This magical holiday marketplace in Washington, DC is worth multiple trips, thanks to a rotating cast of local vendors and performers.
Where is the Downtown Holiday Market? What’s nearby?
This year's edition of the Downtown Holiday Market will be on the street, centered on 8th and F Streets, NW. Now in its 18th year, its bright lights bring Penn Quarter and Chinatown to life, providing a holiday spark to the neighborhood. The spacious, open-air village is free and open to the public, and opens ahead of Thanksgiving week, on Friday, Nov. 18, and will be open daily from 12-8 p.m. through Dec. 23. The Downtown Holiday Market will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) and Monday, Dec. 5.
After you peruse the market, you can check out the free-to-enter Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, both housed in the same building nearby. Dinner and cocktails can be enjoyed at nearby restaurants like Jaleo, Zaytinya, Clyde’s of Gallery Place and Carmine’s, or you can get your food to-go.
What will I find at the Downtown Holiday Market?
This year's Downtown Holiday Market will feature more than 75 exhibitors. Visitors can expect a range of family-friendly offerings including emerging artisan makers, returning favorite vendors, festive decor and lights. For a full lineup of featured artists, visit Downtown Holiday Market’s exhibitor list.
What else will I find there?
Anticipate a fresh lineup of rock, jazz, soul, country, world and contemporary artists, and of course you’ll be able to hear your favorite holiday songs this season. For a full lineup of featured musicians, visit the Downtown Holiday Market’s website.
ARTECHOUSE has partnered with the market to create an all-new immersive extended reality experience for guests. Visitors can uncover a hidden layer of XR art at the market or at ARTECHOUSE's new holiday experience.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco DC and Dirty Habit are the official hotel and restaurant partners of the Downtown Holiday Market. Right next door, the property will feature fun and festive holiday décor, outdoor fire pits, blankets and specialty cocktails.
What’s there to eat and drink at the Downtown Holiday Market?
Food and drink vendors include A Taste of Germany, Alexa’s Empanadas and Churros and Migue’s Mini Donuts. For a more comprehensive list, visit the market's website.