The Hit List: Holiday Markets, Hat Parties & More

slide2Photos: Courtesy of Heurich House and Goorin Bros.
If you’re looking for a great holiday gift for your girlfriends (or just want to splurge on yourself), check out Urban Chic's Perfect Gift Holiday Trunk Show this weekend. There's a kick-off fete hosted by White + Warren, Loren Hope, and Blair Ritchey on Thursday night, and the store will be offering 15% off from Thursday to Sunday.
Thursday, December 5, to Sunday, December 8. Times vary; more details here. 1626 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-338-5398.
If you haven't found the perfect winter hat yet, you'll want to stop by tomorrow's speakeasy-inspired holiday party at the new Goorin Bros. hat shop in Georgetown. Celebrate the 80th anniversary of Repeal of Prohibition Day with '20s-inspired cocktails, food, music, and an abundance of hats, including the brand's dramatic fedoras, driving caps, and cloches. Spend $60 or more and score a complimentary hat pin.
Thursday, December 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. 1214 Wisconsin Avenue NW; 202-338-4287.
Miss Pixie’s is hosting a Holiday Thank You Party on Thursday evening. You’ll get 10% off all the amazing vintage home furnishings. Neighborhood fixtures including Barcelona, Cork Market, and Printed Wild will be on-hand to offer delicious treats and even more shopping opportunities. Expect door prizes from Bakehouse, Whisked!, Flowers on 14th, Room 11, Studio Theatre, and, of course, Miss Pixie’s.
Thursday, December 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. 1626 14th Street NW; 202-232-8171. RSVP here.
Dormify is having a great big year-end sale and open house on Friday in their Rockville showroom. Take 40 to 80% off fun decor finds for your dorm room or home, and pick up cheerful gifts for friends and family.
Friday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 10101 Molecular Drive, Suite 300, Rockville; 413-367-6439.
Get into the Christkindlmarkt (that's German for "Christmas market") spirit and head over to the Heurich House Museum holiday market and open house on Friday and Saturday, part of Think Local First’s Shop Local Week. Listen to German carols and snack on traditional foods from Café Berlin while you shop. Vendors like Pretty Philosophie, Mallory Shelter Jewelry, Carol B. Sanders Interiors, and Little Spoon Studio will be in attendance.
Friday, December 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, December 7, from 12 to 7 p.m. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW; 202-674-2005. Tickets are $15 for adults; $5 for children.
hitlistPhotos: Courtesy of Miss Pixie's and Blair Ritchey.
Looking for gifts made by local artists? Plan a trip to the DC Arts Studios' Holiday Open House on Saturday, where you can check out over 40 artist studios and pick up thoughtful, handmade gifts. There will also be food and drinks, as well as free dance performances.
Saturday, December 7, from 12 to 5 p.m. DC Arts Studios, 6925 Willow Street NW; 202-882-0740.
If you're looking for more far-flung gift ideas, head to the House of Sweden on Saturday for the Swedish Christmas Bazaar. Explore the café filled with traditional Swedish treats, and don't miss the raffle and Swedish textiles, artwork, and more gift-worthy wares.
Saturday, December 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW; 202-546-7266.
Don't miss DC MEETMarket, taking place the first Saturday of each month. The outdoor market brings together over 40 local vendors, from gift-peddlers like Nomads and Housewives, Trey Apothecary, and Saint Clair Jewelry to delicious food and drink purveyors like Los Verracos Foods, Goldilocks Goodies, and others.
Saturday, December 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. At the corner of 15th and P streets NW; no phone.
Lovers of the unusual should check out GRUMP, an alternative holiday craft show happening on Saturday at Artisphere. In addition to a DJ, snacks, and a possible Yeti, GRUMP will have a wild mix of vendors, including Langdon Wood Maple Syrup, Funnelcloud Studio, District of Craft, Art School Dropout, and Potomac Chocolate. If you have any hard-to-buy-for recipients on your list, this might be your saving grace.
Saturday, December 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA; no phone.
Off The Walls is the Corcoran College of Art and Design's annual art sale, and it's a must if you're hunting for creative gifts. The jewelry, ceramics, and artwork are created by Corcoran students, alumni, faculty, and staff. Grab some cookies and hot cocoa from Muse Café, then dive in — all of the proceeds will go to the artist and the college.
Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 500 17th Street NW; 202-639-1801.
Who said Sunday nights have to be tame? Black Cat is hosting its annual Rock-N-Shop, a rad rock-and-roll-themed garage sale, on Sunday evening. Find records, crafts, and more while listening to Daisy (Smash) spin all night. It promises to be totally awesome.
Sunday, December 8, 8 p.m. 1811 14th Street NW; 202-667-4490.
Georgetown boutique Wink also believes in Sunday Funday, so stop by this weekend for Think Wink, an evening of cocktails and shopping. Join Metropolitan Thread blogger Kendal Stopak and Vintage Lately’s Emily Yeskel Rubin for the party and get 20% off Wink goods.
Sunday, December 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. 3109 M Street NW; 202-338-9465.

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