Holiday Markets NYCNovember 14, 2017 - by Irene Silber
Holiday Markets NYC: what could be better than an evening stroll with snow drifting down, drinking hot cider, and snagging gifts to the sound of Christmas carols? Vendors have been congregating in European town squares at Christmastime since the Middle Ages, selling gifts and refreshments to merrymakers. It took about 1,000 years for outdoor holiday markets to reach America, but thankfully we finally caught on to this festive tradition. New Yorkers and visitors alike can now enjoy the scents and sounds and dazzling array of shopping at holiday markets around the city. Dates and hours vary, but from Thanksgiving through Christmas you're guaranteed to find holiday cheer throughout Manhattan (and beyond).
Holiday Markets NYC: Bryant Park
Bryant Park (behind the landmark New York Public Library) is appealing any time of year, and magical during the holiday season. The centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village is a free skating rink open through March 4, 2018. No need to try to get your own skates past a TSA checkpoint—rentals are available. Now through January 2, 2018, more than 125 vendors line the park, offering items ranging from practical (stocking caps) to whimsical (puppets) to luxurious (gourmet chocolate). Graze your way through the market, or try Celsius, a two-story ice cube of a restaurant overlooking the rink.
Holiday Markets NYC: Upper West Side
Every Sunday on the Upper West Side you can find Grand Bazaar NYC, the city’s largest curated market—and most distinctive. On Sunday, December 3rd, the market welcomes the Gifted & Talented Holiday Pop-Up by Made in NYC, an incredible source for gifts like handcrafted leather goods, jewelry, scented candles, chocolates, jams, and hot sauces, all made right here in NYC. On December 10, 17, and 24 enjoy the Grand Holiday Bazaar, an incredible source for handmade holiday decoration and fashion, vintage watches and collectibles, art and photography, antique silverware, handmade jewelry and furniture, and spectacular artisanal foods.
Holiday Markets NYC: Hell's Kitchen
The Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market is a fantastic diversion for locals and visitors alike, conveniently located southwest of Times Square with a uniquely New York feel. Open weekends, starting just after Thanksgiving, the flea market transforms into the Hell's Kitchen Holiday Markets, which is NYC's weird gift headquarters. New this year is the Hell's Kitchen Market Bizarre and Unusual Gifts Guide, with all kinds of original ideas. Have a blast checking out 170 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, fine crafts, handmade jewelry, decorative arts, and vintage clothing. Check out the weekend of December 2nd and 3rd with handmade jewelry and craft vendors, fancy food, and ASPCA adoptions on Saturday. December 9th and 10th is Hell's Kitchen Artist Weekend, plus handmade jewelry and craft vendors, more fancy food, and ASPCA adoptions on Saturday.
Holiday Markets NYC: Times Square
The seasonal Gifted TSQ MKT holds down a prime spot on Broadway along the 43rd/44th Street plaza in Times Square. A curated group of 16 vendors, all of whom got their starts in NYC and bring the spirit of New York, are set up here through December 23rd, 11am to 9pm seven days a week. Buzzy gift possibilities include Limegreen, all-natural multi-use skincare products, and legendary bookstore The Strand. Don't miss WovenWell, whose lovely, reasonably priced items (see above) reflect the work of artisans from all over the world. Do good while checking off your shopping list: 20% of all proceeds are donated to worthy charities like Housing Works, The Jed Foundation, Daniel's Place, and The Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital.
Holiday Markets NYC: Columbus Circle
Nestled into a corner of Central Park, in the shadow of the glittering Time Warner Center, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market may be the most festive New York holiday market of of all. Horse-drawn carriages clip clop past, and if you're still hungry after browsing the market’s 100 vendors, you can indulge in a Michelin-starred dinner at neaby Jean Georges or Per Se. Open Nov. 28-Dec. 24.
Holiday Markets NYC: Turnstyle Holiday Market
Turnstyle is NYC's first and only retail and culinary market, located in the NYC subway! It will showcase 18 of the city’s best independent merchants, who will welcome holiday shoppers and sell alongside Turnstyle’s 38 permanent tenants. The market is located under Columbus Circle in the subway corridor between 57th Street and 8th Avenue, and will be open from November 15-December 31st from 11am - 8pm, 7 days a week.
Holiday Markets NYC: Garment District
Holiday Markets NYC: Grand Central
No need to brave the elements for holiday shopping. Visit the Grand Central Holiday Fair from Monday, November 13 through Christmas Eve and browse in warmth. The terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall is home to 40 artisans that sell art and home goods; holiday-themed items; bath and body products; toys; and clothing and accessories for men, women, and children. Commuters take note: you can check off all the items on your list without missing your train (the terminal has plenty of great shopping even beyond the Holiday Fair.) The Holiday Fair is open Monday through Friday, 10am-8pm, until 7pm Saturdays, and 11am-6pm Sundays. Closed Thanksgiving and open 10am-6pm on Christmas Eve.
Holiday Markets NYC: Union Square
You can double dip so to speak at Union Square, where the city’s largest farmer’s market (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) meets the Union Square Holiday Market held November 16–December 24 (weekdays 11am-8pm, 10am opening on Saturdays, 11am-7pm Sundays; closed Thanksgiving). Look for past-year hit fragrant Persian soup, perfect for sipping while browsing the extensive selection of handmade items.
Holiday Markets NYC: Financial District
Westfield World Trade Center Center introduces #HowDoYouHoliday 2017, November 24 through January 6, 2018. A centerpiece of the programming will be the "Holiday Market at the Oculus presented by Chase Pay and Westfield World Trade Center." Live performances, a bevy of great retailers, an animated GIF photo booth, holiday arts and crafts, and gift wrapping are all on the agenda.
Holiday Markets NYC: Brooklyn
Another winning combination of shopping and sustenance is the Brooklyn Flea's Winter Flea +Smorgasburg, held indoors every Saturday and Sunday starting Nov. 25-26 in Industry City, 241 W. 37th Street, You'll find 75 vintage/antique/other vendors, with holiday shopping running right up into Christmas. City Guide Insider Tip: Food trends are always emerging at Smorgasburg, and today’s pop-up will blow up into tomorrow’s successful restaurants. Get in on the ground floor!
Holiday Markets NYC: Brooklyn
Metroflea Williamsburg Holiday Pop Up Market features talented indie designers, vintage clothing and jewelry vendors from NYC showcasing their unique designs. The market offers a balance of items ranging from jewelry, handbags, clothing, art, tapestry, ceramic to boutique bath products. Adding to the mix will be a collection of unique artisan food and vegan vendors! Nestled in the heart of North Williamsburg and easily accessible by both train (L or G) and car (BQE), at 275 N 8th Street, (corner of Havemeyer St). Will pop up every weekend beginning Nov. 25-26 and will be open 10 am till 8 pm.