Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about your 2019 holiday gift list. If you’re looking for something really special or even one-of-a-kind for your friends and family, look no further than these local, handmade shopping events and markets in Austin, running from Black Friday to Christmas Eve. Start planning your winter visit with these top Austin Christmas shopping events, to ensure your gifts are as unique as the people who receive them.

shoppers at Blue Genie Art Bazaar in austin texas
Blue Genie Art Bazaar. Credit Annie Winsett.

Top Handmade Holiday Shopping Markets & Events

Harvest Fest
Nature's Treasures Texas
One of East Austin Handmade Arts Market’s biggest events of the year, Harvest Feast showcases one-of-a-kind creations from local artists and makers that will fulfill your holiday wish list. Plus, live, local music acts all day long.

11/20/19 - 11/24/19
A Christmas Affair
Palmer Events Center
The Junior League of Austin's A Christmas Affair hosts approximately 200 vendors in a themed shopping extravaganza which includes parties, children's events, a private shopping brunch and the season's biggest celebrity, Santa!

11/22/19 – 12/24/19
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
6100 Airport Blvd.
This free, annual art show features more than 200 artists showcasing a wide variety of gifts. From painting to photography to jewelry, this exceptional holiday bazaar also helps support local Austin makers. Whether you're shopping for your sister, your mom, your best friend or your significant other, you’ll surely find something at the Blue Genie Art Bazaar.   

11/23/19 - 12/24/19
Hill Country Holiday Village
Hill Country Galleria
Shop for gifts and goods like ornaments, jewelry, candles, seasonal coffee and cocoa, toys, children’s books and more from local vendors at the Hill Country Galleria. Santa's Workshop will be open for guests to meet Santa and have memorable keepsake photos taken. Holiday entertainment, like carolers and local dance and choir performances, will fill the Village with holiday cheer.

Shoppers at Rick Van Dykes booth at Armadillo Christmas Bazaar in austin texas
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Credit Jennifer M Ramos.

11/30/19 - 12/1/19
Winter Renegade Craft Fair
Fair Market
Shop small and get a head start on your holiday shopping at Renegade Craft's annual Winter Fair, a curated marketplace of 130+ Makers + Designers. While there, grab a seasonal drink, groove to DJ sets and eat from local food trucks in the yard.

German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market
German Free School of Austin
Browse the market for handmade, imported crafts, decorations, ornaments and more, listen to traditional German Christmas music and enjoy a cup of Glühwein with gingerbread cookies.

12/7/19 - 12/8/19
Art from the Streets 27th Annual Show
Austin Convention Center
Visit the Annual Art From the Streets (AFTS) Show & Sale to shop original works and help continue the efforts of AFTS to provide a safe, creative space for homeless and formerly homeless local artists. Profits go to the artists.

shoppers at annual Cherrywood Art Fair holiday shopping market in austin texas
Cherrywood Art Fair. Credit Annie Winsett.

12/7/19 – 12/8/19
Cherrywood Art Fair
Maplewood Elementary
Don’t miss this amazing free two-day event that helps support East Austin arts programming, along with the host East Austin elementary school. Along with unique and handcrafted art pieces by more than 200 artists and makers, there is live music, delicious food and fun activities for the whole family.

12/13/19 – 12/24/19
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Palmer Events Center
Check out this festive shopping experience that showcases more than 175 national and local award-winning artists. They also have live music featuring local musicians, plus two full bars!

The Austin Flea Holiday Shopping Party
Still Austin Whiskey Co.
The Austin Flea has gifts for any occasion, from jewelry and textiles to vintage clothing and so much more - all crafted by local Austin artists. Check out the holiday flea, with live music throughout the day at Still Austin Whiskey Co., or stop by one of the other regular Austin Flea shopping events happening at breweries and venues throughout Austin each weekend!

Thornton Road Studios 27th Annual Holiday Art Sale
Thornton Road Studios
Come see the artists of Thornton Road Studios as they open their studios and showcase their art pieces for the holiday sale.

Holiday gift set from Tiny Pies in Austin Texas
Tiny Pies. Credit Annie Ray Photography.

Where Else to Shop

While Austin is a laid-back city, the day after Thanksgiving signals to even the most relaxed of us that it's time to start shopping for the holidays! Whether a local or visiting for the first time, the city has a variety of excellent and locally-made shopping destinations to find your most unique and Austin-esque gifts for the season.

Learn about the city and get your local shopping started early at the Austin Visitor Center! Open at 9 a.m., stop by after your early-bird shopping to load up on stocking-stuffers like armadillo plush toys, locally-made salsas and barbecue sauces, Austin-themed ornaments, tea towels and more. Check out our online store here.

Keep it local on Small Business Saturday (and throughout the holiday season) by supporting local businesses in Austin. Find everything from local screen printed tees to hand-made botanical goods and more at these beloved Austin-based shops and brands.

Visit some of Austin's most iconic shopping destinations to pick up your favorite goodies including BookPeople, Waterloo Records and many, many more. Then, take a break from all of the post-Thanksgiving shopping bustle and enjoy some of the many upcoming winter events for families and friends!

Now globally recognized as a day to give back to your favorite nonprofit or local business, take advantage of some of your Austin savings and deals, and donate the difference on Giving Tuesday. For all the dough you've saved while shopping around town, donate the difference to a local Austin nonprofit in need!

What's your favorite shopping experience in Austin? Share your favorite finds on Twitter or Instagram with #TrueAustin!

Adapted from a post on visitaustin.org by Annie Winsett, Crafting Exposure.