Sure, everyone loves a candle or a picture frame (right?), but what about bringing some more beauty into their lives? Chula League’s Cherrywood Art Fair still feels like something we’re lucky to be a part of. Two days of local artists, live music, kid-friendly activities, and good food right in the middle of Cherrywood. It’s a festival for the eyes and an easy way to impress the fam.
There are only a few things that will get us out on a winter evening but a candy hunt is one of them. Aldrich is hosting a Candy Cane Crawl complete with a flashlight candy cane hunt, prizes awarded for golden candy canes, and a candy-themed photobooth. Sing carols with the Mueller Community singers, have some hot chocolate, and pretend like you’re not wearing shorts.
December 13 - December 24
Palmer Events Center
This is the 43rd year of the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, and it’s lasted so long for good reason: it’s like a shopping concert. Great musical acts like Eliza Gilkyson, Warren hood, Suzanna Choffel, The Watters, and more entertain you while you shop. Wend your way through 175+ booths at the Palmer Events Center, with a cocktail in one hand and your holiday treasures in the other.
One of the most homegrown Austin traditions, the residents of 37th street keep on bringing us the holiday magic year after year. It’s quirky, it’s funky, it’s fun and it’s something that’s part of the fabric of our city. This year, they’ve got Blowcomotion playing while you walk around and marvel at the magnificence. Afterwards, congregate at Backlot to toast and get toastie.
It’s Christmas, drag-style, and it’s not even trying to make that elusive nice list -- we’re talking straight-up naughty, y’all. Get in on this evening of fabulous, funny, magical performances featuring contestants from VH1’s Drag Show. It’s big hair, big attitudes, backup dancers, and a hefty dose of outrageous amazing antics. The holidays can be a drag, but this won’t be.
If you’re looking for something a little smaller and more local, stop and shop at Still Whiskey’s holiday market benefitting SAFEAtx. Everything is handmade and/or vintage and all wares (such as jewelry, bath products, art, and textiles) are made in Austin. There will be live music, 30+ vendors, a raffle, drink specials, and free Flea Bags with goodies to first 20 folks coming through the door.