Christmas Affair 2021 ~ Tradition is Back in Austin TX

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899

I’m feeling blessed the Junior League of Austin Christmas Affair is back this year!! The in-person event this year was so much fun! This year’s theme is “Dashing through the Snow” and returned to the Palmer Events Center located at 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin.

Austin has undergone many changes since I moved here in 1981. The only constant for Austin is “change” but the qualities our city cherishes: compassion, generosity and creativity never change. Every dollar raised during the five-day event provides much-needed funding for the Junior Leagues signature programs and community non-profit partnerships.

The annual event hosts over 200 retail merchants from across the country and attracts over 25,000 patrons.  The 2021 Christmas Affair is presented by Nyle Maxwell Family of Dealerships and the dates are November 17-21st.  As a new tradition started in 2020, the Junior League of Austin launched "A Christmas Affair Virtual Market Showcase" which transpired in July (July 14-18th) Virtual is just not the same as the "in-person" event and we are all thankful to see it "back!"


I've been going for the past 16 years with my daughter and some special friends. It's become a tradition to kick off the holiday season and puts me in in the mood for the holiday. We attended this morning's, “Wintergarden Shopping & Bites” which launches their fundraising market. We enjoyed the delicious brunch bites, drinks and three hours of private shopping. We even made it to upstairs to visit their second floor merchants.

All Children’s Events and Holiday photos are located this year at their Community Impact Center located at 5330 Bluffstone Lane, Austin. Visit their ticket page to purchase tickets for A Christmas Affair now!

I must admit we found some new and exciting vendors and shopped until we dropped! We missed a few vendors but the new ones gave a fresh look and feel to the shopping experience. I'm now officially in the holiday spirit!

Cheers 2021.... So thankful to have your in-person event back!🥂

This is my entry to the 2021 Thanksgiving Challenge in Active Rain hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS. 

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Comments (11)

Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

HI Dorie- Our annual Nutcracker Market which benefits the Houston Ballet was back this weekend but I wasn't able to make it. And I agree...last year the Market was held virtually but it wasn't the same. 

Nov 18, 2021 05:39 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Kathy Streib ..there is nothing like in-person, touch and feel and impulsive retail therapy!

Nov 19, 2021 05:08 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Dorie - that is a great to see all of the fundraising fun events return for the holidays.  There are many more coming up.

Nov 19, 2021 03:55 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

Yes there are Grant Schneider but this is one I like to go with my daughter and special friends. It's always the week before Thanksgiving and gets us in the holiday spirit!

Nov 19, 2021 05:10 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

This annual Junior League event sounds like a wonderful way to quick start the holiday season, Dorie.

Nov 19, 2021 05:38 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I love that you are back to in-person events, Dorie - doesn't it make such a difference? 

Fantastic pictures - you look amazing and ever so festive! I can understand why you are now 'in the mood' for the holidays!!

Nov 19, 2021 05:44 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That definitely is a wonderful event and I am glad that you get to be part of it each and every year!

Nov 19, 2021 06:13 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

How cool that all jumped to the top of the mountain to take that first photo.  Hope it is successful and that all have fun

Nov 19, 2021 06:28 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dorie, it is nice we can again have events like your Christmas Affair, and hope you can attend.

Nov 19, 2021 07:32 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX

I did attent Joan Cox ..these are photos from this years event.

Nov 23, 2021 06:56 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Dorie... so nice to have many loved traditional events back in our cities and towns. Of course, I'm still trying to scrape a couple of hours together to get to the Southern Christmas Show in Charlotte before it closes on Sunday evening, which is back after last year's hiatus due to covid.

Nov 19, 2021 08:08 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Dorie Dillard Austin TX - the Palmer Events Center must be very close to the Hyatt Regency where I always attended TR Conventions in Austin. I never heard of the Palmer Events Center but then again, you know how it goes when you're at convention! 

Your photographs and write-up are wonderful! I love reading it!


Nov 19, 2021 03:24 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Dorie there were many special traditions that were canceled last year, and it is great to see many of them come back this year.

Nov 19, 2021 04:56 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Monday morning, Dorie.

Take care, be safe and enjoy the holiday season.

Nov 22, 2021 05:19 AM