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Holiday Markets in New York City

Get some of your holiday shopping done at these seasonal markets

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Holiday markets in New York City offer shoppers a great opportunity to see many gift options quickly and easily. The festive atmosphere can make holiday shopping fun rather than a chore and enable you to check off many people on your gift list with ease.

1. The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

Part of Winter Village in Bryant Park, The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park hosts more than 125 different vendors with goods for men, women, children, kids and pets. When I visited recently i was struck by the ease with which you could buy such a wide variety of presents in such a compact space -- like visiting the mall, but with much better gifts to buy!

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park:
Open Friday, November 1, 2013 - Sunday, January 5, 2014

  • Monday–Friday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

2. Holiday Shopping in Union Square

Union Square Holiday Market
Heather Cross

One of New York City's most popular Holiday Markets, the Holiday Shopping Market in Union Square offers shoppers a variety of items including handcrafted jewelry, fine art, clothes, handmade ornaments, and toys.

Holiday Shopping in Union Square:
Open November 21 - December 24, 2013

  • Hours:
  • Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Monday, December 24th closes at 4:00pm

3. The Grand Central Holiday Fair

The Grand Central Holiday Fair has one distinct advantage over all the others -- it's housed inside of Grand Central Terminal, making it a great choice no matter what the weather might be doing outside.

The Grand Central Holiday Fair:
Open Monday, November 18 - Monday, December 24, 2013

  • Hours:
  • Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

4. Holiday Market at Columbus Circle

Located on the southwest corner of Central Park at Columbus Circle, the Holiday Market at Columbus Circle has 120 vendors selling a wide variety of gifts.

Holiday Market at Columbus Circle:
Open December 3- 24, 2013
Central Park (59th Street and 8th Avenue)

  • Hours:
  • Monday – Saturday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Closes December 24th at 4pm

5. Williamsburg Winter Flea

The Brooklyn Flea's indoor market, Gifted, features 175 vendors selling vintage, handmade, art and food in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. There will be both Flea and Smorgasburg vendors, so you can buy great gifts and also enjoy delicious food while you shop!

Season: Weekends November 30 - March 2014
Address: 80 N. 5 St. (at Wythe Ave.), Williamsburg
Hours: Saturday - Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

6. Crafts at the Cathedral

Shoppers looking for artisan goods will appreciate this annual fair held at St. John the Divine which runs December 6-8, 2013.

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