Shopping for Christmas Gifts? Go Elsewhere

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Activity: Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
10 Words or Less: A pricey way to enjoy local music and artwork.
When: December 17-24, 11 am-11 pm
Where: Palmer Event Center
Cost: $7 to enter, $7 for parking
Rating: armadillo armadillo

I’m going to start this review by admitting that I’m not big on shopping. Crowded malls? Long lines? Pushy salespeople? That’s my personal hell. If it wasn’t for Amazon, everyone I know would probably get misshapen, homemade drink stirrers for Christmas.

But earlier this year I heard about the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar and was intrigued. Live music, local artists, and a full bar to quell any mid-shopping panic attacks. Sign me up!

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
I’m sorry to say that the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar failed to exceed my expectations, which weren’t even very high in the first place.

Firstly, there’s a $7 entrance fee, on top of a $7 parking charge if you park in the Palmer Event Center garage. Yes, you have to pay to shop. You’re spending money for the opportunity to spend more money. Call me cheap, but that hurts my soul.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Secondly, a lot of the stuff for sale is expensive. Not just “oh, that’s a splurge” expensive, but “gasp and back away from the price tag” expensive. “Take out a second mortgage” expensive. “Sell an organ on the black market” expensive. It’s not even the sellers’ fault– apparently getting a booth at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar costs upwards of $5000, so they have a lot to make up for.

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
Thirdly, and most importantly, the only chocolate seller at the Armadillo Christmas Bazaar didn’t have samples. THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE!!!

Armadillo Christmas Bazaar
It wasn’t all bad. The local artists are super friendly, the live music is a nice touch, and the art is very fun to look through. But next year, I’m going to the Blue Genie Art Bazaar instead. Same concept, but it’s free!

PS- Between this and my Trail of Lights review, people are going to think I’m anti-Christmas. FALSE. I love Christmas. Here’s photographic proof if you don’t believe me: