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What Do I Need to Know About the Downtown Holiday Market?

Downtown Holiday Market - Winter Holidays in Washington, DC

Where is the Market? What’s nearby?

Located at 8th and F Streets NW in downtown DC, the Downtown Holiday Market holds down the area in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. At night, its bright lights bring Penn Quarter to life, providing a holiday spark to the neighborhood. But don’t worry, you can shop during the day too: The Market is open daily 12 - 8 p.m. from Nov. 25 to Dec. 23.

After you peruse the market, the museums are ripe for a visit, and Caps and Wizards games can be caught across the street at the Verizon Center. If you didn’t fill up while cruising the market’s food options, Penn Quarter offers numerous acclaimed restaurants, including Jaleo, Zaytinya, Clyde’s of Gallery Place and Carmine’s.

Downtown Holiday Market - Downtown Washington, DC

What will I find there?

Find a special, thoughtful gift that the big retail stores can’t offer. The Downtown Holiday Market boasts more than 150 exhibitors throughout its run. Each vendor is tucked into its own customized tent, selling a slate of unique wares.

You’ll find everything from funky t-shirts and Washington, DC photography to handmade jewelry and soaps. Looking for something in particular? Browse the full list of exhibitors.

What will I hear there?

The variety of the market’s entertainment matches its wide selection of exhibitors. Jazz, rock, gospel, R&B, classical music, blues, bluegrass – if it’s a 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. View the full rundown of performers and the schedule to pick out your ideal time for a visit.

What’s there to eat and drink?

When the weather gets frigid, hats and gloves may not be enough. At the holiday market, freshly prepared coffee will be available from local roasters, to go with delicious mini-donuts. View the full list of vendors to find other tasty eats.

Want to know more about winter in Washington, DC? Visit our seasonal page to discover all there is to enjoy.