Our Favorite Holiday Markets in NYC
We don’t know about you, but we’re stoked for the charm-filled wonderland that is the holidays in NYC. First up: Strolling through the twinkling lights and colorful booths of a seasonal market, hot chocolate in hand. Here are the best ones to check out this year.
Best for More Than Just Shopping: Winter Village at Bryant Park
One consolation for the sun going down at 5 p.m.? You have extra time to explore this annual market at its most magical. In addition to the always-picturesque ice rink and holiday shops, new this year is The Lodge, a pop-up food hall, bar and beer garden featuring top-notch vendors like Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery and Mayhem Smokehouse.
40th to 42nd sts. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.); wintervillage.org. Open now through January 2. The Lodge will be open until March 3.
Best for flea-market vibes: Grand Holiday Bazaar
Every Sunday in December, uptown staple Grand Bazaar NYC hosts a seasonal version of its year-round flea, with a roster of more than 150 local vendors. You'll find antiques, upcycled light fixtures and jewelry, along with lobster rolls from Downeast Lobstah and Japanese grain bowls from Maze-Maze.
100 W. 77th St.; grandbazaarnyc.com. Every Sunday through December 30.
Best Black Friday Alternative: Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Skip the day-after-Thanksgiving madness and instead check out this homegrown weekend affair. You’ll find everything from bonsai trees to leather belt bags to vegan soaps—with free gift wrapping!—plus an array of locally made eats and drinks from spots like Baba’s Pierogies, Blondery and Greenhook Ginsmiths.
452 and 501 Union St., Brooklyn; brooklynholidaybazaa
Best for a Little of Everything: Holiday Handmade Cavalcade
Popping up in three different locations over three weekends, this long-running pop-up brings together dozens of local artisans, meaning you have a very good chance of finding something for everyone. Think minimalist jewelry, hand-poured candles, crystal-infused bath products and more.
Multiple locations; handmadecavalcade.
Best for Making a Day of It: Columbus Circle Holiday Market
What do you do after taking a snowy Central Park stroll (in search of the famous duck, perhaps) or before catching The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center? Pop into this uptown bazaar. Along with plenty of gift-worthy wares displayed in charming European-style kiosks, you’ll find cold-weather snacks like s’mores churros and molten raclette sandwiches.
59th St. at Central Park West.; urbanspacenyc.com. November 28 to December 24.
Best Seasonal Spirit: Union Square Holiday Market
This downtown staple’s winding rows of stalls never fail to make us feel like we’re in some cozy Nordic town in a Hans Christian Andersen tale. Once you’ve picked up a handmade leather wallet for your dad and an NYC subway puzzle for your niece, treat yourself to a Belgian waffle with the works from Wafels & Dinges.
14th to 15th sts. (at Union Square W.); urbanspacenyc.com. Open now through December 24.
Best Last-Minute Gift Stop: Grand Central Holiday Fair
Whoops, you’re about to hop on a train to your aunt’s place in Connecticut and you forgot to get her something. Not to worry: You’ll find dozens of vendors right inside Grand Central Terminal, hawking jewelry, home goods and more. (And for those of you who spaced on picking up a pumpkin pie, the Thanksgiving Market ensures you won’t show up empty-handed.)
Vanderbilt Hall, 89 E. 42nd St.; grandcentralterminal.com. Open now through December 24.
Best for a Hands-On Experience: Bust Holiday Craftacular
The feminist mag’s winter event is a two-in-one: a free market showcasing quirky wares from local makers, and the Bust School for Creative Living, a weekend of classes (like tarot reading, intro to macrame and CBD 101), talks and female-fronted musical guests. Tickets for classes start at $15 for individual events or $60 per day.
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn; bust.com/craftacular. December 8 and 9.
Best for Finding Awesome Gifts: STORY
The ever-changing Chelsea shop brings back its “Home for the Holidays” theme just in time for, uh, the holidays. You’ll find presents for everyone from your grandma to your teenage cousin, but we’re most excited about the special events, including food-truck Saturdays and a jewelry trunk show with Iris Apfel. (We wouldn’t blame you for keeping those finds for yourself.)
144 Tenth Ave. (at 19th St.); 212-242-4853 or thisisstory.com. Open now through December 31.