13 DC Holiday Markets Where You Can Get Locally Made Gifts

'Tis the season to buy local.
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Get in the festive spirit with a cup of cocoa (or mulled wine) and a stroll through twinkly tents full of locally-sourced crafts and foods—and possibly the perfect gifts.

Downtown Holiday Market

When: November 24-December 23, noon to 8 PM

Where: 8th and F Sts., NW

What: Can’t decide which vendors you want to visit? This collection features over 150 local rotating vendors, with 60 on site each day. Get sweets from Capital Candy Jar, espresso from Vigilante Coffee and detailed stationery from Miks Letterpress. Don’t miss Migues Magnificent Mini Donuts for a mid-shopping sugar rush.

116 King

When: October 24 – December 31

Where: 116 King St., Alexandria

What: With over 30 fashion and lifestyle brands encompassing both men’s, women’s, and children’s items you are bound to find something for everyone. Added bonus: the pop up also has an ongoing schedule with paint and barre classes.

Alexandria Holiday Market

When: December 1-23, from 11 AM to 7 PM

Where: 300 John Caryle St.

What: Drop your little ones off at Children’s Corner for games and fun while you cross out names on your gift list. A Toy Drive by Volunteer Alexandria will be accepting donations to help provide holiday gifts for families in need.

American Field

When: December 7 – January 1, times vary

Where: Old Town, 123 S. Fairfax St., Alexandria

What: American Fields first pop-up features Made in USA products from Bradley Mountain (luggage), Abbott NYC (cologne), Story Dry Goods (leather products), and more.

Bethesda Holiday Market

When: December 9, from 10 AM to 3 PM

Where: Women’s Club of Bethesda, 5500 Sonoma Road

What: Head up north to sample Bethesda’s festivities with hourly giveaways and vendors like Le Fashion Cottage, Tara at Home, and Beehavin’.

Brief Assembly

When: November 25 – December 23, times vary

Where: Union Market, 1287 4th St., NE

What: Shop local retailers and find the perfect ring, beauty product, leather accessory, or homeware for your friends at this pop-up shop from Carolyn Misterek (Matine) and Mallory Shelter (Mallory Shelter Jewelry).

BZB Holiday Gift and Art Show

When: December 16, 22, & 23 from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Where: Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth St., NW

What: In its 27th year, this annual market features over 80 pop-up shops from international artists.

Christkindlmarkt

When: December 1-3, 8, 15, & 22, times vary

Where: the Heurich House, 1307 New Hampshire Ave., NW

What: Dupont’s sole crafts market features the work of over 40 local artists including ceramics, prints, and handmade jewelry. Pick up a new scent for your home at JSquared Candle Co. Guests are welcome to take a break from the cold and walk through the historic—and seasonally decorated—house.

Glen’s Holiday Market

When: December 2-3, 8-10, 16-17 & 22, times vary

Where: 2001 S St., NW; 1924 8th St., NW

What: If you’re hungry, this is the market for you. Glen’s Garden Market will run in Dupont and Shaw. On paleo? Try paleo-friendly brownies at Bakefully Yours. Avoiding gluten? Sample gluten-free whoopie pies Stevie G’s Gluten Free Bakery. For chocoholics, don’t miss Chouquette Chocolates. Vendors rotate daily.

Julmarknad

When: December 2, from 11 AM to 5 PM

Where: House of Sweden, 2900 K St., NW

What: Indulge in all things Swedish by munching on prinsesstårta cake, sipping some glogg (mulled wine), and browsing Swedish textiles, books, bread, and Kosta Boda glassware. The market ends with a traditional, candle-lit Lucia procession at 5 PM.

Made in DC Pop-Up Shop

When: December 1-3, 8-10 & 15-17, times vary

Where: 4340 Connecticut Ave., NW

What: A one-stop shop for gifts and Christmas trees (from December 1-3 & 8-10). Santa will also be taking visitors.

Market 7 Flea’s Holiday Market

When: December 9, from noon to 5 PM

Where: Riverside Recreation Center, 5200 Foote St., NE

What: Shop crafts and trinkets from all African-American-owned businesses at this Ward 7 community market.

Norwegian Holiday Market 

When: December 1 & 2, from 10 AM to 6 PM and 9 AM to 4 PM, respectively

Where: Christ Lutheran Church, 3810 Meredith Dr., Fairfax

What: The 47th annual market will serve traditional Norwegian food, such as nokkelost (cheese with cloves and cumin seeds), krumkakker (Scandinavian waffles) and julekake (Christmas cake). Market-goers can also enjoy live accordion and folk dancing while trying on snow-themed Nordic sweaters.


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Nehal joined Washingtonian as an editorial fellow in fall 2017. She enjoys all things food, arts, culture, and health and is always looking out for new trends. This past May she graduated from Johns Hopkins with a degree in creative writing and a minor in photography. She lives in Foggy Bottom.