A Look into the Downtown Holiday Market

A Look into the Downtown Holiday Market

Lights twinkle as bundled up families stroll down the street, inspecting each tent filled with goods. The ambiance can only mean one thing: The Downtown Holiday Market is back! In its 18th year, the market runs daily from November 18th through December 23rd, completely free to all. People fill the streets as artisans proudly portray their works, and everyone has a jolly good time.

Situated on F and 8th Street, the two block stretch is festively covered in white tents with lights strung all around. Guests are quickly met with the sweet smell of churros and chocolate sauce, as no one can shop hungry. As they make their way throughout the market, they also have several options for donuts and tamales. With full and warm stomachs, it’s time to go shopping.

With an array of small businesses, almost everything under the moon is for sale. From imported goods to candles and soaps, you can’t go wrong. Vendors sit patiently, waiting for people to come and support their crafts. Two vendors, Little Slice of Europe and The DC Pop Up, were very friendly and happily invited people into their booths. Colorful textiles were hung all over one booth while blown glass was all over the next. The market is also an opportunity for future business owners; there was a young vendor selling his own creations. 

With the holidays quickly approaching, you can get a large proportion of your shopping down at the Holiday Market. Moms will love any item from the jewelry or candle booths, while dads will adore the funny graphic t-shirts. Make sure to stop by the imported goods booth for unique crafts for your siblings. Never stress—the Downtown Holiday Market is here to save your last minute shopping needs!

To create the holiday ambiance, live music is almost constantly being played on the central stage. A variety of genres and groups are playing, rotating about every two hours. The spirit may vary, from Blues to Irish Step dancers performing. Do note, however, that there is no live music from 3-5pm during the week, so plan accordingly if you do want the musical aspect. 

 The Downtown Holiday Market is fun for all ages with gifts galore. It’s the perfect way to spend a snowy afternoon in the city. From stocking stuffers to sweet treats, everyone can find something fun. Shop small and local this winter by stopping by the festive bazaar.

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Scarlett Gray, News Editor
Scarlett Gray is a junior and this year's News Editor. She spends the majority of her time swimming but also enjoys reading, baking and hanging out with her friends. Returning for her second year on staff, she is so excited to meet all the new reporters and see what stories will be covered!

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