Give Santa Claus the year off with a visit to one of New York City’s seasonal markets, which offer glitter and gewgaws galore (not to mention first-rate handmade crafts) in a one-stop holiday shopping extravaganza. Here are six:
GRAND CENTRAL HOLIDAY FAIR
Escape the bluster of winter in majestic Grand Central Terminal, where Vanderbilt Hall presents seasonal gifts and crafts during the Grand Central Holiday Fair — one of the longest-running indoor holiday markets in the city. The market focuses on American-made and handmade products of locally sourced materials or a socially conscious business model. Forty vendors will sell artwork, clothing, accessories, toys, home goods and more. The market opens Nov. 12 and closes Dec. 24 at Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday (closed Thanksgiving; open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Christmas Eve). For more information visit grandcentralterminal.com.
HOLIDAY SHOPS AT BRYANT PARK
Following the European tradition of mini-holiday villages, the twinkling glass stalls of the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park showcase the imaginative products and food of nearly 200 vendors. Wander among the park’s London plane trees and experience the wares of artisans from around the world, including such favorites as Aux Merveilleux de Fred, Urbanspace Provisions by Farm to People, and New York Puzzle Co. Then take to the ice on a 17,000-square-foot outdoor skating rink or swing by Santa’s Corner for a photo with St. Nick. The market opens Oct. 27 and runs through Jan. 2 at 40th Street and Sixth Avenue. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekends. For more information, visit bryantpark.org/eat-drink/holiday-shops.
UNION SQUARE HOLIDAY MARKET
If your shopping list calls for exotic and singular gifts, both domestic and international, the wide-ranging Union Square Holiday Market is a must-visit. Peruse the creations of etchers, bakers and candlestick-makers, along with several new vendors: Wear of the Dog for canine accessories, Spooksvilla for funky arcana, Alpine Made for handmade soaps and lotions, and Good Threads for embroidered goods from under-resourced communities in Haiti. A warming station and live music will ward off the seasonal chill. The market runs Nov. 15-Dec. 24 at Union Square Park’s southern side. Hours are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 212-529-9262 or visit urbanspacenyc.com.
COLUMBUS CIRCLE HOLIDAY MARKET
Who needs Santa’s Workshop when you can find an eclectic array of items hand made by local craftspeople and artists at the holiday market in Columbus Circle? The collection of apparel, artwork, accessories, jewelry and home goods also includes this year’s new vendors: Love Pop with pop-art greeting cards, Melsey Illustrations with fashionable prints and stationary, and Texturable with beautiful wool throws and textiles. The market opens Nov. 28 and closes Dec. 24 at 59th Street and Central Park West. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 212-529-9262 or visit urbanspacenyc.com.
ASTORIA MARKET HOLIDAY MARKETS
This holiday market features the artists, chefs and designers of Queens in the vintage ambience of the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden, built more than a century ago by Czech immigrants and one of the city’s last original beer gardens. Vendors include Astrid Paper and Home, Art By Sandra V., Strung Out Jewelry, Callo Fragrance, Sweet Sincerely, Alison Along The Way, Knick Knack Shop, Bibingka-esk and Framiati. Each day features a different cast of vendors, and free vendor items will be raffled off. Bohemian Hall offers holiday treats including roasted chestnuts, hot apple cider and mulled wine. The market is open Dec. 2, 9 and 16, noon-6 p.m., at 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria, Queens. For information, visit astoriamarket.com or bohemianhall.com.
RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR
This high-spirited holiday celebration will satisfy the intensely curious (or those shopping for them) with one of the more bizarre holiday bazaars. Renegade Craft Fair will showcase an assortment of goods made by dozens of emerging and established Makers (artists, crafters, engineers, scientists, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists and Do-It-Yourself adherents, among others). There will be creative hands-on workshops offered, along with rarities and remixes from local DJs, exceptional food trucks and festive cocktails. Market hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Dec. 22 and 23 at the Brooklyn Expo Center at 72 Noble St. For more information, visit renegadecraft.com/fair/brooklyn-winter.