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The Best Holiday Markets in NYC You'll Want To Visit

December 16, 2016
Flower bouquets carefully put together at a market in NYC

With the Holidays around the corner, it’s easy to get lost in the abundance of different gift ideas. If you’re not much into department stores, we might have an idea for you. Every winter, New York City offers an array of different holiday markets that offer diverse activities from ice-skating to riding a Ferris wheel. Throughout the day, you can not only enjoy savory bites and sweet treats at different kiosks and food trucks, but also find that one of a kind gift for family and friends.

Cranberry kiosk at the Union Square Holiday Market in NYC
Fruit and veggie kiosk at the Union Square Holiday Market in NYC
Shoppers and visitors at Union Square Holiday Market in NYC

First we have our favorite market in the city, Union Square Holiday Market that is located in Union Square Park. This European inspired market has over 150 vendors that offer mostly local products. The impressive selection won’t leave you short of ideas for gifts to give to your loved ones. At the same time, you can visit the Green Market located nearby, to pick up your weekly groceries. 

Shoppers and kiosks at the Columbus Circle Christmas Market in NYC
Food vendors at the Columbus Circle Christmas Market in NYC
Horse-drawn carriage at the Columbus Circle Christmas Market in NYC

Columbus Circle Christmas Market has the perfect setting of all. It is located at the edge of Central Park, which is great if you want to stroll around after your shopping. This market offers items by local artisans and makers. There are a lot of vendors selling different foods as well, so it’s perfect for that afternoon snack. 

Shoppers and visitors at the Bryant Park Winter Village in NYC
Child ice-skating at the Bryant Park Winter Village in NYC
Shoppers and visitors at the Bryant Park Winter Village in NYC

A midtown favorite is the Bryant Park Winter Village, especially for its ice-skating rink. Many families gather at the park to enjoy Christmas filled activities. You can find many vendors selling hot chocolate and sweet pastries to go with it. The market is open late, so it’s also an amazing spot to bring your date. 

Wood artisan at the Winter Flea in Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Artisan at work at the Winter Flea in Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Shoppers and visitors at the Winter Flea in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Last but definitely not least is the Winter Flea in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Not only can you find great vintage pieces, but it also has the famous food fair Smorgasburg downstairs. While going through the old-fashioned but ever-so cool things they sell, you can sip on some beer, wine and cider. It’s the classic Brooklyn activity you will love for its totally hipster vibe.  

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