Shop for Gifts and Grab Some Snacks at NYC’s Holiday Markets

Shop for Gifts and Grab Some Snacks at NYC’s Holiday Markets

Holiday markets, which pop up around December and feature a wide variety of vendors, make one-stop holiday gift shopping easy. Plus, many markets offer concession booths so you can snack while you peruse the booths. Here are some of the best markets in New York City:

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Brave the cold to find locally made gifts uptown at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market and downtown at the Union Square Holiday Market. Both market offer plenty of Brooklyn-based stalls: check out Brooklyn Charm for unique jewelry and Brooklyn Brew Shop for a beer making kit. Near the Union Square market, you can also pick up groceries at the Union Square Greenmarket. Just outside the Columbus Circle market, you’ll find the southwest corner of Central Park.

In Midtown, Winter Village at Bryant Park offers ice-skating, shopping and more. If you get cold, duck into one of the vendors’ kiosks to check out their wares and stay warm with a hot drink from Buunni Coffee or Big Apple Cider. The shops will be open through January 5th and the ice rink will remain through March 2nd.

Now through Christmas Eve, head inside Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall and check out their Centennial Holiday Fair, featuring gifts for your family, friends, pets and home. While you’re there, visit the New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show (through February 2014) and stay for the Centennial Holiday Light Show in the Main Concourse (through December 26th).

Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg come together in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for an indoor winter market full of gifts and food. Brooklyn Flea, which usually operates through the winter in Fort Greene, will be moving to a larger location to make room for more vendors as well as Smorgasburg’s food stands. The market is open weekends through March 2014.

Bust Magazine Holiday Craftacular & Food Fair takes over Chelsea’s Metropolitan Pavilion on December 14th and 15th. The event will be full of one-of-a-kind items and DIY workshops. Plus, your $3 entrance fee gets you a free copy of the magazine.

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