Best holiday markets in NYC
Just before Halloween weekend, The Winter Village at Bryant Park debuted a new rinkside pop-up eatery and drinkery called The Lodge which sells grub and drinks from 12 restaurants. Go for the: Cozy après skate-style ambiance while you munch on wholesome eats by Pierogi Boys followed by dessert from the S’Mores Bar by Squish. Stay for the: Army of shopping vendors (there are more than 170!) to snag handmade, unique and New York City-specific gifts for your family and friends.
WinterFest, a mega winter village and holiday market in Brooklyn, takes Christmastown to the next level. Located outside of the Brooklyn Museum's grounds, the 40,000-square-foot attraction is a festive wonderland. Go for the: Mulled wine and hot chocolate as well as a beer garden serving multiple brews, a Santa Land starring Mr. and Mrs. Claus for photo ops and a performance stage where you can catch free shows. Stay for the: North Pole-like features like an Enchanted Tree Maze filled with sparkling Christmas trees, the "Snowzilla" side and the Giant Snowglobe (yes, you can step inside to enjoy the magic.)
New Yorkers should get psyched for the mother lode of holiday craft fairs as it enters Manhattan on November 17 and 18. Go for the: Artists, tchotchke-making fiends and creative types who gather and display their hand-made or bespoke goods. Stay for the: Loot from over 200 vendors as well as live entertainment from DJs and DIY opportunities.
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect excursion than going to a Christmas market in Grand Central. Go for the: Chance to 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. Stay for the: Chance to grab goods to throw the best Christmas party ever. Open through December 24.
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. Go for 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. Stay for the: Food vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar, Bar Suzette, Wafels & Dinges and No Chewing Allowed!. You could easily spend a whole day here. Open November 15 through December 24.
This annual holiday bazaar near Central Park is run by the people behind the Winter Village ar Bryant Park, the Union Square Holiday Market and others. Go for the: 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 more than 100 booths. Nov 28–Dec 24.
In a city dominated by holiday markets, leave the tastemakers of BUST magazine to curate one of the best craft fairs of the season. Go for the: Cute DIY gifts and custom cocktails. Stay for the: Classes and workshops like "Incense Making 101" and "Meditation Through Movement and Hooping."
This retailer’s multiple weekend run at various locations allows any impatient DIYers to grab creative handmade presents from more than 50 talented fashion, beauty and lifestyle crafters for everyone on your list or, hell, yourself. Go for the: Free goody bags of products, coupons and surprises from the vendors and sponsors, which shoppers have scored in the past. Fingers crossed it's the same deal this year! Stay for the: Cocktails that are usually available for purchase during the Chelsea Market fair, and selfie opportunities in the holiday photo booth.