With your new U-Pass card in hand, take a trip to some of D.C.’s annual holiday markets and pop-ups to ring in the holiday season.
Whether you’re looking for distinctive, artisanal gifts for friends and family or you’re hoping to venture outside the Foggy Bottom bubble for a taste of the local holiday season, browse some of the dazzling holiday markets taking shape around the District. From Chinatown to Van Ness, check out some of our top picks up for holiday markets.
Downtown Holiday Market
Take a trip over to Chinatown to explore an outdoor holiday market across from the National Portrait Gallery. The Downtown Holiday Market, which runs now through Dec. 23 features more than 70 exhibitors, including local and minority-owned businesses. Browse fine art, clothes, crafts, jewelry and specialty goods as you walk down the row of bright, seasonally-decorated tents. The exhibitors include Rayhart, which specializes in colorful fine art, and The Capital Candy Jar, which sells autumnal and holiday candy and other sweets.
F Street from 7th to 9th streets NW. Open daily through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. Free. Find more information here.
Van Ness Holiday Pop-Up
Shop elegant home decor, packaged foods and charming accessories at a retail holiday pop-up shop along the walkable Van Ness Main Street. The exhibitors include District Harvests, a shop vending locally-grown botanical art and holiday decor and All Very Goods, which sells apparel and stationary like holiday cards with designs drawing from African storytelling and Black culture. The event will feature a holiday book pop-up at the local Politics and Prose bookstore and caroling by the Singing Capital Chorus.
4340 Connecticut Ave. NW and 5010 Connecticut Ave. NW. Open Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Find more information here.
Park View Holiday Market
Head to Northeast D.C. to check out the last two days of a three-day market series. On Dec. 11 and 18, a trip to Park View Holiday Market is a superb excuse to take a break from finals preparation. The Dec. 11 market will highlight more than 60 local makers, artisans and producers, like Welle Made Co., a Ghanaian micro bakery selling savory hand pies inspired by West African cuisine, and Zenit Journals, which crafts wellness journals and planners.
Hook Hall, 3400 Georgia Ave. NW. Open Dec. 11 to 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Find more information here.
The Procrastinator’s Holiday Market
Enjoy entertainment, holiday card making and a holiday tree sale at an annual market at the National Arboretum. Shop for both seasonal and class teas at Pearl Fine Teas or pick out an eccentrically titled autumnal candle from RoseMarie & Co. Candles, like “Cuffing Season” or “Spice It Up.” From ceramics to confections to coffee, The Procrastinator’s Holiday Market will provide a wide range of cheerful, seasonal gifts.
The National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Find more information here.
Victura Park Winter Holiday Market
If you don’t have time to trek outside of the neighborhood, take a quick trip over to Victura Park at the Kennedy Center for a festive holiday market. Space heaters will be placed throughout the park to keep guests warm as they peruse through a variety of vendors, like SpeakVintageDC for vintage clothing and prints or Gray Wolf Spirits, an artisan spirits brand that produces in small batches using select premium ingredients. While you’re there, sip on a glass of wine or beer or opt for a seasonal drink like hot chocolate or spiked cider.
2700 F St. NW. Open Dec. 10 to 12 and Dec. 17 to 19, Fridays from 4 to 9 p.m. (market till 8 p.m.) and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 9 p.m. (market till 6 p.m.). Free. Find more information here.