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Holiday Markets 2014

12/9/2014 - By Marea Edynak

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 Winter Village at Bryant Park 
Bryant Park, Midtown West, Manhattan
October 21–January 4, 2015
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 125 glassed-in shops (a big plus on those chilly shopping days), but our favorite part of the Holiday Shops at Winter Village 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 17–December 24
When the temperature drops, stop by the Grand Central Holiday Fair. The many 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 BarAnd starting on November 16, the Holiday Train Show will be on display at the New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store. The 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 20–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.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Southwest entrance to Central Park, Central Park West and West 59th Street, Midtown West, Manhattan
December 2–24
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.

Brooklyn Flea Winter/Holiday Market
1000 Dean St., Crown Heights, Brooklyn
November 8–March 2015 (weekends only)
When it gets cold outside, Brooklyn's hippest outdoor bazaar moves indoors. The wildly popular Brooklyn Flea is moving to Crown Heights this winter to a new location at 1000 Dean Street. Craft purveyors, jewelry makers, furniture designers and vintage resellers 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 is located inside a 20,000-square-foot sprawling main space, a gorgeous 3,500-square-foot arcade-style hallway and an 8,000-square-foot former loading dock. It is also connected indoors to the Flea and Smorgasburg’s new 9,000-square-foot Berg’n beer hall and food court.

LIC Flea Holiday Market
5th Street and 46th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens

The new LIC Flea continues its season of selling into the cold months, offering weekends in December for shoppers to pick up some great finds. Many of the market's summer vendors will be returning for the winter edition, which, thankfully, will be located indoors at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue, one block behind the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign. Stop in for the best in food, jewelry, fashion, crafts, antiques, furniture, gifts—and e
ven Christmas trees.

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