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Market Opens December 11, 2021
12 - 7pm
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Are pets allowed at WinterMarkt?
While we’d love to see your beloved pets, we unfortunately cannot invite them in due to State and local laws related to food and beverage service. So please leave them safely at home unless they are a Service Animal. Thank you!
What times does WinterMarkt open?
The hours for the Herndon WinterMarkt are December 11, 2021 from 12pm noon – 7pm. Prior to the event, volunteers and vendors will be setting up according to their preassigned roles and schedules, but the gates will not open to the public until exactly noon.
What about weather?
WinterMarkt is an all-weather event and we are open rain, snow or shine! The market will only shut down in the event of severe weather as instructed by the national weather service. At that point, we will post messages of closure on the home page of our website and our social media outlets.
Is there a fee to get into WinterMarkt?
There is no entrance fee for the Herndon WinterMarkt. Fees are incurred if you choose to purchase items from vendors. Additionally, this community event supports local charities so donations at the designated locations are appreciated, with net proceeds going to specified charitable organizations.
What rules or restrictions should I be aware of for the event?
The contents of all backpacks, packages, bags, containers, purses, and other items will be inspected before being able to enter the event area.
No cooler, thermoses, cans, glass containers, kegs, or other containers other than plastic or paper cups may be carried into the event area. One water bottle per person is permissible as is a lunch size cooler containing baby formula or medication.
Bicycles, skateboards, or other forms of transportation are not allowed. Baby strollers are permitted. Wheelchairs or other mobility devices to facilitate transportation because of a physical impairment is permitted.
No alcohol beverages may be carried in or leave the event area, with the exception of closed cider sales.
Toy weapons or weapon replicas are prohibited in the event.
Where can I park?

Parking in the downtown area near the event site will be limited. Anyone planning to attend the WinterMarkt is encouraged to take advantage of free parking and shuttle bus service departing every ten-twelve minutes from Herndon Middle School, 901 Locust Street. Park your car and meet the bus in front of the school in the circular drive. Drop off and pick up will be at the corner of Lynn and Center Streets. Shuttle service begins at 11:45 a.m. and ends at 7:30 p.m.

Limited parking is available in the Station Street Municipal lot, accessible from Center and Vine Streets or from Station Street behind Sully’s Pour House.

Choose to use a car service like Uber or Lyft. Best pick up is at 779 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170 near the Moose Lodge.

The event is just steps from the W&OD trail; enjoy a bike ride or walk to the WinterMarkt.

Please do not park in private parking lots such as the Pines Shopping Center. You risk being towed. Please respect our neighbors and do not block private drives or otherwise disrupt the flow of traffic.

Please watch for any posted street signs and warnings, and secure your valuables, as the Herndon WinterMarkt, its hosts and sponsors, and any affiliates are not responsible for violations or damage.

From Washington D.C. and points east to the Shuttle bus parking lot
Take Route 495 to the Dulles Toll Rd 267W
Take the Toll Rd West to the Centreville Rd(Rte 228)/Elden Street (exit 10)
Turn right off the ramp
Follow Elden St to the fourth traffic signal at the intersection with Locust St/ Sterling Rd (Rte 606) and turn right
Turn right into the Herndon Middle School parking lot, 901 Locust St, and enjoy the bus ride to the site
Driving from the West to the Shuttle bus parking lot
Take Rt 66 to the exit at Rt 28. Follow Rt 28 (Sully Rd) north to the Dulles Toll Road 267 East
Take the Dulles Greenway (portions toll) to the Dulles Toll Road 267 E
Take the Toll Rd East to the Centreville Rd (Rte 228)/Elden Street (exit 10)
Turn left off the ramp onto Centerville Rd/Elden Street
Follow Elden St to the fourth traffic signal at the intersection with Locust St/ Sterling Rd (Rte 606) and turn right
Turn right into the Herndon Middle School parking lot, 901 Locust St, and enjoy the bus ride to the site
To reach the site
Follow the directions above; continue on Elden Street to the light at Grace Street
Turn left on Grace Street
Go one block and turn right on Vine St
At the Stop sign continue straight across Center Street and access the Station Street surface parking lot
The WinterMarkt pedestrian entrances are at Lynn and Station and Lynn and Center Streets
Is there handicap parking available?
Yes, handicap parking is available. Designated handicap spots will be posted here closer to the event.
What is the address to the Herndon WinterMarkt?
The 2021 Herndon WinterMarkt will be held on lower Lynn Street in front of the Herndon Municipal Building (777 Lynn Street).
What forms of payment are accepted?
Both credit cards and cash are accepted at most booths. Some vendors may accept additional electronic forms of payment or checks, as well.
Is smoking permitted at the market?
Tobacco products are permissible while on the Market premises (up to and including cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vape pens and pipes). However, we ask that you be considerate of neighbors near you and also properly extinguish and dispose of any wastes as a result.
Do I need permission to use an unmanned aircraft system (“drone”) at the WinterMarkt?
Yes. Drones may not be used at the Herndon WinterMarkt unless prior approval has been obtained in writing from the WinterMarkt committee.
Does the Herndon WinterMarkt have Wheelchairs or strollers for rent?
Sorry, but at this time we do not.
Is there seating available?
There are some public benches. If you need a longer respite, there are many restaurants and merchants within 1-2 blocks who will welcome you for a drink or food.
Are restrooms available?
There are some portable toilets available. Nearby restaurants and businesses may allow use of their restrooms to paying patrons.