DC’s bustling Downtown Holiday Market turns F Street NW (right in front of the National Portrait Gallery) into a daily block party. In addition to the vendors, there are over 75 performances from local musicians. But of course, the main reason to go is for shopping. The Downtown Holiday Market features retailers like Because Science, offering upcycled circuit board jewelry and science-themed gifts, and Smell of Love Candles, a luxury candle company run by a kid-trepreneur. Don’t miss holiday treats like peppermint bark and chocolate-covered Oreos from Capital Candy Jar.
Open November 19 - December 23 (12pm-8pm). F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW, Washington, DC 20001
Taking a page out of Europe’s holiday playbook, the best Christmas markets in the U.S. spread legendary holiday cheer year after year. Often tucked right in town, locals and visitors alike flock to these chock-a-block markets to munch on festive food while listening to live Christmas music and shopping for gifts galore.
As with many holiday traditions, these markets have a rich history: the first-ever German Christmas market popped up in Dresden back in 1434. Since then, these jolly gatherings from the Middle Ages spread throughout Europe and then to the U.S., where markets often celebrate old German customs anywhere from Chicago to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.
You most likely have an outdoor winter market in your hometown, but if you’re up for traveling this year, check out one of the best Christmas markets in the USA this holiday.
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