All is Bright: Winter Holidays in Full Swing at Union Market District


Turkey Drive, Gift Guide, Tree Farm,
Friday Night Light Shows, City Dog Santa and So Much More!

Washington, DC—Mark your calendars! It’s never too early to start planning for the winter holidays, especially one with so many opportunities to gather in celebration while supporting your favorite local businesses. Beginning with Union Market District’s 8th annual Thanksgiving turkey drive with Harvey’s Market and extending through Hanukkah and Christmas, we are the go-to place for unforgettable holiday experiences. There’s a little something for everyone, plus the opportunity to give back to communities in need.

But wait, there’s more! Union Market District’s Holiday Gift Guide returns this year, featuring a curation of more than 50 gift ideas for spreading joy that are as unique as the neighborhood’s independently owned shops and eateries.


Thanksgiving Turkey Drive – November 8–November 17
Harvey’s Market is the spot in Union Market to purchase a Thanksgiving turkey for families in need. This year, we’ve partnered with churches in Wards 4 and 5, including Calvary Episcopal Church, Israel Baptist Church, New Samaritan Baptist Church, Purity Baptist Church, Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Quarter, half and full turkeys will be available for purchase at Harvey’s Market now through November 17.

Nalls Christmas Tree Farm – November 19–December 19
Nalls Farm Market, family owned and operated for more 60 years, is back at Union Market this year. Come shop Christmas trees, garland and more on Neal Place.

Small Business Saturday – November 27
The most wonderful time of the year for shopping small and supporting local economies. Year-round, Union Market District hums with entrepreneurial energy and the weekend after Thanksgiving will be no different: peruse one-of-a-kind products and curated selections from more than 40 independently owned businesses and emerging brands. Come for the goods, stay for art, entertainment and conversation.

Oy to the World!
Menorah Lighting – November 28–December 6 (Every night at 5:30pm)
Hanukkah Baskets – November 28 + December 3 (3-6:30pm)
This Hanukkah season, don’t miss your chance to get all of the best Hanukkah goodies from some of your favorite Union Market retailers. Each basket will include a selection of dishes for two people:

  • Chopped Liver, Harvey’s Market
  • Rye Crostini, Ravenhook Bakery
  • Goat Cheese Spread, The Creamery
  • Latkes, Buffalo & Bergen
  • Lox, District Fishwife
  • Smoked Whitefish, Neopol
  • Sufganiyot, District Doughnuts

A portion of proceeds will be donated to support the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center. The basket will contain Reservations will go live on Wednesday, November 10.

Friday Night Holiday Light Show @ Neal Place – December 3–December 17
Join us on Neal Place at Union Market for weekly holiday light shows in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Each Friday night beginning at 5pm, guests will experience a festive light and music show starting. Revelers can also participate in ornament decorating and sip on specialty hot cocktails from Suburbia! All donations from the evening support the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s mission.

UMD’s “All is Bright” Weekend – December 17–19:

  • Friday Night Holiday Light Show @ Neal Place @ 5pm
    The final countdown: celebrate the holidays with the King and Queen of Christmas, Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey. Light show begins at 7pm.
  • Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC @ Neal Place – December 18 @ 1pm
    Join us for a holiday show with The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, DC sings to inspire equality and inclusion with musical performances and education promoting justice and dignity for all.
  • Full Moon Sound Gong Session @ Dock 5 – December 18 @ 7pm
    Join Sound Wellness at Dock 5 for a special evening in celebration of new beginnings. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation infused with vibration, followed by a gong-sound meditation session. Combined, this experience will allow you to go deeper and realign your energy for a lighter, more elevated existence.
  • Clear Harmonies Carolers – Neal Place – December 19 @ 6:30pm
    The Clear Harmonies Carolers perform a mix of traditional carols, modern holiday favorites and surprising arrangements of well-known songs.

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Back again by popular demand, the District’s Holiday Gift Guide showcases more than 50 curated gift ideas for virtually everyone on your list, from “vacations of the mind” for friends whose passports have expired to America’s next top chef; from the hostess with the mostest to a little sumpin’ for yourself.

The guide is available now online. Remember: plan ahead, shop early, expect delays and be kind to our retail partners as they work hard to serve us during the busiest time of the year!


Retail Pop-Ups

  • Community Love @ Union Market – Fridays-Sundays, November–December
  • SamiChakra @ La Cosecha – Weekends, November–December
  • Se Habla Español @ La Cosecha – Weekends, November–December
  • Lily’s Flower Truck @ Union Market – November 20-21
  • Marcella Kriebel @ Union Market – Weekends @ 11am–7pm through December 5

Special Events

  • Lululemon + Cut7 SweatGiving – UMD Rooftop – November 20
    – Workout party at 10 am with DJ Dimmy to support  Girls Global Academy and The Young Kings Inc.
  • Friendsgiving Modern Caligraphy – La Cosecha – November 22
  • City Dogs Santa Event – La Cosecha – December 4
  • Sip & Script Holiday Edition – La Cosecha – December 14

Live Music

  • Jazz Christmas with Spoken Word and Music @ Neal Place – Friday, December 3 @ 6:30pm
  • Izis la Enfermera – La Cosecha – December 11
  • HoliDIME with American University’s Dime A Dozen @ Neal Place – December 11 @ 1pm
  • Too Much Talent Band @ Neal Place – December 12
  • Clear Harmonies Carolers @ Neal Place – Thursday, December 2 and Sunday, December 19 @ 6:30pm
  • Gay Men’s Choir of Washington DC @ Neal Place – Saturday, December 18 @ 1:30pm

Food + Drink

  • Joyful AF @ Suburbia (hot bevs and smores) – Union Market / Neal Place – November 27–Christmas
  • Happy Hour @ Vitis Wines – Union Market – Fridays at 5 pm – November–December

About Union Market District:

Pioneering vision is the driving force behind Union Market District, an historically relevant neighborhood of sights, sounds and tastes that continues to thrive today. Expanding beyond its origins as a food market to include shopping, dining, arts, entertainment and community events year-round, Union Market District is a discovery destination—a place for creative enterprise and authentic experiences.

More than 35 independent merchants and purveyors of food and drink operate within Union Market proper, plus an open-air rooftop bar and green space with stunning 360-degree city views. La Cosecha, a contemporary Latin American marketplace and culinary embassy located in the District, is designed for community and conversation—carried by a philanthropic mission to foster business education throughout Latin America.

About EDENS:

EDENS is a retail real estate owner, operator and developer of a nationally leading portfolio of 110 places. Our purpose is to enrich community through human engagement. We know that when people come together, they feel a part of something bigger than themselves and prosperity follows—economically, socially, culturally and soulfully. EDENS has 215 employees across offices in key markets including Washington, D.C., Boston, Dallas, New York, Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte, Houston and Denver. For additional information about the company and its retail real estate portfolio, visit or follow @WeAreEDENS.