Holiday Markets in New York City 2013
New York City is a flurry of holiday shopping at this time of year. There are wonderful seasonal markets all over town selling crafts, unique boutique goods, food and more. These cool local spots aren't just in Manhattan either; there are several markets in the outer boroughs, too.
Unlike the craziness of Black Friday, these shopping experiences are much more relaxed for families. Plus, you're often supporting local businesses and artisans. We love shopping local so much, we made it the focus of our Holiday Gift Guide. Read on for our round-up of New York City holiday markets.
Holiday Shops at Winter Village at Bryant Park – Midtown West
40th-42nd Streets between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
November 1-January 5, 2014: Monday-Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 10am-9pm, Sunday 10am-6pm
Browse jewelry, hats, accessories, clothing and more offbeat items like kitschy clocks, funky toys and locally-made art. There are lots of yummy treats to sample too, including hot chocolate, crepes and Belgian waffles. After you're done shopping, hit the free ice-skating rink or go for a spin on the carousel. Bonus: If you need to buy a gift after Christmas, this market remains open through the first week of January.
Union Square Holiday Market – Union Square
14th to 16th Streets between Union Square West and Union Square East
November 21-December 24: Monday-Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm; closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve
Large, popular and located in a heavily-trafficked area near a fabulous playground, this annual market is run by UrbanSpace (which is also behind the Columbus Circle Holiday Market). Here you'll find more than 100 vendors selling handmade toys, tons of jewelry, clothing, hats, funky housewares and holiday food.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market – Midtown West
59th Street and Central Park West
December 3-December 24: Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 10am-7pm; closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve
This elegant market features many of the same vendors as Union Square. You'll find lots of treasures including handmade puzzles, gingerbread houses and fabulous home accessories. Once you're finished shopping, hit nearby Heckscher Playground in Central Park.
Holiday Pop-Up: Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market – Chelsea
88 Tenth Avenue at West 15th Street
Through December 31 10am-7pm; closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The popular Brooklyn mainstay brings its artsy and vintage items to Manhattan for a fall and holiday pop-up event. You'll find over 30 designers and artists selling clothing, jewelry, home goods and more in a 4000-square-foot industrial space.
Grand Central Holiday Fair – Midtown East
Vanderbilt Hall, 42nd Street and Park Avenue
November 18-December 24: Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm; closed Thanksgiving and closes at 6pm on Christmas Eve
Browse vendors selling unusual handmade and one-of-a-kind items inside the terminal. Great vendors for kids' gifts include lovely toys from the Alexander Doll Company, cool kids' clothes from Brooklyn Junior, polar fleeces from TUFF Kookooshk and playthings from Cate and Levi. Afterward, check out the holiday train show at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex. For other fun in the station, read our post about things to do in Grand Central.
LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market – Long Island City
5-25 46th Avenue at 46th Avenue
Weekends December 7-22 11am-6pm
Browse items from more than 75 vendors and enjoy cools kids activities, too like a bowling lane run by JIB Lanes, FREE photo ops with Santa Claus from 11am-2pm, live jazz on Sundays and pro soccer player meet and greets.
Bread & Yoga Holiday Market – Inwood
5000 Broadway at 212th Street
Saturdays, December 14 and 21 2-8pm
This northern Manhattan yoga studio presents its annual event featuring uptown vendors selling clothing, jewelry, artwork, spa products, toys, pottery and more.
Holiday Market in Astoria – Astoria
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue near 29th Street
December 21-22 noon-6pm
This weekend-long fair is held in the restaurant's garden. Look for handmade, baked and even vintage goodies. Bonus: On Sundays, December 8 and 15, you will find the venerable Astoria Market in the restaurant's main hall.
Originally published on November 20, 2009