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This post lists the top 10 Christmas/Holiday markets in New York City, including tips on how to reach them, what you can do and buy, updated for 2020.
Be sure to read our full guide on Christmas in NYC.
NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many events are uncertain at this time. We are updating this post every 2 weeks.
The holiday season in New York City is one of the most festive and beautiful times of the year.
It is also a shopper’s paradise – if you like unique items, artisan gifts, crafts, and souvenirs.
From November through January, there are holiday markets in the city that sell special holiday items as well as jewelry, clothing, arts and crafts, and so much more.
Even if you don’t plan on shopping, the atmosphere is fun and many markets offer fantastic food and warm drinks.
TIP: Check a market’s website before heading out to make sure there have been no changes to their schedule or locations.
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This is one of the prettiest and most centrally-located holiday markets in NYC. It surrounds the ice-skating rink in the middle of the park, making the atmosphere magical.
The market is so special, it’s included in our pay-what-you-wish Holiday Lights and Window Displays Tour.
Stalls sell all kinds of items, like winter clothing, Christmas decorations, jewelry, local foods, and more.
You can also snack at food stands with a variety of treats, hot drinks, kettle corn, and holiday sweets.
This year, Winter Village has implemented some safety measures like contactless payments and more space between kiosks. Read more here.
What a spectacular location for a holiday market!
Better still, it’s indoors so, you’ll keep warm while perusing the dozens of shopping stalls with an array of holiday gifts.
You can find clothing for adults and children, accessories, bath and body items, collectible toys, holiday items, and more.
We also have a GPS-enabled audio tour version.
This is quite a large market with a downtown, funky vibe. Over 100 vendors fill the park and the atmosphere is jovial.
You’ll find truly unique items here, many with New York themes.
From hand-blown glass housewares, bags, and accessories made from recycled plastic (eco-friendly!), Tibetan crafts, and more!
And of course, you shouldn’t shop on an empty stomach so try some of the sweet and savory treats or a hot apple cider!
Located at Central Park’s southwest corner is the historic Columbus Circle with a medium-sized market.
It’s a great place to stop by after ice skating in Central Park.
Treat yourself to hot cocoa and gingerbread while browsing the stalls.
This is the only market with a stand that serves hot mulled wine (Gluhwein) and German Beer at their Bratwurst Stand.
This three-day arts and crafts fair is held inside one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the entire country and showcases some of the finest craftspeople in a truly divine atmosphere.
St. John the Divine is located in Morningside Heights and is adjacent to Harlem.
For Seinfeld fans, Tom’s Restaurant, whose exterior was used for the gang’s coffee shop, is located a short walk away. See our guide to Seinfeld sights in NYC.
The items here are ‘funkier’ than you find at some of the other markets as they are made by independent designers, emerging artists, and vintage collectors.
Before or after your visit, explore more of Chelsea Market. We have a post to help guide you through this huge and interesting shopping location.
Join our Highline and Chelsea tour if it suits your schedule!
There are several fantastic Christmas and holiday markets in Brooklyn and Queens, but below are the most accessible for visitors to the city.
Be sure to read our guide of things to do in Brooklyn.
If you like one-of-a-kind treasures like vintage hip furniture and housewares, vintage clothing, trendy antiques, collectibles, jewelry, and more, the Brooklyn Flea is a must!
For the winter season, including the holidays, the Flea is usually located indoors at the Atlantic Center, a great indoor mall in Downtown Brooklyn.
During the rest of the year, from April to October, the Flea can be found in Williamsburg at Kent Ave. and N. 6th Street on Saturdays 10 am-5 pm and in DUMBO under the Manhattan Bridge on Sundays from 10 am-5 pm.
With over 150 vendors, this is the world’s largest curated exhibition of independent crafts.
The fair features hundreds of craft makers, artisanal food and drinks, and great music, and good times.
Renegade holds fairs worldwide throughout the year. They come to New York three times a year, each time at a different venue, so always check their website for any changes.
Located in the super cool Industry City in the waterfront area of Sunset Park in Brooklyn.
You can actually take the East River Ferry here! You’ll get great views on your way to the fair.
More than 200 vendors will be out at this two-day holiday shopping extravaganza showcasing handmade, vintage, and craft items as well as tasty treats.
Maybe a bit more about the food and drink than shopping, the market is located in the Main Hall of the famous Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden.
Here you will find an artisan market filled with handmade items, vintage goods, and baked treats.