Best Holiday Markets In Washington, D.C.

December 15, 2014 7:00 AM

You love everything about the holidays: the music, the decorations and, of course, the sales. Here are a few local markets where you can indulge in some holiday shopping.

Downtown Holiday Market
8th and F Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 215-6993

Date: Through Dec. 23, 2014

This year marks the 10th annual Downtown Holiday Market, which creates a shopping village in the heart of downtown D.C. Over 150 crafters, artisans and boutique businesses will showcase ethnically produced goods. Shoppers will be able to choose from a wide variety of items ranging from pottery and paintings, to jewelry and textiles. The exhibitors and their selections of goods will rotate, so there will always be something new and unique. While you complete your holiday shopping list at this downtown bazaar, you can also enjoy foods and seasonal entertainment.

The Harbor Holiday Market
165 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745
(877) 628-5427

Date: Dec. 20-21, 2014

Check off a few items on your holiday shopping list while you stay toasty warm with a cup of hot chocolate. The Harbor Holiday Market is an outdoor event that offers an assortment of great gifts from National Harbor retailers. You’ll also find all of the holiday tchotchkes that you’re looking for like handmade ornaments and items to inspire your holiday decor, as well as plenty of goodies and tasty treats like cookies, roasted chestnuts and much more to fuel your holiday spirit.

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Rock-N-Shop 2014

Black Cat
1811 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-4490

Date: Dec. 17, 2014

The Rock-N-Shop event is the perfect opportunity to find a music-related holiday gift. This annual garage sale is hosted by the Black Cat, a popular local music venue that features local, national and international independent and alternative music. Rock-N-Shop gives visitors an opportunity to find rare LPs and other paraphernalia associated with past performers and fan favorites at the venue. So if you’re looking for that hard-to-find vinyl record or some music memorabilia, this just might be the perfect event for you.

Buy Local Holiday Market
Veteran’s Plaza
1 Veteran’s Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Date: Dec. 20, 2014

The Fenton Street Market gives you an opportunity to do some holiday shopping by purchasing local at its Buy Local Holiday Market event. Handmade wares created by local artisans will be available from 60 participating vendors. There will be something for everyone with items that include clothing, jewelry, toys and art. Even bath and body products will be available for purchase. Live music will complete the event and put you in the holiday spirit.

Alexandria’s Holiday Market
John Carlyle Square
300 John Carlyle St.
Alexandria, VA 22314

Date: Dec. 19-23, 2014

Here’s a great outing for the entire family. At Alexandria’s Holiday Market there will be plenty of live entertainment, traditional European foods, desserts and hot cocoa for all to enjoy as they shop from a variety of one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. Kids can participate in activities at the children’s corner and even visit Santa. The event lends its support to families and individuals in need through the Hunger-Free Alexandria initiative and the Holiday Sharing Toy Drive.

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