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 international-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 2021. Follow the links for schedule details and updates.
2021 Holiday Craft Show, Fairfax High School, Nov 20 – 21
The annual Holiday Craft Show, at Fairfax High School, is one of the premium arts and crafts festivals in Northern Virginia. Artisans from all over the United States, including many local artists, offer wonderful holiday gifs for everyone on your shopping list. $5/$8 one-day/two-day admission; Sat 10:00 – 5:00, Sun 10:00 – 3:00.
Alexandria Shop Small Week, Nov 26 – Dec 2
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 the holiday season. The week kicks off with Black Friday Alexandria (details above) and includes special giveaways.
Old World Christmas Market at Bear Chase Brewing, Bluemont, Nov 27
Enjoy live music, food, and beer while you shop for holiday gifts from 30 local artists. The beautiful setting and mountain views reflect the tradition of European Old World Christmas markets. Warm up around the fire pit, sip hot cocoa, and enjoy fellowship with friends. Free admission; 11:00 – 5:00.
Workhouse Holiday Market, Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, Nov 27, Dec 4 + 11
In 2021, the Workhouse Arts Center galleries will all offer 20% off on all workhouse items over three weekends. Shop local and save on Small Business Saturday and the first two weekends of December. On Dec 11, a holiday art market features a festive experience with local vendors, carolers, hot cocoa, a fashion show, and more.
Dirt Farm Christmas Market, Bluemont, Nov 28
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. Free admission; 11:00 -4:00.
Del Ray Fine Art & Craft Holiday Market, Alexandria, Dec 3 – 19
Del Ray Artisans' annual Holiday Market offers unique handmade fine arts and crafts from local artists. The 2021 market is held Friday to Saturday on the first three weekends in December and different artists are featured each weekend. The market is open Fri 6:00 – 9:00, Sat/Sun 11:00 – 6:00 and admission is free.
City of Fairfax Holiday Market, Fairfax, Dec 3 – 5, 10 – 12
A City of Fairfax holiday tradition returns in 2021. 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.
McLean Holiday Art and Crafts Show, McLean, Dec 3 – 5
The McLean holiday market returns in 2021 with a great collection of 80 juried vendors. Shop for unique, handmade functional and decorative items including fused and stained glass, ceramics, pottery, jewelry, clothing, and more. $5 admission, 12 and under free. Friday 11:00 – 7:00, Saturday 10:00 – 6:00, Sunday 11:00 – 4:00.
Norwegian Holiday Festival and Bazaar, Fairfax, Dec 3 – 4
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. noon – 5:00. Free admission.
Holiday Artisan Market, Occoquan, Dec 4 – 5
Head to beautiful historic Occoquan for a weekend of holiday shopping and fun. Artisans and crafters will line the streets of town offering unique gifts for every age. Santa arrives by boat on Dec 4th at 10:30, then he'll be ready to visit with families 11:00 – 2:30 on both market days. Admission is free. Sat 11:00 – 9:00, Sun 11:00 – 4:00.
Holidays Fine Arts & Crafts Show, Leesburg, Dec 4 – 5
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 Ida Lee Park Recreation Center. Free; Saturday 9:00 – 4:00, Sunday 10:00 – 4:00.
Falls Church Holiday Craft Show, Falls Church. Dec 4 – 5
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.
Mosaic District Holiday Gift Fair, Merrifield, Dec 4 – 5
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; 11:00 – 4:00.
Old Town Manassas Christmas Market, Manassas, Dec 4
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, 11:00 – 5:00.
Gifts from the HeArt, Lake Anne, Reston, Dec 4
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 4
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.
Carlyle Holiday Market, Alexandria, Dec 11
The annual Carlyle Holiday Market transforms John Carlyle Square into a lively open-air festival with vendors and musical entertainment. Market admission is free, open 11:00 – 4:00.
Herndon Winterplatz, Herndon, Dec 11
Winterplatz is a cluster of mini celebrations throughout downtown Herndon. Participating businesses will decorate for the festive season and offer WinterPlatz specials. Admission is free; noon – 7:00
Wheatland Spring Holiday Market, Waterford, Dec 11
Shop for unique gifts at the Wheatland Spring “On the Lager Day of Christmas” market and enjoy festive food and Ghulwein. After your visit, go check out the decorations in historic Waterford. 11:00 – 5:00
Annual Holiday Markets TBA or Canceled in 2021
Sadly, many favorite annual holiday markets are canceled in 2021. We hope to see them all back in 2022.
B Chord Brewing Holiday Market, Round Hill, TBA
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.
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.
Holiday Arts and Crafts Show, Audrey Moore Rec Ctr, Annandale, TBA
The 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.
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