We can’t deny it any longer: the season of ear muffs, shopping deals, and festive feasts has finally rolled into New York. Littered across the city are a number of holiday markets guaranteed to appease the gloomiest winter hermit. This is your guide to the top 5 must visit holiday markets this winter.
Merely a cartwheel away from the Roger Smith, the Grand Central Holiday Fair positions itself as one of the longest-running holiday destinations in Manhattan. The indoor venue focuses on traditional American and hand-made products, with special notice attributed to locally-sourced and socially-conscious materials.
Grand Central Terminal; Vanderbilt Hall, 89 East 42nd Street at Park Avenue.
Experience winter in all its icy glory at Bryant Park’s Winter Village. While it boasts a number of artisan boutiques and food stalls—we love the Swiss-style Cheese Haus—the market is a crowd pleaser because of its centerpiece: the Rink. Skate in circles with skyline views as classic tunes fill the air for a magical afternoon in New York City. And if you stick around long enough, you’ll probably see a proposal as well.
Winter Village at Bryant Park; 476 5th Ave, New York.
It’s all about diversity at the annual Union Square Holiday Market. With over 150 local and national vendors, organized in concentric rings in one of the city’s most famous plazas, the market is perfectly customized to your needs, and you’ll have every opportunity to be as frugal or extravagant as you please. The plump amount of meal offerings also means you’ll be sure to stay all day!
Union Square Holiday Market; W 14th St & Union Square West.
It’s hard not to be enchanted with Columbus Circle’s holiday market. Organized by the same team behind Union Square’s holiday market, Columbus Circle’s holiday offerings fall behind the pristine backdrop of the city’s very own winter wonderland: central park.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market; 59th Street and Central Park.
If you’re feeling particularly adventurous we recommend gliding over the Brooklyn Bridge to Gowanus’s Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar on November 25th and 26th. With DJs spinning tracks all day, the two-venue Bazaar notes itself as “celebration of the creative talent that Brooklyn has to offer,” selling festive gifts made within the borough.
501 Union; 501 Union Street Brooklyn, 11231.
The Green Building; 452 Union Street Brooklyn, 11231.