Downtown Washington, D.C., Holiday Market 2019

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

Downtown Holiday Market Washington DC
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Nothing will put you in the Christmas spirit like spending a December day at the Downtown Holiday Market in Washington, D.C. This is where you'll find fine arts and crafts to gift your friends, ornaments to decorate your own home, and local food to munch on while you listen to live bands do their best Christmas carol renditions.

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Penn Quarter neighborhood, the outdoor village features more than 150 exhibitors and artisans offering jewelry, clothing, accessories, pottery, photography, clothing, specialty foods, and more. Vendors rotate daily so you can even go again and again throughout the season and always see something new.

Time & Place

The Downtown Holiday Market kicks off before Thanksgiving, on November 22, and runs until December 23, 2019, from noon to 8 p.m. daily. It's located on the sidewalk of F Street, between 7th and 9th Streets, NW. If you need help finding it, set your GPS to the adjacent Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station in Penn Quarter is conveniently located within steps of the market.

Participating Artisans

The little white tents that occupy F Street in December are quick to be claimed by local creators who are enthusiastic about selling their art. Again, the exhibitors rotate frequently, so take a look at the schedule if you're looking for something specific. Otherwise, you might come across one of these 2019 vendors:

  • The Good Vibes Station (painting)
  • Joyful Bath Co. (soaps)
  • Black Bear Leather (clothing & accessories)
  • Kerri Henry Pottery (ceramics)
  • New York Puzzle Company (crafts)
  • Terry Pool Design (jewelry)
  • Homegrown Glass Art (glass)
  • Blue Ridge Cutting Board Company (woodworking)
  • Clozs (clothing & accessories)
  • Moya Gallery (jewelry)
  • HOMETOWN GO (painting)
  • Tom Rall (antiques)
  • J. Chocolatier (chocolate)
  • Geeda's Hand Poured Candles (candles)

Musical Entertainment

Live music will include everything from jazz and swing to blues and reggae, from bluegrass to a cappella and brass. The musical lineup for 2019 includes:

  • King Street Bluegrass (bluegrass)
  • Lilt (Irish)
  • 49 Cent Dress (classic rock)
  • Afro Nuevo (Latin jazz)
  • Jersey Boys (Broadway)
  • All New Genetically Altered Jug Band (jug)
  • DC Highlife Stars (African)
  • Blue Panamuse (swing)
  • Alpha Dog Acoustic Blues (blues)
  • The Fuss (reggae)
  • Capital Hearings (a cappella)
  • Burke Ingraffia (folk)
  • Christylez Bacon (hip hop)
  • Flo Anito (jazzy pop)
  • Karen Collins & Backroads Band (honky tonk)

Food

No holiday market would be complete without something for the foodies. In addition to the gift-able food tents (chocolatiers and the like), there are a few local establishments that will be providing tasty provisions this year, including The Taste of Germany, a kiosk for savory sausages, hearty pretzels, mulled cider, gingerbreads, and more—exactly how they (probably) do it in the authentic Christmas markets of Germany. For your post-dinner sweet tooth, hit up Alexa's Empanadas, which will be supplying sweet empanadas and cinnamon-dusted churros for shoppers and revelers nightly, or Migue's Mini Donuts, which you can wash down with an espresso from Downtown Holiday Market mainstay Vigilante Coffee Co.

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