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The best holiday markets NYC has to offer

At a holiday market, NYC offers the best decorations, food and winter activities to get you in the Christmas spirit

Photograph: Erin Kestenbaum

If department stores with their holiday windows leave you cold, spend your winter at a holiday market. NYC’s best holiday shopping spots have everything from ice skating to vintage goods for one-of-a-kind Christmas presents. Stay through dinner as you snack on grub from the city’s best food trucks, and make sure not to miss the tree lightings. Here are the top holiday markets of the season.

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Best holiday markets in NYC


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 more than 125 holiday shops, including a bunch of new kiosks and eateries. And after you shop and skate, warm up at spacious rink-side restaurant Celsius. FYI: The vendors are only there until January 2, but if you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours (open through March 5). Oct 29–Jan 5

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By: Jennifer Picht

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; handmade, monogrammed stuffed animals from Hazel Village; and wooden puzzles and board games from Kubiya Games. And with food vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar, Bar Suzette, Wafels & Dinges and No Chewing Allowed!, you could easily spend a whole day here. Nov 1 –Dec 24

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Union Square , Union Square Thursday November 17 2016 - Saturday December 24 2016

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 from the 30-plus vendors is locally made and well crafted. Enter the building at the corner of Tenth Avenue and 15th Street.

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Grand Central Holiday Fair


It’s hard to imagine a more romantic excursion than going to a Christmas market in Grand Central—gawk at the swirls of constellations on the roof inside, then check out the towering, bejeweled tree to get a new meaning of bright lights, big city. Oh, and don’t forget to pick up goods to throw the best Christmas party ever. Nov 14–Dec 24

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Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall , Midtown East Monday November 14 2016 - Saturday December 24 2016

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

This annual holiday bazaar, run by the people behind the Union Square farmers’ market, features handmade items from local artisans and snacks from vendors such as Hill Country Barbecue and La Sonrisa Empanadas. Look for the market concierge to help you navigate your way through the approximately 100 booths. Nov 29–Dec 24

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Columbus Circle , Midtown West Tuesday November 29 2016 - Saturday December 24 2016

Astoria Market Holiday Markets


On three Sundays before Christmas (Dec 4, 11, 18), Queens’ classic Bohemian Hall beer garden transforms into an NYC-centric artisan market chock-full of handmade and vintage merchandise. Standout vendors include jewelry from Lady M Designs and delicious gluten-free baked goods. Eggnog, hot cider and roasted chestnuts are available for the peckish, too. Dec 4, 11, 18

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Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden , Astoria Sunday December 4 2016 - Sunday December 18 2016

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 a garden tour to interactive crafts, and parents can impress the whole family with unique gifts come holiday season. Make sure you stay for the tree-lighting ceremony, too. Dec 6

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Queens Botanical Garden , Queens Tuesday December 6 2016

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Union Square Holiday Market is the best one!