‘Tis the season for gift giving, holiday guides, and wrapping paper galore! Escape the dreadful and impersonal feeling of shopping online or at big box retailers, and shop small and local. It’s a more thoughtful and eco-conscious way of getting gifts for your loved ones, and a lot more fun too.
New York City comes alive during the holiday season as holiday markets sporting unique products pop up all over the city. Plus, they’re fun to visit, and often include extras like carolers, hot chocolate vendors, and even ice skating. Holiday markets are a great way to get in the holiday spirit, all while supporting small business.
Here’s a list of our favorite holiday markets in New York City. The best part? They’re all dog-friendly!
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Central Park isn’t just for off-leash hours and long walks once the holidays roll around. Come November, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market opens up with more than 100 vendors, goodies and gifts galore.
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is known as one of the most beautiful holiday markets in the city, with picturesque scenery, bright lights, and glittering aisles of everything from jewelry, to home goods, to delicious food.
When you’re done browsing the local artisans and designers, head into the park for some play time with your pup, or warm up at TurnStyle or The Shops at Columbus Circle, both just right across the street.
Location: 59th Street and Central Park West.
Dates: November 29, 2021 – December 24, 2021 (Closes at 4pm on Christmas Eve )
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 7pm
Bryant Park Winter Village
Once the leaves start changing colors, Bryant Park transforms into a winter wonderland, complete with ice skating, hot cocoa, and igloo domes. Officially called the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, there are more than 170 kiosks with holiday shops, rink-side eats, and drinks at The Lodge.
Their 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink is New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink (as long as you bring your own skates). And while your dog won’t be able to skate circles on the ice with you, they are permitted to peruse the open-air festive shops, cozy up with you as you enjoy a seasonal cocktail or cocoa, or watch the ice skaters and admire the tree.
Plus, Bryant Park hosts a bevy of fun events – including a dog ugly sweater party – to enjoy. What’s not to love?
Location: Bryant Park, between 40th and 42nd St. & Fifth and Sixth Ave.
Dates: October 29th, 2021 – January 2nd, 2022
Hours: Monday – Friday, 11am – 8pm, Saturday – Sunday 10am – 8pm
The Union Square Holiday Market
This internationally-known Holiday Market is located right in the heart of New York City – Union Square Park! The Union Square Holiday Market features over 160 vendors, from local crafts-people, to artists, entrepreneurs, and artisanal foodies. They bring the holiday magic in this al fresco, European-style winter market, with winding aisles and bright lights.
You can find everything at this market, from jewelry, to artwork, home goods, unique apparel, and more. It’s a great place to discover local vendors and shop small.
Once you’ve filled up on holiday spirit and goodies, head into the park to enjoy the Union Square dog run.
Bonus: they usually host a Happy Pawlidays dog event to kick off the holiday season! Check our event calendar for details.
Location: Union Square Park, 14th st, New York, NY 10011.
Dates: November 18, 2021 – December 24, 2021 (Closes on Thanksgiving Day and at 4pm on Christmas Eve )
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 7pm
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Grand Central Station isn’t just a transportation hub – it’s also a cultural destination home to shopping and dining, with over 60 shops, 35 places to eat, and come November, a holiday fair.
Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central’s month-long holiday fair is indoors, for those of you who prefer to escape the cold weather. More than one million shoppers pass through the holiday fair daily, with its wide selection of one-of-a-kind items sold in cozy booths.
While the Grand Central Holiday Fair is smaller than their outdoor counterparts (they typically have around 40 vendors), it’s heavily curated to bring shoppers only the best and most unique gifts. It’s worth a visit, and after checking out the booths, don’t forget to browse their regular dining and shopping options.
Location: 89 E. 42nd Street (Park Avenue and 42nd Street)
Dates: The market opens November 15 and closes December 24. Closed on Thanksgiving Day.
Hours: Monday – Friday 10AM–8PM, Saturday 10AM–7PM, Sunday 11AM–6PM
Artists and Fleas
Brooklyn-born craft market Artists & Fleas is a marketplace of makers – tastemakers, craftsmen, designers, collectors and curators. While this market rolls out events throughout the year, they really come alive during the holidays, with a continued focus on showcasing new and emerging creators and vendors.
While you might have passed by the Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market, they’re not pet-friendly – boo! Instead, head over to their Brooklyn flagship in Williamsburg.
Established in 2003 in a former dry goods and provisions warehouse, their Williamsburg location is home to 45+ individual sellers every weekend. Their rotating vendors have a reputation for showcasing what’s new and exciting in fashion, vintage, art, design and more, so you’re sure to find something fun and surprising.
Location: 70 North 7th Street, Brooklyn.
Hours: Weekends 11AM–6PM.
Even if you’re only mildly interested in vintage shopping, you’ve probably heard of Brooklyn Flea. Founded in April 2008, Brooklyn Flea has grown over the years, now operating flea markets every weekend of the year and featuring hundreds of vendors.
Come holiday season, Brooklyn Flea starts up their holiday fair in DUMBO. This outdoor market, located amongst the picturesque archways under the Manhattan Bridge, operates every Sunday. They sell everything from furniture, to vintage clothing, antiques, and handmade goods.
Besides their holiday market in DUMBO, the flea is also open year-round at Chelsea Flea, on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 4pm.
Bonus: The Flea also operates Smorgasburg, a giant all-food market featuring Brooklyn’s artisanal food scene with 100 local and regional vendors in beautiful outdoor settings.
Location: 80 Pearl St in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Dates: November 7 to December 19 .
Hours: Sundays from 10am-5pm.
FAD Market, an acronym for Fashion, Art and Design, is a pop-up market that travels seasonally throughout Brooklyn. Their mission is to showcase the talent of the city, with vendors selling handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware and home furnishings, and to indulge visitors with locally crafted food and drinks.
They aim to foster community, and always curate their market to feature the best and most creative artists, entrepreneurs, and makers. Their holiday market is always a must see, so don’t miss it.
Location: 📍The Invisible Dog, 51 Bergen St., Brooklyn
📍St. Paul’s Church, 190 Court St., Brooklyn
Dates: Weekends: Dec 4+5, 11+12, 18+19.
Hours: 11am to 6pm.
3rd & B’zaar
This carefully curated East Village Holiday market features over 30 vintage sellers, artists, designers, and more. It’s the perfect place to shop for unique and vintage gifts this holiday season for everyone on your list!
Location: 📍Ave B and 3rd Street , East Village.
Dates: Wednesday through Sunday from Nov 26 – Dec 24 2021.
Hours: 1pm to 6pm.
What’s your favorite holiday market in New York City? Let us know in the comments!
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