It’s Christmas time in the city, and nothing embodies the cheer like a holiday market. Whether you’re looking for crafty last minute gifts or just enjoying the spirit of the holiday season, take a stroll through a few of NYC’s holiday markets for a vintage and charming day in the Big Apple.
Union Square Holiday Market Possibly New York’s finest, the Union Square Holiday Market brings together more than 100 merchants offering everything from glass antiques to hip clothing and accessories. Grab a hot apple cider or some sweet treats and wander the cozy walkways.
Just a block from Times Square, Bryant Park’s Winter Village boasts beautiful decorations (including the most underrated Christmas tree in NYC), an ice skating rink, and more than 125 boutique vendors in custom kiosks.
If the weather outside is frightful, go here. The Grand Central Holiday Fair is the only indoor holiday market in the city. 70+ vendors fill iconic Grand Central Terminal with a lovely array of gifts in the market’s 15th annual setup.
Grand Central Terminal/Vanderbilt Hall (42nd Street and Park Ave) – open through Christmas Eve. Click here for more info.
Brooklyn Flea/Smorgasburg Holiday Market From November through March, one of the country’s greatest markets moves indoors for its holiday edition, which features more than 100 vintage and antique stands and 25 food vendors. It’s certainly worth the subway ride.
1000 Dean Street (between Classon and Franklin), Brooklyn – open through March 2015. Click here for more info.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market A holiday tour of New York wouldn’t be complete without a stop at historic Central Park, where you’ll find a delightful pop-up holiday fair with hot snacks and handcrafted gifts at nearby Columbus Circle.
Feeling adventurous? Hop on a bus down to equally festive Philadelphia for these bonus picks:
Christmas Village at Love Park See the Love sculpture and enjoy a German-style medieval Christmas village with more than 65 decorated booths selling everything from artisan ornaments to jewelry to gingerbread.
Art Star Holiday Shop at Winterfest The BlueCross RiverRink Winterfest transforms Penn’s Landing into a waterfront winter village with an ice skating rink, beer garden and light show in addition to various craft and boutique vendors housed in refurbished shipping containers (reminds us of Photoville).