Seasonal Events | This Season’s Top 5 Holiday Markets

Holiday season is upon us! Along with it come countless opportunities to support local businesses and handmade goods in pursuit of the perfect gift. We’ve taken a look at the top five holiday market favorites that keep New York City coming back year after year, in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Prepare to be dazzled by this year’s selection of goods, and be sure to reap the benefits of their accompanying skating rinks, photo booths, live DJs and more.

1. Bank of America Winter Village

Bryant Park
October 28th through January 2nd

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More than 125 outdoor boutiques will transform Bryant Park into a Winter Wonderland! Browse vendors brimming with gift-giving ideas for everyone on your list. The artisan products include hand-crafted jewelry, decorative items, local foodstuffs and more. The Village is child- and pet-friendly with something for everyone to enjoy, not to mention the ice-skating rink at the village’s center!

2. Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square
November 16th through December 24th

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This internationally renowned Holiday Market occupies the center of the city at Union Square Park. Among the 100 vendors are exciting new sections such as Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provision, a warming station, a craft studio, live music and more!

3. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar

452 + 501 Union Street, Gowanus
November 25th through 26th

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Visit the Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar for its biggest year yet. This unique event celebrates local talent with over 60 handpicked makers, delicious food and drinks, plus fun activities for the whole family at Brooklyn’s most beautiful venues. Don’t miss the live DJ, photo booth and chance to check everyone off your gift list.

4. Astoria Market Holiday Market

29-12 24th Avenue, Astoria
December 3rd, 10th, 17th

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This artisan market is filled to the brim with handmade, baked and vintage goods. Situated in the Main Hall of the renowned Bohemian Hall & Garden, the holiday market will convene for three Sundays in December. This popular Queens event is the perfect place to stop by to support local wares and vintage merchandise!

5. The Holiday Handmade Cavalcade

December 8th through 10th
Corner of Broadway and Great Jones Street, Manhattan
December 16th through 17th
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Heights

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Now in its 9th year, the Handmade Cavalcade is the perfect gathering place for holiday shoppers looking for the most thoughtful and unique gifts. Comprised of members from the NY Handmade Collective (formerly the Etsy NY Team), the market showcases a curated selection of handmade wares from indie vendors, all based within the tri-state area. Be sure to check out this event, which started as a small DIY gathering and has grown into a time-honored NYC tradition!

Holidays | Your Guide to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

No matter the year and no matter the weather, The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade never disappoints. Since 1924, the parade has ushered in the holiday spirit with its cheerful performers, huge balloons and ornate floats. Whether you join another world-famous cast of characters in the heart of the city, or choose to watch from the comfort of your living room while you prepare a Thanksgiving feast, be sure to get all the details regarding the 2017 Parade below.

Pre-Show Fun:

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A tradition just as time-honored as the main event, the Parade Balloon Inflation occurs nearby the American Museum of Natural History from 3:00 to 10:00pm on Wednesday, November 22nd. Weave through the awe-struck crowd as you watch your favorite characters take shape and prepare for their trip through the city!

Where to Watch:

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Witness the parade in all of its splendor along its familiar two-and-a-half-mile route. The parade will begin at 9:00am on Central Park West at 77th Street, and travel south until it wraps around the Park at 59th Street. Next, it will turn onto Sixth Avenue and again travel south, culminating at Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street. Of course, you can always watch the show from your living room live on NBC.

Who to Watch:

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Some of your all-time favorite characters will join new trends at the 2017 Parade. Keep your eyes peeled for all balloons including Pillsbury Doughboy, Ice Age’s Scrat (and his Acorn), Ronald McDonald, Diary of a Wimpy Kid’s Greg Heffley, and of course, Charlie Brown. The parade would be nothing without its floats; so be sure to welcome the Big Apple, The Aloha Spirit, and Santa’s Sleigh. Dancing performers, marching bands and singing groups will make this parade one you’ll never forget.