Our Favorite NYC Holiday Markets
The tradition of the holiday market dates back to the 1300’s in Germany. Traditionally held in the town square, the markets included food, drink and seasonal items from open-air stalls accompanied by traditional singing and dancing. We love the winter holidays in NYC. And we especially love the amazing holiday markets in NYC and Brooklyn. Many of them feature local artisans and designers and it’s a great opportunity to shop local and shop small. Let us do the work and take our NYC Holiday Markets & Food Tour!
Here’s our list of where to shop and when they open:
THE BIG ONES:
The Strasbourg Christmas Market at Bowling Green (NYC’s oldest public park) is an NYC outpost of the popular holiday market in France. The Strasbourg Christmas Market is the oldest one in France, established in 1570. From December 6-22. The festivities kick off with a 22-foot tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, December 5 from 5PM to 8PM.
According to Forbes, “Thirty wooden stalls, shipped directly from Alsace to the Big Apple, will offer shoppers the opportunity to purchase unique artisan gifts from Europe such as pottery from Soufflenheim and Betschdorf, hand painted ornaments from Strasbourg, and table linens from Colmar. Of course, no Christmas market is complete without the specialty foods and beverages typically associated with the holiday. Visitors will be able to taste Alsatian specialties such as tarte flambée (cheese, onion and strips of bacon on a pizza-like dough–called flammekueche, in German) and steaming plates of choucroute (pickled cabbage with hearty sausages and potatoes. They’ll also be able to purchase food gifts such as jams, foie gras pâté, bredeleChristmas cookies, gingerbread and more.”
Holiday Shops at Winter Village at Bryant Park:
Now through January 2, 2019
Mon–Fri 11am – 8pm and Weekends 10am – 8pm
Our holiday market features food and artisanal boutiques offering delicious eats and exquisite gifts. Our European inspired open-air market hosts artisans from New York City and around the world. Located along Bryant Park’s allées, plazas, and terraces, the Holiday Shops are housed in custom-designed kiosks. Browse NYC’s best outdoor holiday market and check everyone off your list!
Columbus Circle Holiday Market:
From December 4 – December 24
Monday – Friday 10am -8pm / Saturday 10am-8pm / Sunday 10am – 7pm
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is internationally known as one of the most elegant and beautiful places for holiday shopping. 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. Now in it’s 15th year, the market is the perfect place to do all your holiday shopping while soaking in the splendor of winter in New York City.
Grand Central Holiday Fair:
Monday, November 18, 2019 – Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Monday – Friday: 10AM – 8PM / Saturday: 10AM – 7PM / Sunday: 11AM – 6PM / (Closed Thanksgiving • Christmas Eve 10AM – 6PM)
40 vendors will take over half of the historic Vanderbilt Hall for almost six weeks to sell artwork, clothing for all ages, men’s and women’s accessories, children’s clothing and toys, and home goods.
Union Square Holiday Market:
November 21 – December 24
Monday – Friday 11am-8pm / Saturday 10am-8pm / Sunday 11am – 7pm
The Union Square Holiday Market is an internationally renowned Holiday Market located at the heart of New York City, in Union Square Park. Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists, millions of people browse the winding aisles each year enjoying this unique and eclectic holiday experience
FAD Market: Dec. 7-8 and 14-15, at both City Point Brooklyn and The Invisible Dog Art Center
FAD celebrates Fashion, Art and Design that “embraces diversity with a rotating roster of creative makers from all backgrounds who represent the talent of the city and beyond. Browse and shop unique handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings, and indulge in locally crafted food and drinks.”
Greenpointers Winter Candyland Holiday Market: Dec. 8, 1-7pm, Greenpoint Loft
Curated selection of unique gifts made by 60+ talented curated artists and makers plus free fun activities at the gorgeous Greenpoint Loft and Rooftop!
December Sunday Series 12/1, 12/8, 12/15 from 11AM – 5PM
501 Union, Gowanus, Brooklyn
Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar brings together the best of local makers. Our 7th edition will be packed with ﬁne handmade goods, delicious food & drinks, music, craft activities and more good times the first three Sundays in December.
BROOKLYN FLEA + SMORGASBURG WINTER MARKET
Saturdays + Sundays • 10am-6pm
25 Kent Ave. (8th Floor) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn