New York City’s holiday markets take some of the stress out of shopping for those on your gift list. While there will be fewer of the traditional spots operating during the 2020 season, you’ll still find places around the City that have a variety of vendors to suit your needs—whether you’re looking for clothing, jewelry, toys or some one-of-a-kind craft. Bonus: most markets have food vendors, good for keeping your stamina level in line with your holiday spirit. Wherever you go, remember to mask up and to maintain social-distancing guidelines.
The Holiday Shops at Winter Village at Bryant Park
Bryant Park, Midtown West, Manhattan
October 30, 2020–January 3, 2021
Around 50 custom-designed glass kiosks line Bryant Park this holiday season, giving these shops indoor-outdoor allure. The market attracts local and international artisans, who come to sell apparel, artwork, home goods, beauty products and toys as well as a selection of food. In the center of the park is a rink where you can ice-skate for free (skate rental runs $21–36; you can also bring your own).
Grand Central Holiday Fair
November 16–December 24
In keeping with the stay-at-home theme of 2020, Grand Central Terminal is moving its annual holiday fair experience online. Browse the 60-plus retailers at your own convenience. Expect the usual players, like Grand Central Watch, Li-Lac Chocolates, Murray’s Cheese and L’Occitane, plus many others. Note too that many of these places are open for in-person business as well, should you wish to visit the rail station during the holidays.
Brooklyn Flea and Chelsea Flea
80 Pearl St., Brooklyn
29 W. 25th St., Manhattan
Through March 2021 (Saturdays only in Brooklyn; weekends only in Chelsea)
The popular Brooklyn Flea and Chelsea Flea bazaars continue their weekend schedules through the holiday season, and the usual vendors take a natural shift toward holiday and giftable items for sale—with a handful or so of holiday-only vendors popping up to sell their seasonal wares. Visit for vintage clothing, housewares, antiques, furniture, jewelry, art and crafts.
The Makers Show at City Point
445 Albee Square West, Downtown Brooklyn
November 27–December 20
Register in advance for shopping times at this holiday market, which is curated by Da Spot NYC and NYC Pride Marketfest. Thanks to that collaboration, the array of small-business vendors—artists, jewelers, clothing designers and more—that fills City Point mall on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays will have great representation from the LGBTQ and BIPOC communities. Food options will come from some Dekalb Market folks.
Holiday Handmade Cavalcade
The NY Handmade Cavalcade joins forces with the Etsy Market for one weekend only—the weekend of Small Business Saturday, naturally—to hold an online-only market, with nearly 70 vendors peddling jewelry, clothing, housewares, kids’ stuff and much more. In addition to being able to access the market from anywhere in the world, shoppers will be able to browse many more goods than they would in person. You can also “meet” the makers, see where they work and hear the stories behind their products.
Caribbeing Holiday Market Experience
LeFrak Center, Prospect Park, Brooklyn
December 1–31 (Thursdays–Sundays only)
Flatbush-based cultural organization Caribbeing extends its promotion of all things Caribbean to Prospect Park’s LeFrak Center for the month of December. Vendors offer handmade goods, including jewelry, artwork, ornaments and spice mixes, that reflect their Caribbean heritage. To see and hear Caribbeing’s head, Shelley Worrell, talk about serving the community, check out this All in NYC: Portrait video.
Fort Hamilton Holiday Market
207 Sterling Dr., Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn
This one-night-only event, at the Fort Hamilton military base just south of Bay Ridge, features a tree-lighting ceremony, music and a holiday market. Local craftspeople sell their creations, and there are food options as well. The event is free to enter but registration is required.