Holiday markets in NYC
Skip the Macy's madness and find crafty gifts at one of the city's winter fairs.
Mon Nov 15 2010
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Through Sun Jan 8. Mon--Fri 11am--8pm, Sat 10am--9pm, Sun 10am--6pm. Bryant Park, Sixth Ave between 40th and 42nd Sts (212-661-6640, theholidayshopsatbryantpark.com). Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St--Bryant Park; 7 to Fifth Ave.
More than 125 artisans fill the tents encircling the Pond at Bryant Park with everything from stuffed animals and puppets to hand-knit sweaters and specialty snacks. Have an old winter coat at home that your little one has outgrown? Bring it along to donate to the New York Cares Coat Drive. After you're done shopping, try out the Pond at Bryant Park, a free-admission skating rink, or lovely Le Carrousel, which spins year-round.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Through Sat Dec 24. Mon--Sat 10am--8pm, Sun 11am--7pm. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Grand Central Terminal, 42nd St between Vanderbilt and Lexington Aves (212-340-2345, grandcentralterminal.com). Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St--Grand Central.
There's something for everyone on your shopping list at this one-of-a-kind indoor bazaar in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall, which boasts 48-foot-high ceilings, goregous marble floors and sparkly chandeliers. Pick up a hand-painted ornament for your tree or an NYC-themed serving dish for your child's teacher.
The Holiday Gift Shops at St. Bart's
Through Sat Dec 24 8am--8pm. Outside Saint Bartholomew's Church, 325 Park Ave at 50th St (nycstreetfairs.com). Subway: E, M to Fifth Ave--53rd St; 6 to 51st St.
Why face the crowds on Fifth Avenue when you'll find clothing, handbags, jewelry, outerwear and craft items for sale a few avenues over? This year, additional markets will be open at South Street Seaport (daily 10am--9pm; through Sat Dec 31) and Times Square (daily 10am--10pm; through Sat Dec 31); visit the website for locations and more information.
Union Square Holiday Market
Through Sat Dec 24 11am--8pm. Closed on Thanksgiving Day. Union Square, 14th St to 17th St between Union Sq West and Union Sq East (212-529-9262, urbanspacenyc.com). Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St--Union Sq.
It's worth braving the cold to peruse items from more than 100 vendors at Union Square's annual mazelike fair. Keep an eye out for eco-friendly items, including bags and accessories made from recycled plastic, and organic dolls. After, treat the kids to a slice of chocolate pizza at Max Brenner (841 Broadway between 13th and 14th Sts).
The Holiday Market at Columbus Circle
Wed Nov 30--Sat Dec 24 10am--8pm. Central Park West at 59th St (212-529-9262, urbanspacenyc.com). Subway: A, C, B, D, 1 to 59th St--Columbus Circle.
Run by the same company that organizes the Holiday Market at Union Square, this alfresco fair offers much of the same merchandise as its predecessor with an emphasis on creating a European piazza atmosphere. Said to have been designed with Copenhagen and Munich in mind, the holiday hot spot is the perfect place to meet a friend, shop for the family or simply enjoy the novelty of browsing at the edge of Central Park. Look for handmade wooden puzzles, gingerbread houses and kits, and lots of sweets from local vendors.
Artists & Fleas Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
Dates and locations TBA; call 917-301-5765 or visit artistsandfleas.com for more information. 70 North 7th between Kent and Wythe Aves, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (917-301-5767, artistsandfleas.com/brooklyn-holiday-bazaar). Subway: L to Bedford Ave.
Founders Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer will again curate a special holiday-themed bazaar, only three blocks away from Artists & Fleas' original spot. The pop-up will have gifts—notebooks made from vintage board games, handmade jewelry and one-of-a-kind clothes—for everyone on your family's shopping list. The coolest part: Most products are from Brooklyn-based artists.