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Holiday Markets NYC

November 13, 2018 - by Irene Silber
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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).

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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, 2019. No need to try to get your own skates past a TSA checkpointrentals are available. Now through January 2, 2019, 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

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(11/25-12/30) Every Sunday on the Upper West Side you can find Grand Bazaar NYC, the city’s largest curated market—and most distinctive. On Nov. 25, December 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 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. Shopping form 150+ local independent artisans and dealers never felt this good as 100% of Grand Bazaar NYC's profits benefit over 4,000 local public school children.

Holiday Markets NYC: Hell's Kitchen

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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 

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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 more than a dozen vendors, all of whom got their starts in NYC and bring the spirit of New York, are set up here 11am-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, M-Sat., 10am-8pm, Sunday, 10am-7pm. 

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Holiday Markets NYC: Turnstyle Holiday Market

Turnstyle

Turn-style 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.

Holiday Markets NYC: Grand Central

No need to brave the elements for holiday shopping. Visit the Grand Central Holiday Fair from Monday, November 12 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

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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 15–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: Lower Manhattan

Deck the Stalls Holiday Market is coming to the Fulton Stall Market from 11AM-5PM during Sundays in December (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd). This holiday market will be a multi-cultural event filled with the best produce NY's farmers have to offer. Each Sunday has a different theme. Click here for more details!

Holiday Markets NYC: Lower Manhattan

Visit Ampersand Collective for their Holiday Pop-up! This digitally-native men's brand is the perfect spot to find gifts just for him. This is the perfect place to buy items for the urban man in your life. The Ampersand Collective will be open from December 6-16th at 198 Allen Street. 

Holiday Markets NYC: Brooklyn

Brooklyn Flea

Another winning combination of shopping and sustenance is the Brooklyn Flea's Winter Flea +Smorgasburg, held this year indoors every Saturday and Sunday as of  at Atlantic Center  241 W. 37th Street, Saturdays, 11am-8pm, Sundays, 11am-5pm.You'll find dozens 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

Artists & Fleas Williamsburg 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). Open every weekend from 10am-7pm.

Holiday Markets NYC: Brooklyn

If you are in Gowanus December 8th and 9th stop by the Parklife Holiday Market! Visitors can enjoy out-of-this-world tacos from Chef Johnny Rosas son of the acclaimed chef Denisse Chavez and try supurb fall themed cocktails to help stay warm such as Mexican Cocoa, Hot Mulled Cider, and Oaxacan Old Fashioned. 646 Degrw Street.

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