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Holiday markets to make the most of the winter season in the DMV

As fall fades away, the wintry season brings more fun to look forward to in and around D.C.

WASHINGTON — Get in the holiday spirit without leaving the D.C. area. Annual local holiday markets will be serving up everything from German sausages and Christmas cookies with mulled wine to hand-blown glass ornaments and gingerbread house-decorating festivities.

Find a list of events in chronological order to visit throughout the season below. Note: some events are repeating throughout the season, but are listed by starting date.

Excited about an event that’s not on this list? Text us the details at (202) 895-5599.

Traditional German Christmas Market 2021

Nov. 5- Nov. 28

LOCATION:  Virtual

"Enjoy the atmosphere of our Traditional German Christmas Market from the safety and comfort of your own home. Discover lots of delicious foods, great gift ideas, amazing local crafts and much more!"

17th Annual Downtown Holiday Market

Nov. 19 through Dec. 23 - 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily

LOCATION: Downtown Washington, DC: Centered at 8th and F Streets, NW

(Note: Closed Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25

and Monday, Dec. 6 )

This year’s market will again take over two entire city blocks.
"The retail lineup will feature more than 70 exhibitors including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development’s (DSLBD) Made in DC program. Six food vendors will provide tasty treats and hot beverages, spread across the market. Additional exciting and entertaining new features include a live stage of exceptional regional performers."

Maryland Christmas Show

November 19, 20 & 21 November 26, 27 & 28 2021

LOCATION: Frederick County Fairgrounds

797 East Patrick St. Frederick, Md. 21705

"The show offers seven buildings. You'll enjoy the works of top artists and craftsmen offering fine art, pottery, furniture, jewelry, clothing, wreaths and garlands, toys and Christmas ornaments - just about anything related to your Christmas shopping enjoyment."

Tenley Winterfest

Fri, Nov 26, 2021, 9 a.m. –

Sat, Dec 4, 2021, 10 p.m.

LOCATION: Tenleytown Main Street

Washington, DC 20016

"Tenley Winterfest is an eight-day celebration of the holiday season designed to showcase local businesses, community groups, and the neighborhood – all with a unique Tenleytown flair and lots of yetis."

Enchant Christmas World’s Largest Christmas Light Maze & Market

Nov. 26 - Jan. 2, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

LOCATION: Nationals Park, Washington, DC

"Awe and wonder await - immerse yourself in our spectacular Light Maze adventure. Spoil yourself with gourmet holiday treats and other local favorites at the Enchant Eatery, then stroll through the Enchant Market filled with artisan vendors and a magical Christmas spirit and glide through our illuminated ice skating trail. Plus, visit Santa’s Landing to share your Christmas wishes with the Big Man himself."

Heurich Chriskindlmarkt 2021

Dec. 3 - Dec. 5 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

LOCATION: Heurich House Museum 1307 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC

"Each December, the Heurich House Museum curates a 3-day holiday market in its garden. Inspired by German Christmas markets, the event features over 30+ local vendors. Craftsmanship and entrepreneurship are an important part of the museum’s history. The Heurich mansion was built by local artisans in 1894: August Grass, a German immigrant and local craftsman, carved the ornate fireplace mantels; local artists painted its ceiling canvases; Baltimore sculptor Hans Schuler made some of the fixtures in the Conservatory. The home was commissioned by local entrepreneur, brewer Christian Heurich."

Old Town Manassas Christmas Fair and Holiday Craft Show

Dec. 4, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

LOCATION: Manassas Museum Lawn

9101 Prince William Street

Manassas, VA 20110

"Just in time for the holidays, come check off your shopping list!"

Silver Spring Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Fair

Dec. 5, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

LOCATION: Veterans Plaza

Veterans Place

Silver Spring, MD 20910

"From arts and crafts to jewelry and baked goods, to body and hair care, our vendors have everything you wish to surprise your loved ones with!"

Old Town Alexandria Christmas Market and Holiday Craft Show

Dec. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

John Carlyle Square 300 John Carlyle St, Alexandria, VA

Upshur Street Craft Fair

Dec. 14, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

LOCATION: 800 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

"The Upshur Street Craft Fair draws artists and makers from all over the DMV and features an abundance of festivities, including a Gingerbread House Contest, a Pop-Up Holiday Lounge with delicious wintery treats, amazing activities by the Upshur Street businesses, and more. Shop local this year!"

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