If you're looking for unique gifts for Christmas or Hanukkah, you might want to hit up one of the city's holiday markets.
From handmade crafts to jewelry and accessories, these fairs can help you get your shopping done for everyone on your list. And when you're done, reward yourself with snacks from one of the many vendors selling sweets and savories.
Hailed as a must-visit destination for unique gifts and delicious eats, Union Square Holiday Market is back! Our 2016 lineup is ecelectic and totally awesome. Nov 17th – Dec 24th (closed on Thanksgiving) Hours: 11am – 8pm Mon – Fri 10am – 8pm Sat 11am – 7pm Sun For more details visit: http://urbanspacenyc.com/union-square-holiday-market/
Where: Union Square
When: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closing Date: Dec. 24
Inspired by Germany's Christmas markets, shoppers can find hundreds of booths selling crafts and treats. This year shoppers can find Murano glass figurines, hand puppets and Christmas tree ornaments as well as wine cork art and candles made with old camera film. There is also a craft studio for the kids.
Where: Bryant Park, Midtown
When: Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closing Date: Jan. 2
Bryant Park isn't just for ice skating in the winter. Rows of stalls selling clothing, jewelry and small gifts line the park. There's also plenty of food ranging from Asian-Mexican fusion from Domo Taco to grilled cheese sandwiches from MeltKraft.
Where: Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central, Midtown
When: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closing Date: Dec. 24
Billing itself as "NYC's grandest holiday market," this holiday fair lets you do a little shopping on the way to the train. You can find handbags, jewelry, knitwear and home goods among its more than three dozen stalls. And if last-minute shopping is more your style, the market is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Where: 59th Street and Central Park West entrance to Central Park, Columbus Circle
When: Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closing Date: Dec. 24
This market is packed with artisan vendors selling everything from wood puzzles to jewelry. If you're looking to give sweet treats this Christmas, you can pick up chocolates and truffles, and there are food and drink vendors on hand if you need a quick snack while you're shopping.
Where: 117 Beekman St., South Street Seaport
When: Daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closing Date: Dec. 24
The longtime Lower East Side street fair has moved indoors to the Seaport for a curated holiday market. Visitors will find more than 30 vendors selling a variety of artisanal ware and food from sneakers and jewelry to truffles and cookies.
Where: 19-33 37th St., Astoria
When: Saturday, Dec. 3 to Sunday, Dec. 4 from noon to sunset
Closing Date: Dec. 4
Where: 10-34 44th Drive, Long Island City
When: Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Closing Date: Dec. 20
This center for pottery classes sells handmade ceramics in its gift shop. It's promoting a special holiday shopping event the weekend of Dec. 9, from Friday through Sunday.
Where: The Factory, 30-30 47th Ave., Long Island City
When: Saturday, Dec. 17 and Sunday, Dec. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sip some boozy hot drinks while nibbling on global street food at this unlimited tasting event. Then head over to the attached holiday market to browse crafts and vintage items. Tickets range in price from $39 for general admission to $74 for VIP access and perks.
Where: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 2919 24th Ave., Astoria
When: Dec. 4, 11 and 18 from 12 to 6 p.m.
This market of artists, designers and bakers sets up shop in the Main Hall of the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. It highlights Queens vendors like Bridy Designs and Strung Out Jewelry as well as though from outside the borough. The market runs the first three Sundays in December.
Where: Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Place, Fort Greene
When: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; extended holiday hours are Wednesday, Dec. 21 through Friday, Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closing Date: March 2017
Brooklyn Flea takes on a holiday vibe when it moves indoors for its Winter Flea + Holiday Market. It features 75 vendors hawking vintage wares, antiques and more, as well as 25 Smorgasburg vendors selling food. Admission is $1, and children under 16 get in for free. The market will be closed Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Where: St. Paul's Church, 190 Court St., Cobble Hill
When: Dec. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closing Date: Dec. 18
An acronym for fashion, art and design, f.a.d. aims to connect shoppers with emerging and mid-career artists. In addition to shopping, the market offers activities including crafting workshops, DIY snowflake-making and face and body painting.
Where: Roberta's Pizza, 261 Moore St., East Williamsburg
When: Friday Dec. 9, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 10, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday Dec. 11, noon to 7 p.m.
Closing Date: Dec. 11.
Listen to live music while you browse the wares of more than 30 vendors in the tented backyard area of Roberta's pizza. Sip on mimosas or hot toddies while you shop.
Where: 70 N. Seventh St., Williamsburg
When: Saturday and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closing Date: Open year round
Sift through an eclectic and broad mix of jewelers, vintage, custom and home furnishings at the sprawling Artists and Fleas indoor market place in Williamsburg.
Where: Williamsburgh Savings Bank, 175 Broadway, Williamsburg
When: Dec. 17 and Dec. 18, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Closing Date: Dec. 18.
Select gifts made by local artisans, from carefully designed clothing and jewelry to hand-crafted soaps, all inside the historic Williamsburgh Savings Bank building.
Where: LIFE Wellness Center, 376 Tompkins Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant
When: Dec. 11 and 18, from noon to 7 p.m.
Closing date: Dec. 18
Pick up some hand-crafted accessories, tonics, juices, clothing and other goods at the Stuyvesant Indi Bazaar, a market with a focus on wellness. The bazaar hosts self-care workshops and other events throughout its run.
Where: 1040 Grand Concourse, Concourse
When: Saturday, Dec. 10 and Sunday, Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Bronx Museum's second annual holiday market will welcome more than 50 local artists, artisans, farmers, bakers, brewers and other entrepreneurs to sell their wares. While browsing scarves, cookies and jewelry crafted in The Bronx, shoppers can enjoy musical and dance performances, get their faces painted, and take photos with Ms. Santa.
Where: Culture Lounge, St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island
When: Wednesday, Dec. 14 to Friday, Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This three-day market for tourists, Staten Island residents and commuters will feature vendors selling handmade apparel, accessories, jewelry, home goods, edibles, pet care, skincare, toys, art supplies and books. Check out earrings made from guitar picks and original artwork made from beer bottle caps here.