Last minute holiday shopping? Skip the department stores and head over to the dozens of holiday markets throughout NYC. The seasonal holiday markets offer thousands of unique gift ideas for friends and family during the holiday season (not to mention their much prettier to walk through than any crowded mall or department store).
1. Winter Village at Bryant Park
This year, get everything on your Christmas list from the shops at Winter Village. The 127 boutique-like shops have thousands of great gift ideas ranging from handmade jewelry, unique art, cozy apparel, local foods, and much more. Don’t forget about the FREE iceskating at Bryant Park’s 17,000 square-foot rink!
For more information on events and other fun stuff going on at Winter Village, click here.
Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd St
2. Union Square Holiday Market
The European-style, holly-lined aisles of the Union Square Holiday Market is definitely worth seeing this holiday season. With 150 vendors selling everything from homemade beer kits to monogrammed stuffed animals, there’s surely something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. While you’re there, stop by at some of NYC’s most loved restaurants and dessert bars at their smaller scaled food kiosks. Food vendors include Momofuku’s Milk Bar, No Chewing Allowed!, Arancini Bros., and much more.
14th St to 17th St, between Broadway and Park Ave South
3. Columbus Circle Holiday Market
With about 100 booths, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market is a great place to stop for holiday gifts from local artisans and designers. The location is definitely a plus, located alongside the southwest entrance of Central Park and just a few blocks away from 5th Ave’s incredible Holiday windows…Click here to see what I’m talking about!
4. Grand Central Holiday Fair
Don’t want to shop in the cold? Head over to Grand Central Station and browse the 76 microboutiques. Although the shops are on a smaller scale than most of the other holiday markets in NYC, the unique range of gifts is definitely worth the visit. Aside from the shopping, Grand Central is even more beautiful during the holidays. Don’t forget to snap some pictures of the beautifully decorated, wreath-lined terminal.
89 E 42nd St, at Park Ave
5. Jingle Holiday Pop-Up at Chelsea Market
Everything we already love about Chelsea Market…just more festive! Even if you’ve finished your holiday shopping, Chelsea Market is worth the visit with their incredible holiday displays. Take a break from the cold and grab a coffee from Ninth Street Espresso.
75 9th Avenue