Your Guide to NYC Holiday Markets


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Whether you’re looking for souvenirs, gifts for the winter holidays, or a fun weekend activity, holiday markets are a great place to explore during the holiday season. Most of these markets have beautiful holiday displays, including festively lit trees and decorations.

Beyond the shopping, many markets have onsite restaurants or food vendors and even fun winter activities, like ice-skating. Food and drink highlights at these markets can include hot apple cider, gourmet chocolate and hot chocolate, donuts, cookies and other specialty treats.

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Manhattan

Union Square Holiday Market

When: November 19, 2015 - December 24, 2015

  • Monday-Friday: 11am-8pm
  • Saturday 10am-8pm
  • Sunday 11am-7pm
  • Thanksgiving, closed
  • December 24, closes at 4pm

Where: Union Square, Broadway to 4th Ave., E. 14th St. to E. 17th St.

Sip some hot chocolate as you explore this well-known holiday market. Known for its unique offerings, you will find items from winter accessories and handmade home goods to artwork and small batch, gourmet foods.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

When: October 30, 2015 - January 3, 2016

  • Monday-Friday: 11am-8pm
  • Saturday: 10am-9pm
  • Sunday: 10am-6pm

Where: Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd St. between 5th and 6th Ave.

Here you can find unique holiday gifts, such as handmade jewelry and local food items. While the over 125 vendors will keep you busy shopping, Winter Village is also known for its ice skating rink and beautifully lit tree. It is free to skate! If you don’t have ice skates, you can rent them on site.

Grand Central Holiday Fair

Grand Central Holiday Market
Grand Central Holiday Market

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When: November 14 - December 24, 2015

  • Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm
  • Sunday 11am-7pm
  • Thanksgiving Eve, closes at 8pm
  • Thanksgiving Day, closed
  • December 24, closes at 6pm

Where: Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbilt Ave. (42nd St. and Park Ave.)

Grand Central Station is a stunning location itself to see around the holidays. The only indoor holiday market, you can walk through the Vanderbilt Hall wing and find 76 vendors. Here you can purchase decorative items, clothing, bath and body products and children’s toys, among other gifts at a range of prices.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

When: December 1 - December 24, 2015

  • Monday-Saturday 10am to 8pm
  • Sunday 10am-7pm
  • December 24, closes at 4pm

Where: W. 59th St. and Central Park West

What better place to have a holiday market than Central Park? At the southwest entrance to the park you can enjoy sweet treats and distinctive New York gifts from a variety of designers and artisans.

Queens

Astoria Market

When: December 6, 13, and 20, 2015, 12-6pm

Where: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave. between 29th and 31st St., Queens

Check out the market in Astoria for an interesting array of creations from local bakers and crafters. While open every Sunday, the market has special days for showcasing holiday goods. Join their email list to find out about their other pop-up locations and events this season.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Winter Flea Market

When: Saturdays & Sundays

  • 10am-7pm until Christmas
  • 10am-6pm Christmas-March

Where: 241 37th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Brooklyn

This market is the place to go for great food options—25 vendors! While the flea market finds tend to be a bit on the pricier side, this huge venue is the perfect place to wander around on a chilly winter afternoon.

Did we miss one? Please share other holiday markets you know around the five boroughs in the comments below. Happy holiday shopping!

Allison Allison

Allison joined the InterExchange team in 2011 and holds a B.A. in International Affairs and an M.A. in Higher Education. She oversees the daily operations of the Career Training USA program where she has the privilege of working with students and professionals from around the world pursuing U.S. internships and training programs. Allison is originally from Massachusetts and studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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