Your guide to the holiday markets around DC

Courtesy photo of Downtown DC Business Improvement District.

Downtown Holiday Market
F St. NW (between 7th St. and 9th St.)
DC’s beloved Downtown Holiday Market is back, transforming two blocks near the Capital One Arena and the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery into an open-air market. Shop over 70 retailers, enjoy food vendors and a live stage with regional artists and singers. Free entry.
When: Until Thursday December 23, from noon to 8 p.m. (closed Monday December 6)

The Christkindlmarkt of the Heurich House Museum
1307 New Hampshire Avenue NO
This German-style market returns for its eighth year with more than 30 local small businesses for a three-day affair. The outdoor event features fireplaces and heaters to keep attendees warm. Entrance at the door starting at $ 13 for adults and $ 2 for children under 15.
When: Friday December 3, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday December 4, from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday December 5, from noon to 6 p.m.

Tenley WinterFest in Tenleytown
4748 Wisconsin Avenue, NW (details of other locations here)
Take a look at some vendors at the event’s annual winter pop-up market this Friday night and follow up for the entire market all day that Saturday. Janney Elementary School, a short walk away, will host arts and crafts activities for children, with toys for sale. Free entry.
When: Friday December 3 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday December 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cercle Dupont Holiday Pop-up
9 Dupont Circle, NO
More than 60 vendors will sell pottery, paintings, jewelry and wellness products. This year’s expanded event features more vendors and stores on Connecticut Ave., P Street, and 17th Street. Cards will be distributed during the event. Free entry.
When: Saturday December 4, from noon to 5 p.m.

Holiday Festival at Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St., Alexandria
The studios and galleries of the Torpedo Factory Art Center open to the public, with hot drinks from Dawn & Dusk Coffee Co., cookie ornaments from the Archaeological Museum of Alexandria, and live music. Santa and Mrs. Claus also make an appearance before the event closes with a parade of boats of lights and a encore performance of the Alexandria City High School Symphony. Free entry.
When: Saturday December 4, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Festival of Artists at the Palette 22
4053 Campbell Avenue, Arlington
Palette 22 is organizing its very first holiday market during its “Wine Down Wednesday”. Participants can enjoy drinks and shop on the patio with over a dozen multimedia artists. Tarot card readers will be on hand to predict what the new year will bring.
When: Wednesday December 8, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Victura Park Holiday Market
2700 Rue F NO
This two-weekend holiday market features a range of local artists, artisans and vendors selling stockings, s’mores, and fortified cider. Radiators will heat things up. Free entry.
When: From Friday December 10 to Sunday December 12 and from Friday December 17 to Sunday December 19 (opening hours here)

Carlyle Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show
300 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria
John Carlyle Square Park is home to over 80 artisans, craftspeople and small businesses, offering handmade jewelry, baked goods, cosmetics and other gifts. Children can make their own ornaments and Christmas carols will perform. Register here free.
When: Saturday December 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The downtown holiday market. Photo courtesy of the DowntownDC Business Improvement District.

Holiday market overlooking the park
3400 Georgia Ave. NO
Over 60 local manufacturers and artisans will be moving to Hook Hall for this three-day event. Each day, a selection of different businesses will sell everything from cards, jewelry, coffee and pottery to candles and skin care products; see the whole range here. Free entry.
When: From Saturday to December 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holiday Market at the Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NO
As part of its 5th annual Light Up The Season event, the Four Seasons is hosting a holiday market in its backyard. Market stalls will offer a variety of gift and seasonal food options, while the hourly “snow flurries” provide excellent photo opportunities. Part of the profits will be donated to the National Children’s Hospital. Free entry.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until December 19 (opening hours here)

Zinnia pop-up market and holiday gifts
9201 Colesville Road, Silver Spring
Zinnia, a new restaurant in Silver Spring, hosts its first annual Holiday Market. In addition to holiday treats, the restaurant serves hot drinks with alcoholic options. Children are also welcome and can have fun decorating their own ornaments. Free entry.
When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until December 24

Enchant Christmas at the Capitol Riverfront
1500 South Capitol St., SE
This winter wonderland experience with locations across the country has arrived in DC for the first time. Navigate a maze of lights or take a spin on an illuminated skating rink. There is also a holiday market, a playground and a story hour with Santa Claus for the children. Admission starts at $ 29.
When: Until Sunday January 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. (details here)

Holly Days at Eastern Market Main Street
225 7th St, SE and surrounding areas.
The covered Eastern Market and the outdoor and weekend flea markets get in the holiday mood. In addition to freebies, a number of local vendors offer holiday groceries and pre-cooked meals. Admission is free, as usual.
When: Until Friday December 31 (opening hours here)

Zach bright

Zach joined the Washingtonian in October 2021. In the past, he has written for The Colorado Sun, The Nevada Independent, and SRQ Magazine.


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