Travel Mag ranks DC's Downtown Holiday Market as one of the very best of its kind in the entire country for many reasons. For one thing, the market plays host to an eclectic mix of vendors selling all different types of handcrafted gifts. They change on a daily basis, so there's always something new to see. For another, the market is open every day from Black Friday through December 23rd. Perhaps most importantly, the Downtown Holiday Market makes shopping fun with a lineup of food booths and live entertainment.
Come to the stretch of sidewalk in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum to experience the holiday shopping village from noon to 8 p.m. each day. Bring along your wallet so that you can stock up on artisan jewelry for friends, pieces of pottery for your own kitchen, or works of local art for members of your family. Admission is free.