The application for the Downtown Holiday Marketis now closed. For information regarding spaces please inquire via the Contact Us page.
The Downtown Holiday Market is a program produced in partnership with the Downtown Business Improvement District (DC BID) and Diverse Markets Management (DMM). It will operate the 3 weeks before Christmas.
DATES: Friday, December 2nd through Friday, December 23rd
EVENT HOURS: Advertised hours for the market will be 12 noon to 8:00 pm each day.
The wide sidewalk of F Street, between 7th and 9th Streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture. Directly across the street are Gallery Place Metro, the Verizon Center, and the bustling 7th Street Gallery Place corridor. Opposite the Market is Hotel Monaco, the Spy Museum, and several upscale restaurants.
This will be a juried high quality market intended to feature a diverse mix of seasonal gift items and unique products. Exhibitors will be selected based upon the contribution to a vibrant environment of varied high-quality gifts. Hand made items, artwork, imported handcrafts and specialty foods are welcome. Presentation is an important element of the market environment; booths should be inviting and thoughtfully arranged. Only pre-approved products will be allowed to be displayed.DMM reserves the right to restrict or reject any exhibitor with products deemed unsuitable. Pictures of product will be required for application acceptance.
There are 49 booth spaces. Tents are provided for all spaces. ALL spaces are 10'x10' high peak tents with a back wall, tall ceilings and are closable overnight. Ground covering and electricity is provided. The Holiday Market does NOT provide tables, chairs, extension cords, or lighting beyond a single general ambient light per booth. Displays must stay inside of the space. A “pop-up” canopy frame will not necessarily fit within the 10’x10’ space.
All space provisions include: ·Sheltered tent structures
·Ground covering protection
·Electricity to light your booth.
You must provide your own: ·Heavy duty extension cords
·Tables and chairs
·Display lighting (basic overhead light will be provided)
Exhibitors rotate throughout the event. During participation, exhibitors must keep space neat and orderly, arrive on site with enough time to complete set-up or restocking prior to the public opening of the market and must not leave any display materials, product or debris behind after participation period has ended, even if scheduled to return for a second segment. Failure to meet this policy or abide by other guidelines of the event will result in denial of participation in the future.
There will be a select number of spaces set aside for exhibitors who have the capacity to display for the entire event. Qualification for this opportunity includes: proven ability to staff the booth, maintain stock the entire time, and significantly improve display to meet a retail storefront appearance. An additional fee for this option applies.
RATES: Booth rates are $175 per day during WEEK 1, $200 per day WEEK 2 and $225 per day WEEK 3. An additional 20% is applied for the option to participate for the entire event.Preference is given for exhibitors selecting from the following options:
A non-refundable application fee of $40 is due with the application. Do not send space fees with application.Space fees will be assessed upon acceptance.
Qualified exhibitors will be notified of acceptance and total amount due on or before September 15. Payment is due by October 30. A signed application is a commitment to participate in the Holiday Market. There are no refunds after November 15th or for non-attendance. A $50 fee will be applied for dishonored checks.
A loading area will be available at the curbside of the Market. Load-in hours are 10am-11:00am. Load-out hours are 8pm to 9pm. You are required to be set up by 11:30am. You must be fully packed prior to load-out to accommodate other vehicles in the loading area. Exhibitors maintaining a space for consecutive days may leave display materials overnight.
Space fees include free parking nearby. You will receive a voucher each day to park.