If you’re visiting NYC for the holidays, support local craftspeople and independent artisans by checking out one of the many holiday markets and pop-up shops around the city.
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Dates: Nov 21th – Dec 24th (closed on Thanksgiving)
Location: Union Square
This is the big momma of all the holiday markets and has been around for 22 years, with over 100 red and white booths, with gifts generally in the $10–30 range. The vendors tend to be artisans and independent business owners rather than chain stores, which makes this a great way to support the arts!
Don’t miss: apple cider and cider donuts.
Dates: Nov 18th – Dec 24th (closed on Thanksgiving)
Location: Grand Central
This is the oldest holiday market in the city (since 1993) and certainly one of the most romantic. Located in Vanderbilt Hall, this market features 40+ vendors and grows every year.
Dates: Dec 4 – December 24
Location: Columbus Circle
Running for 15 years and a bit more upscale than its Union Square sister, the Columbus Circle market has a wide assortment of jewelry, home goods, foods, and artisan goods.
Shop dates: October 31 – January 5
Ice Rink dates: October 31 – March 1
Location: Bryant Park
Complete with a free ice skating rink, this European inspired winter village has 125 small boutique style shops and plenty of stands for food and drink.
Don’t miss: the free skating rink (if you bring your own skates)
Dates: Every Sat + Sunday
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Location: 25 Kent Ave. (8th Floor), Williamsburg Brooklyn
A gigantic legendary flea market in Williamsburg with 75+ vintage dealer vendors and 25 Smorgasborg food stands.
Dates: Dec 19 – 23rd
Hours: 10am – 6pm
Location: Chelsea Market
The creation of designer Jill Schwartz, this popup holiday market in Chelsea features creative boutique displays from independent designers and artisans.
Dates: Throughout November and December
Hours: 10 – 7:30
Location:Multiple Brooklyn & Manhattan locations
Independent artist marketplace website Etsy has curated in-person popup holiday markets featuring handmade and vintage goods.
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