Holiday Markets are starting to appear around the DC area – a true harbinger of the holiday season and cold weather!
The Downtown Holiday Market
The 19th Annual Downtown Holiday Market, Washington D.C.’s outdoor shopping village, kicks off the holiday season Friday, November 17. The beloved outdoor market continues to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across the region, welcoming shoppers for a safe, secure and enhanced shopping experience in the heart of the District this year.
Operated by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) and Diverse Markets Management, this year’s market will again take over two entire blocks of F Street NW, from 7th to 9th Streets NW. With its main grand entrance located on the sidewalk in front of the National Portrait Gallery, the outdoor shopping village’s expansive footprint allows for wide aisles for shopping, browsing and enjoying the foods and live entertainment.
This year’s retail lineup will feature more than 70 exhibitors including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development’s (DSLBD) Made in DC program. Six food vendors will provide tasty treats and hot beverages, spread across the market. Additional exciting and entertaining new features include a live stage of exceptional regional performers.
Be sure to save room for food from Old Blue BBQ, a craft BBQ kitchen specializing in regional barbecue flavors, eclectic southern specialties, and homemade favorites or Migue’s Mini Donuts, Vegan, flavored and plain mini donuts made fresh on site, hot beverages, coffee and more. You can buy German foods like stollen or bratwurst at A Taste of Germany or speciality cheeses from around the world at A Little Slice of Europe,
In addition to the food available at the Holiday Market, there are treats to be enjoyed at nearby restaurants.
CHINA CHILCANO : Starting November 18th, guests can show their receipt or DHM bag for their choice of a free plate of Shishito Peppers or a Chilcano cocktail (Caravedo pisco, lime, Amargo Chuncho bitters, Fever-Tree ginger ale).
JALEO : 10% off the total check in the bar only, Monday – Sunday.
OYAMEL : one free taco per person. Excludes Chapulines taco. Can not be combined with Hora Feliz (bar area, 4pm to 6pm M-F)
The Market Stage will be presenting a musical feast of more than 75 shows by some of the area’s best blues, rock, jazz, soul, country, world, and contemporary artists. And of course, it wouldn’t be a “holiday” market without some of your favorite seasonal standards.
I love going to the Holiday market, particularly because it is right next to the National Portrait Gallery, so you can combine a bit of culture with holiday shopping!
Del Ray Artisans’ 28th Annual Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market
The Del Ray Holiday Market is open for the first three weekends in December (Dec 1-3, Dec 8-10, and Dec 15-17), plus this year we will also be open Dec 22-23 (Friday and Saturday only) for last minute shoppers.
The Market offers unique handmade fine arts and fine crafts from local artists presenting a variety of media, including fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media, mosaics, painting, paper crafting, photography, pottery/ceramics, sculpture, watercolor, wood turning, and more! Different artists are featured each weekend! In addition, 2024 wall calendars featuring art by Del Ray Artisans members will be available for purchase.
Holiday Market hours are Fridays 6-9pm, and Saturdays & Sundays 11am-6pm; plus open 3-9pm on Friday, December 22. The market is at Del Ray Artisans gallery in the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22301.
Doesn’t the word Norway conjure up images of mulled wine, cozy wool sweaters and reindeer? At the Norwegian festival in Fairfax, VA, you can browse an exciting lineup of giftware, linens, books, cookware, Dale sweaters, and Norwegian foods including cheeses, Freia chocolates, fiskeballer, lefse, Solo drinks, Norwegian coffee, jams, marzipan and more.
At the outdoor Norwegian Cafe you can buy Lefse, fresh waffles, pea soup, Norwegian style hotdogs and baked goods. No reservations needed! I’m looking forward to seeing the Lundehunds and the Fjord horses and hearing the Viking Storytelling.
Festival Location: Norway House, 3846 Meredith Drive Fairfax, VA 22030.
Festival dates are
Saturday, November 4 (10-5),
Sunday, November 5 (11-4),
Friday, December 1 (10-5),
Saturday, December 2 (10-5).
Old Heurich Holiday Markt
History, mulled wine, and German inspirations come together in the Heurich House Museum’s Castle Garden for the annual Christmas Markt. The lineup this December features more than 50 small-scale makers, an exhibition about Chr. Heurich Brewing Co.’s Senate Beer, and ornament-making for children ($12).
From December 1-3, 2023, stroll through the museum’s festive holiday craft market with a Glühwein in hand and find the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones.
The event will take place in the Heurich House Museum’s Castle Garden at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW in Washington, DC, which is one block from the Dupont South Metro station, bus stops including the Circulator, and bike lanes. I love the idea of a holiday market in the Heurich House garden!
Winter Festival at the National Arboretum
The Friends of the National Arboretum are hosting the Winter Festival and Christmas Tree Sale on December 2 at the National Arboretum’s New York Avenue Parking Lot (see map below). The Christmas Tree Sale will also take place on December 3. Enter the Arboretum through either the R Street entrance (2400 R Street NE) or New York Ave entrance (3501 New York Ave NE).
After the event, explore all the National Arboretum has to offer in winter. The Gotelli Conifer Collection, Camellia Collection, and National Bonsai & Penjing Museum all offer spectacular things to see during the winter months. Download the Arboretum’s mobile app (iOS or Android) to explore what’s in season.
Have a hassle-free holidays and get all your shopping done in one place! Registration for this free event is encouraged but not required — let us know you’re coming and to receive important event updates.
Shop from over 30 local vendors and find the perfect gift for everyone in your life.
Plants & Gardening Accessories
Bruce Ciske Pottery: Ceramic vases and ikebana containers
flowers x flores: Seasonal flower design studio and farm
Herb Society of America: Potomac Unit: Herbs
The Pot Guy: 3D printed houseplant pots inspired by DC and Baltimore landmarks
Art & Gifts
Casey Julia Designs: Abstract and fluid art, jewelry, and sun-catchers
D’BohoMama, LLC: Dried floral greetings, macrame, glasses, and stationary
Down2EarthPottery, LLC: Functional and wearable ceramic art
Fern & Folly: Gardening-related gift boxes
Jennifer Pizzillo Arts: Mosaic ornaments and drawings
JG Fine Art: Collected fine prints, paintings, and historical ephemera
Three Stone Steps: Recycled metal art for outdoor display
Clothing & Fiber
Breeze Wind: Winter accessories
Dingus Designs Co: Dog bandanas and accessories
Loopswithluv: Crocheted clothes and accessories
Scarvelous: Knitted, crocheted, and sewn hats and bags
Seven Sadie Lane: Durable and vibrant sewn bags
Food & Drink
Blossom Bakery (Food Truck): Baked goods, soups, and sandwiches
Pho Wheels DC (Food Truck): Bahn mi, pho, and tacos
Cookie YAY: Gourmet eggless cookies
Paste & Rind Cheese Co.: Cheese cones, artisan cheese, and charcuterie
Pearl Fine Teas: Premium organic loose teas
Pratt Standard Cocktail Co.: Craft cocktail and mocktail mixes and syrups
Republic Restoratives Distillery: Locally-made spirits
Second Story Honey: Honey from the heart of DC
The Rounds: Sustainable delivery service
Jewelry & Beauty Products
Allergy Friendly Soaps: Small-batch soaps for those with allergies and sensitive skin
By Alysha: Custom crystal accessories, jewelry, stand-alone crystals, and art
Inti Phaxsi Gems: Jewelry crafted with pressed flowers and butterfly/moth wings
Ohene Beauty: Plant-based skincare products