Last-minute holiday shopping, festivities and more things to do in and around Northwest Austin this weekend, Dec. 20-24

The annual four-week holiday shopping event will feature handmade artwork, jewelry and gifts from approximately 200 regional and local Austin artists.

The annual four-week holiday shopping event will feature handmade artwork, jewelry and gifts from approximately 200 regional and local Austin artists.

A guide on where to get last-minute gifts, take photos and listen to live music in and around Northwest Austin this weekend.

Take a kid-friendly holiday art class
Dec. 20-21

Art Amore hosts a series of holiday craft workshops, complete with festive snacks. The classes are geared towards children of various ages. On Dec. 20 the classes are offered for children ages 10 and up and Dec. 21 classes are offered for children from ages 4 to 9.

Times vary. Free for members. $25 for nonmembers. 6507 Jester Blvd., Austin. 512-983-7022.

Shop for last minute gifts at two local bazaars
Dec. 20-24
Open daily through Christmas Eve, the Blue Genie Art Bazaar features handmade gifts and art for purchase from local artists. The Armadillo Bazaar is a fine-art shopping destination also stays open through Christmas Eve and features more than 160 artists and live music. Attendees can find a variety of fine art, handmade gifts, heirloom pieces and stocking stuffers.

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
10 a.m.-10 p.m. (closes at 6 p.m. Dec. 24). Free. 6100 Airport Blvd., Austin.

Armadillo Art Bazaar
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Free (age 12 and younger), $8 (adult single-day pass), $8 (parking). Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin. 512-447-1605.

Take a break from shopping with a carriage ride through Domain and Domain Northside
Dec. 22-23
Both The Domain and Domain Northside offer free carriage rides during the holiday season. On Dec. 22, The Domain offers rides from 5:30-9:30 p.m. On Dec. 23, Domain Northside offers rides from 6-9 p.m.

The Domain, 11410 Century Oaks Terrace, Austin. Domain Northside, 11700 Domain Blvd., Austin.

Attend movie night at Trail of Lights
Dec. 23
Enjoy the classic Christmas film "Elf" at an outdoor screening at the Trail of Lights for its last day in operation. Admission is free, but guests may buy early-access tickets and parking passes. The annual tradition features more than 40 displays, 2 million lights, food trucks and nightly entertainment and holiday activities.

8 p.m. Free. Zilker Park, 2100 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Get a photo with Santa
Dec. 23
Santa Claus is available for photos with children from 1-5 p.m. next to The Arboretum location of Amy’s Ice Creams at 10000 Research Blvd., Ste. 140, Austin.

Listen to live music at 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative
Dec. 23
Listen to live music from the Austin-based band Brian Wolff Duo at 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative. The brewing company will also release a new beer, a Black IPA. Food will be available from local food truck, Hot Box Diner.

2-5 p.m. Free admission. 10615 Metric Blvd., Austin.

Listen to jazz renditions of Christmas music
Dec. 23
The Austin Symphony Big Band, Stardust Orchestra, will perform at Austin's newest public library.

6-8:30 p.m. Free. 710 W. Cesar Chavez St., Austin. 512-974-7400.

By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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