If you’re looking for unique gifts, you’ll love the amazing Christmas Markets in New York City! These seasonal holiday fairs are the perfect place to discover one-of-a-kind treasures and enjoy a little Christmas cheer, and this guide covers all the must-see markets!
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There is absolutely nothing better than spending Christmas in New York. The lights, the windows, the food … it’s all truly magical!
And then there’s the shopping! While there are many fun places to go Christmas shopping in NYC, the Holiday Markets are my favorite.
There are so many wonderful Christmas Markets in New York City, from classic European style markets that return every year to unique pop-up spots that you won’t find anywhere else. And this guide covers them all!
These festive holiday fairs can be found throughout the city, and each one is a little different. Whether you visit one or stop by a few, you’re sure to find gifts for everyone on your list … and maybe even a little something for yourself!
Ready to start shopping? You’ll find all details below, plus a helpful map and other Christmastime activities … keep scrolling to read it all.
Tips for the Best Experience
Before you head out, check out these helpful tips to ensure you have a pleasant visit:
- Dress warmly. Most of the traditional markets are outdoors, and it can get really chilly. Bundle up! If the weather is looking grey, you may also want to carry an umbrella and / or wear your boots.
- Grab a drink or a bite to eat. The best way to soak in the holiday cheer is to stay a while! You’ll find food and drinks at most of these spots, so grab a cup of cocoa or a snack to enjoy while you shop.
- Expect crowds. The markets tend to be very busy. Visit during the week for lighter crowds or just plan on being patient as you shop.
- Bring a reusable bag. If you have a long gift list, bring a tote bag. That way you’re not carrying around lots of little bags all day.
- Check out the surrounding neighborhoods. Most of the markets are located in popular parts of the city with many things to see and do nearby. Give yourself time to explore the neighborhoods … you’ll find lots of tips below!
- Dates + times are subject to change. Make sure to check the websites I’ve linked to verify dates and times before you head out.
Best NYC Christmas Markets
The best place to go Christmas shopping in New York City is at one of its European-style, outdoor markets. You’ll find these charming markets throughout the city, and they’re the perfect place to find unique gifts at a wide range of prices.
Most of the traditional markets are open daily, which makes holiday shopping so convenient! And even if you don’t buy anything, it’s fun to window shop, grab a cocoa or bite to eat, and soak up the cheery holiday atmosphere!
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
When I lived on the Upper West side, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market was a favorite! With over 130 booths, you’ll find a wide variety of gifts, jewelry, home goods, and art created by artisans and designers to peruse here, plus lots of delicious food.
Tip: This market is conveniently located right by the entrance to Central Park, so you can take a stroll through the park before or after your visit. It’s also within walking distance of Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and more!
Where: Columbus Circle, which is located at the southwest corner of Central Park on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
When: November 29 to December 24, 2022
Hours: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday and 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday.
Grand Holiday Bazaar
The Grand Holiday Bazaar is another Upper West Side market worth visiting. This popular market boasts over 150 hand-picked local artisans and dealers selling everything from holiday decorations to candles, skincare, jewelry, antiques, chocolates, and more. Best of all, profits benefit four local schools!
Tip: When you’re finished at the market, continue shopping (or grab lunch / dinner) on Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. Levain Bakery (which has amazing cookies) and the Museum of Natural History are both right around the corner, too!
Where: Located at 100 West 77th Street at Columbus Avenue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
When: Open Sundays. November 24 and December 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2022
Bryant Park Winter Village
The Bryant Park Winter Village is a perennial favorite! You’ll discover over 170 artisans from New York and around the world selling crafts, food, and other goods in the charming glass cottages found throughout the park.
After you’re done shopping, lace up your skates to go ice skating (it’s free if you bring your own skates) or just watch the skaters fly by from the sidelines. You can also warm up in The Lodge Bar + Food Hall or even chill out in your own igloo!
Tip: After visiting the Winter Village, head to the front of the Library to get a festive photo with the wreath-decorated lions, then walk up Sixth Avenue to check out all the best NYC Christmas windows!
Where: Bryant Park, which is located between West 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues (behind the New York Public Library) in Midtown, Manhattan.
When: October 28, 2022 to January 2, 2023
Hours: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Friday and 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.
Union Square Holiday Market
Don’t miss the Union Square Holiday Market, which has been voted one of the best in the US! This popular destination is always hopping and features beautiful gifts and wares from over 150 local craftspeople and artists.
Tip: There’s so much to do in the area after you’re done shopping! Check out the iconic Strand Bookstore, explore Washington Square Park, get a photo of the Flatiron Building, visit Eataly, and more.
Where: Union Square Park, which is located between East 14th Street and East 17th Street, between Broadway and University Place, in Gramercy / Union Square, Manhattan.
When: November 17 to December 24, 2022 (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Hours: 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Friday, 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Saturday, and 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM Sunday. Closing at 4:00 PM on Christmas Eve.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
For the longest running indoor Christmas Market in NYC, head to the Grand Central Holiday Fair, which is held in a beautiful beaux-arts hall at Grand Central Terminal. The Fair is home to dozens of vendors and small business selling everything from original art to clothing, holiday keepsakes, jewelry, decor, and more … all made in New York and the US!
Tip: The Fair is located indoors, so it’s a great place to shop on a cold day. Make sure to check out the magnificent Main Hall while you’re there (it’s worth taking a tour if you have time), and don’t forget to stop by the New York Transit Museum and Store to see the holiday model train display!
Where: Grand Central Terminal (Vanderbilt Hall), which is located at 87 East 42nd Street in Midtown, Manhattan.
When: November 14 through December 24, 2022 (Closed Thanksgiving Day)
Hours: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Monday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sundays, and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Christmas Eve.
Holiday Market at the Oculus
The Holiday Market at the Oculus is petite, but charming! You’ll can browse about 20 hand-picked specialty shops offering limited-edition gifts, treats, and souvenirs here. You’ll love the adorable family photo opps, and the sweeping ceiling is a photographer’s dream! Plus, it’s located in a shopping center, so there are lots of other shops to check out, too.
Tip: There’s tons to see nearby, including The National September 11 Memorial & Museum. You could also go ice skating at Brookfield Place, check out Wall Street, visit Federal Hall (Washington was inaugurated here), or if it’s warm enough, you could even walk over the Brooklyn Bridge.
Where: The Oculus Center, which is located at 185 Greenwich Street in Manhattan’s Financial District.
When: November 26, 2022 to January 2, 2023
Hours: 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Saturday, and 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Sunday.
Brooklyn Borough Hall Holiday Market
The Brooklyn Borough Hall Holiday Market is brand new this year and will feature a Brooklyn centric mix of artisans, vintage and antique dealers, food, drinks, and more. It’s being organized by the same group that runs most of the Manhattan fairs, so it’s sure to be just as delightful!
Tip: After you’ve shopped, wander around some of Brooklyn’s bougiest neighborhoods (Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill) for more shops, restaurants, and brownstones galore, visit the New York Transit Museum, or enjoy one of the best views of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.
Where: Borough Hall, which is located at 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
When: November 28 to December 26, 2022
Hours: 11:00 AM to 8 PM Daily
The Makers Show at City Point
Head to City Point this holiday season for The Markers Show! You’ll find a variety of beautiful and highly giftable artisan goods here from a curated group of local makers and artists. I also love The Makers Show’s mission to amplify businesses owned by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women, and other underrepresented groups!
Tip: This market is very close to the Borough Hall one, so you can hit them both in one day! When you’re finished shopping, head into City Point’s lower level to check out the Dekalb Market Hall. Everything I’ve tried there has been super tasty, but Pierogi Boys, and of course the mini donuts from Cuzin’s Dozen, are both favorites.
Where: City Point, which is located at 445 Albee Square West in Downtown Brooklyn.
When: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 25 to December 23, 2022
Hours: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Dumbo x Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market
The popular Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market in Dumbo features over 40 local artisans and designers selling furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, plus handmade jewelry, art, and crafts from local artisans and designers, plus fresh food.
By the way, the iconic Chelsea Flea in Manhattan, a year round destination for antiques and vintage shopping, is also run by the same group!
Tip: When you’re done shopping, check out these other Dumbo holiday events, or head to the waterfront to visit Brooklyn Bridge Park, which has great Manhattan skyline and bridge views. You could also walk over the Manhattan Bridge or the Brooklyn Bridge.
Where: Dumbo Archway, which is located at 80 Pearl Street in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, from November 7 to December 19, 2022
Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Pop-Ups + Other Markets
Not surprisingly, NYC is also home to numerous holiday pop-ups and other markets. These are some of my faves!
3rd and B’Zaar Holiday Pop-Up Market
3rd and B’Zaar is a pop-up that offers an affordable venue for local artists and makers, which I love, especially in pricey NYC! You’ll find all things holiday at this unique space, including gifts, vintage (clothing, art, decor, and more), art, handmade goods, and more!
Tip: After you’re done shopping, you’ll love exploring the East Village, visiting the Tenement Museum, catching “A Christmas Carol” at the Merchant’s House Museum, or taking a walk to Chinatown.
Where: 3rd and B’Zaar, which is located at 191 East 3rd Street between Avenue A and Avenue B in the East Village, Manhattan.
When: Wednesday through Sunday, November 25 to December 24, 2022
Hours: 1:00 to 7:00 PM
Queens Craft Brigade Holiday Market
Discover the best makers in Queens at the Queens Craft Brigade Holiday Market! You’ll find everything from artwork to jewelry, fashion, crafts, food, and more at this highly curated event.
Where: Katch Astoria, which is located at 31-19 Newtown Avenue in Astoria, Queens.
When: Saturday, November 26 and Saturday, December 10, 2022
Hours: 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Fort Hamilton Tree Lighting & Holiday Market Spectacular
Grab your holiday cheer and head to Fort Hamilton for their annual Tree Lighting & Holiday Market Spectacular. You’ll enjoy shopping for unique gifts, plus a tree lighting, music, food, and Santa … make sure to bring the kids! Note: This event is free and open to the public, but you must register in advance.
Tip: After enjoying the festivities, you simply MUST head to nearby Dyker Heights for the amazing Christmas lights! It’s one of the best things to do during Christmas in New York.
Where: Fort Hamilton, which is located at 101st Street & Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn.
When: Friday, December 9, 2022
Hours: 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Old Stone House Holiday Bazaar
The Old Stone House Holiday Bazaar is an outdoor artisans market located in the heart of Park Slope. You’ll find over 40 hand picked local artists, makers, and small businesses at this fair, and the festivities will also include arts and crafts (ornament making), music, and delicious mulled wine and cider.
Tip: Spend the rest of your day shopping and eating your way through lovely Park Slope, take the kids to Superhero Supply Co., walk to Prospect Park, or wander over to nearby Gowanus or Carroll Gardens.
Where: Old Stone House, located at 336 Third Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues and 3rd and 4th Streets in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
When: Saturday, December 10, 2022
Hours: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
The Holiday Market at the Brooklyn Museum
Another event you won’t want to miss is The Holiday Market at the Brooklyn Museum. This one of a kind holiday event features over 35 hand picked businesses and artisans, and it’s located inside the museum’s beautiful lobby atrium.
Tip: Wrap up your shopping, then head into the museum to check out the exhibits! With everything from history to modern art, there’s something for everyone in your group. Bonus: if you’re a health care worker or active-duty military, you and your family will receive free general admission (bring your ID).
Where: Brooklyn Museum, which is located at 200 Eastern Parkway in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
When: Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18, 2022.
Hours: 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM on Saturday, and 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM on Sunday
Astoria Holiday Market
The Astoria Holiday Market has a little something for everyone. You’ll find everything from art to jewelry, toys, chocolates, body care, handbags, clothing, stationery, accessories, pottery, and more at this merry event … all from Queens-based artisans and businesses!
Tip: After you’ve cleared your holiday shopping list, grab a drink or bite to eat at the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, NYC’s oldest beer garden! When you’ve had your fill of beer, treat yourself to dinner at one of the neighborhood’s amazing Greek restaurants.
Where: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden (Main Hall), located at 29-19 24th Avenue in Astoria, Queens.
When: Sunday, December 11 and Sunday, December 18, 2022
Hours: 12:00 to 6:00 PM
Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market
Located at Chelsea Market, Artists & Fleas is a year round marketplace with over 30 makers. You’ll find everything from vintage clothing to art, records, candles, jewelry, beauty products, and more. They have a rotating selection of vendors, and there’s always something new to discover here!
Tip: Chelsea Market is also worth visiting (and festively decorated for holidays), and there’s lots of other shopping in the neighborhood, too. Artists & Fleas is located right under the High Line, which is always enjoyable to explore.
Where: Artists & Fleas, which is located at 88 10th Avenue at West 15th Street in Chelsea, Manhattan.
When: Open Daily, Year Round
Hours: 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Bust Holiday Craftacular
The Bust Holiday Craftacular is New York City’s longest-running annual juried craft fair and indie shopping event! Each year, this two day holiday shopping market features over 200 artisans, selling jewelry, toys, vintage, apparel, and other handmade goods, plus lots of crafting opportunities.
Tip: The dates and times for this year’s event haven’t been announced yet, but keep an eye on the Craftacular website for updates.
Holidays Lights + Shopping Tours
If you’d prefer to have someone guide you around (navigating NYC can be confusing), you’ll love this Christmas Lights & Markets Walking Tour! You’ll visit four different markets, plus see other popular holiday sights. And check out these other holiday tours, too:
- Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Tour – The lights in this remote Brooklyn neighborhood are amazing. Some of the houses are truly over the top … in the best way possible!
- Christmas Statue & Skyline Cocoa Cruise – This fun tour aboard a 1920s yacht takes you past the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Brooklyn Bridge. You’ll love the wonderful skyline views and holiday music!
- Private Christmas Walking Tour – Enjoy a private nighttime tour of some of the most popular Christmas sights in the city, including Rockefeller Center, Macy’s, and Radio City Music Hall. This is a great way to get oriented to the city!
NYC Holiday Markets Map
Before you head out, make sure to bookmark this Holiday Markets Map! I’ve added everything mentioned here, and you can open it on your phone to help you get around.
More NYC Activities You’ll Love
If you’ll be in the city during December, make sure to check out my guide to Christmas in New York City! You’ll find tons of fun tips and helpful info that will make planning the perfect trip a snap … from holiday activities to trees, Santa, hotels, and so much more!
And don’t miss my NYC Christmas Windows Walking Tour. You’ll love these creative holiday window displays!
Looking for more things to do during your visit? I’ve got you covered:
- Brooklyn Parks – Looking for things to do in Brooklyn? Then, don’t miss my guide to the Best Brooklyn Parks … there are so many awesome ones! If you’ll be in Williamsburg, make sure to visit one of my faves, Domino Park. This unique park was built on the site of an old Domino Sugar factory and features lots of industrial remnants.
- Central Park – No visit to NYC is complete with a stroll through this world-renowned park! My favorite time to visit is in fall, but it’s stunning anytime of year … especially after a holiday snow (cross your fingers!).
- High Line – A visit to the High Line, an elevated park that was built on a deserted train track is never a bad idea. You’ll be treated to public art, great NYC views, yummy food, and more.
- Returning in spring? Here’s where to find the best Cherry Blossoms in NYC.
- Governors Island – If you’re looking for a city escape, head to Governors Island. This unique park / National Monument is only a 10 minute ferry ride from Manhattan and Brooklyn. It’s now open year round, and the Winter Village makes a fun holiday trip!
- Want more ideas? Check out my A to Z guide to visiting (or living in) New York, as well as my list of NYC favorites after living there for my first eight months!