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Everything You Need to Know About DC's Downtown Holiday Market
This magical holiday marketplace in Washington, DC is worth multiple trips, thanks to a rotating cast of local vendors and performers.
Where is the Downtown Holiday Market? What’s nearby?
Located at 8th and F Streets NW, the Downtown Holiday Market holds down the area in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. Now in its 15th year, its bright lights bring Penn Quarter and Chinatown to life, providing a holiday spark to the neighborhood. But don’t worry, you can shop during the day too: The 2019 Downtown Holiday Market is open daily 12-8 p.m. from Nov. 22 – Dec. 23.
After you peruse the market, the museums are ripe for a visit. Capitals and Wizards games can be caught across the street at the Capital One Arena, and If you didn't fill up while cruising the market’s food options, the neighborhood offers numerous acclaimed restaurants. Dinner and cocktails can be enjoyed immediately across the street at Dirty Habit inside the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, while culinary adventures await at nearby Jaleo, Zaytinya, Clyde’s of Gallery Place and Carmine’s.
What will I find at the Downtown Holiday Market?
Find a special, thoughtful gift that the big retail stores can’t offer. The Downtown Holiday Market boasts 150 exhibitors throughout its run, and this year's roster is larger than ever. Each vendor is tucked into its own customized tent, selling a slate of unique wares.
You’ll find everything from funky shirts and Washington, DC photography to handmade jewelry and soaps. Looking for something in particular? Make sure to view the full list of exhibitors.
What else will I find there?
The variety of the Downtown Holiday Market's entertainment matches its wide selection of exhibitors. Jazz, rock, gospel, R&B, classical music, blues, bluegrass – if it’s a music genre, it’s probably on stage at some point during the month-long market. And, of course, Christmas holiday standards will be sung and enjoyed.
Acts hail from all over the country, and some make multiple appearances. Check out the full rundown of performers so you can pick out your ideal time for a visit.
What’s there to eat and drink at the Downtown Holiday Market?
When the weather gets frigid, hats and gloves may not be enough. At the Downtown Holiday Market, freshly prepared coffee will be available from local roasters, to go with delicious mini-donuts and so much more. Dig in to the full list of vendors to find other tasty eats.