The Junior League is welcoming the holiday season to Austin. On Wednesday night, the Junior League of Austin kicked off their annual A Christmas Affairwith “On The First Night of a Christmas Affair Gala.”
This is the 37th year that they have held the market and the 36th year that it has been at the Palmer Events Center. The black tie event was attended by over 1,000 people who enjoyed holiday music being played by the Vintage 15, a private shopping experience, delicious food and a silent auction. While not the only Junior League to put on something like this, Austin’s is the largest of its kind. The market continues through the weekend and includes Family Movie Night and Breakfast with Santa.
The theme for the year, chosen by the event chair Marilyn Willson, is the Twelve Days of Christmas to celebrate the Junior League’s commitment to giving back all 12 months of the year. As Liz Fazzio, chair of the Public Relations committee, explained, the Junior League distributes over $750,000 to charity over the course of the year but that is only half the equation. They also work alongside all of the charities with whom they partner.
The Junior League of Austin was originally formed in 1934 and “committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving our community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.” The Austin branch maintains its original mission and creates an atmosphere of giving back. Of the 2,200 members in the Austin chapter, over 1,000 are active volunteers in the community and participants on the Junior League’s committees.
The hall at the Palmer Events Center exuded the Twelve Days of Christmas theme as well with every decoration. None of the extravagance will go to waste, however, as all decorations will be sold after the event is complete. This way, all funds go back toward the charities. The decorational tone this year is set by a floor-to-ceiling advent calendar which shows each of the charities that they are giving to. These include: Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin & Central Texas, Dress for Success Austin, The Arc of the Capital Area and many more.
The opening night gala was such a success, as were the other events this week. Thursday’s Marche de Noel brunch and Girl’s Night Out sold out even before the opening gala. The Fly Away with Santa Breakfast (Saturday) and Leaping Lords and Ladies Lunching Brunch with Santa (Sunday) are now sold out as well. But even with these behind us, A Christmas Affair is not over. The market will be open through the weekend and the upcoming family events are sure to be a hit.
Remaining Market Days
Friday, November 16: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 17: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 18: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
TICKETS: $15 per guest, includes shuttle ride. Tickets are no longer available online but can be purchased at the Palmer Events Center during box office hours. Click here to see which events are sold out.