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Find a holiday market in NYC

Shop at a holiday market or craft fair in NYC to find gifts for everyone on your Christmas and Hanukkah lists

Photograph: Erin Kestenbaum

Fed up with mass-produced merchandise and stuffy, crowded stores (especially if department stores with their holiday windows aren't your bag)? Fortunately, in New York, you can attend a great holiday market like the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. These seasonal marts are just what you need to check things off of your holiday gift guide list—and for kindling a little holiday spirit in our hardened Gothamite hearts.

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Holiday markets in NYC

Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market

Brooklyn purveyors set up shop across the river at Artists & Fleas’ seasonal pop-up bazaar, situated inside Chelsea Market. Expect to find trendy and noncommercial holiday-themed gifts vetted by husband-and-wife team Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer, who ensure that every item is locally made and well crafted. Among the 30-plus vendors are bag designer Pamela Barsky, vinyl slinger Eat Records and vintage seller Brooklyn Bleu. Enter the building at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 15th Street.

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

Not only is there free ice-skating on Bryant Park's 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink (bring your own skates!) but also 128 holiday shops, including a bunch of new kiosks and eateries—think Marty V’s Burger and Super Mac + Cheez. And after you shop and skate, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. FYI: The vendors are only there until January 3, but if you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours (open through March 6).

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Fri Oct 30 - Sun Jan 3

Astoria Market Holiday Markets

On three Sundays before Christmas (Dec 6, 13, 20), Queens' classic Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden transforms into an NYC-centric artisan market chock-full of handmade and vintage merchandise. Standout vendors include handmade ceramics from Mayware and delicious gluten-free baked goods from WHOS bakery. Eggnog, hot cider and roasted chestnuts are available for the peckish, too.

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Sun Nov 16 - Sun Dec 21

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

This annual holiday bazaar, run by the people behind the Union Square market, features handmade items from local artisans and snacks from vendors such as Mrs. Dorsey's Kitchen and Sigmund Pretzel Shop. Look for the market concierge to help you navigate your way through the approximately 100 booths.

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Mon Dec 1 - Wed Dec 24

Union Square Holiday Market

If there’s one alfresco shopping event worth braving the cold for, it’s this one. This European-style winter market boasts more than 150 local and national vendors hawking an impressive selection of handcrafted gifts, ranging from jewelry and accessories to leather goods and artwork.  Check out the brew-your-own beer kits from the Brooklyn Brew Shop ($40); handmade, monogrammed stuffed animals from Hazel Village ($39); and wooden puzzles and board games from Kubiya Games ($38). And with food vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar, Bar Suzette, Wafels & Dinges and No Chewing Allowed!, you could easily spend a whole day here.

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Thu Nov 19 - Thu Dec 24

Winter Solstice Celebration & Holiday Marketplace

Enjoy nature, music, food and shopping for a full day at the Queens Botanical Garden’s holiday marketplace. Children can participate in a variety of activities from storytelling to interactive crafts, and parents can impress the whole family with unique gifts come holiday season.

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07 Dec 2014

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Julien S
Julien S

Check out our Rolli "One Inch Printing Press" stamps at the Nuop Design booth at the Union Square Holiday Market this season!

Ayana
Ayana

Union Square Holiday Market is the best one!