Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

Do you have any leads on where to buy Christmas trees this year? I’m guessing the big box stores will have their normal sales, but I’m hoping to find somewhere local where at least part of the purchase price goes back to a community cause.”

From The Salt Line:

“8th Annual Christmas Tree Lot benefitting The DC Firefighters Burn Foundation. Holiday shoppers may relax and rejoice, as TSL will open early to coincide with the 12PM Grand Opening on Friday, November 27, 2020. And, mark Saturday, December 5, 2020 [10AM-12PM] on the calendar for a day of family fun as the countdown to Christmas continues – DC firefighters will be visiting TSL and sharing an opportunity for kids to check out a fire truck, a Christmas wish for many now coming true! Read More


Christmas Queries

Photo by Victoria Pickering

“Dear PoPville,

Tis the season to start preparing for the holidays. I am wondering if people have charitable or non-profit organizations through which they typically buy holiday wreaths and garlands and such? Wreaths, garlands and poinsettias were fairly popular holiday season fundraisers when I was growing up in the Midwest, but a cursory Internet search for the DC region wasn’t very fruitful. I know there are several local tree farms that set up Christmas tree pop-ups around the city, but am specifically looking for other types of holiday plant decor.”


“We have a six month old and are taking covid precautions very seriously. Disappointed that for his first Christmas we are not comfortable doing a traditional picture with Santa. Hoping your readers know if some alternatives are out there as people continue to get creative and find fun workarounds! Wondering if maybe any tree lots or local photographers have photo set ups/back drops/installations for cute Christmas inspired photos minus the human Santa?


Photo by Phil

“Dear PoPville,

Round up of all the best local shops for holiday shopping? This year I really want to do my best to buy holiday gifts at local stores. What stores that are doing holiday gifts, baskets, etc. at all price ranges do you recommend?”

Allie also asked yesterday:

“#DC friends and strangers! This is my first holiday living in the city! Share your favorite local maker, baker, or store in the District to help me find the best holiday gifts and #buylocal” Read More


From a press release:

WHAT: The 16th Annual Downtown Holiday Market, Washington D.C.’s outdoor shopping village, kicks off the holiday season Friday, November 20. As the tradition continues, the beloved outdoor market will support small businesses, local artisans and entrepreneurs from across the region. Shoppers can enjoy the enhanced open-air street market in the heart of the District through December 23.

Operated by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID) and Diverse Markets Management, this year’s market will move from its previous sidewalk location into the street, taking over two entire blocks of F Street NW, from 7th to 9th Streets NW. Read More


Photo by Kitsch & Classics

“Dear PoPville,

I’m trying to distract myself from the election by thinking about Thanksgiving. Where are people ordering their turkeys this year? I know Whole Foods has a nice ordering system but it would be nice to support local butchers.”

Another reader asks: “I’m anticipating celebrating Thanksgiving in DC apart from family this year. I doubt I’m the only one (darn COVID!). Any leads on take out and delivery options for a special Thanksgiving meal? Read More


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