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Tuesday through Dec. 12, 2014, at the National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue Northwest.

Phone: 202/633-1000.

Web: www.americanhistory.si.edu.

Holidays: Downtown Holiday Market

This week, many people look forward to waking up before dawn the day after Thanksgiving to wait in line for discounted DVD players even more than they enjoy leftover stuffing and pumpkin pie. In fact, some of the big-box stores are even opening on Thanksgiving, with some controversy, for those who want to get a head-start on holiday shopping. If the Black Friday sales don’t excite you – or if you simply want to find more personal presents than generic scarves and electronics – the Eighth Annual Downtown Holiday Market may be more your speed. With more than 180 local and regional vendors, the outdoor market takes over several blocks in Penn Quarter starting Tuesday, with wares ranging from holiday crafts to handmade jewelry and accessories to gift-appropriate foods. The market also will feature musical entertainment and food and beverages to help you get in the holiday spirit.

Through Dec. 23 at Eighth and F streets Northwest.

Phone: 202/215-6993.

Web: www.downtownholidaymarket.com.