I honed in on the familiar smell, and like a bloodhound I weaved through the maze of stalls. Then it came into focus. A warm, cozy stall with a sign for Glühwein. I knew once I took a sip of the warm mulled wine, I’d be transported back to my time living in Germany.
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Last Updated: October 8, 2019. First Published: Nov 6, 2018
Christmas Markets in NYC To Visit This Winter
Christmas is one of the most magical times to visit NYC. There are only a few things that can get me out of the apartment during the winter, and one of which are the Christmas Markets that pop up throughout the city. Despite the cold and the crowds, I love visiting them to get in the holiday spirit. There are four major holiday markets in the city, and many smaller ones that open for an even more limited time. Be sure to stop by one of these markets while they are around.
40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue, map
Dates: October 31 to January 5, 2020 (skating rink is open till Mar)
Hours: Daily: 11am-8pm; Nov 25-Jan 2 Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat & Sun 10am-8pm
This is one of the most centrally located holiday markets and our favorite one to hangout if we had to pick one of the markets. There are over 100 stalls selling clothes, hats, mittens, jewelry, local foods, and more. It has the best ambiance, and people watching. While you’re there, you can also watch ice-skaters or get on the ice yourself.
Local Tip: The ice skating rink is free if you have your own skates.
201 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003, map
Dates: November 21 to December 24, 2019 (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Hours: Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-7pm, closes at 4pm Dec 24
This is our favorite market to shop. It’s set up in a large semi-circle and there are over 100 vendors with gifts, jewelry, crafts, and sweet and savory treats.
Local Tip: This is the market where we found our Glühwein last year.
89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, map
Dates: November 18 to December 24, 2019 (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 10am – 7pm, Sun 11am-7pm, Closes at 6 pm on Dec 24
If you’re looking for a holiday market and want to avoid the cold, head to Grand Central. It’s small, but indoor is hard to beat. This indoor market has over 70 stalls selling art, clothes, bags, toys, and more. While you’re there, you can also stop by the food court and try some of the most popular food in the city.
Local Tip: Do yourself a favor and try the Coconut Creme at Doughnut Plant. It’s our favorite!
Columbus Circle, 59th Street and Central Park West, map
Dates: December 4 to December 24, 2019
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-7pm, closes at 4pm on December 24
This is the smallest market out of the main ones, with over 60 vendors, but it’s a great location if you plan on spending time in Central Park. Shop the goods, pick up a warm drink, then head over for some ice skating at Wollman Rink.
More Holiday Markets to Check Out
Dates: December 1, 8, and 15, 2019
Address: 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria, NY 11102, map
If the holidays are more about food to you, then stop by the Astoria Market. You’ll still find some shopping opportunities, but you might get too distracted by all the delicious smelling goodies.
Dates: December 7-8, 2019
Address: Industry City, Factory Floor, 242 37th Street, Brooklyn
Stop by this two-day holiday event in Greenpoint to check out over 200 vendors specializing in handmade, vintage, and craft items. There are also plenty of sweet and savory options to keep your belly full. Dates: Sat & Sun, Dec 8 & 9, 2018 Hours: Saturday and Sunday: 11am-7pm
Dates: December 6 – 8, 2019
Hours: Dec 6 – 12-8pm, Dec 7 – 10am-6pm, Dec 8 – 1pm-5pm
Address: 1047 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025, map
We missed this three-day arts and crafts fair last year and hope to stop by this year. It’s held inside one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country.
Dates: Every Sunday in December
Address: Water Street (between Fulton & Beekman), map
This is a multi-cultural market celebrating the best of NYC with food, performances, Seaport tours, live music, and more. The rooftop rink has beautiful views.
Dates: December 8, 2019
Hours: 1 pm – 5 pm
Address: 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354, map
Shop for arts and crafts from the people of queens.
Dates: Every Sunday from Nov 24 to Dec 22
Address: 100 W 77th St, New York, NY 10024, map
150+ local artisans and dealers in the only indoor and outdoor market.
NY Handmade Collective showcases local makers at this pop up market.
Dates: December 8, 2019
Address: 1100 South Ave, Staten Island, NY 10314, map
Come see 50 local small businesses, shop and play raffles in a beautiful atmosphere.
Dates: December 7, 2019
Address: 487 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014, map
Every year they run a fair to support the school’s scholarship fund.
Dates: December 21 – 22, 2019
Address: 72 Noble St, Brooklyn, NY 11222, map
This is the world’s largest exhibition of independent crafts. There are over 150 vendors and they visit different cities throughout the year. This holiday season, they will be in the city 3 weekends in a row.
Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market
Dates: Year Round
Hours: Mon – Sat 10am – 9pm, Sun 10am – 8pm
Address: 88 10th Ave (at 15th St)
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