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The D.C. Downtown Holiday Market Opens for the 2021 Season – The Hilltop

by Milla Hill

Holiday market visitors wander past vendors. The photo was taken by Milla Hill

Jewelry, chocolate and holiday clothes! The 17th annual Downtown Holiday Market opened on November 19, with more than 70 local businesses and restaurants selling holiday-themed products to families and friends in the capital.

The market is operated by Downtown DC’s Business Improvement District and Diversified Markets Department. Diverse Markets also operates a farmers market and flea market in the Eastern Market in the southeast of the capital

The aisles are decorated with Christmas tree lights for ambiance and equipped with outside heaters for warmth. Each shop decorated its own booth to its liking, so that each one had its own distinct personality.

The outdoor market offers plenty of snacks and desserts for customers to enjoy while shopping. Dining options include freshly baked Miji’s Mini Donuts, Alexa Empanadas, and The Capital Candy Jar.

This year’s market includes daily live performances by local musicians performing original music and new interpretations of other songs, including holiday classics. Electronic speakers amplify performances throughout stores so that musicians can be heard while shoppers roam.

In addition to being a capital holiday staple for shoppers, the market is a great opportunity for sellers. Most have other storefronts, but the holiday market is an opportunity to reach a new audience.

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Shumba Masani designed “Canimals” animal figurines made from recycled tin cans. Masani, 54, has been selling his art in Eastern Market for more than 15 years and found the holiday market through his work there.

“It doesn’t make sense to go out here,” Masani said. “I came here about ten years ago and I love it here.”

The Pyramid Atlantic Center for the Arts is an art studio, gallery, and educational space in Maryland that uses the market to sell the work of their artists. Their artists’ works range from handcrafted foam stamps to art prints to T-shirts.

“This is the first year that the Pyramid Atlantic Center for the Arts has been in the F Street Market,” said Tantara Pearson, a visual arts teacher and event specialist at the center. “At our core, like most nonprofits, we are education-based. It is a fantastic facility.”

This year’s festivities are taking place at 8 and F Streets NW, adjacent to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and diagonally across from the Washington Wizards and Capitals home. Open daily from 12 noon to 8 pm until December 23, except for Monday, December 6.

A full list of festival musicians and vendors is available online at the Downtown Holiday Market website.

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Version edited by Jasper Smith

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