With the temperature dropping below forty and Thanksgiving a little under two weeks away it’s time to kick the holiday season into full gear. That means breaking out the holiday decorations, acquiring wrapping paper and beginning the search for those holiday presents for your loved ones. It also means trying to find places where you might be able to procure those presents (and maybe finding weekend activities for your family). Luckily, in New York City you can kill two birds with one stone thanks to the wide variety of NYC holiday markets that have taken over neighborhoods across the five boroughs. Listed below are some of our favorites.

NYC Holiday Markets – Your Complete Guide

Astoria Market Holiday Markets

If you live in Astoria you’re definitely going to want to check this fair out. Located at the Bohemian Hall and Beer Market in Queens this event features both unique handmade artifacts as well as the highest quality antiques (all at a reasonable price). It’s free to get in and, since it’s inside, you won’t have to worry about freezing while you walk from table to table. Food and refreshments are also available. The event opens this Sunday (November 16th) and will also run on December 21st and December 4th.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

This has to be one of our favorite NYC holiday markets. With an endless conglomeration of boutiques this event will likely have something for the entire family. I went last weekend and it was hard not to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of handcrafted unique goods that the Winter Village had to offer. If shopping isn’t your cup of tea there is also free skating on the ice rink in the center of the park as well. The village is open all week (until January 4th, 2015) but be sure to check out their full hours at this link.

Brooklyn Pop-Up Holiday Market

Of all of the NYC holiday markets that we have listed this one has probably gained the most momentum lately. The market first opened this past summer and, with so much support, the markets show-runners decided to keep it open during the holiday season. It is a flea market so expect everything from baked goods to handmade accessories to unique antiques. Their hours are a little wonky so you will want to either follow them on Twitter, check out their Facebook page or look at their website before you head over to their location in Crown Heights.

Grand Central Holiday Fair

The Grand Central Holiday Fair is one of the few NYC holiday markets that is actually held indoors (so you can go shopping during a polar vortex). Located in the esteemed Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Station the fair features an array of local vendors who will provide everything from jewelry to gifts for pets. The event will be open from November 17th through December 24th of this year. For full hours and information please feel free to check out their website.

We hope you enjoy any and all of these NYC holiday markets and send us your pictures if you get a chance! Happy Holidays!

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