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How to Navigate NYC’s Holiday Markets

December 3, 2018

When it comes to holiday shopping, you can’t beat the NYC holiday markets. Featuring a superb supply of gifts and food made by local and international artisans, these annual festivities will put you in the holiday spirit and cut your to-do list in half with just one trip! With dozens of booths selling every kind of present you can imagine (and plenty you can’t), these NYC holiday markets are sure to make you everyone’s favorite gift giver.

Bust Magazine Craftacular and Food Fair Holiday 2018

Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street at Franklin Street
Dates: December 8 & 9
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11am-7pm

Featuring over 200 booths selling handmade, vintage, and crafty products ranging from jewelry to cosmetics to spiritual goods, this two-day craft and food fair is not to be missed. Happening in tandem will be BUST’s School of Creative Living, where you can learn crafts and life skills ranging from herbalism to macramé.

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Bryant Park’s Winter Village

40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues
Dates: October 27 – January 2
Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-8pm

If you refuse to go holiday shopping anywhere that doesn’t offer free ice skating, then consider Bryant Park’s Winter Village your new seasonal-home-away-from-home. After you get your fill of skating (free if you bring your own skates; $20 if you rent them), stop by the cozy rinkside bar. Then, do some shopping at the open-air style marketplace. Go on a day when “Santa’s Corner” is open to take free photos with the jolly gift giver himself. See his upcoming schedule here.

Grand Central Holiday Fair  

Vanderbilt Hall
42nd Street and Park Avenue
Dates: November 13-December 24
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-7pm

If you’re looking for holiday shopping you can feel good about, try the Grand Central Holiday fair. This festive market hosts 40 vendors with an emphasis on handmade and American-made products from socially-conscious businesses that source local and sustainable materials. You’ll find toys for the kids, home goods for the in-laws, and plenty of fun gifts for yourself.

Grand Holiday Bazaar

100 West 77th Street at Columbus Avenue
Dates: Sundays, November 25-December 30
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

Featuring 150+ independent, local artisans, and dealers, this expansive holiday market is sure to have something for everybody on your list. The only NYC market to feature outdoor and indoor shopping areas, you’ll be able to enjoy the chilly winter breeze as much, or as little, as you’d like. Best of all, 100% of the profits go to local public schools, supporting the education of over 4,000 local kids. Now that’s some holiday spirit you can feel good about!

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Union Square Holiday Market  

14th Street between Union Square East and West
Dates: November 15-December 24
Hours: Monday–Friday 11am-8pm; Saturday 10am-8pm; Sunday 11am-7pm

This is the place to stock up on holiday snacks, with a special “UrbanSpace Provisions” area of the market specifically dedicated to locally-produced food, drinks, and kitchen supplies. This is the perfect spot to find something for the people in your life who love supporting local artists and craftsmen.

Renegade Craft Fair

Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street at Franklin Street
Dates: December 22 & 23
Hours: 11am-5pm

Featuring over 150 vendors showing the best of the country’s handmade crafts, the Renegade Craft Fair is an insider favorite. Holiday shopping gets a major upgrade here, accompanied by local DJs spinning dance beats, food trucks serving up local flavors, and a bar with a bounty of wintry cocktails.

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Astoria Market

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
29-19 24th Avenue
Dates: December  2, 9, 16
Hours: 12pm-6pm

If a Midtown holiday fair sounds too stressful for you, consider stopping by the more laid-back Astoria Market this season. It brings out artisans, bakers, and beer brewers of all stripes, making for an array of gifts ranging from arrow-head necklaces to organic soaps. Particularly heavy on the food and drink options, this is the perfect place to shop for the foodie in your life.

As you can see, NYC holiday markets are in no short supply. As the holidays quickly approach, don’t let that annual dose of stress come with it! Take some time to explore one or more of these winter wonderlands of toys, arts and crafts, and tasty treats. If all of these arts and crafts have inspired you to make gifts for the loved ones in your life, check out our Guide to City Living for the Arts and Crafts Enthusiasts, where you’ll learn about a wonderful series of places to bring out your inner Kahlo or Warhol.

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