Image courtesy of FAD Holiday Market
The holiday season has arrived in New York City, and with it comes the dozens of festive winter shops that offer unique gifts and locally-made goods for New Yorkers and their loved ones. Ahead, discover the city’s best holiday markets and pop-up shops, from the long-revered markets at Union Square and Bryant Park to newcomers like the Brooklyn Borough Hall Holiday Market.
The market in 2019; Photo courtesy of Laura Fontaine
Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square Park, Manhattan
November 17 through December 14
Hosted by Urbanspace, the Union Square Holiday Market is arguably the city’s most famous festive shopping event. This year, the market will host over 160 vendors each offering their own unique gifts created by local businesses, artists, and entrepreneurs. There will also be a variety of food vendors offering festive bites, including Empanada Papa, Andie’s Eats, Oh K-Dog, and more.
Image courtesy of Colin Miller
Holiday Shops at Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Bryant Park, 42nd Street and 6th Avenue
Through March 5
Bryant Park’s beloved Bank of America Winter Village has returned to Midtown for its 22nd season. Hosted by Bank of America, the festive market includes New York City’s only free ice skating rink, and its rink-side lodge offering seasonal snacks and cocktails. The holiday market will be open to the public through January 2 and features over 170 new and returning vendors.
Image courtesy of Marc A. Hermann / MTA
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Grand Central Terminal, 89 East 42nd Street
November 14 through December 24
New York City’s longest-running indoor holiday fair is returning to Grand Central Terminal after a two-year pause due to the pandemic. Presented by SL Green Realty Corp. and AmericanGreetings.com within the terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall, the fair will feature a variety of local vendors and small businesses offering giftable items like clothing, artwork, jewelry, and more.
Criollas at Columbus Circle Holiday Market in 2021, image courtesy of Jacob Williamson
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Columbus Circle, 59th Street and Central Park West
November 29 through December 24
Hosted by Urbanspace, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market is situated next to Central Park’s entrance at 59th Street and Central Park West. The iconic holiday market offers visitors a variety of clothing, home goods, jewelry, food, and more.
Turnstyle Holiday Market
Within the 59th Street-Columbus Circle subway station
December 1 through December 30
Located underneath Columbus Circle within the 59th Street-Columbus Circle subway station, the Turnstyle Holiday Market features 39 food vendors and a variety of pop-ups, offering festive eats, giftable items, art, and more.
Image courtesy of Grand Bazaar NYC
Grand Holiday Bazaar
100 West 77th Street at Columbus Avenue
November 24, December 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Grand Holiday Bazaar is the city’s only holiday market that is hosted both indoors and outdoors with rotating merchants. Over 150 hand-picked local merchants will offer visitors their wares, which include giftable items like vintage accessories and collectives, skincare, handmade jewelry and furniture, and more. The money you spend will go to a good cause, as 100 percent of Grand Bazaar NYC’s profits are donated to four local public schools that serve over 2,000 children.
Holiday Market at the Oculus
185 Greenwich Street
November 26 through January 2
Hosted within the Oculus at the World Trade Center, the Market at Westfield World Trade Center will bring holiday cheer to New Yorkers on their commute to work. The modest winter village will host over 20 vendors offering creative gifts, snacks, and souvenirs.
Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market
88 10th Avenue
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Located directly beneath the High Line, Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market hosts over 30 sellers, each offering their own handmade, high-quality creative goods. You can be sure that you’ll find a suitable holiday gift for a loved one, whether it be jewelry, art, clothing, accessories, or another creative item.
Image courtesy of FAD Holiday Market
FAD Holiday Pop-up Markets
The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street
Empire Stores, 55 Water Street, Dumbo
December 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
FAD Market’s holiday pop-ups are returning to Brooklyn this year for the festive months. Located at The Invisible Dog Center in Boerum Hill and Empire Stores in Dumbo, the art, fashion, and design-focused pop-up markets will offer goods from 80 local entrepreneurs that represent the diverse talent New York City has to offer.
Brooklyn Navy Yard 5th Annual Holiday Market
Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue
December 3 and 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The design-focused Brooklyn Navy Yard holiday market is returning for its 5th year. There will be more than 80 vendors offering a mix of items, including handmade jewelry, home decor, fashion and accessories, art, and much more. There will be a variety of workshops for visitors to take part in, including jewelry making, holiday wreath making, and card making. On December 4 there will be a ton of free activities for kids, including festive card making, storytime and book giveaways, lego building, and gingerbread cookie decorating. Entry is free, but you can reserve a spot here.
Brooklyn Borough Hall Holiday Market
209 Joralemon Street
November 28 through December 26 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Brooklyn Borough Hall Holiday Market is the city’s newest holiday market hosted by Urbanspace. A vendor list is set to be released soon. Urbanspace is still looking for Brooklyn-based artisans, food and beverage operators, and more. Those interested in setting up shop at the market can apply here.
Photo courtesy of the Markers Show Holiday Market
The Makers Show Holiday Market at City Point
445 Albee Square West
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 25 through December 18, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
City Point is hosting its own holiday market for the festive season, with a mission of amplifying businesses owned by BIPOC, LGBTQ+, women, and other underrepresented groups. Vendors will be offering handmade goods, giftable items, art, and more. This market is located close to the Borough Hall Holiday Market, so you can visit both in one go if you want to see what each has to offer.
Image courtesy of Sam Hollenshead
Brooklyn Flea Dumbo Holiday Market
80 Pearl Street
Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dumbo’s revered Flea holiday market is returning to Brooklyn for the holiday season, offering shoppers one-of-a-kind items including vintage clothing, furniture, jewelry, stationary, collectibles, lighting, and much more. Come and browse items from 50 vendors, including regulars of the market and newcomers. There will also be a variety of weekend pop-ups that will offer whisky tasting, mini donuts, and more.
Holiday festivities begin on December 3, marked by the raising of a huge, Christmas tree. On December 10, the Flea is hosting an art-filled day courtesy of Art in Dumbo’s Shop The Studios.
Image courtesy of Brooklyn Pop-Up
Old Stone House Holiday Bazaar
336 3rd Street
December 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Organized by Brooklyn Pop-Up, the Old Stone House Holiday Bazaar is an outdoor artisan’s market offering quality goods from over 40 handpicked vendors. Besides shopping, there will be a number of festive activities to take part in, including arts and crafts, music, and more.
On December 2 and 3 at 9:30 a.m., country-inspired homeware and interior design store The Six Bells Free and open to the public, the pop-up will offer gifts, ornaments, warm drinks, arts and crafts for kids, and lots of other holiday festivities.
Brooklyn Museum Holiday Market
200 Eastern Parkway
December 17 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Brooklyn Museum’s holiday market is returning for its fourth year. Produced by Brooklyn Pop-Up in partnership with the museum, the market offers guests a great selection of handmade, high-quality goods from local artisans and vendors. Offerings include artwork, jewelry, apothecary goods, and more. The market is free and open to the public.
The Holiday Hop at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace
December 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A one-stop holiday shopping destination is coming to Staten Island. The borough’s Art Lab, Noble Maritime Collection, Staten Island Museum, and Snug Harbor are joining forces on this year’s “Holiday Hop,” a free artisanal market featuring over 100 local vendors. There are five market locations across Snug Harbor’s 83-acre grounds, all selling one-of-a-kind gifts, from handmade jewelry and ornaments to antiques and regional sweet treats. Enjoy food, drink, and live pop-up performances throughout the day.
Image courtesy of Amaze Light Festival
Christmas Market at Amaze Light Festival
Citi Field, 41 Seaver Way
November 20 through January 8
A dazzling spectacle of lights is expected to bring approximately 400,000 guests to Queens’ Citi Field this holiday season. The light show will guide visitors through a holiday adventure alongside lovable storybook characters Zing and Sparky who “bring the light show to life.” Besides the fantastic array of lights, Amaze will also offer festive eats and drinks in their winter village, snow tubing, a holiday-themed train, and live music and dance performances throughout each night at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m.
29-19 24th Avenue
December 11 and 18 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Located within the main hall of the famous Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, the Astoria Market will offer handmade, baked, and vintage goods offered by a variety of Queens-based businesses.
Image courtesy of Max Blease
Queens Craft Brigade Holiday Market
Katch Astoria, 31-19 Newtown Avenue
November 26 and December 10 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Come and browse items from some of Queens’ best artisans, offering items ranging from home goods to fashion, crafts, artwork, food, and much more. Queens Craft Brigade has been organizing highly-curated market events and is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year.
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