16th Annual Downtown Holiday Market – Opening Day
WHEN : Friday, November 20th to Wednesday, December 23rd
(Closed Thanksgiving Day, November 30th, December 7th, and December 14th)
HOURS : 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WHERE: F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW
(Entrance outside the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum)
The 16th Annual Downtown Holiday Market, Washington DC’s outdoor shopping village, kicks off the holiday season on Friday, November 20th. The beloved outdoor market continues to support small businesses and entrepreneurs across the region, welcoming shoppers for a safe, secure, and enhanced shopping experience in the heart of the District this year.
Operated by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) and Diverse Markets Management, this year’s market will move off its previous sidewalk location to take over two entire blocks of F Street NW from 7th to 9th Streets NW. The outdoor shopping village’s increased footprint will allow for wider aisles on the street and guests will be able to shop in a safe and socially distant way in accordance with current COVID-19 guidance.
This year’s 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 Made in DC program and this season’s trending styles from the BID’s District of Fashion Show local designer collections. Six food vendors will provide tasty treats and hot beverages, spread across the market. Exhibitors will offer enhanced displays to ensure safety practices, such as contactless and convenient payment methods for purchases and simplified product offerings and set-ups.
The market layout features a single entryway check-in located on the sidewalk of F Street NW in front of the National Portrait Gallery, streamlined one-way, and properly distanced foot traffic managed to ensure circulation around the market’s back-to-back retail vendor tents. All affiliated market workers, exhibitors, and shoppers will be required to wear masks or other personal protective equipment upon entry and at all times within the market. Hand sanitizing dispensers will be widely available, easily accessed throughout the market.
With the move to this expanded footprint, the Downtown Holiday Market will add exciting and entertaining new features, offsetting the intimate and crowded experience of the past without a stage or the confluence of sports fans and tourists.