Check off your gift list with local, handmade goods while indulging in delicious wintry treats at these holiday markets.
Get festive
The Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park really does feel like stepping into a winter wonderland. Browse over 120 glass-walled booths for gifts like cozy Himalayan slippers from Nepal and antique maps, then snack on unique treats like Hungarian chimney cakes (think: a sweet pull-apart pretzel rolled in various toppings) and a bar dedicated to chocolate treats. Bonus: Celsius, the restaurant overlooking the massive ice rink at the center of the village, serves boozy cocktails like the Winter Berry Moscow Mule made with Stoli Strasberi vodka. Through Jan. 3, skating through March 6, between 40th and 42nd sts. & Fifth and Sixth aves.
Locavore treasure hunt
Have yourself an artisanal Christmas and score a one-of-a-kind gift at these holiday pop-ups featuring artists from right here in the five boroughs. Find your new trendsetting accessory at Handmade Cavalcade (Dec. 5-6) in Chelsea Market, featuring 50 of Etsy NY’s best crafters (arrive early for a free goodie bag). Bust magazine packs in over 200 vendors for its annual Craftacular (Dec. 19-20) at the Brooklyn Expo Center, selling vintage and handmade items galore plus festive eats. If jewelry is really what’s on your list, hit up Crafts at the Cathedral (Dec. 4-6, $6 admission, 1047 Amsterdam Ave.), a juried fair of experienced artisans.
Browse Santa’s workshop
Smorgasburg and the Brooklyn Flea have headed indoors for the winter to ride out the (eventual) snow, setting up shop on the second floor of Sunset Park’s Industry City. Watch the craftsmen downstairs create sculptures, books, baked goods and more in their workspaces, then head upstairs to Winter Flea + Smorgasburg to experience the controlled chaos of hipster enthusiasm you know and love. Pick up a bar of Apotheke’s new collaboration soap with Brooklyn Brewery, or honey whiskey cakes (which can be packaged to ship) by Brooklyn Baking Barons. Weekends through March 27,241 37th St., Brooklyn
A new market to celebrate
Pop-up masters UrbanSpace know how to make you feel a world away from the gray, manic city as you wander among their festive red-striped booths wrapped in holly. Look for the Artisan Pledge stickers to find vetted vendors selling U.S.-made organic, fair trade, recycled and handmade goods (all the buzz words!) In addition to running the city’s biggest holiday market in Union Square (Nov. 19-Dec. 24), with over 150 vendors and a new craft station for kids to decorate cookies and design wrapping paper; and Columbus Circle (Dec. 1-24), where your can continue the holiday magic with a stroll through Central Park, cider in hand; UrbanSpace has a new Garment District market (Nov. 16-Dec. 24) on Broadway between 39th and 41st sts.
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