‘Tis the season of special holiday events, celebrations, and shopping pop-ups that are sure to get you in the spirit (if you are not listening to festive music on iTunes already). These special happenings make it easy to find those one-of-a-kind gifts for those one-of-a-kind people — alleviating the last-minute need to gift an Amazon card for the third year in a row. Cheers!
Hotel San Jose Holiday Pop-Up
The Hotel San Jose Holiday Pop-Up will include pieces from local vendors like Miranda Bennett, known for her gorgeous natural-dyed textiles. Jewelry maker Zoe Comings will bring her stunning handmade porcelain and metal pieces. Hallie Brewer will be there with her simply elegant clothing, throws, and more all printed and sewn in Austin. Join the fun this Saturday, December 5 from 12 to 5 pm in the Hotel San Jose courtyard.
2nd Street District Holiday Window Walk
The 2nd Street District is in the midst of its fifth annual Holiday Window Walk through this weekend. Local students have transformed business storefronts into beautiful art installations with the opportunity to win collegiate scholarships. The winner will be announced on Saturday, December 5 during Deck the District from 1 to 7 pm. Also this Saturday, strollers can enjoy an appearance by Santa Claus and in-store specials in the 2nd Street District.
Cherrywood Art Fair
Chula League’s 14th annual Cherrywood Art Fair is approaching on December 12 and 13. This East Austin fair at Maplewood Elementary has something for all ages with 88 different artisans showcasing their wares along with entertainment, food vendors, and live music. Don’t miss out.
Jacoby's Sip & Shop
Every Tuesday leading up to Christmas, Jacoby’s Mercantile is hosting a Sip & Shop from 5 to 7 pm. Attendees can peruse the mercantile’s carefully curated vintage and modern goods while snacking on discounted sips and bites from the restaurant. Get into the spirit of holiday giving with exclusive items.
Holiday Pop-Up at Solid Gold
Austin’s Solid Gold boutique is hosting a holiday pop-up social shop on Saturday, December 12 from 6 to 9 pm. For one night, the boutique is bringing in a line of unique clothing and accessories from The Distillery Market, Featherweight Studio, Busy-Being, Suavs, and more. Make a date of it for a fun evening with friends, family, and loved ones.
Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Be sure to add the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar to your list this year. This 10-day shopping destination is an annual tradition for Austinites, celebrating 40 seasons of music and fine art. This year’s event will be held from December 15 through 24 from 10 am to 10 pm daily at the Palmer Events Center. You’ll find a little bit of everything at this event, from metalwork and body care to woodwork, home furnishings, textiles, and more. See the full list of artists here.
Blue Genie Art Bazaar
Austin's favorite holiday shopping event returns for its 15th year, opening at 10 am seven days a week. Running at The Marchesa Hall through December 24, Blue Genie Art Bazaar features hand-crafted works from more than 200 local artists. The bazaar is free to attend and the perfect way to shop for every person on your list through thoughtful, Austin-inspired gifts.