Our 6 Favorite Holiday Markets in NYC
And where to find this season’s “it” food combo, the Cretzel
It may still be light-jacket weather, 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 six to check out this year.
Best for Indulging Your Inner Kid: 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. While you’re there, be sure to grab a Cretzel—yep, that’s a croissant-pretzel—from Breads Bakery, pick up some neroli bubble bath (for your stressed-out boss) from Soap and Paper Factory and give in to the urge to take a spin on picturesque ice rink.
40th to 42nd sts. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.); wintervillage.org. Open now through January 2.
Best Black Friday Alternative: Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Skip the day-after-Thanksgiving madness and instead check out this homegrown weekend affair. You’ll find adorable onesies (for your BFF’s newborn), man-grooming kits (for your bearded brother) and cozy scarves (for literally anyone). The icing on the cake gingerbread house? Complimentary cocktails and free gift wrapping.
501 Union St. (at Bond St.), Brooklyn; brooklynholidaybazaar.com. November 26 and 27.
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. November 17 to 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 something for your brother’s new girlfriend. 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 bringing a pumpkin pie, the Thanksgiving Market ensures you won’t show up empty-handed.)
Vanderbilt Hall, 89 E. 42nd St. (at Park Ave.); grandcentralterminal.com. November 14 to December 24.
Best to Check Out With Your Squad: Bust Holiday Craftacular
The magazine’s winter market is a great place to scope out quirky wares from local makers, but what really sold us were the activities: a DIY flower-crown station, an ugly-sweater photo booth and holiday manicures. There’s a $3 entrance fee, but the first 300 folks through the door get a free swag bag.
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St. (at Franklin St.), Brooklyn; bust.com/craftacular. December 10 and 11.
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