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Thanksgiving is still over a week away, but the holiday shopping season is now officially underway, thanks to the arrival of some of the best holiday pop-up shops New York City has to offer. After the jump, find 19 worth checking out, including neighborhood favorites like the Union Square Holiday Market, tech havens like the WIRED Store, and shops from Brika, Refinery29, the Etsy NY Team, and more.
Keep in mind that most are closed on holidays. Hear of a good one that we missed? Leave it in the comments, and keep your eyes on this space—we'll be updating the list as more come in.
Juniper Ridge in Williamsburg. Photo via Instagram
Fragrances and Beauty
Juniper Ridge: Through December 21st
One of the earliest pop-ups to open this year was Juniper Ridge at Barber & Supply in Williamsburg. The shop carries the brand's signature wilderness infused and inspired fragrances, like Backpacker's Colognes and Cabin Sprays, and also includes a special whiskey distiller outside. 101 N. 8th Street, Williamsburg. Mon—Fri 12pm—8pm, Sat—Sun 10am—6pm.
Rudy's Barbershop: Through January 31st
This year, Rudy's Barbershop is bringing Poler Camping Stuff and Verve Coffee Roasters straight from the West Coast for its seasonal Brooklyn pop-up shop. In addition to Rudy's services on the weekends, check out Poler's camping gear and apparel, as well as a brew bar staffed with expert baristas from Verve. 33 Grand Street, Williamsburg. Coffee and retail hours: Sun—Thurs 8am—7pm, Fri—Sat 8am—8pm. Rudy's Barbershop hours: Fri—Sun 12pm—7pm.
Birchbox Holiday Pop-In: December 6th through December 21st
A range of beauty products from Birchbox's online shop will be in store, including best sellers from Jouer, Stila, and Serge Normat. Additionally, services including updos, makeup touch-ups, and nail art will be available on weekend evenings, with rates starting at $20. Dagny + Barstow, 264 Bowery. Sun—Wednes 11am—7pm, Thurs—Sat 11am—8pm. Services available Thurs—Sat 5pm—8pm.
The Google Winter Wonderlab
Tech and Gadgets
Google Winter Wonderlab: Through December 22nd
Play around with Google's roster of phones, tablets, and laptops while you wait to make a slow motion video in their giant snow globe. You can order devices on the spot, but you can't walk away with anything same day. Corner nearest 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue in Bryant Park. Sun 11am—6pm, Mon—Thurs 11am—8pm, Fri—Sat 11am—10pm.
WIRED Store: December 4th through December 22nd
This tech favorite pop up marries exploration with gift shopping. Nerd out on one-of-a-kind prototypes, then tackle the holiday list with items ranging from personal electronics to kitchen gadgets. 353 W 14th Street. Tues—Sun 12pm—8pm, closed Mondays.
The Hester Holiday Market: December 1st through December 21st.
The Hester Street Fair's third annual holiday market returns in December, with vintage vendors, indie jewelry, exclusive holiday items, crafts, and more. For the first time, the market will also be accepting Bitcoins—a digital currency. 835 Sixth Avenue. Daily 11am—7pm.
The Williamsburg Winter Flea: November 30th through April 13.
The Brooklyn Flea's new indoor location on N. 5th Street will be stocked with 200 vendors and 75 food booth—meaning there will be plenty of holiday gifts to shop, and plenty to eat along the way. 80 N. 5 Street, Williamsburg. Sat—Sun, 10am—7pm.
Bryant Park Holiday Shops: Through January 5th
The holiday market at Bryant Park returned earlier this month, with everything from clothing to local food from 125 different vendors. Mon—Fri 11am—8pm, Sat 10am—9pm, Sun 10am—6pm.
Union Square Holiday Market: November 21st through December 24th
The Union Square market returns this week with 150 vendors. The merchandise includes jewelry, home decor items, tons of gift options, crafts, and food and drinks to snack on, like Momofuku Milk Bar. Mon—Fri 11am—8pm, Sat 10am—8pm, Sun 11am—7pm.
Grand Central Terminal: November 18th through December 24th
The 14th annual holiday market at Grand Central this season is also celebrates the terminal's centennial, and will feature 76 vendors, covering all categories: art, home goods, bath and body products, items for pets, and more. Vanderbilt Hall. Mon—Sat 10am—8pm, Sun 11am—7pm
Columbus Circle Holiday Market: December 3rd through December 24th
The last of the neighborhood markets to open are the Columbus Avenue holiday shops, with handcrafted gifts and all sorts of food (Turkish, Mexican, and comfort food all included). Mon—Sat 10am—8pm, Sun 10am—7pm.
Divine Details Pop-Up
Clothing, accessories, and home goods
Refinery29 Tinseltown Bazaar: December 13th through December 15th
Join the team behind Refinery29 for a special three-day pop up, with merchandise from brands like Cloak & Dagger, Atelier Cologne, Won Hundred, Bing Bang, Dagny + Barstow, Erica Weiner, Mega Mega, and more. In addition to all that, enjoy tons of snacks and a special "holographic holiday shopping experience." 201 Mulberry Street. Fri—Sat 11am—8pm, Sun 11am—7pm.
Brika x The Coveteur Pop Up Shop: November 26th through January 6th
The Coveteur has curated a selection of gifts from the Brika website, breaking them down into category: gifts for him, her, hosts and hostesses, little ones, and more. There's even a special selection of gifts for every astrological sign in the zodiac, pulled together by astrologer Susan Miller. See a few cute picks here. The Paramount Hotel, 235 West 46th Street. Mon—Thurs 11am—8pm, Fri 11am—10pm, Sat—Sun 10:30am—9pm.
Divine Details: Through December 28th
One part store, one part gallery, this shop hones in on well-designed iterations of everyday things. For example, indestructible but beautiful wine glasses, a tissue box cover shaped like a little house (the tissues come out of the chimney), and wireless speakers are among the offerings. Each object has a short, fictional story displayed next to it. 164 Fifth Avenue. Mon—Fri 11am—7pm, Wed and Sat 11am—8pm.
Holiday Handmade Cavalcade: December 14th through December 15th
Shop over 40 local vendors from the Etsy NY Team for one-of-a-kind merchandise, including jewelry, crafts, paper goods, bath products, housewares, and more. The first 100 guests on both days will receive a free gift bag filled with treats from the Etsy team and sponsors. 50 N. 3rd Street, Williamsburg. Daily 10am—5pm.
Specials On C Go East: December 4th through December 29th
Once a deli ravaged by Sandy, this little storefront has been rescued by a group of Alphabet City locals as a cafe and store. For the holidays, young American designers are featured, with objects ranging from gold earrings to industrial pet bowls.
195 Avenue C, Alphabet City. Wednes—Sun 1pm—8pm
Le Cabinet de Curiosités of Thomas Erber Hosted by Maison Kitsuné: December 2nd through December 23rd
Shop wildly-luxe product at this globe-hopping pop-up shop, which has two locations in the City right now. High end items from around the world are available, including jewelry by House of Waris and Bliss Lau, cashmere pajamas from Alexander Olch, and fancy helmets by Ateliers Ruby.
The Avant/Garde Diaries Project Space at 372 Broome Street, Nolita; Maison Kitsuné at 1170 Broadway, Nomad. Daily 12pm—8:30pm
Bestow: December 6th through December 15th
Shop 30 emerging fashion and accessory designers at the DENYC Design Collective's holiday shop. Ten percent of proceeds will go to New York Cares, plus you can drop off gently worn coats to be donated.
555 Sixth Avenue, Union Square. Wednes—Fri 5pm—9pm, Sat—Sun 11am—8pm
12 Days of Dunham: December 6th through December 18th
Vendors from Brooklyn and Nashville will sell their wares at this holiday shop, including racks of vintage sweaters, local jellies and jams, leather goods, a make-your-own-Kombucha kit, and more. Donna, a nearby bar that just suffered an electrical fire, will pop up with a cocktail bar during open hours and there will be events like Christmas karaoke.
7 Dunham Place, Williamsburg. Daily 12pm to 7pm.
Closed: The below pop-ups have already come and gone.
The Make Up Show Holiday Pop-Up
Textile Art Center Holiday Pop-Up
Holiday Bizarre Pop-Up Shop
RePopRoom Winter Bazaar
The Pop-Up Flea
Of a Kind Holiday Spectacular