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NY Daily News | New York City’s Holiday Markets and Fairs

In a recent post by the Daily News, Dekalb Market and its sister markets were mentioned as the best New York City Holiday Fairs and Markets. We’ve got the the most unique, local, and hand-made wares. Make sure to think of Dekalb Market when shopping this holiday season! Open 7 days a week from 8am-10pm. Check out the article below.

You see them take shape in sites from Grand Central Terminal to vacant lots around town, a Christmas vision of sugar plums and completed shopping lists. Makeshift winter villages — most of which pop up around the city just once a year for a couple of weeks — are full of one-of-a-kind gifts and delicious winter fare that could actually make your holiday shopping fun again. Here are a dozen places to explore, but as you dash around this week, be aware: Wherever two or more vendors are gathered, there is holiday spirit for free and, perhaps, that perfect present waiting.



Brooklyn’s newest community of artisans, artists and food purveyors is celebrating its first holiday season with SANT-A-BOX. Just like Dekalb Market’s other vendors, Old St. Nick, who’s on duty every weekend from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., gets his very own shipping container. Shoppers can stop by for a holiday photo-op and tweet their images using the hashtag #SANTABOX.

All of the market’s anchor vendors are around, from Brooklyn cupcake makers Robicelli’s to vintage home decor retailer Pip & Estrella and kudu-lah, a design company making prints of whimsical monsters.

Now through Dec. 31: Mon.-Sun., 8 a.m.-10 p.m. 138 Willoughby St., Brooklyn.


Fulton St. transforms into a small shopping village with 25 vendors selling crafts, ornaments and treats. Highlights include a Nepalese family selling authentic goods from their homeland and a selection of German bread, cookies, sausages and other tasty eats.

The Seaport is also hosting concerts throughout the month and a “Sparkle at the Seaport” light show on weekdays.

Now through Dec. 31, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Along Fulton and South Sts., Manhattan (212) 732-8257.


Over 120 artisans gather every year for the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. Support local organizations such as the New York City Police Museum or sample goods from afar, like truffles from Belgium’s Neuhaus Belgian Chocolatier.

In addition to shopping, customers can take advantage of all the activities that Bryant Park has to offer, including ice skating (free admission with skate rental), ping-pong and a carousel.

Now through Jan. 8: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 42nd St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves.
, Manhattan


Find a gift for every person on your list at the Union Square Holiday Market. Over 100 merchants, including the Kings County Jerky Co., Cherry Rose Designs and Karmakiss Home, sell Christmas trinkets, winter accessories and more out of the market’s signature red-and-white tents.

Now through Dec. 24: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 14th St. and University Pl .
, Manhattan


Do a little shopping during your commute at Grand Central Terminal’s annual holiday fair. Located in the historic Vanderbilt Hall, the fair boasts 76 vendors selling crafts, clothing, and other gift items. Soap & Paper returns with its popular all-natural body products while JessieGirlClothing introduces new colorful designs for kids.

Don’t forget to catch the holiday light show in the Main Concourse, presented every half an hour from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Now through Dec. 24: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Closes at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. 42nd St. and Park Ave.
, Manhattan


Inside the main hall of the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden , the Astoria Market has become a popular place for Queens-based artisans to peddle their wares.

The eclectic gathering includes Monkey Barsoaps, a Sunnyside company that makes vegan bath products in combinations like strawberry champagne and Guinness beer; Bridy Crawford, an artist designing prints from recycled materials for Bridy Designs; and Jenn Quinn, who handcrafts earrings with semi-precious stones for Firelight Jewelry.

Dec. 10, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, 405 W. 59th St.

Dec. 11 and 18, noon-6 p.m. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria.


For the fifth year, the Jingle Pop-Up brings 20 unique retailers to one of New York City’s largest food halls. In addition to sampling all the tasty treats Chelsea Market has to offer, shoppers can also find artsy gifts from Australian Scent, an all natural skincare line; Beehive Kitchenware Co., handcrafted goods by husband-and-wife duo Jim Dowd and Sandra Bonazoli; and e’ko logic, a green couture shop that knits cashmere sweaters from recycled materials. The Jingle Pop-Up opens Dec. 14 at noon.

Dec. 15 through Dec. 23: Mon.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sun., 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 75 Ninth Ave.
, between 14th and 16th Sts., Manhattan


Brooklyn Night Bazaar throws a three-night shopping extravaganza. The bazaar, which made its debut at the Dekalb Market earlier this year, is moving to a Williamburg warehouse, where indepedent vendors now have 40,000 square feet of space to sell artwork, accessories and more.

Inspired by Southeast Asia’s night markets, the Brooklyn Bazaar is also a showcase for up-and-coming musicians and chefs. For the holiday market, founder Aaron Broudo has tapped Ken Farmer, creative director of Nuit Blanche New York, to help create a curated vendor area, an artist-designed half-pipe that doubles as a stage as well as locale for video and light projection shows.

Dec. 15 through 17, 5 p.m.-midnight. 149 Kent Ave., Brooklyn.


Get all your last-minute presents and eat your way through several food trucks during BKCC’s 4th annual holiday market. Pick up tote bags by Astor Knot Designs, vintage jewelry by Glamourpuss Creations, handmade crayon rolls by Bugsella along with locally produced foods by Jenni’s Cookies, Macaron Parlour and the Jam Stand.

Rickshaw Dumplings, Mexicue and El Olomega will sell hot food while Littlefield hosts a full bar with BKCC Market drink specials.

Dec. 17 and 18, noon-6 p.m. Littlefield Art Space, 622 Degraw St.

You don’t often find prices like these on Park Ave. It’s a smaller collection of vendors, but the setting is very Christmasy and there is usually a place to sit.

Through Dec. 24; 8 a.m.-8 p.m.,
325 Park Ave., at 50th St.
, Manhattan


There’s more foodstuff in the mix here, but you can combine a walk through with a Central Park visit — or make it the norhern terminus of your holiday walk down Broadway or — even better — Fifth Ave.

Through Dec. 24; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.,
Central Park South at Central Park West


Every year, the American Museum of Natural History’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life transforms into a giant Kwanzaa party. Once again, the Harlem Arts Alliance will host an international marketplace with hand-stitched pillows, gourmet chocolates, holiday kid’s books and other fine arts and crafts. Songs and performances by storyteller Linda Humes and African-Caribbean group Something Positive Inc. will take place on a stage underneath the hall’s massive blue whale.

Dec. 31, noon-4 p.m. $12-$19 suggested donation. Central Park West at 79th St., (212) 769-5606..





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