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10 Christmas Markets in NYC You Can’t Miss This Winter

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: December 16, 2021

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: Open until January 2, 2022 (skating rink is open til Mar 6, 2022)
Hours: M-F 11am-9pm; Sat & Sun 10am-9pm

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.

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201 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003, map

Dates: November 18 to December 24, 2021 (closed Thanksgiving Day)
Hours: M-F 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm

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.

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89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, map

Dates: December 17-24, 2021
Hours: 10am – 7pm (closed at 3pm on Christmas Eve)

The normal Holiday Fair is closed in 2021 but they have Holiday Pop-Up Shops in the Vanderbilt Hall with artisans carrying eco-fashion, accessories, home decor, jewelry, photography, and more. Find more details here.

On top of that, they have their 55+ shops and restaurants that are always there.

Local Tip: They are offering complimentary gift wrapping for gifts purchased at the shops in Grand Central Terminal. It will be available on December 18, 20-24 near the New York Transit Museum on the Upper Level. Bring up to five gifts plus their receipts.

89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017, map

Dates: December 17-24, 2021 | The normal Holiday Fair is closed in 2021 but they have Holiday Pop-Up Shops in the Vanderbilt Hall
Hours: 10am – 7pm (closed at 3pm on Christmas Eve)

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!

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Columbus Circle, 59th Street and Central Park West, map

Dates: November 29 – December 24, 2021
Hours: M-F 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-8pm, Sun 11am-7pm

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: Best Things to do in Central Park

More Holiday Markets to Check Out

Dates: Closed for 2021
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: TBA 2021
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: Closed 2021
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: TBA 2021
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: Closed 2021
Address: 137-35 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354, map

Shop for arts and crafts from the people of queens. 

Dates: Every Sunday from Nov 28 to Dec 19, 2021
Hours: 10 am – 5 0pm
Address: 100 W 77th St, New York, NY 10024, map

150+ local artisans and dealers in the only indoor and outdoor market.

Dates: Nov 13 – Dec 24, 2021
Hours: Times Vary – Check Site
Address: 75 9th Ave New York, NY 10011, map & Brooklyn Historical Society: 128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, map

NY Handmade Collective showcases local makers at local pop-up markets. They will be at various locals that you can check out here.

Dates: Closed 2021
Address: 487 Hudson Street New York, NY 10014, map

Every year they run a fair to support the school’s scholarship fund. 

Dates: Nocember 13-14, 2021
Hours: 11 am – 5 pm
Address: 125 W. 18th St. New York, NY 10011, map

This is the world’s largest exhibition of independent crafts. There are over 150 vendors and they visit different cities throughout the year. 

Dates: Year-Round
Hours: Thursday to Monday 11 am – 7 pm
Address: 88 10th Ave (at 15th St)

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