Holiday markets in Northern Virginia and the Washington DC region are a fun and festive way to shop for local gifts while celebrating the Christmas season. Arts and Crafts shows, and internationally-themed holiday markets offer unique gifts and special activities..
Holiday markets are listed below in order of start date, and include links to more details. Some markets charge an admission fee, while others are free to attend. All offer happy destinations for gift-buying during the holiday season.
November Holiday Markets in the Northern VA Area
The Enchanted Forest, Westin Tysons, Nov 23 – 24
The Enchanted Forest is a holiday festival featuring a variety of family events raising funds for the Junior League of Northern Virginia. Stroll through a beautiful “forest” of 120 theme-decorated trees for silent auction. Activities include a gingerbread house workshop, arts and crafts, holiday shopping, children’s performances, photos with Santa, a model train set, and hands-on activities for kids. Follow the link for ticket and schedule details.
December Holiday Markets in the Northern VA Area
Christkindlmarket, Reston, Dec 5
The German Military in Reston transforms its parking lot into a traditional German Christmas Market with German food and beverages, arts and crafts, and mulled wine. All proceeds go to local charities, and traditional music adds to the fun. The event gets very busy, so arrive early if you can. Free; 4:00 – 9:00.
City of Fairfax Holiday Market, Fairfax, Dec 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22
A City of Fairfax holiday tradition returns for a third year. The Old Town holiday market is held during the first three weekends of December. Enjoy live holiday music, hot drinks, gourmet treats, and more as you shop for crafts and unique holiday gifts. Vendors will vary each weekend. Free; Friday 5:00 – 8:00, Saturday 12:00 – 6:00, and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00.
Del Ray Fine Art & Craft Holiday Market, Alexandria, Dec 6 – 8, 13 – 15, 20 – 22
Del Ray Artisans’ 24th annual Holiday Market offers unique handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists, and features different artists each weekend. Choose from wall art, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass, and more. The market is open Fridays 6:00 – 9:00; weekends 11:00 – 6:00.
McLean Holiday Art and Crafts Show, McLean, Dec 6 – 8
Returning after a two-year break, the show features 80 juried vendors. Shop for unique, handmade functional and decorative items, including fused and stained glass, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, clothing and much more. $7 admission; Friday 11:00 – 7:00, Saturday 10:00 – 6:00, Sunday 10:00 – 4:00.
Norwegian Holiday Festival and Bazaar, Fairfax, Dec 6 – 7
Enjoy two days of live music, dancing, and cooking demonstrations, as you sample imported foods and baked goods at the annual Norwegian festival. Shop for Nordic sweaters, crafts, books, and more. Friday, 10:00 – 6:00 and Saturday 9:00 – 4:00. Free admission.
Mosaic District Holiday Gift Fair, Merrifield, Dec 6 – 7
The annual Holiday Gift Fair, sponsored by UrbanMarket, returns to Mosaic District with two days of holiday shopping fun. The market features over 50 local vendors, offering the best handmade and vintage goods the area has to offer. Attend on Friday to join in the tree lighting ceremony. Free; Friday 3:30 – 8:00, Saturday 11:00 – 4:00.
Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, Audrey Moore Rec Ctr, Annandale, Dec 7 – 8
The 42nd annual craft show features over 120 area artisans plus door prizes throughout the day. You’ll find unique gifts for everyone including art, pottery, woodwork, quilts, and more at this juried show. Admission $2 (12 and under free). Saturday 9:00 – 4:00, Sunday 10:00 – 3:30.
11th Annual Christkindlmarkt, Lovettsville, Dec 7 – 8
Shop for authentic Bavarian goods and treats from over 25 crafters and vendors while you enjoy live music and tasty German food. Visit with St. Nicholas, along with Krampus, the Woodsman, and the Christkindl Angel. Free admission. Saturday 10:00 – 6:00, Sunday 10:00 – 5:00.
Holidays in Leesburg, Leesburg, Dec 7 – 8
This annual show features more than 95 artisans with fine, handmade creations and products. Find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Ida Lee Park. Free; Saturday 9:00 – 4:00, Sunday 10:00 – 4:00.
Gifts from the Heart, Lake Anne, Reston, Dec 7
Stop in the Reston Community Center at Lake Anne to shop local at the annual Gifts from the HeART. Stick around for more holiday fun at Jingle on Lake Anne, where Santa arrives by boat. Free; 11:00 – 4:00.
Herndon Holiday Arts & Crafts Show, Herndon, Dec 8
Over 90 artisans and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their work at this annual arts and crafts show. A variety of handcrafted items and fine art will be on sale including wreaths, jewelry, Christmas ornaments, and homemade items at the Herndon Community Center. Free admission and parking. 10:00 – 4:00.
Falls Church Holiday Craft Show, Falls Church. Dec 7 – 8
Deck the halls with special gifts from the annual Holiday Gift and Craft Show. More than 50 crafters and merchants show their wares selling unique handmade items, baked goods, and more. $1 admission for both days. Saturday 9:00 – 4:00, Sunday 11:00 – 4:00.
Herndon Wintermarkt, Herndon, Dec 14
Enjoy a family-friendly traditional German-style Christmas Market with a family focus supporting the Town of Herndon and surrounding communities. This is open to the public at no charge, though food, drink and crafts are available at additional costs. Noon – 8:00
Whichever holiday markets you choose, we wish you successful shopping and a happy holiday season. Find more holiday fun in these related seasonal guides:
- 2019 December Events in Northern Virginia – Festivals and Fun Near DC
- 2019 ICE National Harbor and Christmas on the Potomac at Gaylord Resort
- Holiday Shopping Fun and Santa Photos in Northern Virginia
- 10 Fun and Free Things to Do on a Washington DC Holiday Visit
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