Best holiday markets in NYC to visit this year

Winter wouldn't be complete without the best holiday markets in NYC—they're a must for all residents and visitors
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There's no doubt about it—the best holiday markets in NYC truly make December the most wonderful time of the year. After you've made the rounds at Rockefeller Center and embarked on the annual Dyker Heights tour, visit the markets to browse unique vendors, indulge in some tasty treats and participate fun family-friendly activities. 

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As much as we love Dec 25, we can't help but swoon over the fun we experience the weeks before thanks to the best holiday markets in NYC. Make the experience extra festive with a cup of hot chocolate, a trip to NYC's best toy stores and a few loops around the best kids' ice skating rinks in NYC.

Best holiday markets in NYC

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

icon-location-pin Bryant Park, Midtown West
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Our go-to Midtown green space transforms into a literal winter village as the end of the year approaches. The park's lawn is home to the temporary ice rink—which boasts lessons, winter sports and free skate times—while mom and pop vendors surround the ice. Expect fun gadgets and gizmos, delicious treats and more holiday goodness. All ages. 

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Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair

icon-location-pin Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East
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Forty unique vendors come together in one of NYC's most gorgeous architecutral attractions to provide a can't-miss holiday experience. If your daily commute's got you down, the Grand Central Holiday Fair is surely one way to make you feel merry and bright. Explore the wide array of handmade goods—toys, games, accessories and more—before boarding your train home. Chances are, you're bound to find some great gifts for loved ones. Even better? You also have the option to snag a sneak peek at the holiday train show too, so you're truly entering a winter wonderland. You'll be spending a lot of time wandering the train station this season! Note that the market won't be open on Thanksgiving or Christmas Eve, so plan your shopping ahead of time. All ages.

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Union Square Holiday Market

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Grab a cup of hot cocoa or cider to beat the chill as you navigate this holiday market, a favorite among shoppers looking to support local businesses. Foodies can grab a taste from  a variety of vendors here before browsing through kiosks featuring jewelry, artwork, candles, home goods, beauty products and gifts for kids. Here, you’ll find many artisanal products that are NYC-made, USA-made, Fairtrade/Organic Certified and made from recycled, reused or vintage items. All ages.

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Columbus Circle Holiday Market

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If you’re searching for a gift that’s a little more personal than the ones at The Shops at Columbus Circle, then cross the street to Central Park and browse through this outdoor holiday market. You’ll find handmade items for babies by Lil’ New Yorker, punk rock-styled onesies, or “punksies,” by Punkster, stuffed animals that can be microwaved and give off a lavender or chamomile scent. All ages.

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“Winterfest” at the Brooklyn Museum

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It's safe to say Brooklyn is on Santa's nice list, and the inaugural "Winterfest" at Brooklyn Museum is proof. Visitors can make the best of the season with the help of the attraction's 50 vendors, performances from local musicians, photo ops at Santa Land, sweets at The Chocolate Dome, cultural programs at Spectacular Menorah and so much more. All ages. 

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