Park Avenue Holiday Gift Market Expo
This multi-cultural shopping bazaar sponsored by St. Bartholomew’s Church offers offers up arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry, toys and holiday gifts.
November 21-December 24: Daily, 8am-8pm.
Park Ave. at 50th St.; 212-809-5200.
Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair
Break up your commute by stopping by Vanderbilt Hall, which is taken over by 76 vendors hawking unique gifts. Jewelry, hand-painted table linens, original art prints, and holiday decorations are among the items for sale.
November 21-December 24: Mon-Fri, 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun, noon-6pm.
Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 42nd St. and Park Ave.; 212-340-2210.
Union Square Holiday Market
The park undergoes its annual metamorphoses into a winter wonderland and urban market, with over 100 artisans descending on the south side to sell everything from candles and perfume to knitted scarves and high-end jewelry.
November 23-December 24: Mon-Fri, 11am-8pm; Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 11am-7pm. Closes at 4pm on December 24. Closed Thanksgiving.
Union Square Park, 14th St. between Union Square East and West; 212-529-9262.
Fêtes de Noël
During the holidays, Bryant Park becomes a bustling European-style market with 125 "shops." An ice-skating rink, towering Christmas tree and Jacques Torres hot chocolate add to the festive feel.
November 25-January 1: Mon-Fri, 9am-7pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-10pm. Plus, extended hours as the holidays approach.
Bryant Park, Sixth Ave. at 42nd St.; 866-221-5157; fetesdenoel.com.
Winter’s Eve at Lincoln Square
The Upper West Side comes alive with performers, street musicians, jugglers and stilt-walkers. After the holiday tree lighting at 5:30 pm, take advantage of discounts (at nearby shops such as Eddie Bauer and Bed Bath & Beyond), in-store activities and food tastings (like Starbucks peppermint hot chocolate and Kiehl’s cider and cookies).
November 28, 6pm-9:30pm.
From 58th St. at Time Warner Center/Columbus Circle to 68th St. between Broadway and Columbus Ave.; 212-581-3774; winterseve.org.
Holiday Crafts Park Avenue
For over 20 years, this Park Avenue fair has brought together the nation’s most celebrated crafts artists in a "boutique" environment inside the historic Seventh Regiment Armory. This year expect 175 different shopping stalls.
December 2, 3pm-8pm; December 3, 10am-6pm; and December 4, 11am-5pm.
Seventh Regiment Armory, 643 Park Ave., between 66th and 67th Sts.; 800-649-0279; artrider.com.
A weekend pass, $12; children under 16, free.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
This market is organized by the same group as the Union Square Market and features more than 100 artisans offering one-of-a-kind gifts.
December 3-December 24: Mon-Sat, 10am-8pm; Sun, 10am-7pm; closes at 4pm on December 24. Closed Thanksgiving.
Southwest entrance to Central Park at Central Park West and Central Park South; 212-529-9262.
ArtWorks Holiday Pottery Sale
Hand-crafted pottery made by local artisans and YMCA faculty and students is donated to this annual, YMCA-sponsored event to raise money for the YMCA's art programs. Ceramic statues, chinaware, and decorative pieces range in price from less than $5 to over $500.
December 8-10, 9am-7pm.
5 W. 63rd St. at Westside YMCA at Central Park West; 212-875-4398.
Holiday Poetry Book Sale
Thousands of books from the Poet House library's collection are on sale for Strand-style prices at this seasonal clearance.
Members: December 8, 4pm-8pm; The public: December 9-10, Friday, 11am-7pm; Sat, 11am-4pm.
Poets House, 72 Spring St., 2nd floor, between Lafayette and Crosby Sts.; 212-431-7920; poetshouse.org.
Hanukkah Arts Festival at Ansche Chesed
A Jewish festival with food, music, and shopping at an Upper West Side synagogue. About 40 vendors sell American and Israeli artwork, jewelry, religious objects, fine silver and glassware.
December 10, 8pm-11pm; December 11, 11am-5pm.
Ansche Chesed, 251 West 100th St., between Broadway and West End Ave.; 212-865-0600.
Saturday craft show including music, entertainment and food, $25; Sunday craft show and family activities, $6.