Do you remember in elementary school when you had a holiday fair at the end of lunch in the cafeteria?
You'd have fifteen minutes before you had to peruse the classroom where you could browse the racks of the holiday fair and buy presents for your family?
Well New York City during November and December is just like that, except on a totally different scale. Totally different as in much, much bigger.
Like, instead of ten vendors at each fair, there will be several hundred. Instead of buying your mom a "best mom" plaque she'll never look at, you can buy her a beautiful handmade necklace she'll wear every day.
Our point is, there are plenty of amazing holiday markets throughout NYC during the winter.
Whether you're messing with Christmas or Hanukkah, whether you need presents for Kwanza or Diwali, there will be plenty of spots in NYC for you to buy amazing gifts for all your favorite people.
Also, most of these holiday markets will have unbelievably delicious food for you to munch on while you shop. Why not make a day of it?
Read on to find out 7 holiday markets you absolutely must visit in NYC this winter. Start saving your money, NYC. You're going to need it very soon.
1. Union Square Holiday Market (Union Square at 14th Street)
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As you might expect with Union Square's eclectic flair, its Holiday Market is bringing you more than 100 merchants, all of whom will be selling the most lovely and unique gifts in the city.
The Union Square Holiday Market is a delightful place place to immerse yourself in the holiday spirit, and we expect you'll have a blast wandering the holly-lined aisles. Here's a taste of what they'll have for sale at the Union Square Holiday Market.
They'll have an array of warm and indulgent food, local, handmade jewelry and accessories, gifts for children, artwork, and socially conscious goods that are 100% local, organic, fair trade certified, recycled, and/or handmade.
They'll also have bowls crafted from natural olive wood to coasters made of slate, candles, soaps, winter accessories, and more. They'll be selling gifts from November 19th through December 24th. We'd better see you there.
2. Holiday Shops at Bryant Park's Winter Village (40th to 42nd Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues)
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From October 30th through January 3rd you'll have the chance to peruse the more than 125 boutique-like shops at Bryant Park's Winter Village.
It's a European inspired open-air market located along Bryant Park, all in costumed designed kiosks. They'll be selling everything from jewelry to decorative goods, local foods, and apparel. You'll be able to find a gift for your great aunt and your dog in one fell swoop.
What foods will they have to eat at the Winter Village, you're wondering? We're glad you asked. We're most looking forward to La Sonrisa Empanadas, to tell you the truth, but you can check out what else they'll have to eat here.
Of course, you've also got to check out that free admission ice rink, don't you?
3. Grand Central Holiday Fair (15 Vanderbilt Avenue)
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Do you hate the cold? Then the Grand Central Holiday Fair is perfect for you, because it's the only NYC holiday market that operates indoors.
They'll have 76 vendors with a wide array of gifts at a range of prices. They'll be selling these excellent, price-varied gifts from November 14th to December 24th, so make sure you get out in time.
Plus, we can't think of an atmosphere that will be more pleasant to gift browse than the Terminal's historic Vanderbilt Hall. We are all about Grand Central, if you haven't heard.
Their gifts for sale include art, clothing for both adults and children, handbags, jewelry, home goods, collectible toys, bath and body items, and even gifts for pets. So don't worry, your puppy won't be left out on Christmas Eve if you shop at the Grand Central Holiday Fair.
4. Columbus Circle Holiday Market (West 59th Street and Broadway)
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We absolutely love Columbus Circle. It's one of the most gorgeous spots in the entire city. It's located right outside Central Park and kills it on those park views. Plus, the Hearst Tower isn't too bad either.
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market will be open from December 1st through December 24th, and it's an excellent place to indulge in a hot meal or snack. Plus, you'll have the shot to browse for all kinds of gifts.
Some of the lovely gifts that will be for sale at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market are handmade wooden puzzles, gingerbread houses and kits, French truffles, handcrafted home accessories, and beautiful handmade jewelry.,
5. Brooklyn Flea/Smorgasburg Holiday Market (80 North 5th Street - Brooklyn)
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Yes, you heard right. Smorgasburg will moving inside from November through March, and they'll be joining forces with Brooklyn Flea to do it.
This is basically the most excellent fusion of the holiday season, although we're sure they'll serve some food fusions that'll rival this holiday market's brilliance.
It's going down every weekend in Williamsburg through March 30th. It's going to be a 50,000 square-foot indoor market, with nearly 200 vendors, which includes 60 food booths. This is great for us because everyone knows we love food.
It's going down every weekend starting in November from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can get hyped by browsing their vendors here.
6. BUST Holiday Craftacular (79 Franklin Street - Brooklyn)
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Do you love the feminist magazine BUST? Great, so do we. What's even better than a brilliant and entertaining feminist magazine?
Well, clearly when that magazine throws a two-day holiday shopping extravaganza.
Going down from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on December 19th and 20th at the Brooklyn Expo Center, the 10th Annual BUST Craftacular will be a one-stop shopping paradise for everyone's last shopping splurge.
There will be more than 200 vendors, and they'll be selling handmade, vintage, and craft gifts. Plus, some will be selling tasty treats. This pretty much sounds like a blast, and we can't wait to be a part of it.
7. Crafts at the Cathedral (Amsterdam Avenue and West 110th Street)
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The 20th annual Crafts at the Cathedral Holiday Fair will be selling some truly beautiful jewelry and gifts over this three-day event. This year, it's going down on December 4th, 5th, and 6th.
More than 60 artisans will be exhibiting and selling their finest work, as this fair is dedicated to providing an environment for skilled crafts people exhibit and sell their work.
Are you shopping for an art buff? Then this sounds like the absolute perfect spot to find that absolutely perfect gift, that he or she will go absolutely bonkers over. Better yet, bring the art buff in your life to this fair. Admission costs $6 for the day or $7 for the weekend.
You'll have to buy your tickets at the door, but you can print out a discount coupon for entrance to the fair here.
[Feature Image Courtesy Zaira Franco]