The best holiday and Christmas markets open in NYC this year

Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market
Photograph: Laura Fontaine

The best holiday and Christmas markets open in NYC this year

At a holiday market, NYC offers the best decorations, food and winter activities to get you in the merriest of moods

The best holiday markets are right here in NYC—full of both the holiday spirit and the most unique gifts out there. While fancy Christmas window displays may entice you, NYC's holiday markets often include ice skatingtree and menorah lightings, great food vendors, and fun holiday activities. Shopping for the perfect gift doesn't have to be stressful, make it fun at these holiday markets.

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Best holiday markets in NYC

1. The Bryant Park Winter Village

  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs

Bryant Park’s Winter Village by Bank of America is back in NYC with holiday festivities and shopping and food at its holiday shops. Its 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink that's free to use (if you bring your own skates) is always the highlight, but its Winter Village in all its holiday spirit is a close second. This year, over 170 new and returning kiosks will be there for you to peruse through—all at one of the best NYC parks.

Don't miss the Small Business Spotlight booth, which features minority-owned business. Featured businesses include The Winsome Apothecary, The Picnic Day, Cocoa Puzzles and Avalah. 

2. The Makers Show at City Point

The Makers Show has partnered with City Point to bring a holiday market to Downtown Brooklyn this holiday season. It'll be a curated marketplace of local craftsmen, artisans and entrepreneurs that kicks off November 25-December 23. Shop on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (11am-7pm) throughout the holiday season from Black-owned and women-owned businesses such as Black Lamb Handmade, Natchie Art, Mottive Jewelry, The Makers Show Sock Puppet City, Cali & Dana, Magic Industrie, Breezy Hill Orchard Farm. 


3. Columbus Circle Holiday Market

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  • Public spaces
  • Midtown West

As far as holiday markets are concerned, the iconic one at Columbus Circle might be one of the best—and it is officially coming back from the season from November 29 through December 24 (11am-8pm). The uptown counterpart of the Union Square Holiday Market provides shoppers with a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Adjacent to Central Park, the more intimate bazaar is an eye-popping smorgasbord of handmade crafts and delicious, locally-made treats. Pick up unusual and affordable holiday gifts and delight your palate with sweet treats from Wafels & Dinges, baked goods from Gingerbread German Delights and more.

4. Brooklyn Flea Dumbo

  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs

During the holiday season, Dumbo will turn into a full-blown holly, jolly shopping district with 50+ vintage and handmade vendors selling an assortment of antiques, furniture, clothing, artwork and jewelry. Every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm in the Dumbo Archway you can get on on the action to find a one-of-a-kind gift. Don’t miss the Dumbo tree lighting at the Archway on December 1 (5:30pm) with festivities from 4 to 7pm!


5. Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market

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The Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market, the alfresco, European-style winter market with more than 160 local and national vendors, returns November 17 (11am to 7 or 8pm). Organizers say it’s going to be even better this year. Expect to see New York Ukrainian favorite Veselka, Breezy Hill Orchard Cider as well as handcrafted art and wares including eMCee Apparel who will showcase her own twist on Jean-Michel Basquiat-inspired art with apparel that pays tribute to hip-hop icons as well as returning vendor Dash of Pep, a boutique creating unique apparel, accessories, and stationery promoting mental health, self-expression, and empowerment.

6. FAD Market

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  • Markets and fairs

Get some holiday shopping done at FAD Market with New York City’s up-and-coming brands, designers, and small businesses — offering a curated selection of handcrafted jewelry, apparel, stationery, skincare, tableware, home goods, and artisanal food— a rotating roster of over 100 makers each weekend in December. It’ll be held at The Invisible Dog Art Center in Boerum Hill and Empire Stores in Dumbo. Every season, FAD—which stands for Fashion, Art and Design—takes over a different Brooklyn venue with a horde of independent vendors and creators. Admission is free and dogs are welcome!



7. The Oddities Flea Market

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  • Markets and fairs

Get your fill of witchy gifts, morbid curiosities, medical history ephemera, insect jewelry, taxidermy and more at this fabulously grisly marketplace curated by collector and osteologist Ruan Matthew Cohn and his wife and executive producer Regina Marie Cohn (Saturday, December 10). Head to Metropolitan Pavilion to shop from vendors like Miss Havisham Curiosities, Brooklyn Taxidermy, Morbid Curiosities, Phoenix Botanicals, Papermoon Gallery, Deadskull Curio, This Shit Blinks, Love Lorn Lingerie, Last Rites Vintage, Crooked Teeth Keys, Feather And Foxglove, Matchbook Micro Portraits and many more.


8. Grand Central Holiday Fair

  • Shopping
  • Markets and fairs
  • Midtown East

After an endless-seeming two-year-long hiatus, the beloved Grand Central Holiday Fair makes a triumphant return on November 14. Running roughly six weeks in Vanderbilt Hall, the destination will highlight the work of dozens of local vendors and small businesses, specifically focusing on quality craftmanship and products made within the state of New York or the United States. The Holiday Fair will operate from 10am to 7pm on Mondays through Saturdays and from 11am to 6pm on Sundays. The space will be closed for Thanksgiving and open from 10am to 6pm on Christmas Eve. For more information regarding specific vendors and hours, click here.


9. Bushwick Holiday Market

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Shop local for the holidays at the Essential Bushwick Holiday Market featuring more than 100  vendors of local handmade goods, vintage finds and art. You've got three chances to shop: Saturdays November 5, 26, and December 10.


10. Brooklyn Pop-Up Holiday Market

Brooklyn Pop-Up Williamsburg Holiday Market
135 Kent Avenue
December 16-December 24
40 designers and artisans

Old Stone House Holiday Bazaar
The Old Stone House
Saturday, December 10, from 10am-4pm

The Fort Greene Artisans Bazaar
Fort Greene Park
Every Saturday and Sunday in December,  9am-4pm
Over 25 vendors

The Brooklyn Museum Holiday Market
The Brooklyn Museum
Saturday, December 17 11am-7:30pm, Sunday, December 18, 11am-5:30pm
More than 40 artisans, makers and small businesses, as well as carolers, and more.

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