Holiday Shopping At Two Special Locations In Austin

1. The Blue Genie Art Bazaar

The Blue Genie Art Bazaar has thousands of works varying from serious artwork to fun, kitschy pieces. Shopping in the Bazaar is an excellent way to purchase holiday presents in a hassle-free environment, all while supporting local artists.

All items in the bazaar are handmade by regional and local artists that are chosen through a rigorous jury procedure. The Bazaar features the work of over 200 artists offering a vast array of imaginative and beautiful gifts. You can expect to find prints, photography, paintings, sculptures, jewelry, clothes, accessories, glassworks, ceramics, and presents you cannot find anywhere else.

Whether your budget is small or big, you’ll find something for yourself, for your friend, or relative.

Planning To Attend The Blue Genie Art Bazaar

The bazaar returns annually for all of Austin to see from November 22nd until December 24th, 2019.

Hours: 10:00 a.m. — 10:00 p.m. daily (10 a.m. — 6 p.m. on Dec. 24)

Location: 6100 Airport Blvd. — Starting Airport Blvd., take a turn to the west over Denson Rd., then move south toward Dillard Circle. The entryway to the building faces Dillard Circle.

Price: FREE admission & parking

Parking & Public Transit: Parking is free in the lot and near Dillard Circle. Motorcycle parking is available on site.

The Bazaar can be available through CapMetro bus and MetroRail, see capmetro.org for schedules and routes.

Access: ADA designated parking is available at the lot. The building is wheelchair accessible, but please be advised that the aisles could be crowded during high traffic times.

Kids & Strollers: The Bazaar is a fun and family-friendly! Strollers are allowed, but please remember that the aisles could be crowded during high traffic times. There is a kid-friendly activity area available at no cost. Young kids must be managed by an adult at all times.

Animals: Service animals, needed by a customer due to a disability, are permitted inside the Bazaar. We cordially ask that all other pets stay at home.

2. Christmas Affair 2019

A Christmas Affair is a holiday marketplace that attracts over 25,000 patrons and hosts over 200 merchants from throughout the nation. The theme of this year, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” honors holidays spent with family members and captures the joy of The Junior League of Austin‘s first Christmas in its new home, The Community Impact Center. The 2019 A Christmas Affair is between November 20-24th and is held at Palmer Events Center.

The Junior League of Austin uses the capital raised at A Christmas Affair to give necessary funding and volunteer hours to performances such as Coats for Kids, FIT-Food In Tummies, and more than 30 local community non-profits.

A Christmas Affair held at Palmer Events Center located at 900 Barton Springs Road, 78704, Austin. The A Christmas Affair Market is open on the following dates and times:

Thursday, November 21 – hours 12:00 noon until 8:00 pm

Friday, November 22 – hours 10:00 am until 8:00 pm

Saturday, November 23 – hours 10:00 am until 7:00 pm

Sunday, November 24 – hours 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

Market tickets are $15 per individual per day. Event tickets are available now for buying!

Besides the trendy holiday gift market, we ask you to improve your “A Christmas Affair” experience by visiting one or more of our elite parties! All parties require another ticket, and costs vary depending on the function. Parties are comfortably placed at Palmer Events Center and cover entry into the market. Tickets are still available for buying!

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Time & Date – 7:00 pm-10:00 pm, November 20, 2019

Gather there for the Opening Night of A Christmas Affair and the original tree light of this 2019 holiday season! Enjoy one complimentary drink with hours of oeuvres and be the first to store our retailers. Parking isn’t included with this ticket.

Christmas Cheers

Bites & Bubbles: 9:00am – 12:00pm, November 21, 2019

Enjoy three hours of shopping, light pastries before A Christmas Affair inaugurates to the general public and one complimentary glass of bubbles! Parking isn’t included with this ticket.

Making Spirits Bright: Ladies’ Night Out – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 21, 2019

Catch your Girlfriends for a night out on the town and enjoy a night of dancing, cocktails, and appetizers at this party guaranteed to make your spirits bright!

Mad for Plaid: Christmas Cocktail – 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm, November 22, 2019

A holiday welcome to all things plaid at the Christmas Cocktail of this year. The Junior League of Austin is delighted to serve you Top Male Vocalist from Academy of Country Music and Country music star, Jack Ingram. Enjoy one-of-a-kind, an intimate concert with Jack as well as scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, hand-rolled cigars, holiday-inspired cocktails, and a particular seasonal silent auction. VIP tickets are sold out, but General tickets are still available!

Jingle & Mingle: Sunrise Sip & Shop – 8:00 am – 10:00 am, November 23, 2019

Get up early and hit the masses to experience two hours of weekend personal shopping before the market opens! Go with friends while you jingle along, holding your complimentary glass of bubbles.

Children’s Activities

A Christmas Affair would not be complete without Santa! We’re thrilled to offer four-weekend events for children and families featuring entertainment, activities, a light meal, and entry by Santa.

All kids’ events need a separate ticket, and costs vary depending on the event. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner with Santa are comfortably placed at Palmer Events Center and involve entry into the market. Tickets are still available for buying!

There is Snow Place like HomeBreakfast with Santa, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, November 23

Wake up early for breakfast with Santa and an exclusive guest appearance by Frosty the Snowman! Experience live music while enjoying breakfast favorites and decorating gingerbread houses.  SOLD OUT!

‘Twas The Night Before ChristmasDinner with Santa, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm November 23

Get comfy and settle in as Santa reads: “Twas The Night Before Christmas” at dinner! Decorate a cocoa mug and enjoy a special guest appearance from the premier ballerinas of Ballet Austin.

Flannels And FlapjacksBreakfast with Santa, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, November 24

Have a holiday pancake breakfast with Santa and his friends! Experience live music from Joe McDermott while topping gingerbread cookies at your booked seat.  SOLD OUT!

A Season of GivingLunch with Santa, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, November 24

Enjoy the holidays’ generous feeling at our lunch with Santa! Experience live music from Joe McDermott while topping gingerbread cookies, and join our Coats for Children mascot, Penny the Penguin!

Photo With Santa Claus

Create permanent memories of your kids’ special day with a known photo captured with Santa! Please, bring a printed receipt as proof of purchase.

Santa’s Corner will be available exclusively for Breakfast with Santa and Lunch with Santa ticket holders during these occasions.  Santa is available to have his picture taken with your child during the following times:

Friday, November 22, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saturday, November 23, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Sunday, November 24, 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Choose from among the following photo packages:

Package 1

The cost is $35. One 4×6 Photo published on-site + one high-resolution digital images downloaded by the customer through code/link decal given during a client session. Photographer delegates to providing digital pictures to customers within seven days of the corresponding Photo Session.

Package 2

The price is $55. Three High-resolution digital images as selected by the customer, downloaded by the customer via code/link sticker given during a client session+ one 4×6 photograph published on-site. Photographer authorizes to producing digital images to customers within seven days of the corresponding Photo Session.

Package 3

The cost is $75. Five (5) High-resolution digital images as selected by the customer, downloaded by the customer via code/link sticker given during a client session + one 4×6 photograph published on-site. Photographer commits to delivering digital pictures to customers within seven days of the corresponding Photo Session.

Image Source: jlaustin.org

Is Anyone Hungry? Try Your Local Favorites

Sit back, unwind, and have a meal In the Hometown Food Court. Each ticket covers an entree and water out of one of three meals trucks situated on the west outside terrace (RedFin Seafood Kitchen, Bohemian Barbecue, The Peached Tortilla). Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available.

Thursday, November 21, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Friday, November 22, 11:30am – 6:00pm

Saturday, November 23, 11:30am – 6:00pm

Sunday, November 24, 11:30am – 3:30pm

Event Details

When will the doors open?

A Christmas Affair opens with its yearly Opening Night Party on Wednesday, November 20th, at 7pm. The market will open to the general public on November 21st, Thursday at 12pm. The doors to Palmer Events Center will open at the first event starting time, despite weather conditions. We do provide a coat check for $3/item.

Are carts, wagons, or strollers, allowed in A Christmas Affair?

Due to capacity and space limits at Palmer Events Center, strollers, luggage, and carts aren’t allowed.

Is there someplace we can store shopping bags and other things?

Yes! You may check your coat, bags, and other items with a coat check. In addition, we’re happy to introduce two new solutions to enhance your shopping experience: Santa’s Sleigh Delivery and Elf Assistance!

Can you let re-entry into A Christmas Affair?

Same-day re-entry is permitted. Upon entry, you will be given a market day wristband enabling you to re-enter through market times that day. If you want to return to the market another day, you’ll have to buy another market day ticket.

 

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