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Holiday Shopping

You don’t need to check your list twice when you’ve got this many holiday shopping options in Washington, DC.

For 24 days in December, Penn Quarter's Downtown Holiday Market hosts more than 150 vendors displaying jewelry, pottery, paintings, textiles and more.


Downtown Holiday Market
Find more than 180 regional vendors at this outdoor market full of holiday cheer

Find more than 180 regional vendors at this outdoor market full of holiday cheer.
This DC holiday staple transforms several blocks in Penn Quarter into a winter wonderland featuring regional artisans, crafters and boutique businesses. Check items off your gift list with unique finds such as handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and textiles. And while you’re shopping, enjoy the seasonal entertainment and festive food, including made-to-order mini donuts.

Decked out for the December holidays, Union Station looks especially welcoming. The Beaux Arts train depot and leisure destination welcomes 32 million travelers to DC who arrive by Amtrak, MARC, luxury buses and Metro.


DC’s beautiful Beaux Arts building decks its halls for the holidays.

With dozens of nationally known and local shops and Christmas card-worthy decorations, Union Station is a holiday destination even if you’re not taking the train. A model train display runs through an imagined, miniature Scandinavian village, part of the annual Norwegian Christmas Market at Union Station, sponsored by the Embassy of Norway. The 3,000 lights on the 30-foot tall outdoor tree will be illuminated in a tree lighting ceremony, open to the public, at 6 p.m. on December 3.

Located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, Eastern Market is DC's destination for fresh food, community events and, on weekends, local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts.


Looking for local finds? This Capitol Hill market offers up unique gifts for everyone on your list.

Voted one of America’s ‘Best Public Markets’ by Frommers, Eastern Market is a DC staple for Washingtonians and an under the radar hot spot for out-of-towners. On weekends, you’ll discover original art, jewelry, photographs and more at Eastern Market, as well as fresh farm meats and produce, flea market finds and a number of nearby restaurants perfect for a post-shopping break.

Georgetown at dusk


At once historical and swanky, this tony neighborhood has the perfect holiday feel.

Any trip to the nation’s capital isn’t complete without a stop in the city’s most well-known neighborhood, but in the winter time Georgetown also becomes holiday central. Local stores come together to offer seasonal deals and discounts as well as special events and activities all under the canopy of twinkling lights on M Street. Recent additions include a three-story Nike Town and an expanded Intermix boutique. Make your list, check it twice and impress your friends with a gift from Georgetown under the tree.

The museum shops along the National Mall are Aladdin's caves for souvenir seekers. The shop at the National Air and Space Museum, for example, stocks books, maps, models, toys, telescopes - even astronaut ice cream.


Find everything from astronaut ice cream to breathtaking baubles at the nation’s largest museum complex.

The 16 museums of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC are a great place to find only-in-DC gifts. Whether your little ones love dinosaurs or your spouse is fascinated by contemporary art, you’ll be able to find it at the Smithsonian. All of the Smithsonian museums include gift shops with related souvenirs in a number of price ranges. Not sure which gift shops to spend your time in? Visit the Smithsonian visitor center in The Castle or check out the Smithsonian’s offerings here.