Unless you've got the energy and motivation to push, shove, and dig, forget the Fifth Avenue shops.
FF has compiled a list of seasonal markets that attract an array of unique local and regional vendors and will be a tad less stressful than fighting the crowds up and down nine flights at Macy's.
For cool gifts, check out:
- Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair: Grand Central, while utterly chaotic, is also an amazing vision this time of year. The market is small and mostly full of accessories but it's also an excuse to catch the annual holiday light show. Through Dec. 24, 10AM-8PM daily.
- The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park: Nothing like burning some calories on the Bryant Park winter ice rink and then cooling down with a shopping spree. Through Jan. 2; M-F 11AM-8PM, Sat. 10AM-9PM, Sun. 10AM-6PM.
- Union Square Market: The best of the Manhattan holiday markets with the most unique vendors and quality gift options. Through Dec. 24, 11AM-8PM daily.
- The Holiday Market at Columbus Circle: Small, but conveniently located outside of Central Park at Columbus Circle. Pop into Central Park to get away from the masses. Through Dec. 24, 10AM-8PM daily.
- Gifted: A Holiday Market presented by Brooklyn Flea and Design*Sponge: 100 vendors. Enough said. Through Dec. 24, 11AM-7PM daily, Skylight One Hanson, 1 Hanson Place at Ashland Place.