Holiday markets in Manhattan

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park set the

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park set the stage for an urban wintry wonderland, complete with Christmas tree, ice skating rink, two-story Celsius bar and lots and lots of shopping, from now through Jan. 6, 2012, for shopping (and through Mar. 3, 2012, for ice skating and hanging at Celsius). (Credit: Handout)

The booths are tiny, but the selection of clothing, jewelry, pottery -- you name it -- is large at the city's holiday markets. And for those who don't like to shop (but are dragged along, anyway), there are food options galore -- Bryant Park alone offers everything from Two Tablespoons' gourmet soups and stews (the broccoli-coconut-lime sells out fast) to Jammin' Nuts' DIY PB&Js.

THE HOLIDAY SHOPS AT BRYANT PARK

WHAT Look out, Rockefeller Center. This place boasts a Christmas tree, a carousel, Ping-Pong and 125 glass-cottage gift shops. Check out Ninova's leather journals, Diana Warner accessories (and Toto-cute pooch) and NYC Subways Circa 1980 tees with seriously cool urban images. Some shops stay open past closing; the ice rink and mod Celsius bar rock till 10 p.m. most weeknights, till midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

WHEN | WHERE Through Jan. 6 (rink and Celsius till March 3), Sixth Avenue at West 42nd Street

INFO theholidayshopsatbryantpark.com

BROOKLYN FLEA'S GIFTED HOLIDAY MARKET

WHAT Hipster chic rules inside the former Williamsburg Savings Bank. Some 100 vendors spread vintage clothes and handmade doodads from teller windows to bank vault. Don't miss Flux Productions' sleek, leather-trimmed cork and felt bags.

WHEN | WHERE Through Dec. 23, 1 Hanson Place (across from the LIRR's Atlantic Terminal)

INFO brooklynflea.com/markets

CHELSEA MARKET FALL & HOLIDAY POP-UP

WHAT Billyburg's popular Artists & Fleas bazaar holds court in a former Nabisco factory in Manhattan. This indoor pop-up brims with indie artists like Southampton-based Matt Shapoff (love his "Hand Made on Peconic Bay" photo-print totes and accessories, using an 1800s photographic process) and his wife, Cynthia Rybakoff's elegant jewelry with a contemporay edge.

WHEN | WHERE Through Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25), 75 Ninth Ave. (at West 15th Street)

INFO artistsandfleas.com

UNION SQUARE AND COLUMBUS CIRCLE HOLIDAY MARKETS

WHAT Retail developer UrbanSpace runs these outdoor sprawlers. Union has 150 vendors and an iPhone app (called "here"). Look for Wink & Flip's bib necklaces and 4mula's vegan bath / body line (at Union), Live Poultry's tees and totes (Columbus).

WHEN | WHERE Union: through Dec. 24, Broadway at West 14th Street. Columbus: through Dec. 24, Central Park West and West 59th Street

INFO urbanspacenyc.com

GRAND CENTRAL HOLIDAY FAIR

WHAT The quality bar is high at this juried, indoor fair with 76 vendors, including CCCreations (decoupage) and Brooklyn Junior (graphic kidswear). Alas, there's no laser show at GCT this year.

WHEN | WHERE Through Dec. 24, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St.

INFO grandcentralterminal.com

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