WASHINGTON — Holiday shopping can be one of the most stressful parts of the season.
Circling the mall parking lot, hunting for a spot, jostling through crowds of greedy shoppers just to find a perfect present for everyone you care about is enough to fill everyone with holiday dread. Shopping online is a solid alternative but always risky, especially as delivery times skyrocket during the season. This year, do your holiday shopping a little smarter.
Craft shows held throughout the D.C. area are the perfect opportunity to not only forgo all the mall-at-Christmastime woes but to find unique, often-handmade gifts. Check out this list of local shows and get an early start on that Christmas list.
Vienna Arts and Crafts Show
Spring Hill ReCenter
1239 Spring Hill Road, McLean, Va.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday
Mothers’ Club Christmas Marketplace
Bishop Ireton High School
201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, Va.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Herndon High School Holiday Vendor Sale
Herndon High School
700 Bennett St., Herndon, Va.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
2017 Holiday Craft Show
Fairfax High School
3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax, Va.
Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 19 till 3 p.m.
Herndon Arts and Crafts Show
Herndon Community Center
814 Ferndale Ave., Herndon, Va.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Holiday Shops by the Junior League of Washington
Docks at Union Market
1309 5th St. NE, D.C.
Downtown Holiday Market
Sidewalk of F Street, between Seventh and Ninth streets
Nov. 24 – Dec. 23
12 to 8 p.m.
Heurich House Museum Christkindlmarkt
1307 New Hampshire Ave NW, D.C.
4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday
Bazaar & St Lucia
House of Sweden
2900 K St. NW, D.C.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Maryland Christmas Show at the Frederick Fairgrounds
797 E. Patrick St. Frederick, Md.
Nov. 17-19 and Nov. 24-26
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday
Sugarloaf Craft Festival
Montgomery County Fairgrounds
16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, Md.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Kris Kringle Christmas Market
Charles County Fairgrounds
8440 Fairgrounds Road, La Plata, Md.
4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday