by nycgo.com staff, 11/07/2012
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The City's holiday markets are a great alternative to shopping in crowded stores. They make it both easy and fun to browse for you and yours. You'll find everything from home furnishings to clothing to jewelry to ornaments, along with many food options to keep you fueled up during your shopping spree. Let the perusing begin!
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Bryant Park, Midtown West, Manhattan
October 26–January 6, 2013
Sure, there's a skating rink (free for those who bring their own skates; if you don't own a pair, you can rent them) and more than 120 glassed-in shops (a big plus on those chilly shopping days), but our favorite part of The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park is the wide array of edibles. You can feast on all types of cuisine—including Spanish, French and Southern varieties—and wash it all down with a cup of hot apple cider or hot chocolate. This hearty smorgasbord makes the market worth a look even if you've already checked off everyone on your list. As for the goods? Expect toys, clothing, jewelry, ornaments and much, much more.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Grand Central Terminal, Midtown East, Manhattan
November 12–December 24
When the temperature drops, stop by the Grand Central Holiday Fair. The 76 boutiques lining Vanderbilt Hall glow under ornate chandeliers—discover one-of-a-kind crafts, jewelry, clothing, home furnishings, children's gifts and more. Once you've given your credit card a workout, you can refuel downstairs in the Market with a selection of cheeses from Murray's, or slurp down some shellfish at the legendary Oyster Bar. And starting on November 16, the Holiday Train Show will be on display at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store. The new layout features Lionel trains traveling through a two-level, 34-foot-long miniature New York City and countryside scene.
Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square Park, Union Square, Manhattan
November 16–December 24
Despite the year-round farmers' market and frequent special events, at no time of year is Union Square more lively than mid-November through December, when designers, artists and chefs ply their wares in a cozy warren of bright red-and-white-striped tents. This is a one-stop-shopping destination, where you can purchase a variety of jewelry for Mom, a handmade leather belt for Dad and a purse created with repurposed materials for your sis. Reward yourself for your shopping prowess by enjoying goodies both sweet and savory and hot beverages like cider and cappuccino.
Brooklyn Flea Gifted Holiday Market
Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
November 24–December 23 (weekends only)
When it gets cold outside, Brooklyn's hippest outdoor bazaar moves indoors. The Gifted Holiday Market is stationed at the landmark 1 Hanson Place—previously the Williamsburg Savings Bank. Craft purveyors, jewelry makers, furniture designers and vintage re-sellers are among the 100-plus vendors selling goods for those with an artistic flair. Pick up a variety of presents for loved ones here, including handmade trinkets, packaged edibles and unique prints and maps. The market spreads over three floors, including the former teller windows on the ground floor and the secret rooms on the mezzanine level. The lower level, where the building's original bank vault is located, features a food court with irresistible delectables.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Southwest entrance to Central Park, Central Park West and West 59th Street, Midtown West, Manhattan
November 28–December 24
Central Park is a favorite holiday destination for many, both for its carriage rides through the snow and for the Columbus Circle Holiday Market. The fair will be back this season, in its usual location at the southwest entrance of Central Park, providing gifts options for all ages from more than 100 vendors.
Hester Holiday Market
233 Mott St., NoLIta, Manhattan
The market that’s a staple of the Lower East Side from April to October heads to NoLIta this season for a month-long holiday shopping event. The Hester Holiday Market brings together some of the City’s top vendors selling ornaments, jewelry, clothing, crafts, food and more, and offers up DIY gift-making workshops and an outdoor food court to fill up on treats after stocking up on gifts. The market will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from December 1 to 9 and daily from December 15 to 23. Drop by on opening day for carolers, an animated light show, a tree-lighting ceremony, seasonal drinks and Christmas trees for sale. For more information, visit hesterstreetfair.com.
Downtown Manhattan (location TBD)
November 30–December 23 (closed on Mondays)
There are lots of ways to bring people together for the holidays, and one of them is technology. Wired magazine's eighth-annual holiday store will help you do just that. Take a trip downtown for a one-of-a-kind and engaging interactive shopping experience, featuring some of the latest in gadgets and gear. Items for sale include a range of electronics and games, art and design fixtures, apparel and luxury items. Test out and play with each gizmo, and place orders on-site electronically to make your shopping experience seamless.