DowntownDC Holiday Market is ready to bring festive flair

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DowntownDC Holiday Market. Photo courtesy of Kate Michael.
DowntownDC Holiday Market. Photo courtesy of Kate Michael.

By: Kate Michael

Whether you’ve just started your holiday shopping, are looking to support local artisans, or are just hoping to surround yourself with some holiday spirit, the 14th annual DowntownDC Holiday Market is ready for you.

The market is located on F Street NW between 7th & 9th, just outside the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum. It will operate daily from noon to 8 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 23 with rotating vendors each day, so visitors can return often to check out new offerings.

Exhibitors are set up, musicians are playing, and tasty food and drink vendors are welcoming visitors of all ages to make holiday memories at this unique outdoor shopping village in the heart of DowntownDC.   

Produced by Diverse Markets Management (DMM) in partnership with the Downtown DC BID, the market features over 170 exhibitors with art, candy, clothes, crafts, jewelry and other unique specialty items. In addition to local craftsmen, shoppers will find creative booths from around the country —and the world  — and enjoy tempting bites from such delicious vendors as Alexa’s Empanadas, Vigilante Coffee Co., Migue’s Magnificent Mini Donuts, and The Taste of Germany.

New to the DowntownDC Holiday Market this year is a Shop Made in DC booth, which will feature products from DC makers, and a DowntownDC Museum Booth, offering discoveries from nearby galleries and museums.

“The market is a return to a simpler time, when you could meet the people who actually made the gifts and take them home immediately without worrying about shipping costs and delays,” says Mike Berman, president of DMM and manager of the DowntownDC Holiday Market. “We also offer gift certificates, DowntownDC Holiday Market Dollars, good for purchases at any vendor.”

Shopping and socializing happen at the market with a complement of daily live musical entertainment ranging from blues, classical, folk, gospel, jazz, R&B and rock. Some of this year’s highlighted musical guests include Clear Harmonies Carolers, Los Caribbeat, and Howard University’s Jazz Choirs and Afro Blue.