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12 holidays markets happening in the D.C. area this year

Get your gifts early at these local spots

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It’s time for some gift-giving, and there are plenty of places to shop in the D.C. area for memorable items. From November to December, hundreds of vendors and artists descend on markets and pop-ups in the region to share their locally made products.

From Chinatown and Dupont Circle to Alexandria, Virginia, and Frederick, Maryland, here are a dozen local venues where you can get your gift-grabbing on. Enjoy the holidays!

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1. Downtown Holiday Market in Penn Quarter

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&, F St NW &, 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 215-6993
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Now in its 15th year, this annual holiday market in front of the National Portrait Gallery on F street NW between 7th and 9th streets NW offers more than 150 merchants selling handmade art and wares. It’s open until December 23 (closed on Thanksgiving) from noon to 8 p.m. daily, and is accessible by Metro.

A holiday market filled with people in the middle of a city. The market is lined with white tents. AFP via Getty Images

2. Christkindlmarkt at Heurich House Museum

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1307 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 429-1894
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At the Heurich House Museum in Dupont Circle, “Christkindlmarkt” will run from December 6 through 8. The museum will be open for public tours inside the holiday-decorated mansion during the event. Tickets are available online or at the door. All proceeds benefit the museum.

A historic house museum in a city. It is three stories tall and made of brick. Shutterstock

3. Van Ness Pop-Up Shop

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4340 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

Twenty local vendors are slated to participate in this holiday market near the Van Ness–UDC Metro station. Holiday coloring, drawing, card-making, and gingerbread-decorating will be available for kids and adults. The pop-up starts December 13 and ends December 15.

4. Maryland Christmas Show

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797 E Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 845-0003
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From November 29 to December 1, the Frederick County Fairgrounds will host this 35th annual holiday expo, with hundreds of vendors expected. The goods are spread across seven buildings and a big tent.

5. Alexandria’s Holiday Market

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300 John Carlyle St
Alexandria, VA 22314

In Alexandria, this annual market runs from December 1 through 6 at John Carlyle Square. Admission is free.

6. Winterfest at Wunder Garten

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1101 First St NE
Washington, DC 20002

This NoMa pop-up market takes place at the Wunder Garten beer garden between December 6 and 22. The beer garden transforms into a winter wonderland with festive lights and local vendors selling their goods. Drinks are available, and the venue will have a “Polar Tunnel” art installation. The market is active Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

7. Swedish Holiday Market at House of Sweden

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2900 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 536-1500
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This annual Swedish holiday market hosted by SWEA International will occur at the House of Sweden in Georgetown December 7. More than 1,500 attendees are anticipated—as are crafts, textiles, books, and delicacies. The market opens at 10 a.m., with a festive procession to follow at 5 p.m.

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8. Tenley WinterFest at Janney Elementary School

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4130 Albemarle St NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 282-0110
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In Tenleytown, more than 100 merchants will participate in this annual holiday market December 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Free wrapping is available on site.

9. Norwegian Holiday Festival and Bazaar

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3810 Meredith Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 273-4094
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On December 6 and 7, check out this Norwegian holiday festival in Fairfax. It includes live music, imported food, jewelry, crafts, and baked goods.

10. Unique Markets at Union Market

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(301) 347-3998
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On December 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., retail organization Unique Markets is hosting a holiday market at Union Market. Seventy-five local vendors are expected, and free tote bags are included.

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11. GRUMP Holiday Market at National Zoo

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3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 633-4888
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At the National Zoo, this alternative arts-and-crafts event runs from December 6 through 8. The zoo promises “unique and quirky gifts” amid its annual ZooLights event.

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12. DC Brau Holiday Market

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3178 Bladensburg Rd NE Suite B
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 621-8890
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On November 30 at the DC Brau brewery in Northeast, a holiday market sponsored by Think Local First DC will host more than 40 vendors. There will also be live music, kids games, and food trucks.

1. Downtown Holiday Market in Penn Quarter

&, F St NW &, 8th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
A holiday market filled with people in the middle of a city. The market is lined with white tents. AFP via Getty Images

Now in its 15th year, this annual holiday market in front of the National Portrait Gallery on F street NW between 7th and 9th streets NW offers more than 150 merchants selling handmade art and wares. It’s open until December 23 (closed on Thanksgiving) from noon to 8 p.m. daily, and is accessible by Metro.

&, F St NW &, 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

2. Christkindlmarkt at Heurich House Museum

1307 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
A historic house museum in a city. It is three stories tall and made of brick. Shutterstock

At the Heurich House Museum in Dupont Circle, “Christkindlmarkt” will run from December 6 through 8. The museum will be open for public tours inside the holiday-decorated mansion during the event. Tickets are available online or at the door. All proceeds benefit the museum.

1307 New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

3. Van Ness Pop-Up Shop

4340 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Twenty local vendors are slated to participate in this holiday market near the Van Ness–UDC Metro station. Holiday coloring, drawing, card-making, and gingerbread-decorating will be available for kids and adults. The pop-up starts December 13 and ends December 15.

4340 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

4. Maryland Christmas Show

797 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

From November 29 to December 1, the Frederick County Fairgrounds will host this 35th annual holiday expo, with hundreds of vendors expected. The goods are spread across seven buildings and a big tent.

797 E Patrick St
Frederick, MD 21701

5. Alexandria’s Holiday Market

300 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA 22314

In Alexandria, this annual market runs from December 1 through 6 at John Carlyle Square. Admission is free.

300 John Carlyle St
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. Winterfest at Wunder Garten

1101 First St NE, Washington, DC 20002

This NoMa pop-up market takes place at the Wunder Garten beer garden between December 6 and 22. The beer garden transforms into a winter wonderland with festive lights and local vendors selling their goods. Drinks are available, and the venue will have a “Polar Tunnel” art installation. The market is active Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

1101 First St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Swedish Holiday Market at House of Sweden

2900 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
A modern glassy building seen form the side next to landscaped gardens. Shutterstock

This annual Swedish holiday market hosted by SWEA International will occur at the House of Sweden in Georgetown December 7. More than 1,500 attendees are anticipated—as are crafts, textiles, books, and delicacies. The market opens at 10 a.m., with a festive procession to follow at 5 p.m.

2900 K St NW
Washington, DC 20007

8. Tenley WinterFest at Janney Elementary School

4130 Albemarle St NW, Washington, DC 20016

In Tenleytown, more than 100 merchants will participate in this annual holiday market December 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Free wrapping is available on site.

4130 Albemarle St NW
Washington, DC 20016

9. Norwegian Holiday Festival and Bazaar

3810 Meredith Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030

On December 6 and 7, check out this Norwegian holiday festival in Fairfax. It includes live music, imported food, jewelry, crafts, and baked goods.

3810 Meredith Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030

10. Unique Markets at Union Market

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
An old market building with a large sign on top that says “Union Market.” There is a parking lot outside. Shutterstock

On December 1 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., retail organization Unique Markets is hosting a holiday market at Union Market. Seventy-five local vendors are expected, and free tote bags are included.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

11. GRUMP Holiday Market at National Zoo

3001 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Animal lights at a zoo. Trees are also lit up. Shutterstock

At the National Zoo, this alternative arts-and-crafts event runs from December 6 through 8. The zoo promises “unique and quirky gifts” amid its annual ZooLights event.

3001 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

12. DC Brau Holiday Market

3178 Bladensburg Rd NE Suite B, Washington, DC 20018

On November 30 at the DC Brau brewery in Northeast, a holiday market sponsored by Think Local First DC will host more than 40 vendors. There will also be live music, kids games, and food trucks.

3178 Bladensburg Rd NE Suite B
Washington, DC 20018