Whether you’re ready for it or not, holiday shopping season has begun, and in NYC that makes for plenty of reasons to bundle up and head outside. Kick the chain stores to the curb and visit one of the festive and fun holiday shops and markets popping up all over the city. We’ve rounded up some of the best in the city, where you and the kids can have a blast — and find some uncommon gifts you can’t get at the mall. Click through and get shopping!

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Bryant Park in the winter is always a great place to visit with kids, with free skating at the rink and great food from the rink-side nosh spot Public Fare. And this year, as always, the park will be adorned with jewelery box kiosks with the European-inspired Winter Village. Unlike many of the city's other winter popups, who prefer to stay local, the high end goods at Bryant Park's winter market come from all over the world. Check out cool kid clothing, sample specialty foods, and enjoy the bright lights and buzzing atmosphere.

Oct. 29-Jan. 2
8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Bryant Park
Btwn. 10th & 42nd St., & 5th & 6th Ave.
Midtown
Online: wintervillage.org/

photo: via Bryant Park Facebook page

  • Winter Village at Bryant Park
  • Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
  • Union Square Holiday Market
  • Etsy Cavalcade
  • Grand Central Holiday Fair
  • Pearl River Mart Pop-up
  • Grand Holiday Bazaar
  • Fort Hamilton Holiday Market
  • F.A.D. Weekend Holiday Market
  • Brooklyn Flea Holiday Market

Where do you head for unique holiday gifts? Let us know in the comments section below!

— Yuliya Geikhman