Holiday markets in New York City

Shop the best seasonal markets and craft fairs in NYC to find gifts for everyone on your Christmas and Hanukkah lists

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Fed up with mass-produced merchandise and stuffy, crowded stores? Fortunately, New York has a wealth of holiday markets and craft fairs that you can browse if the big department stores with their holiday windows aren't your bag. These seasonal marts are great for checking 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

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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.

  1. Artists & Fleas - Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, between 15th and 16th Sts, 10011
  2. Sat Nov 1 - Wed Dec 24
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Artists & Fleas Williamsburg Holiday Market

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Founders Amy Abrams and Ronen Glimer will again curate a special holiday-themed version of their weekend market, now featuring more than100 vendors inside their Williamsburg space, which expanded to the warehouse next door. Boasting sellers, artists, makers and collectors, enjoy free gift-wrapping stations, tasty treats and Christmas carolers to get you all warm and fuzzy. If off-the-wall gifts are your thing, you might want to snatch up Kt Ferris Creations’ trendy evil-eye necklaces ($28–$150), Curated Basics’ black stainless steel cuffs for guys ($40), festive knit Twinko onesies for pets or Marley & Alfie horseshoe dream catchers ($99) for your ecentric friends and family members.

  1. Artists & Fleas 70 North 7th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 28
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Astoria Market Holiday Markets

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On three Sundays before Christmas (Nov 16; Dec 24, 21), 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.

  1. Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden 29-19 24th Ave, between 29th and 31st Sts, 11102
  2. Sun Nov 16 - Sun Dec 21
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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

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Not only is there free ice-skating on Bryant Park's 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink, but also 127 holiday shops, including 27 new kiosks and 26 eateries. New offerings such as eco-friendly clothing and accessories from Angelrox ($10–$250) and organic hair- and skin-care products from Surya Brasil (starting at $15) are up for grabs. And after you shop and skate, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. FYI: The vendors are only there until Jan 4, but If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours (open through March 1). FYI: On Tuesday, Dec 2, come for the tree, but stay for the grand lighting ceremony at 6pm, including performances on and off the ice.

  1. Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sun Jan 4
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Brooklyn Pop-Up Holiday Market

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This flea debuted in Crown Heights last summer, but this weekend it launches its “Sell by the L” holiday offerings at a new indoor location in Bushwick. Those who love to shop local will recognize the Brooklyn vendors here—many showcasing wallet-friendly treasures. Standout stocking stuffers include leather journals by Elizabeth Dunn ($45), organic hand cream from Sustainable Shanti ($18) and Kizmet Kitchens’ vegan peppermint goji-berry chocolate bars ($8). Holiday shopping can be pretty stressful, so this market provides complimentary pours of sangria and mimosas (while supplies last) to fuel your gifting pursuits.

  1. Bat Haus 279 Starr St, between St. Nicholas and Wyckoff Aves, 11237
  2. Fri Dec 19 - Sun Dec 21
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Columbus Circle Holiday Market

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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.

  1. Columbus Circle Holiday Market Central Park South, at Central Park West
  2. Mon Dec 1 - Wed Dec 24
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Creeds Collective Holiday Pop-up

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This pop-up’s two-month run allows you to grab splurgeworthy presents from up-and-coming fashion, beauty and wellness brands for everyone on your list—or hell, let’s be honest, yourself. Our favorites include Angela & Roi handbags ($340), Dharma eyewear ($99), Coye Nokes shoes ($350) and more. And 10 percent of proceeds from every purchase goes toward Global Citizen’s (globalcitizen.org) fight against extreme poverty. The pop-up also offers complimentary mini spa treatments from natural hair- and skin-care brand THANN, a nail-art bar by Primp & Polish and a #hashtag photo booth, to reward yourself for getting through your shopping list.

  1. Creeds Collective Holiday Pop-Up 54 Crosby St , between Broome and Spring Sts
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sun Dec 28
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Grand Central Holiday Fair

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This fair's six-week run features 76 microboutiques plus 22 new artists and businesses boasting everything from contemporary jewelry and art objects to African crafts and Christmas ornaments. And since it’s situated inside the terminal itself, you won’t have to worry about shivering while you’re browsing the goods. Highlights include Jacques Torres Chocolates ($6-$100), man candles ($30) from The Lode Man Shop and handcrafted knit and crocheted outerwear from Spratters & Jayne ($60-$325).

  1. Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair 89 E 42nd St, at Park Ave
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Wed Dec 24
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Hester Street Holiday Fair

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This bazaar usually stays indoors for the winter, but this year, you’ll find vintage wares, crafts and other gifts at its new outdoor location. This one-of-a-kind shopping destination features curated and handmade gifts you won't find in any store as well. Plus, there will be a full roster of artisinal food vendors to fuel the holiday cheer.

  1. One Penn Plaza Eighth Ave, between 33rd and 34th Sts, 10119
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Sun Dec 21
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Jingle holiday pop-up

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Accessories designer Jill Schwartz curated this 6,000-square-foot shop inside Chelsea Market, featuring local and international goods perfect for gift-giving. Inside, you’ll find stylish wares by Izola and vibrant living sculptures (starting at $60) from Twig Terrariums. Plus, this pop-up has enough holiday spirit to cheer up even scroogiest New Yorker.

  1. Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, at 16th St
  2. Wed Dec 17 - Mon Dec 29
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LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market

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For eight weekends before Christmas, more than 55 vendors set up shop in a warehouse space adjacent to LIC Flea & Food's outdoor lot at this gift-geared seasonal spin-off. It's one of the biggest indoor markets in New York, so this holiday bazaar is a can’t-miss. Featuring more than 55 vendors, the holiday offerings include everything from fashion to arts and crafts and of course, antiques. Plus, there's plenty of food carts to fuel your search for the perfect holiday gifts. Other bonuses include live music from the Dandy Wellington band and, of course, the chance to take a photo with the big man in the red suit—Santa is here every weekend until December 21.

  1. LIC Flea 5-25 46th Ave , between Vernon Blvd and 5th St , 1101
  2. Sat Dec 20 - Sun Dec 21
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The Soho Holiday Collective

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This holiday pop-up is all about one-of-a-kind fashions from emerging designers. It's a hands-on affair, where you can actually meet and be styled by the designers themselves. Find luxury apparel, jewelry and gift items from Jes Wade, KES, Lulu Estate Jewelry and more. After you visit with the designers, be sure to check out the pop-up’s garage style gallery, which features an array of framed pop culture photography by Rock Paper Photo and Capital Art. We imagine the classic photos of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor will go fast.

  1. The Soho Holiday Collective Pop-up 150 Wooster St , between W Broadway and Greene St, 10012
  2. Until Wed Dec 24
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Union Square Holiday Market

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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.

  1. Union Square Holiday Market 14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
  2. Until Wed Dec 24
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Winter Solstice Celebration & Holiday Marketplace

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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. All ages.

  1. Queens Botanical Garden 43-50 Main St, at Dahlia Ave
  2. Sun Dec 7
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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!