|Announcing the 2012 Downtown Holiday Market|
We are pleased to announce the 2012 Downtown Holiday Market. Celebrating its eighth year, this event boasts one of the most spectacular outdoor shopping environments in the region. This year the Downtown Holiday Market (DHM) will operate for 24 consecutive days and will have 4 weekend dates. It will open Friday, November 30, and will run continuously through Sunday, December 23. Hours will be from Noon to 8 pm each day.
Held in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood with the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture as its backdrop, the festival will again be located on the wide sidewalk of F Street, stretching from 7th to 9th Streets NW. Both ends of the market are within view of entrances to the Gallery Place Metro. Adjacent to the market are the Hotel Monaco, the Spy Museum, the Verizon Center and the bustling 7th Street Gallery Place corridor with many upscale restaurants.
DHM has experienced tremendous growth in stature, sales numbers and customer attendance. This success can be attributed to the hard work of the event producers, the variety of on-site features, and the caliber of participating artists and businesses. Additionally, DHM is well promoted by media partners and a considerable PR campaign.
The event continues to be a juried, high-quality crafts and gift market featuring a diverse display from exhibitors of many types of merchandise, as well as prepared food and beverage vendors. The Market will accommodate 55 exhibitors each day. As it has done previously, the market will continue to rotate exhibitors through the event in segmented schedules, allowing for a rich variety of products and businesses to participate. The market will accommodate a select number of professional retail-oriented exhibitors to be set up for the entirety of the event, for an added fee. Creation of an exceptional booth design to enhance appeal as a “storefront” business will be required. Price increases also apply for participation on the second and third week of the event and the final weekend, traditionally the most requested set of dates, and there is an added fee for special space requests. As always, all exhibitors benefit from excellent amenities: 10x10' space sheltered under high peak tent structures with raised ground covering, walls and closable front. Electricity is provided to accommodate additional display lighting. A loading area is available at the curbside of the Market. Off-site parking is included in the space fee.
All exhibitors wishing to participate must complete the online application and pay a $40 application fee. A jury will review applications, images of products and booth display. Upon notification of acceptance, the space fee will be due.
Application Deadline: Monday, August 27, midnight.
Acceptance Response: September 15-28
Space Fees Due: Monday, October 15
We look forward to your participation and a very profitable holiday season!