Online shopping might be the easy way to buy gifts for your family and friends this holiday season, but finding unique items at New York City’s seasonal markets and shops is extra meaningful.
So make your list, check it twice, and shop for your loved ones at these top holiday markets.
October 27–January 2, Midtown
Count on spending at least a couple of hours at this winter wonderland, which offers opportunities to shop, eat, drink, and ice skate in the heart of Manhattan. The European-inspired open-air market has more than 170 holiday shops, where you’ll have no issue finding gifts for everyone on your list. When you get hungry, visit The Lodge by Urbanspace, the Winter Village’s new rinkside bar and food hall. Besides an outdoor beer garden and holiday-themed cocktail bar, you’ll find pop-ups of NYC restaurants like Pierogi Boys, Todaro Bros, and Chimney Cakes by Stackery.
November 12–December 24, Midtown East
As one of the longest-running indoor holiday markets in the city, this fair located in Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall has been pleasing the masses since 1993 with its unique shopping experience. With a focus on American-made and handmade products with locally sourced materials, or vendors using a socially conscious business model, this year’s edition of the fair will showcase 40 stalls selling artwork, clothing, accessories, toys, and home goods.
November 15–December 24, Union Square
This al fresco holiday market is a must for locals and tourists alike every year. Although it might mean braving frigid temperatures, visitors can find refuge in the warming section between shopping for locally crafted gifts including home goods, gourmet food and drinks, winter accessories, artwork, and skin care products. New to this year’s market is live music and a kids’ arts studio, so you don’t have to worry about the kiddos getting bored while you shop.
November 17–18, Chelsea; December 22–23, Greenpoint
Dozens of creative artisans will be at this shopping extravaganza, offering more tchotchkes and handmade items in one place than you’ve ever seen before. Expect cool finds across fashion, art, and accessories, plus fun DIY workshops, on-site food trucks, DJ sets, and more.
November 24–25, Boerum Hill; December 3–9, Chelsea; December 15–16, Brooklyn Heights
This impressive market presented by the NY Handmade Collective (formerly the Etsy NY Street Team) showcases goods from indie vendors all based in the NYC area.
Since it saw more than 20,000 attendees last year, the event has now expanded to three weekends and locations, so you can experience it in your neighborhood of choice.
Sundays from November 25–December 30, Upper West Side
As one of NYC’s largest weekly markets, NYC Grand Bazaar goes extra big when it comes to the holiday season. Beginning the weekend after Thanksgiving and running past Christmas, there are six Sundays for shopping unique finds from 150 independent artisans who will sell items across fashion, collectibles, art, jewelry, and more.
November 24–25, Gowanus
Calling itself “the best of Brooklyn under one roof,” this sixth annual event hosted by Brooklyn Makers will feature more than 60 local vendors selling their finest handmade goods. A photo booth and arts and crafts for the kids make this a family-friendly event complete with delicious food and drink options from local spots, including Palo Santo, Blondery, and Hungry Bird Eats.
November 28–December 24
Located at the southernmost entrance to Central Park, this festive market hosts more than 100 vendors offering everything you could want. From art and jewelry to home goods and baked treats, there’s more than enough to make this your one-stop-shop for all of your needs. There’s even a market concierge to help you navigate the aisles of this sprawling market.
December 1–2, Greenpoint
If anyone on your holiday shopping list would prefer a pentacle necklace or bath products made from witchy ingredients, this holiday market caters to those with unique interests and tastes. By buying VIP tickets to this flea market at Brooklyn Bazaar, you’ll get early entry access to dozens of vendors showcasing natural history items, taxidermy, jewelry, one-of-a-kind art, bizarre flair, strange literature, and anatomical curiosities.
December 2, 9, and 16, Astoria
You might as well grab a drink before shopping the selection at the Astoria Market, considering its location in the Main Hall of the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. Then, peruse the artisans’ shops offering a mix of handmade, baked, and vintage finds.
December 8–9, Greenpoint
This two-day arts and crafts extravaganza won’t just hook you up with the chance to shop from more than 200 vendors — it will also give you the opportunity to learn crafting skills like macramé, knitting, and more through the BUST School for Creative Living at the event. Gather your friends and count on spending a day getting crafty and shopping for the most creative gifts when this fair hits the Brooklyn Expo Center.
December 8, Park Slope
Spend an afternoon checking out potential handmade gifts and enjoying live entertainment. That’s right — come for shopping the large assortment of jewelry, art, and home goods, and stay for the music from HeBeSheBeez and Zamy Maa. Plus, rhythm tap dance group Cole Collective will be on-site showing off their sweet moves. Don’t miss out on this entertaining holiday shopping experience!