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November 1, 2023
Media Contact:
Shelby O’Malley | LRA PR
Enjoy a variety of live entertainment, shop local businesses and munch on sweet treats
WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 1, 2023) - This year’s Downtown Holiday Market, presented by DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID and Diverse Markets Management, returns for its 19th year starting Friday, November 17th through Saturday, December 23rd. Once again, the market will be taking two entire blocks of F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW. The entrance will be located on the sidewalk outside the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. This year, visitors can enjoy a new line up of entertainment, over 70 exhibitors, food vendors and festive decor and lights throughout the season. 
Admission to the Downtown Holiday Market is free and open to the public with daily hours from 12:00PM to 8:00PM. Downtown Holiday Market is closed on Thanksgiving Day, November 23 and Monday, December 4. The market will once again be taking two entire blocks of F Street NW between 7th and 9th Streets NW. The entrance will be located on the sidewalk outside the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 
“We are thrilled to be back for our 19th year to celebrate the holiday season to shop small, shop local and support diverse entrepreneurs, artisans and over 70+ small businesses!” said Michael Berman, president of Diverse Markets Management. “This year we want to focus on gathering everyone together in public to make the festive season even brighter, can’t wait to see everyone there!”

The Downtown Holiday Market’s live entertainment is back and better than ever with bands listing all the way from A-Z where guests can enjoy music from R&B to holiday classics, everyday from 12PM-7PM. Additionally, back by popular demand, Wammie-award winning Blues singer Carly Harvey & The Experience will return on stage November 18th and November 23rd. 
Additional highlights of this year’s Downtown Holiday Market include:
What’s New - This year the Made in DC booth will feature businesses from BLACKBONE. BLACKBONE is a Black Women owned entrepreneurship that encourages and helps their fellow Black women scale their businesses into success. Also new, Anacostia Bid will be joining the market this year to showcase east of the river!
Joe Shymanski & Alton McDougle Photography Booth - Since our inception, Joe Shymanski has been a beloved vendor and local photographer. Alton, his business partner, is thrilled to continue his legacy and represent his booth this year. In honor of Joe, Destination DC has created the ‘Joe Shymanski Memorial Scholarship Fund’ to provide high school students a chance to pursue their dreams in photography and media. Additional information and donation page can be found HERE
Book & Stay - Visiting from out of town and need a place to stay? Take advantage of Downtown Holiday Market’s official hotel and restaurant partner’s hotel package in collaboration with Kimpton Hotel Monaco DC and Dirty Habit, conveniently located right next to the market. Guests will receive a dining credit to Dirty Habit, a gift card to shop at the market, holiday travel mugs, and more.
Foodie Galore - Some of the new delicious additions to the market this year include: Old Blue BBQ, A Little Slice of Europe and Chouquette. We are excited to have Taste of Germany, The Capital Candy Jar, Migue’s Magnificent Mini Donuts return as well. Visit Downtown Holiday Market’s food and drink list to learn more.
Partnerships - Other local partners in the community include Ford’s Theater, where they will be showing A Christmas Carol all season long, José Andrés, with many restaurants located within walking distance to the market, and the upcoming holiday movie starring Eddie Murphy Candy Cane Lane.
For more information about the Downtown Holiday Market including the most up-to-date exhibitors and live performers, visit and follow the market online via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Spread the holiday cheer with us using the hashtags at #DowntownHolidayMarket & #SoMuchMore. For more press inquiries please contact Shelby Jolly at and high res images can be found HERE.
About DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID)
The DowntownDC BID was founded in 1997 and is a private non-profit organization that provides capital improvements, resources and research that keep the BID area clean, safe, economically and environmentally strong and accessible. The BID is a catalyst, facilitator and thought leader in diversifying the economy, promoting public/private partnerships and enhancing the DowntownDC experience for all. This special district, where property owners have agreed to tax themselves to fund services, encompasses a 138-block area of approximately 520 properties from Massachusetts Avenue on the north to Constitution Avenue on the south, and from Louisiana Avenue on the east to 16th Street on the west. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @downtowndcbid.
About Diverse Markets Managements (DMM)
Diverse Markets Managements is a DC-based firm specializing in the development and management of outdoor public exhibitor markets. Formed by market management professionals with expertise in the fields of arts, crafts, collectibles and antiques, DMM possesses a diverse range of skills including: special event planning and programming, public space management, vendor recruitment and management, security services and arts facility development and programming. For more information, please visit or follow on Instagram @diversemarkets.
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