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: Times Square
Gifted: to NY, from NY (TSQ MKT), will be on Broadway beginning Nov. 24, on the 43rd/44th Street plaza in Times Square; buzzy vendors from Gifted include: Limegreen, all-natural multi-use skincare products, Fineapple New York and Wovenwell, woven goods where a portion of its profits go to developing mental health initiatives, and Ice & Vice, an experimental ice cream shop with new menu items for the holiday season like the Do-nut Dwell Sundae with mulled cider mini donuts, coquito, whipped cream, and toasted coconut.
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. Opens 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: Westfield World Trade Center
This holiday season, November 24 and January 6, 2018, Westfield World Trade Center introduces #HowDoYouHoliday 2017 - combining services, amenities and experiences designed to make this special time of year immensely enjoyable, meaningful, and hassle-free.
A centerpiece of the programming will be "Holiday Market at the Oculus presented by Chase Pay and Westfield World Trade Center". This unique indoor Winter Wonderland will feature some of the best shopping and entertainment New York has to offer - as well as a visually stunning backdrop. From the moment visitors arrive, they will be transported into a setting reminiscent of a magical, enchanted forest with a gorgeous Christmas tree and 20' high snowman, perfect for picture taking and creating Holiday memories.
This first-ever holiday destination experience comes to Lower Manhattan between - with the Chase Pay Village at the Holiday Market featuring:
- A one-of-a kind shopping experience which will deliver moments of joy, activities for all ages, limited edition holiday items and a special collection of shops. Participating brands include: Artisans of NY, Bench Body, Churoncalla, Eataly, Fever Tree, Hanami Real Flower Jewelry, Honey Gramz, INSIDERS1, Love Menu Arts, Lovepop, Mr. Elle Pooh, No Chewing Allowed, Pamela Barsky, Papyrus, Pipcorn, Royce Chocolate, The Giving Keys, Toytoise, United Chocolate Works, and W Britt. The Village is powered by Chase Pay, allowing consumers to use their mobile wallet to check out and get special offers and content.
- Live performances on the Oculus stage - An exclusive Holiday Concert Series with performances spotlighting way the holiday season is celebrated by different communities and cultures.
- Animated GIF photo booth - A fun and interactive way to create your own holiday postcard - customized with different holiday-themed backdrops: New York Holiday, New Year's Eve and New York Winter.
- Holiday Arts & Crafts - Make your own holiday centerpieces, snow globes, ornaments and New Year's Eve confetti to take home.
- Holiday Gift Wrapping - Professional gift wrappers offering Chase Pay customers intricate holiday wrap décor including holly, pine cones, ribbon, twine and holiday bells.
- Holiday storytelling and movie classics - Festivities include storytelling with local community groups and free showings of movie classics.
- Special celebrity appearances - Surprise visits from recognized icons of sports, fashion and entertainment.
Another very special part of Westfield's holiday display will be the unveiling of a one-of-a-kind Hanukkah menorah constructed out of steel taken from the original World Trade Center towers after September 11th.
Holiday Markets NYC: Downtown 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: Williamsburg Market
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.