Whether you’re designing greeting cards, or perfecting your chocolate fudge recipe, the holiday season is a great excuse to indulge your creativity. The D.C. area has a number of DIY holiday crafting opportunities where you can entertain the kids while making a few memorable gifts for the special people on your list. Here you’ll find ways to add extra sparkle to your tree with handmade ornaments or sweeten your world with holiday cookies, or decorate your house with hand painted art.

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Alexandria Holiday Market
The Alexandria Holiday Market is a holiday must for the family. With multiple vendors and tons of activities you will find something at this holiday market for the whole fam. The kids corner is an annual favorite, and this year your little one will be able to paint their own ornament.

When: Saturdays and Sundays; 12 pm-5 pm
300 John Caryle St. (Alexandria, Va)
Online: alexandriaholidaymarket.com

Tiny Chefs
Does your little one love to watch you cook or bake? Tiny Chefs is offering a 2-day holiday camp in the Trinity preschool gym. In this class, your little ones will learn to make holiday inspired treats as well as play a few games and enjoy story time.

When: Dec. 19th and 20th 9:30 am-12:30 pm
Cost: $95
Trinity Preschool
5533 16th St. N (Arlington, Va)
Online: tinychefs.com

Tinker Time
Does your kiddo have an imagination that just won’t quit? Tinker Time at Upcycle is the perfect gift making one stop shop. At Tinker Time, your little one will use upcycled materials to create whatever their heart desires.

When: Wednesday’s 3:30 pm-5:30 pm and Saturday’s 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Cost: $5/person or $15/family
1605 Cameron St. (Alexandria, Va)
Online: upcyclecrc.org

Picasso, Baby!
If your little one fancies themselves a modern day Picasso then All Fired Up! has canvas painting classes that are perfect for them. Classes are for ages 6-12 on Tuesdays. Bonus: snack is included! Don’t forget to bring a smock or apron, or have Junior wear play clothes. All Fired Up has locations in DC and Maryland.

When: Tuesdays 3:45 pm-5 pm
Cost: $35/class or $130/month
3413 Connecticut Ave., NW
4923 Elm St. (Bethesda, Md)
Online: allfiredupdc.com

Procrastinator’s Holiday Market
When you have absolutely no time to do anything but you don’t want to battle mall crowds with your kiddos– Procrastinator holiday market is the perfect event for you. Located in NE D.C. right across from the Rhode Island metro, this market will be located in heated tents so you’ll stay warm! The market includes a holiday crafting station so that your little one can make their own Christmas card.

When: Dec. 16-18
680 Rhode Island Ave., NE (Rhode Island)
Online: eventbrite.com

Are there any other kids holiday crafting opportunities that we should know about? Share your intel in the comments section below. 

—Miller Jackson