Holiday season in New York City would not be complete without the Rockefeller Center, ice skating in Bryant Park or the fabulous shopping to be had throughout Manhattan. However if you are looking for the most unique holiday gifts that you don't find in department or boutique stores during the hustle and bustle of shopping season, then check out these artisan shopping fairs around the city!
Bryant Park Winter Village (10/21 - 3/1)40th Street and 6th Avenue
The Bryant Park Winter Village gets top billing on our list not only because of it’s central location and the entertainment value (time to watch the ice skaters!), but also because of the unique boutiques and kiosks that line the park full of unique crafts and gifts for your loved ones. With more than 125 stands, you are sure to find something for every person on your list.
Union Square / Columbus Circle Holiday Markets (11/20 - 12/24)
Union Sq & W 14th St / Columbus Cir
Another holiday staple for the Manhattan-bound shopper, cultivated by UrbanSpace the Union Square Holiday Market and and younger Columbus Circle Holiday Market combines a fun outdoor atmosphere with holly-lined aisles and artisans that will truly get you into the holiday spirit. Stop by a food vendor for a quick hot chocolate or mulled wine and have a browse through the carefully-curated selections of artwork, jewelry, accessories, home goods and more.
Hester Holiday Market (12/1 - 12/21)One Penn Plaza - website
"Bringing Hester Street Fair's favorite gift and food vendors to 34th Street just in time for the holidays! This outdoor market will be a destination for one-of-a-kind shopping with curated and handmade gifts that you won't find in any stores. Plus an incredible roster of artisanal food vendors will be fueling the holiday cheer. "
The Degenerate Craft Fair (12/6 - 12/7)The DCTV Firehouse 87 Lafayette Street (btwn Walker st. & White st.)
If you’re over the Bryant Park and Union Square scene and you’re looking for something a bit…different, The Degenerate Craft Fair is for you. Founded for artists, by artists, the Degenerate Craft Fair describes itself as an anti-art fair, where you’ll see unique work by artists, and very unique designs by craft makers. The bonus? Most items offered are less than $50.
Santa’s Winter Garden (12/5 - 12/7)Winter Garden at Brookfield Place - 220 Vesey Street
If you’ve been delaying taking that perfect Christmas Card picture with Santa, make plans to attend Santa’s Winter Garden at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden. Santa will be bringing his elves along for photos with all in attendance, plus you can support a New York holiday institution since all proceeds collected will benefit the New York Theatre Ballet.
So much to do and so much to see! That’s why, for your convenience and easy reference, we’ve created an interactive shopping map here to help you find the best indie art and craft fairs mentioned above plus a few others.
See a full list on our interactive map.
Spending some time in Brooklyn this December? Whether you’re just visiting family, entertaining or you’re headed across the water for the day, that doesn’t mean that your holiday shopping has to stop. In fact, Brooklyn is home to fabulous holiday market and craft fairs that are sure to surprise and delight both you and the gift’s recipient! Make sure to stop at one (or all!) of Brooklyn’s many craft fairs, listed below, for fun and unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar (Open year round Saturday and Sunday)
165 Banker Street
Bundle up and take a chilly winter’s walk through the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a night market that unites musicians, chefs, artists and various art vendors to create a night of entertainment and shopping. When you want to put the shopping bags down, pick up a golf club or a racket and play a quick game of blacklight mini-golf or table tennis!
Made @PS8 Craft Fair (12/6)37 Hicks Street
It doesn’t get much ‘cooler’ than this: PS8 staff, parents and students are invited to make crafts and projects that you can then purchase to help the school serve this community wholly dedicated to its students academic and intellectual skills.
Eat Pie and Shop: Cobble Hill PS 29 (12/7)425 Henry Street
Eat. Pie. Shop. Sounds like the ideal day to us! Join the Cobble Hill Association at PS29 in Brooklyn for its fifth annual Eat Pie Shop holiday event featuring an artisan holiday gift fair, children’s crafts and activities, professional portraits and, of course, a huge pie eating contest! Doesn’t get much sweeter than that!
Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar (12/14)501 Union Street - website
The Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar will hit Brooklyn on December 14 with its 35+ handpicked local artisans, a selection of delicious food and complimentary cocktails. And if gift wrapping your gifts sends you into an eggnog stupor, they’ll take care of wrapping your purchased gifts for free.
Still looking for more? We’ve included this handy interactive map below which gives you the details on all of Brooklyn’s Holiday Art & Craft fairs.
See a full list on our interactive map.
Holiday Shopping in Queens? Look beyond the typical Queens Center Mall and get your family and friends something special this year at one of Queens’ Christmas Craft Fairs and artisan markets. With specially-made and one-of-a-kind custom gifts at each and every event, you’re sure to get a gift that fits each person on your list perfectly.
LIC Flea & Food Indoor Holiday Market (Every Saturday/ Sunday 11/6 - 12/21)5-25 46th Avenue (5th street & 46th avenue) the entrance is through the parking lot
Visitors will find two floors of shopping with 60+ vendors offering unique, local, handmade, vintage items as well as the yummy food and drinks on Queens side of the East River.
Live Jazz from Dandy Wellington and his band helps create a warm holiday vibe while everyone enjoy their food and holiday shopping. Oh, did we mention Santa will be onsite for free photos?
Free parking is also available for visitors.
Astoria Holiday Market (11/16, 12/14, 12/21)
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden: 29-19 24th Avenue
The Astoria Holiday Market is open for the holiday season and filled to the brim with its handmade and vintage goods. You’ll find works from the best of Queens-based artists here in addition to baked goods, jewelry, and other items that are sure to please!
Ridgewood Market: An Artisan Market (11/23 - 12/14)Gottscheer Hall: 657 Fairview Avenue
Vintage. Antiques. Handmade. Food. Cocktails. The Ridgewood Market in Ridgewood Queens has it all. From gorgeous textiles to hand-worked wearable metal pieces in the form of necklaces, bangles and bracelets, the Ridgewood Market is choc full of unique and beautiful gifts. Not to mention, it also made the official 2014 list of New York City’s Holiday Markets Guide.
Flushing Town Hall’s Local Artisans Holiday Market (12/7)137-35 Northern Blvd
Head to the Flushing Town Hall Gallery for a lovely and inviting display of unique and creative wares from artisans in and around Queens. Items included for your perusal include paintings, handmade jewelry, pendants, crotched blankets, homemade books and prints, and handcrafted cards.
If you’re looking for a great activity for after the shopping, stay around for a Flushing Historic House tour. Or join them the week after on Sunday, December 14 for their Winter Holiday Festival Workshop, where you’ll listen to holiday stories from story-teller Robin Bady.
You’ll also participate in creating Christmas wreaths using up-cycled fabrics and ribbons that will be donated to local Queens’ senior centers. It’s the perfect family activity and can help you brush up on the cultural traditions of holidays you don’t normally celebrate!
So this year, skip the Queens Center Mall and give the important people on your list a holiday gift they can’t get from anywhere else!
See a full list on our interactive map.
Sometimes, its nice to escape the city for a day of shopping. The perfect place to head? The Bronx! Escape the hustle, bustle and the rush of the typical New York City craft markets and crowded holiday fairs and head up north to find an abundance of fantastic Christmas Craft Fairs. We’ve even picked the best ones out for you so you can spend less time trying to figure out where you can find custom-made gifts and more time searching for the perfect one!
The Holiday Train Show (11/15 - 11/19)
The New York Botanical Garden: 2900 Southern Blvd
For great shopping, you’ll want to head to the Holiday Train Show. Set against the background of the gorgeous New York Botanical Garden, this 23-year tradition features model trains that zip through a miniature New York City, where you’ll recognize more than 150-iconic buildings. But the train show is only the first in a line of long attractions, including the shopping! While you’re enjoying the evening events, visit the New York Botanical Garden Gift Shop where, just in, they have unique gifts for those art-lovers on your holiday list!
The South Bronx Farmers & Holiday Market (12/13)The Bronx Museum of The Arts: 1040 Grand Concourse - website
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is hosting it’s first ever South Bronx Farmers & Holiday Market taking place on Saturday, December 13. You an expect all sorts of one-of-a-kind items including teas, tinctures and salves, books on farming, planters, Himalayan salts, cedar candleholders and vases and other unique arts and crafted items.
Additionally, stop by the nearby Bronx Beer Hall where you can taste local brews and relax and unwind after a long day of shopping.
The Bronx is home to some great holiday shopping options that are affordable, customized and provide the perfect way to show someone how much they mean to you with a specially-selected gift this holiday season.
This holiday season, hop the ferry to journey past New York City and Brooklyn (and just before Jersey!) to do some unique holiday shopping in Staten Island. Plan to take the ferry in to save on parking for the day and get some holiday shopping at some of the unique kiosks and boutiques mentioned below in our list of the best Holiday Craft Fairs that Staten Island has to offer!
Staten Island Artist Market (Every 2nd Saturday of the Month)73 Wave Street - website
The S.I. Artist Market will be displaying its items at the Staten Island Artists Building Corp and you’ll find hand-crafted creations as you walk from kiosk to kiosk browsing for the perfect gift! Local artists will participate in the Artist Market so you can be sure that you’re supporting your favorite artist by purchasing local or finding your next favorite artist by exploring what the artists have to share with you!
New Brighton Holiday Stroll (12/6)Staten Island Museum: 75 Stuyvesant Place - website
On Saturday, December 6 take a ‘stroll’ through The Unitarian Church’s 162nd Jolly Holly Fair and the 15th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Sale. The event will feature pop-up shops, kiosks and boutiques from local businesses, artists and craftsmen all offering up their hand-crafted works for purchase. If you live in Staten Island you may recognize popular participants in the New Brighton Holiday Stroll like Noble Maritime’s Culture Shop, The gift shop at the Staten Island Museum History Center and the Open Studios sale.
Last but not least, the Staten Island Museum History Center store will be offering a 10% off of their merchandise like books, ornaments, magnets and more along with paintings by featured artists which makes this the perfect time to stock up on some artwork that’s sure to impress for your next holiday party or get-together.
Colonial Christmas (12/7)
Head to Staten Island’s Conference House in Tottenville to shop hand-selected Christmas goods by candlelight. Whether its glassware, wooden toys, hand-painted glass ornaments or baked goods, you’ll be entertained by Father Christmas and sip on apple cider while you shop some of the finest, most unique gifts available.
Whether you’re shopping for you, your loved ones or your friends, the markets above are sure to help you find that perfect holiday gift while exploring the crafts and artists inherent to Staten Island!