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Bryant Park Winter Village
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The best holiday markets open in NYC this year

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

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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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, tree and menorah lightings, 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.

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Best holiday markets in NYC

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  • Markets and fairs

The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park and all its holiday spirit is back with free ice-skating but also its Urbanspace holiday market bringing over 170 shops, including a bunch of new kiosks and eateries for your shopping and eating pleasure through January 2, 2022. It'll also bring back its Small Business Spotlight that gives four New York City-based minority-owned small businesses, with annual revenues of $1 million or less, an opportunity to showcase their products in a free booth at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. You'll also be able to cozy up at The Lodge by Prime Video, a covered, outdoor après-themed area where visitors can grab a festive cocktail, enjoy delicious food, watch the ice skaters or admire the tree.

The Makers Show has partnered with City Point to bring a holiday market to Downtown Brooklyn this holiday season. It'll be a curated marketplace of local craftsmen, artisans and entrepreneurs that kicks off November 23-December 19th and December 20-23. Shop on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the holiday season from Black-owned and women-owned businesses such as Black Lamb Handmade, Natchie Art, Mottive Jewelry, The Makers Show Sock Puppet City, Cali & Dana, Magic Industrie, Breezy Hill Orchard Farm. Plus, enjoy food at Dekalb Market Hall, decorate Gingerbread houses and take photos with a 360 GlamCam by ShopShop. 11am to 7pm.

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  • Things to do
  • Markets and fairs

The Renegade Craft Fair is back with fabulous handmade goods galore to Manhattan in November and Brooklyn in December. Whether you’re shopping for friends and family or looking for something unique as a treat to yourself, the Renegade Craft Fair offers a wonderland of artwork, clothing, jewelry and home decor, all made by a select group of the best crafters around. The fair features hundreds of vendors selected to sell their wares over two weekend days. You can spend all day shopping, enjoying live entertainment and even trying your hand at some DIY crafting. You’ll find everything from artisan soaps and candles to ceramics and “wearable sculpture” to cozy sweaters and doggie bow ties. Whimsical jewelry? Handcrafted leather goods? Stylish plant hangers? Yes to all. There’s simply not enough space to describe all the wonders you might find here. We promise you, however, this is where you want to go for unique, handmade gifts this season (and of course, something special for yourself). The fair, which is free and open-to-the-public, takes place from 11am-5pm on two weekends in NYC: Saturday, November 13 and Sunday, November 14 in Manhattan and Saturday, December 4 and Sunday, December 5, in Brooklyn.

4. French Holiday Market

Sip and nibble on French-inspired drinks and snacks as you shop from local French artisans at Coucou French Classes' and French Wink's holiday market at 253 Centre Street on December 3 (6-9pm). Vendors will include Bio Milk probiotic French skincare, France Dubin bilingual books, French DNA beauty products from La Canopee and Nividiskin, French Wink brand marinieres, berets, candles, Merci Bisous adorable goods for children, Monet candles, Nutu beauty products, Parfum de Paris,  Pompon de Brest fine chocolates, Sophie M candies, biscuits, sweet treats and more. This market is free and open to the public. RSVP here.

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Shop from artists and makers from the BIPOC community at this two-day holiday marketplace at Essex Market on December 4-5 (11am-5pm). Aside from shopping, you can sit in a conversation with social media strategist Camp Coconut known for their work Refinery 29, Instagram, Kith, and more on how to level up your small business on social media. Swing by for a drink and great music, take photos in the photo booth, meet some amazing people, enter a raffle and more at the Market's first-ever BIPOC Holiday Marketplace thanks to Serendipitous Project, Sweet Reason and The Pushcart Presents.

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  • Midtown West

As far as holiday markets are concerned, the iconic one at Columbus Circle might be one of the best—and it is officially coming back from the season from November 29 through December 24. The uptown counterpart of the Union Square Holiday Market provides shoppers with a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Adjacent to Central Park, the more intimate bazaar is an eye-popping smorgasbord of handmade crafts and delicious, locally made treats. Pick up unusual and affordable holiday gifts, such as Neon Bars' shampoo bars and a folding soap dish made with chopsticks from Chopstick Art. Food wise, delight your palate with sweet treats from Wafels & Dinges, baked empanadas from Criollas and more.

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7. The Smudge Holiday Takeover

Spiritual wellness-focused lifestyle brand, Smudge Wellness, which specializes in crystals, intention decks, and all things related to tarot, astrology and healing is having a one-day pop-up on Saturday (noon-6pm) at the East Village storefront of POPUPFLORIST (67 E. 7th St.). Grab Smudge's 10-day advent calendar or take part in free reiki, tarot and astrology readings from social media stars (Cole and Colin) and a tarot reader from Mystic Mondays, as well as an intention-setting station, a Jingle Bell Rock cocoa bar, and some crystal and herbal giveaways.

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  • Midtown East

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 give the best Christmas gift ever. It opens in the iconic Vanderbilt Hall starting this November. 

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Brooklyn Museum Holiday Market
Photograph: Aimee Kellner, Brooklyn Pop-Up

9. Brooklyn Museum Holiday Market

The Brooklyn Museum is holding its own holiday market on Sunday, December 12 and 19, noon-6pm, featuring more than 20 local artisans and vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more. Shop one-of-a-kind, handmade items and get into the holiday spirit with performances by carolers and live DJs.

TALEA Holiday Bazaar
Photograph: Sydney Butler Photography

10. TALEA Holiday Bazaar

Enjoy an evening of live jazz from Patty Irwin set to a beer flight tasting for two at Talea Beer Co. on Friday night (6-9pm). Seatings begin at 6pm, when you’ll be greeted with a welcome splash of sparkling wine plus a cheese plate for two. The expert beer crew will walk you through the tasting notes of the winter beer flight. Music begins at 7pm and will include a mix of jazz standards, pop covers and some holiday music. Tickets are $50.

Then on Sunday, 3-5pm, make your own candle while you enjoy a flight tasting. Tickets include a welcome beer, a four-beer flight tasting, a fragrance flight to sample fragrances that complement beers, all materials needed to make candles and a detailed explanation of the beers and fragrances. Participants will walk away with unique handmade candles in a festive gift box. Tickets are $65.

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