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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

Photograph: Erin Kestenbaum
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

Critics' pick

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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Chelsea Market, Chelsea Sat Nov 1 - Wed Dec 24

Astoria Market Holiday Markets

Critics' pick

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.

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Old First Reformed Church, Park Slope Sun Nov 16 - Sun Dec 21

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Critics' pick

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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Columbus Circle, Midtown West Mon Dec 1 - Wed Dec 24

The Soho Holiday Collective

Critics' pick

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.

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The Soho Holiday Collective Pop-up, Soho Until Wed 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. All ages.

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Queens Botanical Garden, Queens 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!