Holiday Markets in NYC: Find The Gifts on Your List

There is something magical about NYC during the holidays, and as New Yorkers, we rarely take the time out to stop and experience it. This holiday season, consider doing some shopping at one of these holiday markets. Check out our Queens Holiday Gift Guide and Holiday Markets in Queens.
The Manhattan shops all offer items ranging from bath and beauty products to clothing, artwork, jewelry and rare items. For information on specific vendors you can check out their websites.

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park

While there are not many shops that focus on children’s items, there are a lot of activities in the area that will keep your kids happy while you shop.  There is free ice-skating through February 26th. Skate rentals are $14. On Sundays through December 18th, there is a magic show at 2:00 and of course there are the outdoor reading room and carousel.  There is a wide variety of food vendors with delicious offerings from Max Brenner,  The Dumpling House, Waffles and Dinges, and more. Here are a few stores offering children’s items that stood out:
  • Bear Hands and Buddies – Gloves and hats for kids that are animal themed, and some are accompanied with a little stuffed animal.
  • Country Herbs – Kids’ slippers and Hot Hugs. Hot Hugs are stuffed animals, scented with soothing herbs that you can put in the microwave. Perfect for a sick little one who needs comfort.
  • Field Station Dinosaurs – Dinosaurs are very popular, and this shop has the perfect toy for the dinosaur-lover in your life!
When: Open daily through January 8, 2012; Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 10am-9pm; Sun, 10am-6pm
Where: West 40th – 42nd Streets between 5th and 6th Avenues, NYC

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

This market offers an eclectic mix of shops, and on the whole they seem more affordable than the shops at Grand Central Station and Bryant Park. Many of the vendors are there for the first time, and are hoping their hard work preparing for this event and the long hours in the cold will pay off. There are more children’s booths here, but not as many food vendors. Luckily the Time Warner building is right across the street. After you’re done shopping, reward the kids with a visit to the beautiful Central Park playground near the Southeast entrance. Here are a few of the more notable vendors:
  • Lil’ New Yorker by Etsy artists – A collection of New York artists who specialize in handmade items for babies, toddlers and children such as clothing, stuffed toys, bracelets and bedding.
  • Patricia Gambi’s Handcrafted Children’s Clothing – Adorable, unique dresses for little girls.
  • Silly Puppets – Quality, affordable puppets: animals, monsters, children of all races, dragons, etc.
  • Windhorse Trading – Children’s purses, hats, etc.
  • Rosey B Designs and Yania Creations: For mom, both of these shops offer some very beautiful, creative, affordable jewelry.
When: Open daily through December 24th, Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm, Saturday 10am – 7pm
Where: Columbus Circle and Central Park West, NYC

Grand Central Holiday Fair

Like the Shops at Bryant Park, there are few shops offering children’s items, and most of the shops are high-end. There are beautiful ornaments and artistic jewelry, as well as gifts for your four-legged friends. While there, don’t miss the holiday light show in the main terminal. If you are shopping for kids, check out these shops:
  • Loralin Dolls – They design outfits and a line of stuffed animals. For the show, they are also featuring Jellycat, Sophie & Lili, and the Goofy Family (organic).
  • Umsteigen – Handmade, indie clothing for women. It is made in Brooklyn and this if their first time at the Holiday Fair. It is also their first year making hand-printed organic t-shirts for children. They are part of the Fair Wear Foundation, which means they make sure their garment are produced ethically.
  • Jessiegirlclothing – Beautiful skirts and dresses for little girls and their dolls. Their clothing is handmade and durable. Girls can switch easily from school mode to play mode to party mode without changing their clothes!
When: Open daily through December 24th, Monday – Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm, Sunday 11:00am – 7:00pm
Where: 87 E 42nd Street, NYC

The Union Square Holiday Market

Like the Columbus Square Market, this market has many shops catering to children. It is also the largest of the markets listed here. They also feature a lot of vendors from around the world.
  • Kip Kids New York – Printed tees and onesies, many with New York themed pictures
  • Tiki Girl Shop – Their mission is to use clothing to inspire girls to be strong and positive. They also make matching clothing for dolls. Everything is handmade in Brooklyn.
  • Pozie Poems – Mobiles made by two New York artists who want to encourage positivity. The mobiles contain encouraging words from a children’s book being written by one of the artists. A unique gift for your child to remind them how wonderful you think they are!
When: Open Daily through December 24th, Monday – Friday, 11:00am to 8:00pm, Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday, 11:00am to 7:00pm
Where: Broadway & East 14th Street, NYC

The Columbus Ave. Pop-Up Market

This pop-up market is organized by the same group that created the Astoria Market. They wanted to give Queens-based vendors a wonderful opportunity to increase their exposure. You’ll find vegan soap, contemporary jewelry, art work, clothing, and many hidden gems. There are also several vendors who will offer children’s items:
  • Little House of Colors – Booties, bibs and pillows with unique designs.
  • Kitty Jones – Children’s games and t-shirts
  • Hanky Blanky – Hankies, blankies and bibs made using vintage handkerchiefs found by their creator. She also makes clothing and toys using vintage patterns and recycled or reclaimed materials.
  • Wallco Jr. – Quirky clothing and wall décor for babies.
When: Saturday, December 10th, 11:00am-5:30pm
Where: Hall at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Columbus Ave. between W. 59th and W. 60th St.
Megan Ross