Looking for something to do that is an Austin classic with a new twist? The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar, long an Austin institution, is the gift that keeps on giving with its spectrum of artisanal talent.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Photography by Jennifer M. Ramos.

Think Armadillo’s Christmas Bazaar is something that’s just for native Austinites? Think again, because like Austin, it has evolved over the years from a quaint, local event into one of Austin’s signature must-do’s with a unique blend of old and new Austin. The eleven-day festival at Palmer Events Center has something for everyone in the family: whether it is for you, your better half, your kids, your parents or the errant relative who unexpectedly crashes with you during the holidays.

Musician Dale Watson. Photography by Jennifer M. Ramos.

The bazaar features nearly three dozen musical acts including ones like local legend Dale Watson, who headlines opening night. Additionally, there dozens of exhibits and collectables for every member of the family – perfect for picking up a last-minute holiday gift. An artist to seek is Cameron Dunk where you can find a print of the ultimate Austin icon: Willie Nelson.

Artist Cameron Dunk. Photography by Jennifer M. Ramos.

Those looking to enhance their wardrobe and style are in luck, too. Looking for a fun and snappy bow tie to jazz up your ensemble for holiday parties or the winter/spring gala season? Make sure to check out Geraldo De-Souza’s assortment of sartorial accoutrements. Looking to change your grooming routine for 2018? Visit Austin-based Latika Body Essentials who has a line of organic charcoal-activated soaps.

Artist Geraldo De-Souza. Photography by Jennifer M. Ramos.

So, whether it’s culture or style you are seeking, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar has something for the palette of every stylish Austin man…and those who love him.

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