Taylor
Holiday arts and crafts market. Cost: Adults $5. Kids 12 and under are free.

Market of Hope
November 17 | from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  |  Prete Main Street Plaza, 221 E Main St., Round Rock
Market of Hope is a non-profit open-air Christmas market held in downtown Round Rock. With a festive atmosphere that gets you in the holiday spirit, Market of Hope features goods that were handmade by artisans in need from all over the world. The vendors featured at Market of Hope support families and communities in over 20 different countries by providing education, training, financial investment and emotional restoration to victims of human trafficking and economic slavery. Grab a cup of coffee or hot cider and get a picture of your kids with a few of Santa’s most fun elves. It’s guilt-free Christmas splurging!

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
November 23 – December 24 | from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  |  6100 Airport Blvd., Austin
The Blue Genie Art Bazaar (BGAB) is an annual 4-week holiday shopping event featuring handmade artwork, jewelry, and gifts from more than 200 regional artists. In addition to shopping, there will be special events and activities throughout the show. Celebrating 16 years in Austin, BGAB is a family-friendly experience where shoppers can browse in a hassle-free environment with centralized checkout. Refreshments and bar available. Parking and admission are FREE!

Winter Wonderland at the Circuit
November 23 – 25, 29 – 30 and December 2, 6-9, 13-30 from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 6 – 10 p.m. all other days | Circuit of the Americas, 9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin
Hundreds of thousands of lights will illuminate a magical world of holiday amusement at Circuit of Americas this December. There will be something for everyone to experience and enjoy including a Skating Rink, Human Snow Globe, Singing Trees, Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, Santa’s Workshop, Carnival Rides, Hot Air Balloon Float, Merry Movies on The Lawn, Delectable Food, Shopping Galore and the soon to be world famous Tunnel of Lights and much more. Who knows, it may even end up snowing in Austin! Admission: $16 (children 5 and under FREE).

Honeychild Holiday Market
November 25 | from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. | Gather Venues, 5540 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
Honeychild is back for the holidays! Shop over 30 modern, local and creative shops, featuring children’s fashion, family goods and gifts curated by Six + Boe, Yeah Party Co. and REVELRY, all while your littles engage in fun holiday projects under the instruction of local artists. In addition to shopping, this interactive gathering will feature DJ spins, free sips, food trucks and desserts for purchase, colorful holiday decor, a new VIP experience and lots more! This event is geared towards children 12 and under and adults, but feel free to bring the whole family! Our mission is to provide a creative atmosphere where families and friends can celebrate each other, while bringing local and creative flair to their holiday celebrations! GA is $5. Kids 12 and under are FREE!

Holiday Market & Toy Drive
December 1 | from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | The Little Darlin’, 6507 Circle S Rd., Austin
Eastside Pop Up Presents Holiday Market and Toy Drive At The Little Darlin’. Holiday Market, Brunch, Cocktails, and Toy Drive. They will be donating all toys collected at this event to the Center for Child Protection and Foster Angels of Central Texas.

Wimberley Market Days
December 1 | from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  |  Wimberley Lions Club, Wimberley
Wimberley hosts the oldest outdoor market in the Texas Hill Country and the second-largest in the state. The market features over 475 booths of everything you can’t live without. Stroll the tree-shaded paths, listen to live music, and shop to your heart’s content. FREE!

Georgetown Christmas Stroll
December 1 and 2 | from 5 to 9 p.m. & 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. |  Georgetown Square, Georgetown
The Magic of the Stroll is real and will bring memories on this 37th Annual Celebration. The Georgetown Square will be transformed into a genuine Christmas card come to life. It’s a magical setting of a multitude of trees outlined with twinkling white lights, old fashioned lamp poles. It’s the place to journey back in time as you wonder through Bethlehem Village.  Have dessert with the Grinch Friday night only.  Santa waiting to hear from both naughty and nice Saturday after the parade. FREE!

German Christmas Market
December 1 | from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. |  German Free School of Austin, 507 E 10th St., Austin
Go for the food and entertainment. Stay for a unique shopping experience. They will have authentic German, handcrafted Christmas ornaments, nutcrackers, Schwiebogen, smokers, and decor. Plus, enter to win a flight for two to Germany with Condor. FREE!

Holidaze Pop Up Shop
December 1, 2, 8, 9, and 15 | from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Revelry, 908 East 5th St., Austin
What’s more fun than a holiday shop of rotating creatives, gift wrapping station, photo booth + festive sips? Every Saturday and Sunday from December 1 through 16, REVELRY and Yeah Party Co. will be hosting a fresh crop of locals who will be selling their modern wares and gifts just in time for the holiday season! When you’re done shoppin’ + droppin’, make sure you post up at our gift wrap bar full of patterns, frills and thrills! You’re welcome to visit any or all of the dates. Each date will be unique and will feature a variety of local makers, drink slingers and tunes! FREE!

Budafest
December 1 from 12 to 9 p.m. and December 2 from 12 to 5 p.m. |  303 Main St., Buda
The 38th Annual Budafest is the perfect event to kick-off and celebrate the holiday season with your family and friends. Activities include craft vendors, food, kids activities, Santa’s Artisan Workshop, a lighted holiday parade with downtown lighting ceremony, a “reindog” parade, snow slide, carnival, and more! This festival is FREE!

Blanco Market Day Christmas Market
December 8 | from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. |  Old Blanco County Courthouse, 300 Main St., Blanco
Don’t miss this special Christmas Market Day. FREE!

Downtown Christmas Fair 
December 8 | from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Downtown Hutto, 401 W. Front St., Hutto
Second weekend in December, annually. Saturday morning, have Breakfast with Santa then head to Downtown. The Downtown Christmas Fair is all day on Saturday and features artisans, craft booths, food vendors, live entertainment, children’s activities, Santa, and snow. Hosted by the City of Hutto Economic Development Department. Vendor applications can be found here.

Cherrywood Art Fair
December 8 and 9 | from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. |  3808 Maplewood Ave., Austin
Cherrywood Art Fair is an art filled two-day event showcasing local artists, live music, kids activities and great food in a free, family-friendly environment. More than 8,000 visitors stroll through the fairgrounds looking at art, listening to beautiful music and sampling some of Austin’s finest food trailer cuisine. Since its 2002 inception, the Fair has served as a destination for discerning holiday shoppers seeking unique and artful items from Texas artists and makers. FREE!

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
December 13-24 | from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. |   Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin
Hot music, fine art, and cold beer make the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar the place where Austin shops in the giving season. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe. Visitors can explore an amazing array of handmade items from 160+ artists while enjoying live local music and sips from a full bar. It all adds up to a fun authentic Austin experience. Food and drink from open to close. Cost: $10 for a single day pass; kids 12 and under are free. Tickets here.

Eastside Holiday Market
December 14 | from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. |  Revelry, 908 East 5th St., Austin
Stop by REVELRY for three blocks of holiday cheer! They’re snagging some great locally sourced talent (from makers to music to grub) to give you one stellar shopping experience. Family friendly and FREE TO ATTEND, so don’t forget to support the vendors and buy a little somethin’!

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Dani Dudek
Dani Dudek is an Emmy-winning marketer who has been active professionally in the entertainment industry for two decades. She has mastered the art of celebrity spotting across the country, but does so best in Austin, where she runs the website ATXGossip.com. With a special eye for even the most minor of celebs, she is basically Shazam and IMDB together in human form.
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