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The Best Holiday Markets in New York City

Looking for the perfect gift for someone special? Holiday shopping can be a massive headache but we are here to help! Holiday markets are invaluable resources for shoppers and they have truly become must see destinations. Here are the best holiday markets in New York City. You never know what you might find!

Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square Holiday Market is one of the premier holiday markets in New York City and shopping here is a great way to support small local businesses. There is truly a diverse range of shops covering every inch of the park and there are even a ton of gift options for foodies.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Further north in Central Park, there is also the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. It is run by the same people as the Union Square Holiday Market, Urbanspace. We have gotten gourmet chocolates, handcrafted toys, unusual spices and more here in the past. When you need to take a break from all the shopping, there are bunch vendors selling delicious snacks and light lunch items too.

Brooklyn Flea/ Smorgasburg Holiday Market
We always make sure we make our way to the Brooklyn Flea + Smorgasburg every year around this time. Sometimes it is really, really hard to find the right gift and every trip to the Brooklyn Flea is like a treasure hunt. There are some quirky and unique gifts for sale that you would be challenging to find anywhere else. This year it is in Industry City (241 37th St, Brooklyn).

Bryant Park’s Winter Village
Whether you are shopping for a sports fan, foodie or maybe an avid collector, you would definitely find something special for everyone on your list at Bryant Park’s Winter Village. Best of all when you are done with shopping, you can lace up your ice skates and skate around the rink in the center of the park. The admission is free!

Grand Central Holiday Fair
If shopping outdoors is not what you are looking for (let’s be honest it can get cold in New York City), then check out the holiday fair in the historic Grand Central (Vanderbilt Hall). It is one of few indoor markets and shopping here is a lot of fun. While you are there, also check out the annual Grand Central Holiday Train Show.

Queens Holiday Market & Astoria Market
Finally Queens is also represented on this list with both the Queens Holiday Market (Sat & Sun, Atlas Park, 8000 Cooper Ave, Glendale) & the Astoria Market (12/6, 12/13 & 12/20, 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria). The Queens Holiday Market is another huge holiday market and it is a great option if you can’t make your way out to Manhattan or Brooklyn. Last but certainly not least, the Astoria Market is a great place to check out local artists and handmade wares.

Bryant Park's Winter Village

Looking for more gift ideas? Be sure to also check out our post on holiday gift ideas for foodies in New York City and don’t hesitate to share your recommendations in the comment section below.