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Christmas Markets in Washington DC

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This post lists the top 11 Christmas/Holiday markets in Washington DC, including tips on how to reach them, what you can do and buy, updated for 2022.

Be sure to read our full guide on Christmas in DC


WASHINGTON DC CHRISTMAS MARKETS

The holiday season in DC is one of the most festive and beautiful times of the year.

It is also a shopper’s paradise – if you like unique items, artisan gifts, crafts, and souvenirs.  

From November through January, there are holiday markets in the city that sell special holiday items as well as jewelry, clothing, arts and crafts, and so much more.

Even if you don’t plan on shopping, the atmosphere is fun and many markets offer fantastic food and warm drinks. 

TIP: Check a market's website before heading out to make sure there have been no changes to their schedule or locations. 

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1 - DOWNTOWN DC HOLIDAY MARKET

This is one of the prettiest and most centrally-located holiday markets in DC. It is located outside the National Portrait Gallery just off the Metro Center metro station.

Here you will find a variety of locally "made in DC" crafts, the best mini donuts and lots of live holiday music to enjoy while you're shopping.

Stalls sell all kinds of items, like handmade winter gloves and hats, Christmas decorations, jewelry, local foods, and more.

You can also snack at food stands with a variety of treats, hot drinks, kettle corn, and holiday sweets.

  • Dates: November 18, 2022 - December 23, 2023 (Closed Thanksgiving Day and December 5)
  • Hours: Daily 12 pm-8 pm
  • Location: Centered at 8th and F Streets, NW

TIP: The Downtown DC Market is located just around the corner from where our Holiday Lights Bus Tour meets!


Unlike cities like Berlin, London and NYC that have many month long Christmas Markets, Washington DC mostly has a variety of amazing pop-up markets that last 1-3 days in early December.

Washington DC Pop Up Holiday Markets

1. Heurich House Christkindlmarkt

Located at one of our favorite historic house museums, the Christmas Market at Brewmaster's Castle continued Heurich's tradition of supporting local artisans.

"Our goal is to create a more equitable future for local small-scale entrepreneurs, who are historically women, people of color, and immigrants, and who have been affected deeply by the pandemic. This program is part of our core mission and is rooted in historic brewer Christian Heurich’s legacy of entrepreneurship and philanthropy."

  • Dates: December 2, 2022 - December 4, 2023
  • Tickets Required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/heurich-christmas-markt-2022-tickets-429209706787
  • Location: Heurich House Museum 1307 New Hampshire Avenue Northwest Washington, DC 20036

2. Old Town Alexandria Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show

Over 110 local artisans set up in Old Town Alexandria, which will be decked out with holiday cheer.

  • Dates: December 10, 2022
  • Hours: 11 am - 4 pm
  • Location: Heurich House Museum 300 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA 22314

3. Dupont Circle Pop Up Market

Check out the vendors throughout Dupont Circle, along P Street and Connecticut Street NW and the Dupont Underground. This is in addition to all the great local shops in Dupont Circle. We've always loved Kramers Bookstore.

  • Dates: December 3, 2022
  • Hours: 12 pm - 5pm
  • Location: Dupont Circle

4. Winter Festival at the National Arboretum

In addition to local crafts and gifts, you can get holiday greenery and even Christmas trees at the Winter Festival.

Reserve a Spot - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fonas-winter-festival-tickets-388855225447?aff=FONAweb

  • Dates: December 10, 2022
  • Hours: 10 am - 4 pm
  • Location: U.S. National Arboretum — 3501 New York Avenue Northeast Washington, DC 20002

5. Unique Market at Union Market

Curated local vendors selling fashion, homegoods, leather goods, art, jewelry and more. Tickets are required to attend but you get a free tote bag, drinks and a wrapping station.

Find out more and get tickets

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: November 22nd, 2022
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