5 Must-Shop Holiday Markets in NYC

5 Must-Shop Holiday Markets in NYC

Shoppers at the Union Square Holiday Market (©Steven Jackson)


While you are checking items off your holiday to-do list in NYC such as visiting the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and catching the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, I suggest you hit the many holiday markets the city has to offer!

Union Square Holiday Market (Union Square): From dog apparel to high-quality truffles, the Union Square Holiday Market features vendors for all! This market not only provides tourist and locals with a variety of foods and goods, but it also promotes local artisans’ works and goods by attaching an artisan pledge symbol to each local vendor’s booth.  The market will close for the season on December 24.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (Midtown): This market is the place to shop, skate and eat! Every year, Bryant Park converts itself into a winter wonderland with festive kiosks, lined up around the park’s ice skating rink. The rink offers free admission to skate, though there are skate rental and locker fees. Along with skating, shop at the many brands and local artisan boutiques. A cool unisex gift is one offered at Dr. Silkman’s Emporium. The brand creates scented candles that melt into super moisturizing body lotion. Of course you can’t leave the park without sampling the food shops. For hot cocoa, apple cider or tasty pastries, check out Mrs. Claus Café. The market will be open until January 2.

Grand Central Holiday Fair (Midtown): Grand Central will be hosting its annual holiday fair with 40 artisans selling all types goods such as art, clothing, home décor, holiday-themed merchandise, bath/beauty products and toys. One of the fair’s newest vendors, Andrea Geer, will be selling clothing that features her own paintings digitally printed on the garments. Another new vendor is Hardwood Creations, which will be selling handcrafted hardwood cutting boards, game boards, lamps and other housewares. The market will end on December 24.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market (Midtown):Located on the southwest corner of Central Park on 59th street will be the Columbus Circle Holiday Market beginning November 29.  The market will offer booths for local artisans and designers, as well as delicious food vendors. Sample jams at The Jam Stand or play with one of Kubiya Game’s handmade wooden brainteaser puzzles.  There are also higher-end booths such as Gunas vegan handbags and Floga New York, which sells elegant fur and leather accessories. The market will be open until December 24.

Holiday Handmade Cavalcade (Meatpacking District): The Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is produced by Etsy NY, so if you enjoy shopping on Etsy.com, then this market is a must! The market will offer all types of unique gifts made by local New York artisans—handmade jewelry, greeting cards, beauty products, clothing for all ages, home décor items and much more. RSVP online for free admission or pay $2 at the door. The market will begin on December 5 and end on December 11. 

Find great gifts from local artisans at the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade (©Jennifer Hseih)

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