Downtown D.C. Holiday Market 2019: Washington, D.C.

Holiday Shopping, Food and Entertainment in Downtown D.C.

Downtown Holiday Market Washington DC
Courtesy of Downtown Holiday Market

The annual Downtown Holiday Market offers seasonal outdoor shopping with a festive atmosphere. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, the event features more than 150 exhibitors and artisans offering distinctive gifts for sale including fine art, crafts, jewelry, clothing, accessories, pottery, photography, clothing and specialty foods. The Downtown Holiday Market showcases small and local businesses and in addition to gifts features local food and live musical entertainment. Vendors rotate daily so you might return again and again throughout the season to see what's new.
Dates and Times: November 22 - December 23, 2019, noon to 8:00 p.m. daily
The Downtown Holiday Market is located on the sidewalk of F Street, NW between 7th and 9th Streets, in Washington, D.C. front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station is located just steps from the Marketplace. See a map of Penn Quarter.

Participating Artisans

The local artisan community enthusiastically participates in the Downtown Holiday Market each year. Here is a sampling of past exhibitors to give you an idea of the variety:

  • Relojearte – collage
  • Marcella Kriebel Art & Illustration – painting
  • Tom Wachs Photography – photography
  • Cherry Blossom Creative, Fancy Seeing You Here – printmaking
  • Inka Treasure Shop – clothing & accessories
  • Scarvelous – fiber art
  • Naked Décor – textiles
  • Printemps Pottery – ceramics
  • Had Matter, Rebound Designs – craft
  • Homegrown Glass Art – glass
  • Baby Alpaca, Harun's African Art – imported crafts
  • Tree-to-Art – woodworking
  • August Nine Designs, Courtney Gillen – jewelry
  • Jentz Prints – antiques & collectibles
  • J. Chocolatier, Whisked! – gift foods
  • Joyful Bath Co. – soaps & candles

Musical Entertainment

Live music will include a range of genres such as jazz, swing, blues, reggae, bluegrass, a cappella, and brass. Performers in the past have included:

  • 49 Cent Dress - Classic Rock
  • Afro Nuevo - Latin Jazz
  • Bill Baker Band - Original Roots, Americana
  • Billy Coulter Duo - Acoustic Rock, Americana
  • Carly Harvey & Sol Roots - Blues, Jazz
  • Clear Harmonies Carolers - A Capella Holiday
  • Dave Chappell Duo - Roots of Blues
  • Elsa & Tito - Latin American
  • Flo Anito - Jazzy Pop
  • Gina DeSimone & The Moaners - Swing, Blues
  • Janine Wilson & Max Evans - Roots, Americana
  • Karen Collins & Backroads Band - Honky Tonk
  • Los Caribbeat - Caribbean Dance Music
  • Music Pilgrim Trio - World Music

The Downtown Holiday Market is produced by the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (Downtown BID) and Diverse Markets Management (DMM). The Downtown BID is a private, nonprofit organization that provides safety, hospitality, sanitation, homeless, economic development, transportation, streetscape and marketing services to Washington’s center city. DMM is a DC-based company that specializes in the development and management of outdoor public exhibitor markets. Formed by market management professionals with expertise in the fields of arts, crafts, collectibles and antiques, 

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, the Washington, D.C. area has a wonderful selection of places to shop for unique gifts. Read More About Holiday Shopping in the Washington, D.C. Area.

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