Event will feature more than 70 merchants, a family fun day, and a celebration of six decades as DC’s marquee holiday market
After 61 years, the Junior League of Washington (JLW) will host its final Holiday Shops at Dock5 in Union Market from November 22-24. Thousands of shoppers will visit more than 70 merchants selling a variety of products, including clothing, stationery, toys, home goods, food items, and more. Proceeds from the event benefit the League’s commitment to women’s leadership development and improving the Washington, DC, community through effective action and leadership of its over 2,300 volunteers.
- Shopping hours are from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday, with a variety of events taking place throughout the weekend.
- On Friday, November 22, Holiday Shops weekend kicks off with the Grand Opening Party: Marvelous Memories. Taking place from 6 – 10 p.m., this event will feature food and cocktails from local restaurants, a silent auction, and a first opportunity to shop the market.
- On Saturday, November 23, shoppers can reserve a time slot to bring pets to Dock5 for a Santa Paws
- On Sunday, November 24, children and families can participate in Family Fun Day. Activities include book readings, a Santa letter-writing activity, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Holiday Shops, formerly known as A Capital Collection and before that Christmas Shops, is JLW’s oldest fundraiser. In 1959, Mrs. Clarence Dodge, Jr., Mrs. John W. Gill, and Mrs. Stuart W. Martin chaired the first Christmas Shop. Over six decades, JLW members have devoted countless volunteer hours to what became a marquee market and key fundraiser for the League, attracting over the years a sitting First Lady, dignitaries, and a host of internationally renowned merchants.
JLW is in the midst of a multi-year effort focused on evolving its fundraising model to ensure the organization remains in a strong financial position and can continue serving its members and the community for decades to come. As part of that evolution, the JLW Board of Directors intends to sunset Holiday Shops after the 2019 event, making this our final Holiday Shops.