The Holly Days

With the continuing COVID19 health emergency limiting in-store sales, many retailers now offer online shopping along with curbside pick-up and delivery options. Not only is it convenient; it keeps our customers and staff safe. So every Monday (and every day) between now and New Years Day is Cyber Monday! Check out these EMMS businesses with online shopping options.

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Eastern Market is Closed Mondays; and will have extended hours (9AM-7PM) on Tuesday (12/29) & Wednesday (12/30). New Year's Eve 9AM-5PM & Closed New Year's Day. Saturday (1/2) & Sunday (1/3) 9AM-5PM. 

Welcome to Eastern Market, Washington DC’s original and premier food & arts market! The indoor market is open 9:00am - 5:00pm Tuesday – Sunday (Closed Monday). The Tuesday outdoor market operates Noon - 4:00pm. The weekend outdoor markets operate both Saturday and Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm; and the Flea Market at Eastern Market operates Sunday 9:00am - 3:00pm. Face masks and social distancing are strictly enforced for everyones safety. We look forward to seeing you around the market!

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Our Fall Fundraising campaign is currently underway! Help us raise $2,500 by December 31, 2020.

Throughout these challenging and uncertain times, EMMS has been there for the small business community. But we need your support to continue our efforts. A donation of $50 (or more) will go a long way towards supporting our holiday programming, and continued grant & technical assistance as we prepare for an uncertain winter. 

Whether you want to prepare it yourself, or leave the cooking to the pros, our businesses have #EverythingYouNeed for holiday dining.

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A big Thank You! to everyone who shopped small & shopped local (whether in-person or on-line) on Small Business Saturday (November 28th). There are still plenty of ways to support local, small businesses this holiday season and beyond.


Check out our gift guide below...

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The trees have arrived! Eastern Market vendors have an assortment of holiday trees, wreaths, garland & tabletop decorations. M-F 7AM to 8PM, Sat & Sun 6AM to 6PM + C Street SE (west of Seventh Street SE) weekends only. 


There will be a citywide (virtual) Holiday Lights Scavenger Hunt competition. The more tasks you complete, the more entries you get into the contest. Participants are encouraged to vote for their favorite commercial corridor (thru December 14) with winners being announced at a (virtual) Awards Ceremony on the 16th. All attendees of the Awards Ceremony will receive a virtual "swag bag".

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View Our Winners! Businesses in the Eastern Market Main Street corridor have gotten into the holiday spirit with festive lighting and decorations. Take a stroll around the neighborhood December 14th - 20th and let us know your favorite. Voting ends at midnight on December 20th. The winner of the People's Choice will be announced on social media on December 22nd and will receive free ad space courtesy of The Hill Rag. Follow all the holiday happenings at #ShopSmall #ShopLocal

Take a stroll around Capitol Hill and view the festive lighting and decorations thank to The Hill is Home's #LightUpTheHill interactive map!


And don't forget to check out these free self-guided walking tours sponsored by the Capitol Hill Restoration Society. Details including photos and downloadable handouts are posted at and

In the interest of safety, our annual Caroling Marathon will be replaced with online holiday concerts. Enjoy from the comfort of your living room and support local talent. Happy Holly Days!

December 5 - 20th: The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC's Holiday Show is online and only $25! In honor of their 40th anniversary season, GMCW brings you some of their best hits from holiday extravaganzas over the years, plus many never-before-seen virtual performances, some all-new dance numbers from 17th Street Dance, new music from all of our vocal ensembles and the GenOUT Youth Chorus, plus a virtual holiday sing-a-long and much more!

December 16 - 19th: Each week, #CapitolHill favorite, Mr. Henry's, presents Digital Concerts Live on Facebook from 6-7PM. This week's concerts will include a festive mix of holiday favorites. And don't forget to tip your performers.

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December 11 - January 5th: For its annual holiday concerts, the Folger Consort rejoices with a mix of Yuletide favorites. Complementing the joyous German holiday fare are Christmas classics from the English and American traditions, including festive carols by 18th-century American choral composer William Billings. With vocal quartet, winds, strings, and continuo. This concert will be presented virtually and will be available on-demand December 11 through January 5.

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