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Posted: Dec 10, 2021
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By: Sara Kahn

The Best Holiday Markets

  • winter
  • nyc
  • nyc area
  • market
  • Holiday

Support small and local businesses and artists at these highly-curated, buzzy holiday markets.

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Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square, New York, NY 10003

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The beloved Union Square holiday market is back just up until Christmas Eve. Peruse this winter wonderland of foods, goods, gifts, crafts, and everything in between. It's the perfect place for stocking stuffers, Secret Santas, host gifts, etc. And this year, new food vendors include Veselka, Breezy Hill Orchard cider, Piccolo Cafe so you know you'll be well-fed.

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Winter Village at Bryant Park

New York, NY 10018

Winter Village at Bryant Park

With the winter season upon us, Bryant Park has once again transformed into the closest thing NYC has seen to the South Pole. There’s plenty to do at every price range. Peruse the al fresco shops for free, go ice skating, rent a private igloo with friends, or even take up the winter sport of curling. Pair it all with some food and drinks, as the vendors here are also exemplary. Baked Cheese Haus, for example, for which we wait patiently each year, serves melted half wheels of Alpine cheese, scraped over potatoes, on toasted baguettes or frankfurters.

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The Makers Show at City Point

445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Makers Show at City Point

445 Albee Square W, Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Maker’s Show stands in support of social justice and localism. The idea behind their mission is this: promote sustainability by using resources local to an environment, and offer a platform to businesses owned by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women, and other underrepresented groups. Expect an immersive experience that is both engaging and practical (as you can get all your holiday shopping done as well).

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Pop-in at Nordstrom

225 W 57th St, New York, NY 10019

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Through January 9th, Nordstrom is hosting a shop within the shop. Their pop-up features curated selections of unique gifts. If you do buy anything, make sure to take advantage of their gift wrapping and boxing that comes complimentary with each purchase. This pop-up also includes additional holiday celebrations including cocktails, bites, performances and personal styling assistance through December 24th.

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Eataly Holiday Market

200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Eataly Holiday Market

Nothing says I love you like salumi. Open daily during the month of December, check out Eataly in all its festive glory. Trees, lights, and ornaments abound and you can find the perfect holiday dessert, customized gift basket, salumi and formaggi, truffles, and artisanal chocolates. If you've got co-workers or in-laws on your list, we can't think of something better to gift.

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Holiday Market with Black-Owned Brooklyn

Weeksville, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Holiday Market with Black-Owned Brooklyn

Weeksville, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Hosted at Weeksville Heritage Center by Black Owned Brooklyn, this holiday market features a diverse selection of Black-owned brands selling goods including pots, house plants, and tees + hoodies with unique graphic prints. There will be food and beverages to keep you fueled throughout the day, as well as live performances by Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation and the Latino Theater for Young Audiences. When you're done shopping, take a tour of Weeksville’s historic Hunterfly Road houses.

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Japanese Artisans and Makers Market

220 36th St, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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Every Friday through the month of December, explore the impeccable and definitive style of Japanese design at this holiday market. Brought to you by the Ippin Project -- a sustainable design firm based in New York, you can shop Japanese artisan-made collections including tableware and home decor. The studio is known for bringing creative Japanese traditions and introducing them to the western world.

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Holiday Market at The Oculus

185 Greenwich St LL3110, New York, NY 10006

Holiday Market at The Oculus

Keep warm at the Oculus holiday market in downtown Manhattan. Throughout the month, the space transforms into a festive village, complete with decorations, roaming carolers, a snow garden for Instagram-worthy photos, light shows, and a curated selection of carts and kiosks. This year, the market has partnered up with non-profit ChaShaMa to offer a selection of artisanal goods including homemade baked treats by Loaf & Butters, a slow-fashion popup curated by Art to Ware, artisanal candles by Scent by Heaven, cruelty-free luxury fashion goods by House of Fluff, healing and decorative crystals by Amulet Fairy, and plant-based knitwear warmers by KD New York.

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Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Columbus Cir & Central Park S, New York, NY 10023

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Columbus Cir & Central Park S, New York, NY 10023

With its selection of higher-end art, jewelry, and home goods, Columbus Circle Holiday Market is the perfect spot to hit up for the “important” gifts. AKA, the ones that make your wallet hurt. Not to mention the scenic background of it all. Perhaps make a day of it by starting at Wollman Rink.

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Grand Holiday Bazaar

100 W 77th St, New York, NY 10024

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Leading up to Christmas, the Grand Bazaar transforms into the Grand HOLIDAY Bazaar. Shop gifts, trinkets, and goods at this indoor & outdoor market. Through December 19th, explore over 150 carefully selected local (and rotating) vendors and help support not only small businesses, but also four local public schools' (i.e., over 2,000+ children) programs and classroom essentials funds.

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