Original article written by me for Manhattan Magazine.
Holiday shopping won’t be a chore at these festive holiday markets around the city.
Artists and Fleas at Chelsea Market Organizers Amy Abrams and husband Ronen Glimer brought this Brooklyn transplant to Chelsea Market. Over the years this market has gained popularity because of its unique gifts that are all locally produced. Expect to find anything from handmade bags to vinyl records at this pop-up bazaar. Details From Nov. 11-Jan. 14, 75 Ninth avenue, artistsandfleas.com
Holiday Market at Columbus Circle This annual holiday market features 120 vendors who sell handmade items and Christmas snacks. The market also features a market concierge who helps you navigate through all the stands. Details Dec. 3-24, 59th Street and Eighth Avenue, urbanspacey.com
The Grand Central Holiday Fair Grand Central’s main concourse features an annual holiday fair boasting 76 microboutiques that will allow you to shop without shivering since this is the only holiday market that is held indoors. Details Nov. 15-Dec. 20, Vanderbilt Hall, 87 E. 42 St., grandcentralterminal.com
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park More than 125 artisans will surround the pond at Bryant Park selling all sorts of accessories and gifts for everyone on your list. This market is also a great option for the weekends since it has a variety of stands that sell food and hot drinks and it’s very close to the Bryant Park skating rink.Details Nov. 11-Jan. 5, 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, bryantpark.org
Union Square Holiday Market This European-style holiday market is one of the most popular Christmas markets in the city. It features more than 150 vendors who offer shoppers a variety of items including handcrafted jewelry, fine art, clothes and leather goods. Details Nov. 16-Dec. 24, 14th Street and Broadway,unionsquare.org