Editor's Note: This post was originally published on November 17, 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.
It’s time for some gift-giving, and there are plenty of places for shopping in the D.C. area for unique, hand-made items. Throughout the months of November and December, hundreds of merchants and artists will descend on the markets and pop-ups in the region to share their locally made products.
Behold, markets everywhere, from Chinatown to Dupont Circle to Alexandria, Virginia, and to Frederick, Maryland. As you browse through the following list, if you spot any missing holiday markets, let Curbed DC know by leaving a comment or emailing the tipline.
8th and F streets NW
For the thirteenth year in a row, this holiday market will operate from November 24 through December 23 with hours that range from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The location is right by the Chinatown Metro on the Red Line. In December 2016, Curbed ranked the event as one of the best holiday markets in the nation, thanks to it offering over 150 artists selling jewelry, prints, and more.
1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW
At the Heurich House Museum, Dupont Circle’s holiday maker’s market will span from December 1 through December 22. During the market, the museum will open its doors for public tours inside the holiday-decorated mansion. To enter the market, visitors will need to pay between $2 to $15 for a one-day pass or between $4 to $30 for a weekend pass.
UDC School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW
Once again, this pop-up shop will open with craftspeople from all over the D.C. metro area. According to Forest Hills Connection, the shop will kick off November 25 and return for the following three weekends in December.
797 East Patrick Street, Frederick, Maryland
For two weekends, the Frederick County Fairgrounds will host this 34th annual show, bringing over 500 artists and merchants across seven buildings. The event will occur from November 17 through 19 and from November 24 through 26.
300 John Caryle Street, Alexandria, Virginia
This signature event is sure to impress with hot cocoa, live entertainment, and unique arts and crafts included. This market will be hosted every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, from December 1 through December 23.
Wunder Garten, 1101 First Street NE
Starting December 1, this NoMa location will offer a winter wonderland, decorated from head to toe in holiday lights. Thursdays through Sundays, local artists and vendors will offer products, including apparel and greeting cards. There will also be a Christmas tree lot with Frasier Firs that reach up to 10 feet tall. The hours for the market are from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The hours for Wunder Garten vary.
Week of November 13
Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th Street NE
From November 17 through 19, the Junior League of Washington (JLW) will host its annual fundraiser with more than 70 merchants included. The hours for the event is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Throughout the weekend, there will also be events, which will include A Winter Wonderland with a silent auction and Santa Claus. For the entire list of merchants, go to the JLW’s website here.
Week of November 20
Multiple locations in Alexandria, Virginia
A variety of different historic museum stores will participate in this inaugural event in Northern Virginia. On Sunday, November 26, shoppers will get to browse historically inspired gifts with special deals offered all weekend long. Gifts worth searching for include Alexandria-themed wines, an African-American cookbook collection, and stemless wine glasses with the phrase “For Medicinal Purposes Only” stamped on. The museums participating include: George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, The Lyceum, Friendship Firehouse, and the Alexandria Black History Museum.
Week of November 27
2900 K Street NW
On the first Saturday of December, the House of Sweden will host a bazaar with gifts like crafts, textiles, books, and even homemade bread. There will even be Swedish delicacies, known as princesstårta, a cake, and glögg, a mulled wine. Opening at 11 a.m., the doors will close at 4:30 p.m. with the event complete at 5 p.m.
Janney Elementary School, 4130 Albemarle Street NW
Over 100 vendors are selling unique items at this holiday market on December 2. Expect a variety of products, from hand-painted textiles to hats to henna tattoos to hair wraps. The hours are from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.