Now that the hot mess of Black Friday and Cyber Monday is behind us, and Christmas is but 3 weekends away (WHAT?) we can focus on what really matters: all those awesome Holiday Markets and pop-ups that are, well, popping up around DC.
(Also, the gift guide will be coming out SOON, so get pumped for that.)
- Rock-n-Shop @ Black Cat, Dec 20 – Some of your favorite crafters and record shops come together under one roof. Not to mention, if you’re a normal person that just needs to clean out their closet, your weird junk is welcome too.
- Downtown Holiday Market, Nov 27-Dec 23 – The unique bazaar will feature of 150 exhibitors and artisans showing a variety of items including fine art, crafts, textiles, jewelry, pottery, photography, and clothing. Take your family here and they will probably love it.
- Rosslyn Holiday Market, Dec-10-11 – The Rosslyn BID is holding their holiday market at Gateway Park. This year there will be crafts, games, live jazz, a slew of food trucks, and, of course, a multitude of vendors.
- Smithsonian Holiday Festival, Dec 5-6 – Besides all of the stuff you can purchase, there will also be a free film screening, concerts, a book signing, AND C3PO will be there. Make a day out of it.
- Parcel Market, Dec 5-6 – The Capitol Riverfront BID’s Parcel market will include a 10,000 square-foot ice rink, art installations, food, musical performances, and a mix of local designers, artists, and chefs.
- The Harbor Holiday Market, weekends from Nov 14-Dec 20 – Grab all of your trees and other greenery here. Plus there will be baked goods and crafts for sale.
- Georgetown GLOW, Dec 11-20 – A little different than previous years’ holiday celebrations, this ten day event features art exhibitions, intricately decorated windows, and promotions from many of Georgetown’s 450 businesses. You can catch the brightly lit works of art from 6-10 p.m. every night.
- Alexandria Holiday Market, Dec 4-6 – If you’re in the mood to trek over to Virginia, different crafters and vendors will be out in full force at this holiday market, so feel free to load up on holiday gifts / treat yo self.
- Heurich House Museum Christkindlmarkt, Dec 5-6, There will be jewelers, chocolatiers, housewares, cleaning products (!!!) and more. You’ll also be able to tour the house of brewmaster Christian Heurich while enjoying refreshments from Café Berlin.
LOCAL CRAFTERS AND DESIGNERS GALORE:
- Miss Pixie’s Holiday Market, Dec 4th – Miss Pixies is throwing a holiday market party thing! Everything will be 20% off pluuuuus there will be food and drink and music and raffles. No one can deny a good raffle.
- DC Art Studios’ Holiday Open Studios, Dec 13– Tour the studios of over 40 different artists. Buy handmade gifts while enjoying food and drinks galore.
- Del Ray Artisans Market, Dec 4-6, Dec 11-13, Dec 18-20 – The cool thing about this market is that the vendors change every weekend, so feel free to go back again and again.
- “Under $500” Affordable Art Sale, Dec 11 – Maryland Art Place (MAP) presents their third annual sale, retailing more than 100 works of art for under $500.
- Fenton Street Market, Dec 19 – Check out handmade and vintage goods from over 65 local vendors.
- WPA Holiday Pop Up Shop, Dec 5-6 – If you can’t get enough of museums holding holiday themed events, then get excited because the holiday pop up shop is coming to the Hirshhorn. From handmade jewelry to clothing to ceramics to wrapping paper, there will be a slew of artists with different specialties selling their wares. The National Symphony Orchestra Horn Ensemble will also be there to play some tunes to get you in the holiday spirit.
- Haute Holidays at Hillwood – Come check out the glamours collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post at the Hillwood museum. After you’re done going through her ridiculous collection of clothes and jewelry, stop by the museum shop for some jewelry pieces, books, ornaments, home décor, and clothing inspired by the exhibit.
- Procrastinator’s Holiday Market Highlights, Dec 19 – Plan your procrastination ahead of time like a true winner! There will be a heated tent, great local vendors (like Zeke’s Coffee, Crochet Kingpin Designs, She Peppers, The Bike Rack, AfroBaby, Ada’s Kitchen on Wheels, etc), plus a card making station and, more importantly a bar.
- Streetmarket: a Curated Holiday Pop-Up, Dec 10 – Shop super cool and hip as hell brands like Shinola, Salt & Sundry, Appointed Co, Sill Life, Maketto, Foxwood Co, and more all in one place. There will also be plenty of opportunity to stuff your face with treats from Rare Sweets, Red Apron, Bluejacket, All Set, &pizza, and Cava.
- Deck the Halls at DC9: A Holiday Market Extravaganza, Dec 15 – Sure, they’ll be vintage stuff, jewelry, paper goods, and baked goods for sale, but what really sold us on this was the opportunity to buy some delicious local root beer.