The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is a long-time Austin tradition that started in 1976 at the Armadillo World Headquarters, a music hall in south Austin. The ‘Dillo was torn down in 1980 (for good reason, I’ve heard), but the legend lives on in the lore of the city. The Christmas Bazaar has been held at several venues since then, but seems to have settled at the Palmer Events Center for the past few years.
Over 160 artists are selling fine arts and crafts items at this year’s event. Local musicians perform on the center stage at 12 noon, 3:30 PM, and 8:00 PM. Bill and I were there on Saturday afternoon to hear Ruthie Foster. Music is piped throughout the event center, so you can either watch near the stage (Bill) or continue to shop (me). There are lots of beautiful handcrafted things at this year’s show…
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