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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 2021.

Be sure to read our full guide on Christmas in NYC.


MANHATTAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

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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New York Christmas Markets

A - Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park 

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.

  • Dates: Late October 2021 - Early January 2022
  • Hours: Monday -Friday 11 am-8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am-8 pm
  • Location: Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue 

TIP: Bryant Park is a stop on our Midtown Manhattan Tour as well as our GPS-enabled audio tour of Midtown Manhattan.


B - Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair  

What a spectacular location for a holiday market!

Grand-Central-Terminal-Holiday-Fair

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.

  • Dates: Cancelled for 2021
  • Hours: TBA
  • Location: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall (42nd St. and Park Ave.)

Learn about this historic train terminal from our free guide to Grand Central Terminal or join us on one of our pay-what-you-wish guided tours of Grand Central

We also have a GPS-enabled audio tour version.


C - Union Square Holiday Market  

Union-Square-Christmas-Market

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!

  • Dates: November 18th, 2021 - December 24th, 2021.
  • Location: Union Square at 14th Street.

D - Columbus Circle Holiday Market 

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.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market 

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.

  • Dates: November 27th, 2021 - December 24th, 2021.
  • Location: West 59th Street and Broadway.

Read our guide to Central Park or take one of our Central Park Tours that start next to the market.


E - Crafts at St. John's the Divine Cathedral

Craft Fair at St. Johns Cathedral

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.

  • Dates: Canceled for 2021.
  • Admission: Normally $10; Students and Seniors $8
  • Location: 1047 Amsterdam Ave at 112th St.

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.


F - Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market 

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.  

Artists-and-Fleas-at-Chelsea-

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!

  • Dates: Thursday - Monday
  • Hours: 11 am - 7 pm
  • Location: Chelsea Market, 88 10th Avenue at 15th Street

 


BROOKLYN + QUEENS CHRISTMAS MARKETS

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.


G - Brooklyn Flea  

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!  

Interior image of the Brooklyn-Flea-

For the winter season, including the holidays, the Flea is usually located indoors at the Atlantic Center, a great indoor mall in Downtown Brooklyn.

  • Dates:  Every Sunday through December 19th from 10 am - 5 pm. Check their website for directions and other information.
  • Location: DUMBO by the Archway at 80 Pearl St.

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.


H- Renegade Craft Fair 

people shopping at the Renegade Art Fair

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.

  • Dates: December 4th - 5th, 2021.
  • Hours: 11 am - 5 pm
  • Location: Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn

TIP: For those who love crafts fairs, Renegade is held in major cities throughout the year like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, Boston, and even London!


I - Bust Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday

miniature Christmas tree trinkets at the Bust-Market

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.

  • Dates: To be determined
  • Hours:  Saturday and Sunday: 11 am-7 pm
  • Location: Industry City, Factory Floor, 242 37th Street, Brooklyn

boxes of chocolate for sale at the Astoria-Market

J -  Astoria Market 

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.

  • Dates: Unconfirmed for 2021.
  • Hours: 12 pm - 6 pm
  • Location: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue between 29th and 31st Streets, Astoria, Queens

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About The Author

Courtney

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”.
Updated: December 4th, 2021
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