It’s not even Thanksgiving, but NYC is beginning to look a lot like Christmas with European-style holiday markets already open or opening soon, plus temporary weekend-only pop-up markets, including two this weekend at NYC museums.
Add these these pop-up holiday markets and crafts fairs on your shopping calendar for hand-made items for yourself or to give as gifts from local and regional artists and makers.
Forget online shopping. Make your list, check it twice, and pop over to one of these holiday pop-ups.
in Bryant Park, GCT, Union Square & more
Today, Friday, Nov 15, from 12 noon until 8PM the NYHistory Store will host our bi-annual Designing Women Market in the Smith Gallery and we hope you’ll come by to enjoy the event.
Designing Women Market is a day-long marketplace to showcase exceptional products by women makers, designers, and entrepreneurs.
You’ll be able to meet, chat, and shop for unique gifts with the women who make them. Our participants are among a select number of women designers we respect and admire for both their success and for the quality of the products they bring to the marketplace. Our Designing Women produce a unique range of jewelry, textiles, accessories, and more.
The NYHistory Store believes that the interaction between history lovers who support our business and the women producers living out their stories of creativity and commerce is a positive demonstration that we each make history matter every day.
The Designing Women Market is FREE to attend. Market visitors should check in at the DWM registration table near the main entrance to receive a badge for access to the market on the 1st floor.
Designing Women Market visitors will also have FREE access to viewings of the new film from the museum’s Center for Women’s History titled “We Rise.” Narrated by Meryl Streep and featuring the song “We Are Here” written and composed by Alicia Keys, “We Rise” places women at the center of political thought and action that reshaped the country in the early 20th century.
If you spend $25 at the market, you receive 2-for-1 admission to the museum galleries, including the fabulous exhibit of Tiffany lamps and other stained glass objects, made mostly by women.
- FREE, Noon to 8pm on Friday, Nov. 15th at the New York Historical Society, 77th St. and Central Park West
This monthly event features more than thirty vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more.
The market is open one Saturday each month, including this Saturday, featuring many gift items with a holiday theme.
- 10 am–5 pm, Saturday, Nov 15, at the Brooklyn Museum Plaza
Shop a curated selection of gifts and goods made by Black and Brown artists in this special Thanksgiving Weekend pop-up at the Schomburg Center
- 10am to 5pm, Friday and Saturday, Nov 29 and 30 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a branch of the New York Public Library, at 135th St.
The annual Native Art Market features more than 30 artists representing Indigenous cultures from throughout the Western Hemisphere, including Canada and South America.
It’s simply the best holiday crafts market in New York City, with one-of-a-kind, handmade, traditional and contemporary art.
Now in its 14th year, the museum’s Native Art Market invites lovers of art and craftsmanship to meet Native artists and learn about traditional Native arts and contemporary Native creativity.
Pieces include jewelry, bead work, pottery, prints, baskets, textiles and sculpture, and Native artisans are on hand to discuss how their cultures inspired their work.
Allow yourself enough time to tour the museum, as well, since admission to both the museum and the art market are FREE
Click here for the full list of participating Native American artisans and their tribes.
- Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8
- 10 a.m.–5 p.m at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Lower Manhattan
- FREE admission to NMAI year-round
For three Sundays this December, Astoria’s Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden will transform into a holiday market populated by local Queens-based crafters, bakers and artisans.
Handmade and vintage items include toys, jewelry, accessories, clothing, soaps, artwork and chocolates.
Participants change each week at the mom-and-pop-style market, but the collection is always handmade and one-of-a-kind items
- Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, Queens
- December 1, 8 & 15
This one-night-only event, at the Fort Hamilton military base just south of Bay Ridge, features a tree-lighting ceremony, carousel rides, pictures with Santa and a holiday market featuring gift items created by local artisans and artists, including military spouses and other family members.
Local craftspeople sell their creations, and there are food options as well.
The event is FREE, but registration is required since this is an active US military base.
- Friday, Dec. 6, 4pm to 9pm
- Register here
- 207 Sterling Dr., Fort Hamilton, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
Members from the NY Handmade Collective (formerly known as the Etsy NY Team) are hosting their annual pop-up crafts fairs in two places, one in Brooklyn the other in Manhattan. Both feature items by local artisans from NYC and the Tri-State area, and both feature apparel, jewelry, home goods, artwork, accessories like handbags, soaps, kids’ stuff and more.
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights
- December 7–8
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., Chelsea, Manhattan
- December 9–15
A juried show of top local artisans offering jewelry, wood carvings including hand-carved eyeglass frames and more.
- Friday-Sunday, Dec 6-8.
- The $10 admission fee support community programs.
- At Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St.
More than 150 independent local Brooklyn designers will participate with handcrafted art, jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, tableware, home furnishings and more.
The artisanal food market includes some 40 makers featuring locally sourced, small-batch artisanal packaged foods including charcuterie, condiments, maple syrup, spices, finishing salts, chocolates, baked goods and more, as well as food-related products such as handmade ceramics, chopping blocks, kitchen textiles, food-pun greeting cards, apparel and more.
December 7+8 and | 14+15
- 11am to 7pm at City Point, 445 Albee Square W. Downtown Brooklyn
December 7+8 | 14+15
- 11am to 6pm at The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen Street, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
This list has been published annually since 2015 and is updated annually, including for 2019.
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