6 Holiday Markets in NYC That You Need to Visit
New York City during the holidays is just about as festive as it gets — it's decked out with Christmas trees, stunning window displays, and illuminated Winter wonderlands. It's rare to spare a moment without some holiday cheer. If you're looking for something other than the famous tree at Rockefeller Center or the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the city's holiday markets are one of the best ways to get into the spirit. You can sip on hot chocolate, go ice skating, shop for gifts from local vendors, or just experience the wonder of the decorations. It's a must for those visiting the Big Apple during the holiday season. So, we've rounded up the dreamiest holiday markets in NYC that will get you into the merriest of moods.
Bryant Park Winter Village, Oct. 28 to Jan. 2
A favorite among city dwellers and visitors, this market is one of the prettiest and most bustling of them all. The magical wintertime atmosphere is fit with a skating rink (open until March 4) and more than 100 stalls selling cool items like decorative goods, handcrafted bags, jewelry, local foods, and just about anything else that you can think of. Make sure to really get into it with some hot drinks and holiday sweets.
Union Square Holiday Market, Nov. 16 to Dec. 24
Hot apple cider, sweet and savory holiday treats, and more than 100 vendors to gift shop from here. Union Square's market is the place to be for the full NYC holiday experience. It's located downtown, funky, well-decorated, and large, and it consistently brings the most unique of vendors year after year.
Chelsea Artist & Fleas, Year Round
While this market is in session year round, it is one of the best places in the city to shop during the holiday season. For anyone who enjoys buying from emerging artists, independent designers, and vintage collectors, this is it. Holiday music will be blasting, locals and visitors will be roaming, and you're very likely to find a lovely gift for yourself or a loved one.
Grand Central Holiday Fair, Nov. 13 to Dec. 24
Grand Central Station at Christmastime is spectacular and classic. So, what better spot for a holiday market? There are nearly 76 stalls with a wide collection to explore. Stay out of the cold and wander around the historic terminal for art, clothing, accessories, collectible toys, and holiday items.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Nov. 28 to Dec. 24
In the Southwestern corner of Central Park is Columbus Circle. The cute spot turns into a decent-size holiday market in the Winter. Garland, red bows, and Christmas lights abound — it's festive and spirited, a quaint place to browse stalls while sipping on hot chocolate or taste testing Christmas cookies.
Renegade Craft Fair, Dec. 16 to 17
Renegade hosts fairs worldwide throughout the year. These holiday pop-ups take place in Brooklyn's major Industry City. It's the world's largest curated exhibition of independent crafts and definitely gets into the holiday spirit. Listen to great music, enjoy some good times, and check out 150 stalls of artisanal F&B and craftmakers.