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. Next, we list annual markets that are canceled in 2020 or to be announced. Check back for updates throughout the holiday season.
Holiday Markets in the Northern Virginia / DC Area
These in-person and virtual holiday markets will brighten the season in 2020. Follow the links for schedule details and updates.
Occoquan HolidayFest, Occoquan, Nov 20 – Dec 13
This three-week festival includes in-person and online activities to celebrate the season. The festival will feature a virtual town tree lighting, gingerbread house competition, trivia night, holiday market, s’mores & cocoa event, raffle prizes, seasonal workshops, and more. On 12/5, River Mill Park hosts a Holiday Market from 11:00 – 4:00. 12/12 is Family Fun Night with Santa arriving at 3:00 followed by fire pits, s’mores, and a staged reading of A Christmas Carol (3:00 – 7:00).
The Enchanted Forest, Westin Tysons, Nov 21 Virtual
The Enchanted Forest is a holiday festival featuring a variety of family events raising funds for the Junior League of Northern Virginia. In 2020, the festival is going virtual. Activities include time with Santa, silent auction, a gingerbread house workshop, special performances, and more. Follow the link for tickets and schedule details.
Alexandria Shop Small Week, Nov 27 – Dec 6
Enjoy a whole week of shopping deals during Shop Small Week in festive Alexandria Virginia. Each day features a different theme to highlight local businesses during this holiday season. The week kicks off with Black Friday Alexandria (details above) and includes special Instagram giveaways.
B Chord Brewing Holiday Market, Round Hill, Nov 27 – 29
Shop for local, handmade gifts for your loved ones from area small-business vendors. The weekend will also feature live music, craft beer, wine, warm food, hot chocolate and more. Free admission; 9:00 – 4:00 daily.
Del Ray Fine Art & Craft Holiday Market, Alexandria, Nov 28 – 29
Del Ray Artisans’ 25th annual Holiday Market offers unique handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists. The 2020 market The open-air holiday market, in the parking lot of Del Ray Psych & Wellness, will feature DRBA members and local artists from Art on the Avenue. The market is open 10:00 – 2:00 daily.
Old World Christmas Market at Bear Chase Brewing, Bluemont, Nov 28
Enjoy live music, food, and beer while you shop for holiday gifts from 30 local artists. The beautiful setting has sweeping mountain views in the tradition of European Old World Christmas markets. Warm up around the fire pit, sip hot cooca, and enjoy fellowship with friends. Free admission; noon – 5:00.
City of Fairfax Holiday Market, Fairfax, Dec 4 – 6, 11 – 13
A City of Fairfax holiday tradition returns for the fourth year. The Old Town holiday market is held during the first two weekends of December. Shop local for crafts, gourmet treats, and unique holiday gifts. Vendors will vary each weekend. Free; Friday 5:00 – 8:00, Saturday 12:00 – 6:00, and Sunday 12:00 – 5:00.
Carlyle Holiday Market, Alexandria, Dec 5 – 6
The Carlyle Holiday Market will begin taking orders online on November 27. Pick up your goods and shop for more great finds when the market opens to in-person shopping on December 5 – 6. The annual event transforms John Carlyle Square into a lively open-air festival with vendors and musical entertainment. Market admission is free, open 10:00 – 7:00.
This outdoor holiday show features more than 40 artisans with fine, handmade creations and products. Find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list at Freedom Park. Free; Saturday 9:00 – 4:00.
Dirt Farm Christmas Market and Oyster Fest, Bluemont, Dec 5
Bundle up and head to Bluemont. Sip on Dirt Farm beer and signature hot beverages while you shop unique, handmade items from local artisans and vendors. The folks of Nomini Bay Oyster Ranch, LLC will be on the mountain all weekend serving their famous oysters. Free admission; opens at noon.
Norwegian Holiday Festival and Bazaar, Fairfax, Dec 5
Enjoy two days of shopping for imported foods, baked goods, and merchandise at the annual Norwegian festival. Shop for Nordic sweaters, crafts, books, and more. Follow the link to reserve your shopping time as capacity is limited this year. noon – 5:00. Free admission.
Old World Christmas Market, Bluemont, Dec 12
Shop local at Bear Chase Brewing’s Old World Christmas Market in Bluemont. 30 local artists will be selling their goods and there will be live music, great beer, and tasty food. Admission is free. 11:00 – 4:00.
Winterfest Holiday Market, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Dec 12
The 2020 Winterfest features a holiday art market, local vendors, a snowflake decorating contest, festive lights, and a special visit from Santa. Workhouse Arts Center galleries will all offer 20% off so you can shop local and save. Tickets are $5, noon – 6:00.
Old Town Manassas Christmas Market, Manassas, Dec 12
Head to Harris Pavillion for a festive Christmas Market and shop for arts and crafts, jewelry, baked goods, body and hair care products, and more. Free admission, noon – 4:00.
Herndon Winterplatz, Herndon, Dec 13 – 14
Winterplatz is a cluster of mini celebrations throughout downtown Herndon. Participating businesses will decorate for the festive season and offer WinterPlatz specials. Pre-order from the online Wintermarkt and pick your goods up during Winterplatz weekend.
Fairfax Night Market, Primetime Sports Bar, Dec 19
The parking lot of Primetime Sports Bar will be transformed into a bustling market with a winter/holiday theme. Enjoy socially distant family photos with Santa, warming stations and hot chocolate stands, and live entertainment. Free admission, 3:00 – 10:00.
Made in Fairfax Businesses, Online
Even if you skip the outdoor markets you can still shop local online and visit local businesses all season long. Check out the Made in Fairfax directory for a great listing of makers and artisans throughout Fairfax County.
Annual Holiday Markets TBA or Canceled in 2020
Sadly, many favorite annual holiday markets are canceled in 2020. We look forward to their return in 2021.
Christkindlmarket, Reston, TBA
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.
McLean Holiday Art and Crafts Show, McLean, TBA
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.
Mosaic District Holiday Gift Fair, Merrifield, TBA
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, TBA
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.
Christkindlmarkt, Lovettsville, CANCELED
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.
Gifts from the Heart, Lake Anne, Reston, TBA
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, CANCELED
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. CANCELED
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.
Whichever holiday markets you choose, we wish you successful shopping and a happy holiday season. Find more holiday fun in these related seasonal guides:
- 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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This article was published in 2019 and updated in 2020.