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Holiday Markets in NYC 2023

Grand Central, Union Square, Bryant Park

Explore the top holiday markets in NYC, sip hot cocoa, ice skate and shop your way through our fantastic holiday bazaars, featuring unique artisan gifts for the whole family. We review the Grand Central Holiday Fair, Union Square Holiday Market, Shops at Winter Village Bryant Park, Columbus Circle, Holiday Markets at The Oculus, flea markets, Holiday Markets Shopping Tours and more.

Winter Village at Bryant Park Holiday Market

Bryant Park Holiday Market Winter Village

The Winter Village at Bryant Park Holiday Market is a European inspired open air market with over 170 unique artisans from around the world. The shops are housed in custom-designed, “jewel box” kiosks and surround the entire Bryant Park Ice Skating Rink (free ice skating!) and Christmas Tree.

When you’re shopped out, or just need a break, there’s dozens of great food options, like their food kiosks, Bryant Park Grill and Café, Southwest Porch, Public Fare and The Lodge, a food hall operated by Urbanspace located rinkside near the Upper Terrace. The Tree Lighting Skate-Tacular is December TBD, 2023.

October 24, 2023 – January 2, 2024
Monday – Friday: 11am-8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am-8pm
Many Shops are open on major holidays and after Thanksgiving will be open later than 8pm

Dates are for the Holiday Shops only. Winter Village & Ice Skating are open through March.

More Info: bryantpark.org

Neighborhood Guide: Bryant Park

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Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market

The outdoor Union Square Holiday Market is filled with thousands of unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists. Artwork, accessories, home goods, jewelry, candles, bags and so much more will keep you checking off your holiday shopping lists. When you are hungry from overwhelm, there’s plenty of great artisanal food waiting to renew your energy. Enjoy their newest sections like Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions, a Warming Station and Lounge Presented by Citi, a Kid’s Arts Studio, live music and more.

November 16 – December 24, 2023
Monday – Saturday 11am-8pm
Sunday 11am – 7pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Closed at 4pm on Christmas Eve

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Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Located at the entrance to Central Park, at 59th street and Central Park West, visitors lose themselves in glittering aisles of art, jewelry, home goods and delicious eats from local artisans and designers. For over 15 years, the market is the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping while soaking in the splendor of winter in New York City.

November 28 – December 31, 2023
Monday – Saturday 11am-8pm
Sunday 11am – 7pm
Closed at 4pm on December 24th and closed on December 25th.

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Grand Central Holiday Fair

Grand Central Holiday Market

The indoor Grand Central Holiday Fair, set up in Vanderbilt Hall, is home to over 40 unique vendors with a focus on American-made and handmade products with locally-sourced materials or a socially-conscious business model. They sell artwork, clothing for all ages, men’s/women’s accessories, children’s clothing/toys and home goods. In my opinion, this is the highest end of all the holiday markets, with quality goods and prices rivaling those of our famous department stores.

November 13 – December 24, 2023

Monday – Saturday 10AM–7PM
Sunday 11AM–6PM
(Closed Thanksgiving • Christmas Eve 10AM–6PM)

New York Holiday Markets and Christmas Lights Tours

NYC Christmas Markets Shopping Tour

New York Holiday Markets and Christmas Lights Tour – Holiday markets and fairs may include the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park, Union Square, Columbus Circle and the Grand Central Holiday Fair. This 4 hour tour departs from the Shops at Columbus Circule and your escort will choose the most appropriate venues depending upon advance scouting, weather and traffic. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in December. A similar Holiday Markets and Christmas Lights Tour is also included with the New York Pass.

Shine Bright & Small Business Market @ Hudson Yards

Shine Bright & Small Business Market @ Hudson Yards

Holiday activities including ice skating at New York’s highest skating rink at Edge, FREE photo opportunities with Santa, late-night entertainment at Santa’s Secret speakeasy (21+), holiday shopping for every budget, festive dining, and much more.

Hudson Yards has over 2 million twinkling lights adorning the neighborhood with 115 miles of string lights, 725 evergreen trees, and 16-foot-tall, illuminated set pieces in the shape of hot air balloons arranged through the Public Square and Gardens, and a 32-foot hot air balloon centerpiece suspended in The Great Room of The Shops & Restaurants.

  • Small Business Market – November 24, 2023 – January 1, 2024
  • Photos with Santa – November 24 – December 22, 2023
  • Ice Skating – November 15, 2023, ++

Essential Bushwick Holiday Market

Bushwick Holiday Market

Essential Bushwick Holiday Market – Join us for a festive holiday market in Bushwick with over 100 vendors of local handmade goods, vintage finds and art over 3 weekends! We have 3 Saturday events from noon-6pm on Nov 5th, 26, and Dec 10th. As our first holiday event we are excited to be partnered with Elf of Nyc Toy Drive, in association with the Bonello Foundation. We have hosted 5 annual art and music festivals in Bushwick and are excited to announce our first year of holiday activities.

TBD 2023
Nov 5 & 26 and Dec 10, 2022, Noon-6PM
Essential Bushwick Holiday Market
1329 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

RCPTN: a Very Different Holiday Market

RCPTN Holiday Market

New in 2023, RCPTN, an eclectic blend of a holiday market, an art gallery, a lively happy hour and the ultimate date night escapade. RCPTN is your ticket to a mind-blowing spectacle where the charm of a festive market collides with avant-garde art vibes and the high-energy buzz of an NYC cocktail hour. It’s not just a party; it’s a groundbreaking, one-of-a-kind experience designed for those who crave the ultimate, unforgettable holiday bash.
More Info: maschospitalitygroup.com

December 15-17, 2023
RCPTN Holiday Market
Industry City
34 35th Street,
Building #4
Brooklyn, NY 11232

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New York City Gift Ideas

There are so many fantastic New York City Gift Ideas that will bring a smile to anyone who lives here, is moving to NYC or is just visiting for a few days. You can treat your loved ones of any age to almost anything in NYC, like foodie gift cards, Broadway gift cards, or a special experience as a gift for someone visiting New York.

New York City Gift Ideas

  • Ticketmaster Gift Card - There is probably no more versatile gift in NYC than a Ticketmaster Gift Card. Broadway, Sports, Concerts and so much more.
  • Classic Harbor Cruise - NYC Boat Cruises are one of my favorite things to do in NYC, with both my lifelong NYC friends and when visitors come to town
  • NYC Foodie and Restaurant Gifts - choose from dozens of food tours, restaurant gift cards, classes.

See All: New York City Gift Ideas

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Holiday Market at the Oculus

Holiday Market at the Oculus

Tis the season to shop, eat, and play at Westfield’s annual holiday market. Shop for gifts, treats, and souvenirs. Enjoy special photo moments and performances including carolers.

TBD 2023
November 25, 2022 – January 2, 2023
The Oculus
185 Greenwich Street

Monday – Saturday 10am–8pm
Sunday 11am–7pm

Holiday Shopping in December in New York City

Union Square Holiday Market NYCOne of the best things to do in New York in December is check out our one-of-a-kind artists’ markets, craft fairs, flea markets or shopping festivals. Indoors and outdoors, uptown and downtown. These special markets offer original artists’ creations, one-of-a-kind finds, antiques, deep bargains, lots of food and drink, and a festive shopping atmosphere. Here is our overview of holiday markets in New York City and a private NYC Christmas Markets Shopping Tour if you prefer to be guided around the best NYC markets.

In prior years, December designer sample sales included L’Oreal, Botkier, Autumn Cashmere, Theory and Diane von Furstenberg and many more. Stay up to date on deep designer discounts on your favorite brands with our New York City Sample Sale Calendar.

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More Holiday Markets in NYC

  • Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg Winter Holiday Market – Opens Nov 2. Saturdays + Sundays, 25 Kent Ave. (8th Floor), Williamsburg
  • Pendry Manhattan West x Curateur – ring in the season with an on-site Winter Market (November 29 – December 4, 2022) in partnership with Rachel Zoe’s premier shopping membership, Curateur. The Winter Market, hosted in the hotel’s beautiful Garden Room, will feature select rotating brand partners and products ranging from home, skincare, jewelry, and more, as well as complimentary on-site gift wrapping to help kick-start your holiday shopping as you deck the halls.

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Christmas in New York Holiday Season Calendar

Christmas in New York Holiday Season Calendar

Check our day by day guide to the Holiday Season in New York City. Thanksgiving, the Rockettes, Cocoa and Carols Cruises, The Nutcracker Rockefeller Tree, Central Park Christmas Tree and more on our NYC Holiday Events Calendar. Deck the Halls, Light the Menorah and celebrate Christmas in New York with our calendar.

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Holiday Markets in NYC FAQs

When do the department stores put up their holiday displays? When are the windows decorated for Christmas in NYC?

Stores generally put up their holiday window displays just around Thanksgiving and they remain up through early January. However, there is no official calendar announced in advance and each store, museum, hotel and attraction with holiday decorations should be checked individually.

You may, however, check the dates of the large Christmas tree lightings (Central Park, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center), along with a lot of other special holiday tours.

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Closed – WinterFest at the Brooklyn Museum

A world of holiday joy and wonder awaits at Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum as your one-stop shop for unique local craft, gifts and more. Makers Market offers over 50 charming holiday-decorated wooden chalets for local crafts, unique gifts and more. With an array of beautiful jewelry, accessories, clothing, handmade crafts, traditional holiday decorations and more, you can buy the perfect gift for everyone on your list – naughty or nice.

Go on our holiday scavenger hunt and wander through the enchanted maze, try a chocolate tasting at the Candy Dome, experience the Thrills Snowzilla and Bouncy Snowman, take a picture inside a giant snow globe, and visit Santa and Mrs. Claus for a photo or a snack. Thursdays nights are Santa Pet Nights!

2019 TBD (major drama going on over there)

Closed – Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar – Dec 1, 8, 15, 2019 | 11am-5pm

Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar is a unique annual event that showcases the best of Brooklyn under TWO beautiful roofs: 501 Union and The Green Building in Gowanus. The 2018 edition will be packed with fine handmade goods, delicious food, drinks, music, craft activities and more good times for the whole family on Thanksgiving weekend.


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