Hill Country Christmas Market in Burnet offers local wares, live music and more

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

BURNET — You can get a jump on your Christmas shopping Nov. 22-23 thanks to the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond’s Hill Country Christmas Market.

“Basically, it’s a Christmas bazaar,” said Cameron Bahr of the local YMCA. “Right now (as of Nov. 17), we have 52 different vendors signed up.”

Organizers are focusing on unique, handmade items. Bahr said the goal was to bring in as many Highland Lakes vendors to give them a chance to introduce themselves and their wares to local shoppers. But, there are some sellers from outside the immediate area, he added.

The fifth annual Hill Country Christmas Market is 4-9 p.m. Nov. 22 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 23 at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond, 1601 S. Water St. (U.S. 281.) Patrons should drive around to the back of the recreational facility where they can enter the market.

“We’ll try to have signs up directing people where to go,” Bahr said.

The entry fee is $3 for individuals ages 4 and up; while ages 3 and under will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at the Burnet YMCA facility. You can go to www.ymcagwc.org or call (512) 756-6180 for more information.

Along with merchandise, you can check out numerous festival-style food vendors. And, as in previous years, the Hill Country Christmas Market features live music.

There also will be the Kids Zone, which will offer arts and crafts as well as a climbing wall.

“And, of course, (the YMCA) will be decorated for Christmas,” Bahr said.

The first 300 people through the door also get a Christmas Market shopping bag.

Bahr said he hopes this year’s set up will include space for people to sit, relax and mingle.

“We really want to make it a friendly place people, and families, can come and do some shopping,” he added.

daniel@thepicayune.com