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Washington DC Holiday Pop-Up Shopping For the Christmas Holiday Season

Updated 10/13/2022

Does the battle that is holiday shopping at the local mall sound worse than a stick to the eye? Do ticky-tacky “Black Friday Sales” give you high blood pressure?

Do you enjoy giving your friends and family unique handcrafted or vintage items?

If so, where can you go to avoid getting trampled and buying gifts that are blah? Try specialty pop-up shopping!

We’ve put together a list of festive Holiday Pop-Up Markets in Washington DC that you can hit to find niche items and something special to wow everyone from your teen to great-grandfather.


URBNmarket Holiday Pop Up December 3th & 4th 

Young smiling ethnic woman with girl choosing gifts near Christmas tree in souvenir shop

If your holiday shopping list requires the coolest, newest, handcrafted, or vintage, then the URBNmarket in the Mosaic District of Fairfax is the place to be on December 3-4th.

Anytime you visit a URBNmarket you will find vetted, local vendors selling one-of-a-kind items that are hard to pass up. These two days will kick off with a tree lighting event on Friday, while over 40 vendors fill the space and offer you something unique for that special someone.

This event is for the whole family and even boasts free parking so even dad can’t complain. There will be other URBN markets in other locations in Washington DC on other dates.  Please check the website. 


Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets  December 3, 12-5 pm 

People Walking in the Street

Dupont Circle Main Streets will be having a pop-up holiday shopping event on Saturday, December 3 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. More than 50 vendors will be outside on the sidewalks along 17th Street, P Street, and Connecticut Avenue for pop-up shopping.

The pop-up shopping event will have artists, jewelry, pottery, candles, soaps, and other crafts. Pop-ups will be in front of retail stores so you can walk around and then take a break in Dupont Circle park or at a strategy to recharge.

Volunteers will be at the Dupont Circle Metro-North exit on Q Street – passing out maps and giving directions to pop-up shops, retailers, and other destinations.

The pop-up events are organized by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets and sponsored by the Department of Local and Small Business Development. The event is free and open to the public. Rain or shine. 


Van Ness Main Street Holiday Pop-up  Saturday, December 10th, 11 am to 5 pm 

Assorted Plush Toys

SAVE THE DATE to shop local this holiday season! Everyone’s favorite pop-up shopping event is back for its sixth year, taking place Saturday, December 10th from 11 am-5 pm. In addition to super-creative local artisans popping up on Connecticut Ave, we’ll have family-friendly activities taking place throughout the day. Also, look out for food and drink specials, kids crafting, a raffle, and more!

Downtown Holiday Market Saturday, Nov 18-Dec 23, 12 pm to 8 pm Daily 

Side view of smiling African American female with Xmas sock in shop with decorative baubles and gifts

Operated by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) and Diverse Markets Management, this year’s market will again take over two entire blocks of F Street NW, from 7th to 9th Streets NW. With its main grand entrance located on the sidewalk in front of the National Portrait Gallery, the outdoor shopping village’s expansive footprint allows for wide aisles for shopping, browsing, and enjoying food and live entertainment. 


Vintage By the Bay and The Blue Heron Boutique Holiday Pop-Up Market  December 3, 9am to 3 pm

Woman Wearing Pink V-neck Long-sleeved Shirt and Red Skirt Holding Christmas Gifts

Vintage By the Bay and The Blue Heron Boutique is hosting a Holiday Pop-up Market. They will have over 25 local artisans and vendors here along with Food Trucks. The event itself is from 9 am until 3 pm. Don’t miss this! This is a one-day-only event. PLEASE CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES ON SHOPPING. 

We at Eng Garcia wish you and your family a warm and happy holiday season!




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