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3 Weeks Till Christmas: 5 DC Pop-Up Shops We Love

By Madison Duddy | December 3, 2020 | Style & Beauty culture


Nothing quite gets you in the holiday spirit like wandering through a market, sipping hot cocoa and picking out presents for loved ones. From hand-made gifts to festive sweets and drinks, these local pop-ups have the perfect gift for everyone on your list—and the fact that they’re outdoors will have you feeling very merry and safe.

Downtown Holiday Market

Take a stroll through this downtown bazaar to find gifts and treats from 70 DC vendors, which change throughout the month. Try Zeke’s roasted coffee to fight off the winter chill, and indulge in Migue's warm mini donuts. While exploring the hand-made clothing, crafts and jewelry, listen to your favorite Christmas tunes played live by local bands and performers like the Washington Youth Choir. 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 23, F St. between Seventh and Ninth St. NW,

Holiday Market at Victura Park at The REACH

Gifts by local artisans and craftspersons—plus delectable snacks and seasonal sips—all await you at this outdoor holiday exchange adjacent to the Kennedy Center. Stay toasty, thanks to space heaters throughout the park, as you shop DC’s small business like jewelry from Definition Studio, clothing from Speak Vintage Fashion, STRŌB Apothecary’s wellness products and more. Nibble on hot bites while enjoying beer, wine, spiked cider or hot cocoa. Open Fridays and Saturdays, 2700 F St. NW,

Park View Pop-Up Holiday Market

Before Hook Hall reopens in January, the space hosts an admission-free, must-visit holiday craft fair on Dec. 5, 12 and 19. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., each Saturday will bring a new lineup of vendors offering snacks, sweets, candles, ceramics, decorative plants and other festive items. With a wide array of businesses participating, like Cadence Candle Co. Sio Ceramics and Sugar Bottom Farms, you’ll be sure to find unique and special presents for all your friends and family. 3400 Georgia Ave. NW,

Dupont Circle Holiday Pop-Up

Although exploring Germany’s famous Christmas markets is out of the question this year, Dupont Circle’s Christkindlmarkt will take you there, without a stop at Dulles International Airport. This Saturday, Dec. 5, buy hand-crafted presents like paintings, scarves, chocolates, jewelry and pottery as well as imported food, fine art, shoes and more. Try sweet rolls from the Armenian bakery Pourie-Mourie, pick up intricate carved soaps and sensational lotions from Mayapple or take a look at Patiently Crafted’s bold, handmade jewelry. 12-5 p.m., Dupont Circle NW,

Heurich House & DC Brau Present Hoptimist Holiday Market, A Virtual Experience

Local, hand-made goods are now available from the safety of your home on Heurich House’s Christkindlmarkt and Brau Market online bazaar. Through Dec. 11, browse colorful statement earrings from Fresh Pair, cuddly crocheted dolls by Hooked & Loopy, gorgeous pottery from Great Hills Studios and illustrated DC map prints by Cherry Blossom Creative. Also, for seasonal tastes, peruse Pratt Standard Cocktail Co.’s drink kits and heavenly baked goods like vegan doughnuts from Sweet Crimes Bakery.

Photography by: Andy He on Unsplash