As the chill of winter blankets the city, New York transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland adorned with festive lights, ice skating rinks, and, quintessentially, holiday markets. Embarking on a journey through these bustling hubs of seasonal delights is a tradition, and this year’s selection promises to be nothing short of spectacular. Join me, Albert Dweck, owner and CEO of Duke Properties, as we explore the six best holiday markets in New York City for 2023.
The Makers Show at City Point
Where: 445 Albee Square West, Brooklyn
When: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from Nov. 24 to Dec. 17
The Makers Show at City Point isn’t just a market; it’s a manifestation of purpose. Dedicated to promoting equity and community investment, this marketplace champions sustainable materials and amplifies businesses owned by BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women, and other underrepresented groups. With over 60 vendors offering premium tennis clothes to handcrafted ceramics, this immersive market is a festive journey through Brooklyn’s diverse and creative landscape.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Where: Columbus Circle & Central Park South
When: Nov. 28 to Dec. 31
Nestled near Central Park, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market is a beacon of holiday charm. A Kewl Street market (by Urbanspace), it guarantees a curated selection of jewelry, apparel, accessories, beauty and wellness goods, art, and delectable treats. Whether indulging in Belgian waffles from Wafels & Dinge or savoring dim sum from Dipping Dumplings, this market ensures a delightful fusion of shopping and holiday merriment.
Union Square Holiday Market
Where: 201 Park Avenue South
When: Nov. 16 to Dec. 24
Another gem from Urbanspace, the Union Square Holiday Market, boasting over 150 vendors, transforms the park into a winter wonderland of creativity. From color-it-yourself Christmas stockings to mini terrariums, this market offers unique finds. Savor a crepe and hot chocolate from United Chocolate Works or indulge in a mini pie from Winter Pie Shop while basking in the cozy vibes illuminated by the market’s enchanting lights.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Where: Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Station
When: Nov. 13 to Dec. 24
Escape the cold and step into the warmth of the Grand Central Holiday Fair. With the iconic Grand Central Terminal as its backdrop, this market, although smaller with 36 stalls, exudes a quaint charm. Explore a curated selection of jewelry, crafts, decor, and more while immersed in the magical ambiance of the historic terminal.
Grand Holiday Bazaar
Where: Grand Bazaar NYC, 100 West 77th St.
When: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10, and 17
More than just a market, the Grand Holiday Bazaar at Grand Bazaar NYC is a testament to community giving. One hundred percent of profits support local public schools. With over 220 vendors offering candles, skincare, fashion, handbags, vintage accessories, and rare antiques, this market presents a diverse shopping experience. Sundays come alive with savory delights from numerous food vendors.
Harlem Night Market
Where: La Marqueta, 1590 Park Ave.
When: Dec. 2, 9, and 16
A tribute to the vibrant history of Harlem, the Harlem Night Market rekindles the spirit of the 1950s and 60s. Set against the backdrop of La Marqueta, this market spans three weekends, celebrating community and culture with local creators, musicians, DJs, and restaurants. From 4 to 8 p.m. on the first three Saturdays of December, immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Harlem’s heritage.
Embark on this festive journey across New York City, discovering unique treasures and embracing the holiday spirit at every market. Join me, Albert Dweck, in savoring the warmth, joy, and community that define the holiday season in the heart of the city.