The Downtown Holiday Market
The 5th annual Downtown Holiday Market runs from December 4 to 23. You will find a wide array of gifts such as pottery, jewelry and paintings. The 50 exhibitors rotate daily and bring shoppers new and different selections every day. While shopping in the market area, you'll find snacks and see a little seasonal entertainment that makes the experience even more appealing. Located on the F street sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery, the market is open from noon until 8 p.m. and is close to the metro.
If you want a little workout while enjoying beautiful scenery, take the five-mile-long moonlight hike offered by the U.S. National Arboretum. This fast-paced hike takes you through hilly uneven terrain, meadows, moonlit gardens, wooded areas and allows you to view the changes that night brings to the landscape of the arboretum. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. The hike begins at 7:30 p.m. You should arrive about 15 minutes early and meet your official tour guide. This walk is not recommended for children under 16 years of age or for those who are unable to walk long distances.
A Nation's Capital Christmas Walking Tour
Christmas is upon you in the nation's capital at this time of year, so why not take a walking tour to enjoy the sights and sounds on display around the town. A Nation's Capital Christmas Walking Tour takes place on December 12. You will have the chance to lean more about the history of the city as well as some fun facts about its eccentric residents from the past, including those who never put up Christmas trees. You will see beautiful historic venues such as Ford's Theater and the Renwick Gallery along this walking route. The tour concludes at the National Christmas tree, where you'll be able to see the 50 decorated trees that represent each state in the union.