Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market
Photograph: Laura Fontaine

Best Christmas markets in NYC

At a holiday market, NYC offers the best decorations, food and winter activities to get you in the merriest of moods!


The best holiday markets are right here in NYC—full of both the holiday spirit and the most unique gifts out there. While fancy Christmas window displays may entice you, NYC's holiday markets often include ice skating, twinkling lights, great food vendors, and fun holiday activities. Shopping for the perfect gift doesn’t have to be stressful, make it fun at these holiday markets, from the Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market to the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park and more.

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Best holiday markets in NYC

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  • Markets and fairs

Bryant Park’s Winter Village by Bank of America is back in NYC with exciting holiday shops, food and activities from October 27 through March 3, 2024. Its 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink that’s free to use (if you bring your own skates) is always the highlight, but its Winter Village in all its holiday spirit is a close second. This year, over 180 new and returning kiosks will be there for you to peruse through, including newcomers TruffleistPinky Pilots art and Soap & Paper Factory.

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  • Events & Festivals

Winter by Empire, a pop-up and holiday experience will take over the shopping complex Empire Stores at 53-83 Water Street, along Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo. The winter wonderland will feature a well-rounded experience within its custom-built outdoor unit within the mall’s courtyard.

Expect delectable offerings from local vendors like La Newyorkina and Buttercup Bake Shop and beautiful finds from New York City-based businesses as well, making holiday shopping that much easier. Also on site will be a heated, outdoor bar operated in partnership with Cecconi’s Dumbo (the full-fledged restaurant calls Empire Stores home as well) serving hot cocoa all throughout the day and cocktails after sunset.

Don’t forget to check out the luxury gingerbread house and full-size snow globe on the fifth-floor rooftop at Time Out Market—it’s the perfect Instagram shot.


3. Wells Fargo’s Small Business Market

While you’re perusing the gorgeous lights at Hudson Yards, stop by this mini holiday market featuring eight Tri-State area small businesses inside The Shops at Hudson Yards on Level 3. The makers are minority- and woman-owned and include Brooklyn Tea; The Dressed Pretzel & Co.; Elvis+Elvin; My Emollient; Gone to the Dogs; Maiden Denim; Good Behavior Brand; and More Amour Boutique. It runs through January 1.

Check out our Winter Village video

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