Tis the season to shop local and shop small
It's the holiday season
And Santa Claus is coming round
The christmas snow is white on the ground
When old Santa gets into town. . .
Nothing gets me in the holiday spirit like shopping and eating. But fighting traffic and spending hours wandering from store to store in search of the perfect gift, only to go home virtually empty-handed without anyone crossed off your list can turn anyone into a Scrooge. Sure, there’s online shopping, but scrolling through websites doesn’t exactly put you in the holiday spirit.
This year, ditch your normal shopping routine, and visit one of DC’s holiday markets with one-of-a-kind items, entertainment, and tasty goodies to help fuel your day of browsing.
Let's go shopping!
Eastern Market (Year Round)
225 7th Street SE
Tuesday to Friday – 7am – 7pm
Saturday – 7am – 6pm
Sunday – 9am – 5pm
Monday – CLOSED
It’s not exactly a holiday market, but Eastern Market has been a year-round DC staple for more than 136 years. There’s nothing like the year-round hustle and bustle of Eastern Market every Saturday and Sunday as thousands of locals and visitors search for that special something to take home. Artisans of all kinds, vendors of goods from far-off lands, food purveyors and more, offer their wares at Capitol Hill’s outdoor shopping/meeting/eating place. Over 75 tables under canopied tents offer a plethora of sights, smells and tastes.
Makers’ Market at Dumbarton House (Nov 21)
2715 Q St NW
5:30 to 8:00pm
Celebrate DC’s creatives and get a jump on your holiday shopping! Taking place in a beautiful historic house museum with stunning grounds and gardens in Georgetown, Makers’ Market features locally crafted goods from Made in DC vendors, pop-up talks and an exhibition on the history of DC. Plus, there will be live music from Tommy Rueckert, a cash bar and free food by Geppetto Catering to make your spirits bright. Cost: pay-what-you-like donation.
Downtown DC Holiday Market (Nov 22 - Dec 23)
National Portrait Gallery
Sidewalks on F Street between 7th and 9th
12 to 8pm
Head to Penn Quarter for a festive holiday shopping experience amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown DC. Enjoy food from local vendors as you shop for gifts from more than 180 exhibitors and artisans including fine art, crafts, jewelry, pottery, photography, clothing, prepared food and more. A wide range of live, local musicians and bands will entertain shoppers. Jazz, swing, blues, reggae, bluegrass, klezmer, a cappella, brass and more create a lively and fun atmosphere.
DC Brau's Holiday Market (Nov 30)
DC Brau Brewing Company
3178-B Bladensburg Rd. NE
1 to 5pm
Shoppers and beer lovers will have a very hoppy time as the DC Brau Brewing warehouse turns into a unique holiday marketplace for Small Business Saturday. Brewery visitors can do their shopping at more than 40 stalls featuring regionally-made products from some of our favorite craftspeople, while also enjoying great local craft beer, snacks from popular food trucks, and musical entertainment.
In the spirit of the season of giving, a number of non-profit community partner will also be on hand for not-so-traditional holiday pictures, collect unwrapped new toys and gifts, as well as cash donations. Keep your shopping stamina fueled up with food from local vendors and a selection of brews from DC Brau at multiple bars. Free; reserve tickets via Eventbrite. Drink responsibly!
The Holly Days (Nov 30 - Dec 31)
Eastern Market Main Street
700 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
(Times to be announced)
Head over to Main Street at the Eastern Market and check out crafts and special offerings from local and small businesses from around Capitol Hill. There are also special events happening every weekend, including a Christmas tree lighting on November 30 and a caroling marathon on December 7.
Unique Markets (Dec 1)
1309 5th St NE
11am to 5pm
Shop your conscious for ethically-made jewelry, clothing, art and more. With more than 75 local sellers, the market features indie designers, artists, & emerging brands so you’ll be supporting businesses that make you look good and feel good.
Go Anacostia Holiday Pop-Up Market and Jazz Cafe (Dec 1 - 22)
Maple View Flats Apartment
228 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue SE
Brought to you by the Anacostia Business Improvement District and partners! The Go Anacostia Holiday Pop-Up Market and Jazz Café is open DAILY now through December 22nd.
8am - 8pm
10am - 6pm
Miss Pixie's Holiday Market (Dec 6)
Miss Pixie's Furnishings & Whatnot
1626 14th St NW
What do you get someone who has all the newest toys? Something old! Luckily, Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot, a vintage furniture shop in Northwest DC, will be hosting their seventh annual holiday market, where Washingtonians can browse goods from over 15 small businesses while nibbling on vegetarian paella from neighbor Barcelona Wine Bar. Go for the sales, stay for the livegypsy jazz from local band Bitter Dose Combo. Everything will be 20% off and all the proceeds from Miss Pixie’s annual raffle will be donated to Casa Ruby, the only bilingual LGBTQ organization providing life saving services to the most vulnerable in DC. RSVP and feel free to donate directly to Casa Ruby.
Grump Holiday Market (Dec 6 - 8)
3001 Connecticut Ave. NW
5 to 8pm
Lions, tigers and arts and crafts, oh my! GRUMP, the alternative art and crafts holiday show, is coming to ZooLights at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Looking for an unusual gift for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life? Grump’s, got you. Local artisans will be selling everything from handmade soaps, sweets, jewelry, prints and letterpress cards to glass art, hand-bound books, clothing, upcycled animal pillows and DIY craft kits. Be sure to say "Hi!" to the Yeti.
Heurich House Museum Christkindlmarkt
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