Thanksgiving has passed, and as you hit the gym, you suddenly feel a sense of warmth in your heart. This warmth that you feel is nothing else but holiday cheer. Many consider the time ranging from late November until the beginning of January as the most wonderful time of the year, however, it is formally known as the holiday season. One thing that marks holiday season in DC is the Downtown Holiday Market.
The 13th Annual Downtown Holiday market is filled with all sorts of gifts, decorations, and more to help prepare any and everyone for the holidays. There are more than 150 artisans, crafters, and boutiques this year showcasing their merchandise to customers.
“[The] sales are good. People are shopping for the holidays especially on the weekend,” explains Tsering Shakya, merchant and owner of Dorjebajra Tibet Shop. Shakya has been a part of the market over the years thanks to the market’s managers, the Downtown DC Business Improvement District (Downtown BID) and Diverse Markets Management (DMM).
At the holiday market, the options seem limitless when it comes to picking out gifts. With dozens of vendors, customers can choose from jewelry, pottery, paintings, clothes, photography, and more.
“I think I like the variety of what’s here… you see a lot of amazing variety of arts and crafts…,” explains vendor and photographer Tom Wachs.
The market also features a stage, where customers can see an array of performances and shows throughout the day. One of the more prominent acts to hit the market’s stage will be on Dec. 17, where The Kane Show will be a part of the market from 12:00 pm-4:00 pm.
The holiday market gives artists and vendors the chance to show off their work while heightening the Christmas spirit.
Customer Marquita Peters explains, “I thought I should come by and see what was going on, and support the art… support whatever I’m able to support.”
As the December holidays roll around, the holiday market continues to be a tradition to help people become prepared and excited. “I do love Christmas, even not being able to go and enjoy a sunshine Christmas, I will definitely make the best of being alive for Christmas. I mean, what else is there to celebrate,” Peters says.
The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will be open until Dec. 23. For more information, please visit downtownholidaymarket.com.