Our 10 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.
1. 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, be sure to stop by The Lodge, a pop-up food hall, bar and beer garden featuring top-notch vendors like Ovenly and Mayhem Smokehouse.
40th to 42nd sts. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.); wintervillage.org. Holiday shops open now through January 5. The rink and the Lodge will be open until March 1.
2. Industry City Holiday Market & Ice Rink
The Sunset Park megacomplex is already home to a Japanese food hall and tons of shopping, and now it’s all decked out for the holidays. It just unveiled a brand-new ice rink, so you can take a spin after browsing gifts, accessories and furniture at the holiday market, curated by WantedDesign.
33 35th St., second floor, Brooklyn; industrycity.com. Market open the first three Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December. Ice rink open Wednesday to Sunday through February.
3. 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.
4. 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 diRiso Risotto Balls and Japanese grain bowls from Maze-Maze.
100 W. 77th St.; grandbazaarnyc.com. Every Sunday through December 22.
5. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Skip the holiday-shopping madness of Soho and instead check out this homegrown affair. You’ll find everything from fancy aprons to CBD oil to vegan soaps, plus a photo booth, kids’ crafts and an array of locally made eats and drinks from spots like Baba’s Pierogies, Blondery and Strong Rope Brewery.
501 Union St., Brooklyn; brooklynholidaybazaa
6. Holiday Handmade Cavalcade
Popping up at the Brooklyn Historical Society and Chelsea Market, this long-running event 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.
7. Columbus Circle Holiday Market
What do you do after taking a snowy Central Park stroll 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. Open now through December 24.
8. 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.
Vanderbilt Hall, 89 E. 42nd St.; grandcentralterminal.com. Open now through December 24.
9. 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 (on topics like job negotiating, tie-dye and understanding your moon sign), talks and female-fronted musical guests. Tickets for classes start at $15 for individual events; buy a bundle for a full weekend of enlightenment.
268 36th St., Brooklyn; bust.com/craftacular. December 7 and 8.
10. STORY at Macy’s
The ever-changing concept shop moved into Macy’s earlier this year, and its annual “Home for the Holidays” theme promises to be the same gift-finding treasure trove it’s always been. You’ll find more than 800 (!) options for everyone from your grandma to your teenage cousin, but we’re most excited about the special events, like ornament-making and festive cocktail classes.
151 W. 34th St.; macys.com. Open now through December 31.