5 Super Festive Christmas Markets In Maryland
These Christmas Markets in Maryland are super festive and the perfect way to find that unique and perfect gift for your loved ones this season!
With the holiday season upon us, it’s time to search for that perfect gift to bring a beautiful smile to a certain someone’s face. Or, maybe you want to find some new ornaments or decorations.
Maybe, you just want to see what’s out there for the season. Maryland’s holiday markets and bazaars can help you with that. With several cities home to Christmas markets that range from one-day boutiques to month-long festivals, you’ll find that perfect market to spend a day or two at and come home with bags of Christmas cheer.
Note: Due to COVID, The amazing Sugarloaf Crafts Festival went bankrupt in 2020 (start crying buckets of tears now). However, I think the festivals listed here will certainly scratch your craft festival itch instead!
Maryland Christmas Show – Frederick
The Frederick fairgrounds are the home to this year’s Maryland Christmas Show Nov. 22-24 and Nov. 29-Dec. 1. With dozens of vendors available offering seasonal gift ideas – ornaments, decorations and more – as well as home décor ideas and arts and crafts, the Maryland Christmas Show covers many of your holiday needs.
You’ll want to shop for your holiday treats at the food pavilion with several treats and desserts available. The two-weekend event takes care of many Christmas gift ideas. You’ll want to visit both weekends – and don’t hesitate on buying gifts – because the same vendors won’t be there each time.
Downtown Holiday Market– Washington D.C.
The 16th Annual Downtown Holiday Market, Washington D.C.’s outdoor shopping village, kicks off the holiday season Friday, November 20. As the tradition continues, the beloved outdoor market will support small businesses, local artisans and entrepreneurs from across the region. Shoppers can enjoy the enhanced open-air street market in the heart of the District through December 23.
Operated by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) and Diverse Markets Management, this year’s market will move from its previous sidewalk location into the street, taking over two entire blocks of F Street NW, from 7th to 9th Streets NW. The increased footprint will allow for wider aisles on the street and guests can shop confidently with social distance in accordance with current COVID-19 guidance.
This year’s retail lineup will feature more than 70 exhibitors each day including Black-owned and minority-owned businesses from the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development’s (DSLBD) Made in DC program, and this season’s trending styles from the BID’s District of Fashion local designer collections.
Six food vendors will provide prepackaged tasty treats and hot beverages in locations throughout the market. Adding to the market’s contactless technologies, Downtown Holiday Market is thrilled to partner with ARTECHOUSE DC to launch a first-of-its-kind interactive Mixed Reality Activation adventure that shoppers can use with their smartphones.
WHEN: Friday, November 20 to Wednesday, December 23, 12:00PM to 8:00PM • Closed Thanksgiving Day, and Mondays Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec 14 • Note: The market will operate daily, regardless of rain or snow.
WHERE: F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW– Entrance is outside the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum
Christmas Village – Baltimore
In Europe, weeks-long outdoor Christmas markets truly ring in the holiday season. With Christkind (giver of gifts), the markets are a bevy of holiday-themed vendors, such as ornaments, decorations and traditional food. Today, Baltimore carries on that tradition with the Christmas Village in the Inner Harbor. Running from Thanksgiving Day until Dec. 24, about 50 vendors provide seasonal items, including holiday-themed decorations and ornaments as well as German-style food and condiments.
Shoppers find all kinds of goods at the indoor and outdoor village, including toys, jewelry, clothes and arts and crafts. With Santa Claus in town to visit with children abut their holiday wish lists, a trip to the Baltimore Christmas Village is the perfect way to celebrate the advent season. The village will host a sneak peek weekend Nov. 23-24, and the Christkind from the Nuremburg, Germany, market will officially kick off the celebration Dec. 1.
Kris Kringle Christmas Market – La Plata
(This event is cancelled in 2020 due to COVID) The Kris Kringle Christmas Market combines the best of the holiday season – Santa Claus, Christmas tree lighting and shopping! The three-day event Dec. 11-13 kicks off with Santa’s arrival on Friday, along with the official tree lighting ceremony.
While the kids visit Santa Claus and discuss the world’s issues – such as the perfect gift they want – you can head over to the market where dozens of vendors offer holiday-themed gift ideas, from ornaments to home décor. Make sure to stop at the concession area and enjoy a nice meal or treat. The Christmas market includes a live nativity scene and music.
Capital Craft Fair
December 4-6, 2020 at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Virginia
The Capital Craft Fair will feature works of art and fine crafts presented by more than 100 juried artists. Artists will offer a wide variety of handmade art in mediums including clothing/textiles/fiber, food and beverage, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting and prints, photography, pottery/clay, printmaking, wood.
From an old-fashion German Christmas market to local festivals, Maryland knows how to celebrate the holiday season. As you head off to your version of the North Pole in search of elves to help you find the perfect gifts, take time to enjoy a few treats and maybe a nice cup of hot chocolate…as well as a gift or two for yourself. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
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