NYC’s holiday markets are some of the best places to find unique gifts from local artisans and makers. Sadly, some old standbys (Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market) have been put on pause in 2020 due to Covid-19. But many holiday markets in NYC are open this year, in-person and online, to help with all your seasonal shopping needs. Here’s where to head for one-of-a-kind presents for everyone on your list!

Artists & Fleas Soho

In the nick of time, the Fleas are back for holiday shopping! Find an assortment of funky and fresh vendors at Artists & Flea in Soho, which has reopened for a series of weekend pop-ups this winter. The seasonal pop-up features 25 tastemakers, experience creators, designers, collectors and curators. New artists and merchants arrive every Friday, making the market a spot to consistently discover new, emerging talent and creativity. 

Fri.-Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
490 Broadway
Soho
Online: artistsandfleas.com/soho

Artists & Fleas Williamsburg

If you're looking for something tragically hip (or just want to shop amongst them) Artists & Fleas' flagship location in Williamsburg is the place to go. The former warehouse-turned-market is open for the holidays,  featuring 45 vendors selling stylish and fresh goods such as beauty and self-care products, clothing, vintage items, art and design pieces and more. See safe shopping info here!

Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
70 N. St. 
Williamsburg
Online: artistsandfleas.com

photo:  CaribBeing Holiday Market Pop-Up

 CaribBeing Holiday Market Pop-Up

Headed to skate at  LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park? Be sure to stop by the CaribBeing Holiday Market Pop-Up! This petite pop-up market is housed in a solar-powered shipping container repurposed as a venue for artists. It celebrates the riches and flavors of the Caribbean, featuring 15 beauty, culinary, clothing, jewelry and wellness goods from local and international artisans.

Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 6-31, Noon-6 p.m.
171 East Dr.
Prospect Park
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
212-661-6640
Online: prospectpark.org

Maker Space NYC

The Staten Island location of Maker Space NYC is holding an in-person holiday market December 5th and 6th. The event will feature 10 unique vendors each day, selling artisan, handcrafted and vintage items. MakerPark Radio will be providing music, and refreshments will be in hand to help keep you warm. There will be a blacksmithing demo on Saturday, and a Raku demo on Sunday. The event is inside, and only 15 people will be allowed inside at one time. Masks are required. 

Dec. 5 & 6, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
450 Front St. 
Staten Island 
Online: makerspace.nyc

 

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The Maker Show at City Point

Head to downtown Brooklyn's City point to check out The Maker Show, a market featuring businesses owned by black and indigenous people of color, LGBTQIA+, women and other underrepresented groups. Co-curated by fashion boutique Da Spot, NYC Pride MarketFest and Dekalb Market Hall, The Maker Show includes products from local businesses and artists such as jewelry, art, home goods, pet goods, stationery and accessories. Plus: tasty food and bev! 

To keep things safe, it's by appointment. (Fancy!) Click here to reserve your 30-minute shopping window!

Fri.-Sun., through Dec. 20, 11 a.m.- 8 p.m.
445 Albee Square
Downtown Brooklyn 
Online: themakersshow.com

Holiday Shops at Bryant Park's Winter Village

Curated by Urbanspace (the people behind the Union Square and Columbus Circle Holiday Markets) this European-inspired open-air market  at Bryant Park's Winter Village hosts artisans from New York City and around the world. It's a great (and festive) spot for finding unique gifts you can't get just anywhere. 

Things are scaled down a bit this year to manage congestion and keep shopping safe. Staff will wear face coverings, make hand sanitizer available, and conduct contactless payments. Handwashing stations are available throughout the park, and visitors must wear a face covering at the Holiday Shops and maintain social distance while circulating through the park. 

Mon. - Fri., 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Through Jan. 3
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park 
42 Street & Sixth Ave. 
Midtown
Online: bryantpark.org

photo: D.S & DURGA

Made at The Yard Virtual Market

Did you know that thousands of products are made by more than 450 businesses at the Brooklyn Navy Yard? Made at The Yard gives you the chance to support hyper-local companies and snag some gifts with true Brooklyn cred. Sadly, the University of Dope Card Game appears to be sold out, but this online market has lots more to choose from, including jewelry, original art, food, housewares, accessories—and even a welding lesson! 

Nov. 6, 2020-Jan 1, 2021
Online: madeattheyard.com

photo: Sam Hollenshead

Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO

There's lots to do in DUMBO this holiday season, and that includes shopping at what has been called one of the best markets in the world, Brooklyn Flea.

Find the Brooklyn Flea holiday market in the Dumbo Archway and in the Pearl Street Triangle on Saturdays through December 19 from 10 a.m. to 4p.m. There are over 40 vintage and handmade vendors participating, plus live holiday music from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Warm up and fuel up with festive hot beverages and snacks from Superfine and Archway Cafe. 

Dumbo Archway and in the Pearl Street Triangle
Online: brooklynflea.com

 

Grand Central Virtual Holiday Fair

The popular holiday market at Grand Central Terminal is happening, it's just online now. The Virtual Holiday Fair showcases the same high-quality gifts this annual market is known for, with over 40 artisan vendors that use locally- and ethically-sourced materials. Shop men’s and women’s accessories, children’s clothing and toys, home goods, and more, all from the comfort of your couch! 

Online: grandcentralterminal.com

—Mimi O’Connor

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