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 mid-November through January, outdoor holiday markets pop-up throughout the city selling jewelry, clothing, arts and crafts, and so much more. Even if you don’t plan to do much shopping, the atmosphere is fun and many markets offer fantastic food and warm drinks. Here is a list of the best markets as well as a few lesser known ones that will get you out of Manhattan and to the outer boroughs. For a list of specific vendors and items being sold at each market as well as directions on how to get there, check the individual market websites.
This is one of the prettiest and most centrally-located holiday markets. It surrounds the skating rink that is installed in wintertime in the middle of Bryant Park and the atmosphere is magical. There are more than 100 small stalls offering one-of-a-kind items including winter clothing, sweaters, hats and mittens, handcrafted bags, jewelry, decorative goods, local foods, and more. There’s something for everyone – adults, kids and even pets! Why not go ice-skating while you are there or join our Midtown Manhattan tour. You can also find delicious food stands mostly near the 6th Avenue border of the park with a variety of treats including hot drinks, kettle corn, and holiday sweets of all kinds.
Dates: October 28 to January 5, 2018
Hours:Daily: 11am-8pm; Nov 25-Jan 2 Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-8pm Location: Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
What a spectacular location for a holiday market! And because it is indoors, you’ll keep warmer while checking out the 76 vendor stalls offering a wonderful array of holiday gifts including art, clothing for adults and children, handbags, jewelry and accessories for men and women, hand-made candles, bath and body items, collectible toys and holiday items. If you want to learn more about this truly grand historic train terminal join us for one of our tours. If you want to learn more about Grand Central there are several free tours you can take. Click here to find out more.
Dates: November 13-December 24, 2017; (closed Thanksgiving Day. Nov 23) Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-7pm; Closes at 6 pm on December 24. Location: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall (42nd St. and Park Ave.)
This is quite a large market with a downtown, funky vibe. Over 100 vendors fill the park and you will find truly unique items here, many with New York themes. Past years we’ve found such items as hand-blown glass housewares; bags and accessories made from recycled plastic (eco-friendly!), always lots of handmade jewelry, 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 16-December 24, 2017 (closed Thanksgiving Day Nov 23) Hours: Monday–Friday 11am-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-7pm; closes at 4 pm December 24 market. Location: Union Square at 14th Street.
Located at Central Park’s southwest corner is historic Columbus Circle where a medium-sized market is a great place to stop by after skating in Central Park’s iconic Wollman Rink. Treat yourself to hot cocoa and gingerbread while browsing the stalls.
Dates: November 28-December 24, 2017 Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 8pm; Sunday 10am-7pm; closes at 4pm on December 24. Location: West 59th Street and Broadway
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. Of course you are always welcome to join our Highline and Chelsea tour if it suits your schedule. This year they are also in SoHo and Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Dates: Year Round Hours: Daily 10:30am-7pm. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day Location: Chelsea Market, 88 10th Avenue at 15th Street
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! The Brooklyn Flea has been called by The New York Times “One of the great urban experiences in New York”. Now in two locations!
Dates: Open Year Round
Hours:SoHo Saturdays & Sundays 10am-6pm; DUMBO Sundays 10am-6pm Location: Soho 6th Avenue bet. Grand & Watts Street and DUMBO at the Manhattan Bridge Archway (80 Pearl St.)
Located in the traditionally Polish and currently trendy neighborhood of Greenpoint (just north of Williamsburg), 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: Sat & Sun, Dec 9 & 10, 2017 Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 11am-7pm Location: Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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: Sundays in December – Dec 3, 10, 17
Hours: 12pm -6pm Location: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Avenue between 29th and 31st Streets, Astoria, Queens
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 in San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Austin, Boston, Seattle, Portland, Detroit, Denver and even London. They come to New York three times a year and this time they are settling into the new, fascinating Industry City in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. That’s a destination unto itself.
Dates: December 2-3, 9-10 and 16-17
Hours: 11am -6pm Location: 220 36th St, Brooklyn, in Industry City