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History

The Armadillo Christmas Bazaar began as a special event at Austin’s famous Armadillo World Headquarters in 1976. The Headquarters was the inspiration or origin of many local cultural icons including Austin City Limits, Threadgills, the South Austin Museum of Popular Culture and, of course, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar. Today, the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar is one of Austin’s most revered holiday traditions. It’s a major retail attraction drawing about 40,000 shoppers to downtown Austin. The Bazaar now has a long waiting list of artists who wish to show their work in this premier holiday arts and music festival. Stay tuned to this page for a complete history soon. In the meantime, take a look at the extraordinary video below.