Do your Christmas Holiday shopping alternative-style

If you’re not game to get your craft on yourself you can always go buy something someone else has made in on of DC’s many outdoor markets. The new upstart in the bunch is the Downtown DC Holiday Market on the site of the old convention center at NW 11th and H St. The first day is tomorrow, December 1st and will continue on every Thursday through Sunday, from 11am to 7pm till December 21st.

Formerly the whippersnapper of the bunch is Western Market in Adams Morgan at Marie Reed School Plaza. They’re a Saturday-only 10am to 5pm market that will end their second season on December 17th.

The old warhorse of the bunch is Eastern Market which has run a Saturday market since 1978. The Sunday market‘s not quite as old, hailing back to 1983 on the same location but under different direction and with somewhat different vendors.

You car-free DC ZipCar members will want to buy your Christmas Holiday trees at the downtown market – members get free use of the ZipCars parked on the 11th street corridor to get it home.

photo courtesy of TBoneMcCool

7 Comments so far

  1. Jenn L (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 3:26 pm

    Thanks Don, I was just trying to find out when that market at the old convention center site was opening!

    City dwellers can also get your Christmas/Holiday/Yuletide/Saturnalia/Whatever-it-is-to-you (ok, let’s just say Tannenbaum) Tree at the Garden District at the corner of 14th and S Streets…

  2. Don (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 3:46 pm

    Well I have personally motivated reasons for thinking that Saturday is the best day to go to the new market :) but supposedly there’s some kind of grand opening celebration on Friday at Noon.

    According to the space assignments spreadsheet they sent out to us vendors for the coming week only 1 in 10 will be there all 4 days, making for a lot of variation from day to day.

  3. Tiff (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 3:50 pm

    You know, if you are indeed a vendor there, it’s okay to say so in your post. Double points if it’s accompanied by some snarky and self-referential remark about being a shameless plug.

  4. Don (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 4:43 pm

    I’m used to playing by MetaFilter rules, I guess :) Doesn’t matter – I’ll be at the new Holiday market on Saturdays and continuing to show at Eastern Market on Sundays. Getting attention to any of them helps my cause overall.

  5. Steph (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 6:02 pm

    Two additional places to look for holliday gifts: Bethesda Women’s Co-op Market (located on Wisconsin Ave 2 blocks south of the metro) and Dupont Circle Farmers Market (on 20th between Mass. and Q). Bethesda Women’s Co-op is open Wednesday’s, Friday’s and Saturday’s. Lots of great jewlery finds at very reasonable prices. Also a good place for seasonal plants and wreaths. Dupont Circle Farmers Market is open on Sunday’s. Lots of organic soaps, lip baums, and a limited number of crafts. Also a great place for food gifts — jams, perserves, artisanal cheeses, wacky gourds and the like! And in full disclosure, I work for a veggie vendor at Dupont and am not above shameless self promotion :-)

  6. Tiff (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 8:51 pm

    Don, Don, Don. Clearly we need to teach you about marketing. You have now twice mentioned that you are a vendor and yet still completely failed to tell us what it is that you are vend-ing. Spill it! Don’t make potential customers work for this information!

  7. Don (unregistered) on December 1st, 2005 @ 6:08 pm

    The Girl and I make deco-style mirrors, which you can see at, though we have just added some emm-holiday decorations and lamps which are not yet pictured on the website.

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