It’s beginning to look a lot like you-know-what. Save the airfare to Europe’s famous Christmas Markets to shop New York City’s enticing array of handcrafted items for yourself or for gifting, at Holiday Markets throughout town.
First, some “limited edition” holiday crafts shows open only for a day or two, then the ones open through Christmas, even beyond New Year’s.
The American Fine Crafts Show – Sat./Sun., Nov. 18/19
This juried show takes over the grand courtyard of the Brooklyn Museum, this weekend only, with an extraordinary selection of handmade works in ceramics, jewelry, glass, furniture, wood, metal, mixed media, wearable and decorative fiber by 90 of the nation’s finest craft artists.
- Get discount tickets online, which include museum admission. Note that tickets must be printed; tickets on mobile devices will not be accepted.
5th Annual Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar – Sat./Sun., Nov. 25/26
A unique celebration of local talent with 60+ handpicked local makers of jewelry, ceramics, hand-knitted and hand-loomed clothing and more, plus food & drinks, a photo booth and family-friendly activities. 11am to 6pm both days. Click here for the full list of makers.
- At 501 Union + The Green Building.
21st annual Crafts at the Cathedral – Thursday, Nov. 30 to Saturday, Dec. 2.
This three-day makers show returns to the nave of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine after taking a hiatus last year, with more artists and more affordable gift choices than before. Hours vary by day – Thursday is 1pm to 9pm, Friday is 10am to 8pm and Saturday is 10am to 6pm.
- Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St. Admission is a $5 donation to church programs.
2017 Native Art Market in New York – Sat./Sun, Dec. 2/3
A unique annual shopping opportunity for visitors to purchase traditional and contemporary works—including silver and semiprecious jewelry, ceramics, fine apparel, handwoven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints, and sculpture—by some of the finest Native American artists from around the USA. There’s also a preview cocktail party Friday evening.
- National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green
Seasonal Holiday Markets
Bryant Park’s Winter Village – Oct. 28-Janaury 5.
This is as close as you’ll get to a traditional European holiday market, with more than 100 beautiful shops surrounding the the ice skating rink, plus spots to enjoy hot chocolate or a glass of wine. If you are looking for well-made NYC logo items, this is the place to find it.
- Bryant Park, 40th to 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue
Grand Central Holiday Fair Nov. 13-Dec. 24.
This market moves into historic Vanderbilt Hall, with more than 70 vendor stalls with appealing handmade art, clothes, jewelry candles, bath items, collectible toys and other great finds, and it’s indoors. Complimentary tote with purchase while supplies last.
- Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall
Always one of the best NYC holiday markets, with more than 100 vendors selling handmade clothing, jewelry, gifts and toys.
- Union Square at 14th Street.
Holiday Market at the Oculus – Nov. 24-Jan. 7
This new market features two dozen merchants offering gifts, plus live entertainment and more, and one of the few holiday markets open past New Year’s. 9am to 9pm daily.
- At the Westfield World Trade Center
- Add a visit to Luminaries at Brookfield Place, in what used to be called Winter Garden, for a spectacular light show.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market – Nov. 28-Dec. 24.
Finish off a stroll through Central Park with some browsing and buying from the cheery red-and-white stalls at the southwest corner.
- Columbus Circle, West 59th Street and Broadway
Astoria Market – Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 and 17
This indoor artisan market is filled with handmade and baked items by Queens-based artisans, selling in their home borough, along with vintage goods, in the Main Hall of the famous Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden.
- Bohemian Hall, 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria