Are you looking for a festive way to avoid the infamous Black Friday crowds and still get your shopping done in time for the holidays? Whether you're on the hunt for home decor, gifts, edible goodies, or a new outfit, you'll want to check out these awesome holiday shopping markets in Abilene and the Big Country area.

NOVEMBER 27, 2021

A Very Merry SoDA Christmas — SoDA District Courtyard (Abilene)

Head over to the SoDA District Courtyard (834 S 3rd St, Abilene, TX) to peruse local vendors from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Catch live music, photos with Santa Claus, a Christmas sing-along, sweet treats, and a free outdoor showing of the Will Ferrell holiday classic Elf while you're there. For the full schedule, check them out on Facebook below:

Downtown Shopping — Christmas in Olde Ballinger (Ballinger)

Downtown merchant stores and sidewalk showcase vendors will be open all day, starting at 10 AM in Olde Ballinger downtown.

You can also squeeze in pictures with Santa Clause before the Night Parade at 6 PM and the tree lighting at Ballinger City Hall (700 Railroad Ave, Ballinger, TX) afterward.


DECEMBER 4, 2021

Christmas Vendor Market + Pancakes with the Grinch — Christian Women's Job Corps of Abilene (Abilene)

Proceeds from this event benefit the Christian Women's Job Corps of Abilene (1350 N 10th St, Abilene, TX). After pancakes with the mean green Grinch himself from 8 to 10:30 AM, shop local vendors to burn off breakfast. While the shopping event is free, pancake breakfast tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. You can find more information on the event's Facebook page.

Mistletoe Market — Christmas on Commercial (Coleman)

Head to the Coleman County Courthouse lawn (100 W Live Oak St, Coleman, TX) for a vendor market featuring local shops and businesses from 3 to 8 PM.

"Christmas on Commercial" kicks off earlier in the day with a 9 AM breakfast with Santa, the Little Mr & Miss Christmas Pageant at 2 PM, and a Lions Club pancake supper at 4 PM.

Coleman's community tree lighting will take place at 6:30 PM with a night parade to follow after.

DECEMBER 11, 2021

Mistletoe Market 2021 — Comfort Inn & Suites Regional Medical Center (Abilene)

Head out to Comfort Inn & Suites Regional Medical Center (6350 Directors Parkway) for this FREE local market showcasing local crafters, vendors, and businesses from 10 AM to 4 PM. You can learn more on this event's Facebook page.

Christmas on Main Street — Main Street Market Days (Winters)

Make your way up and down Main Street in Winters, TX to finish out the year by shopping from a variety of vendors, crafters, and shops from 10 AM to 5 PM. Food trucks and eateries will also be open for this event.

Kids can enjoy snacks, a hot cocoa bar, and FREE pictures with Santa at 11 AM.

DECEMBER 18, 2021

Buy Texas Holiday Market (Early)

Shop a variety of Texas-made products for you, your family, your coworkers, and even your pets at this holiday market at the Early Visitors and Events Center (419 Garmon Dr, Early, TX). Santa Claus will be on hand for photos. The market will be open from 11 AM to 3 PM.

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