Best Places For Austin Christmas Shopping

The holiday shopping season has arrived, and that also means it’s officially Austin Christmas shopping time!! Holiday shopping in Austin is especially fun because when it comes to shopping styles, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. After all, Austinites have always loved to do things a little bit differently, including buying gifts… 

Austin has some of the best shopping in the entire state of Texas. One of the best parts about Austin shopping is that we really love to support locals, so you’ll find lots of fun independently-owned shops and Christmas shopping festivals here.  If you’re looking for local boutique stores or holiday markets or big outdoor shopping malls (our own “Dallas South,” if you will…), Austin has it.

Where To Go Christmas Shopping In Austin

We’re including all of these shopping areas to help you find the perfect presents for your loved ones, friends, coworkers, and anyone else on your shopping list. We’ve rounded up the 13 best places to do Christmas shopping in Austin. Check them all out here!

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Best Places For Austin Christmas Shopping

1. Blue Genie Art Bazaar

Holiday Pop-Up Bazaar

Holiday Activities in Austin

November 18 – December 24, 2022

Hours: Daily, 10 AM – 10 PM (Dec. 24, 10 AM – 6 PM)

Everyone knows about this one, and that’s because it’s one of the longest-running Christmas shopping bazaars of the holiday season. The Blue Genie Art Bazaar runs from Thanksgiving till Christmas Eve every year. The store has over 200 local and regional artists who contribute original works to The Bazaar, and you can wander from booth to booth finding all sorts of locally-made treasures. One of the best parts? Both parking and entrance are free.

WEBSITE | 6100 Airport Blvd Ste C, Austin, TX 78752

2. Armadillo Bazaar

December 17 – 23, 2022

Hours: Daily, 11 AM - 11:30 PM

Yep, two “bazaars” in a row here! The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is a fine art shopping destination held at the Palmer Events Center each year. Grab your ticket so you can find goods from nationally and locally recognized artists. This giant pop-up shop has been around for more than 45 years. 

In addition to shopping, they also offer live music and a full bar with a festive, lively atmosphere. If you love buying unique gifts while supporting local artists, the 2022 Armadillo Bazaar is a can’t-miss shopping experience. 

WEBSITE | 8701 Leo St, Austin, TX 78745

3. The Front Market

Holiday Pop-Up Market

November 12 – December 4, 2022 (Four weekends. Free and open to the public)

Hours: Weekend, 11 AM - 4 PM

The Front Market is back! Ani’s Day and Night, an adorable all-day coffee/cocktail house, is hosting this four-weekend series staged entirely outside. It will run throughout the holiday season where you can shop for nearly  400 merchants. One of the best parts? By shopping at The Front Market, you’ll be supporting LGBTQ+ creatives, designers, makers, and artists.

WEBSITE | 7107 E Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78741

4. Junior League of Austin's A Christmas Affair

Holiday Pop-Up Market

December 2, 2022 12 PM – 4 PM

December 3 - 4  2022 10 AM – 4 PM 

Shop small, ATX! While the big buzzy shopping malls are always fun, there’s nothing like supporting some of the smaller businesses. 

A Christmas Affair: Night of the Nutcracker is an annual 5-day shopping extravaganza and a silent auction presented by the Junior League of Austin. The event promotes more than 200 retail shops and small businesses from across Austin.

WEBSITE | 5330 Bluffstone Ln, Austin, TX 78759,

5. Domain NORTHSIDE

Shopping Mall In Austin

where to do your holiday shopping in Austin

Hours: Daily 10 AM - 9 PM, Sunday 12 PM - 6 PM

If you’re looking for the biggest variety of name-brand stores, designer brands, and LOTS of holiday glitz and glam, Domain NORTHSIDE is where you should do your holiday shopping in Austin. 

The most recognizable brands in the world are here. The Domain NORTHSIDE offers over 100 stores. In addition to shopping, you can find exciting events like live music, photos with Santa, and plenty of dining options here. The Domain is the biggest shopping mall in Austin, and it’s where you're sure to find what you're looking for (even if you don’t know what that is yet…) {Photo: Domain NORTHSIDE}

WEBSITE | 11821 Rock Rose Ave, Austin, TX 78758

6. Slow North

Local Austin Boutique

Christmas shopping in Austin

Hours: Daily, 11 AM - 6 PM

Slow North offers all-natural goods and hand-made products produced by local brands. Think beautiful candles, bath products, paper goods, and home goods. It has become a favorite local boutique of Austinites (especially during the holiday season) because it has some truly unique, exquisite gift ideas for your loved ones.

WEBSITE | 2700 W Anderson Ln. #410, Austin, TX 78757

7. German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market

Holiday pop-up market

Public Christmas Market: December 3, 2022

Hours: 10 AM - 5 PM

German-Texan Heritage Society Christmas Market is back for another year of shopping, eating, and enjoying German Christmas traditions. This darling market offers shoppers handcrafted, imported crafts, decorations, ornaments, and so much more. 

You can also enjoy a cup of Glühwein with some gingerbread cookies while listening to traditional German Christmas music while you shop. And if you’re hoping for more than just shopping, there are also some fun kid-friendly activities inside. It’s definitely a family-friendly Christmas event!

WEBSITE | 507 E 10th St, Austin, TX 78701

8. The Shops on South Congress

Shopping District

Where to shop in Austin
Where to do your Christmas shopping in Austin

Although local Austinites complain that it has become overly commercialized in the last decade, one of the busiest shopping spots in Austin is still South Congress (locally named “SOCO”. 

RIP Lucy In Disguise, Uncommon Objects, and Doc’s…but you can still find a few unique shops. However, the biggest stores on South Congress are now larger national brands (Hermés, Everlane, Madewell, Lululemon, etc) surrounded by a few little Austin-designed shops. 

Whatever you feel about this iconic street, you can definitely check off all of your holiday shopping on SOCO, and then go find a bite to eat

9. BookPeople

Local Book Shop

Christmas Shopping in Austin

Hours: Daily, 9 AM - 9 PM

Since 1970, BookPeople has been recognized as one of the top spots among independent bookstores in Texas. It’s the largest independent book retailer in Texas, and it’s an ideal spot for holiday shopping. 

Not only does it have books for literally every interest (check out the staff recommendations, handwritten in little cards tucked under each bookshelf!), but it also has a wide variety of goods, including locally made jewelry, cards, home decor, cute gifts for kids, and some creative stocking stuffers. It also sells local "Keep Austin Weird" and other Austin souvenirs. You could definitely shop for everyone on your gift list here. 

WEBSITE | 603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

10. The Mercantile at Mill and Grain in Buda

Local Boutique Store

Mercantil at Mill and Grain in Buda

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 AM - 5 PM, Sunday, 12 PM - 4 PM. (Closed every Monday)

The Mercantile is an adorable general store in Buda (the town just south of Austin) offering a wide variety of goods and items. They offer a carefully curated collection of timeless home and kitchen products, clothing, and accessories like jewelry, handbags, hats, and more. It’s very hard to walk into this store and not buy something. So if you’re shopping for someone and you're absolutely stumped on what to buy them, wander into The Mercantile and see if inspiration strikes…

WEBSITE | 304 S Main St #101, Buda, TX 78610

11. Lilla & Beth

Local Boutique Store

Best Places For Christmas Shopping in Austin

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 AM - 6 PM, Friday-Saturday, 11 AM - 7 PM, Sunday, 11 AM - 4 PM

Lilla & Beth is an adorable boutique shop in East Austin offering the cutest hand-selected gifts and goodies. They have a fun collection of handbags, glass candles with funny sayings, baby pajamas, ornaments, colorful flowy dresses, coffee mugs, and other odds and ends that are perfect for Christmas gifts. {Photo: Lilla & Beth}

WEBSITE | 1911 Aldrich St #130, Austin, TX 78723

12. Good Company

Local Boutique Store

Hours: Monday-Wednesday, Saturday, 11 AM - 6 PM, Sunday, 12 PM - 5 PM (Closed on Thursday)

Looking for something truly unique? You have to shop at Good Company. What started as a women’s clothing store in downtown Austin has now grown to multiple locations in Austin, including one on SOCO and a Good Company Home store with one-of-a-kind, vintage items. 

WEBSITE | 918 W 12th St, Austin, TX 78703

13. Take Heart

Local Boutique Store

Take Heart Boutique in Austin

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 AM - 6 PM, Saturday, 10 AM - 6 PM, Sunday, 10 AM - 5 PM

Similar to Slow North in north Austin, Take Heart in East Austin offers a carefully curated collection of home goods, accessories, presents, and art. 

They have a beautiful collection of home goods, art, and other fun finds from local and national artists and artisans, as well as a few international designers (with an emphasis on Japanese design.) It’s a beautiful place to stop by, breathe deeply, and find some fun gifts. 

WEBSITE | 1211 E 11th St Suite 100, Austin, TX 78702

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