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You already know about the major holiday pop-up markets throughout the city: Columbus Circle, Grand Central, Bryant Park, and Union Square. But then again, so does everybody else—meaning they'll be crowded as all heck. And while it's definitely worth browsing through some key booths here (more on that next week), you should also be well-versed in the multitude of other temporary shopping options that exist around the city.
So here, we've rounded up sixteen places you can shop in Manhattan and Brooklyn, from month-long marketplaces with do-gooder missions to single-weekend events that'll focus on designers or local crafters. Read on for the pop-ups that the tourists haven't discovered...yet.
What: For those who might be overwhelmed with the selection at smaller spaces, head here for a careful edit of 18 brands that still cover all your shopping bases—men's, women's, accessories, home, and even activewear. Need some time before committing to a purchase? Browse in person, then buy online when you're ready.
Where: 462 West Broadway, Soho.
When: Wednesday, November 19th through Monday, December 29th. Daily 11am—7pm.
Photo: Creeds Collective
↑ Creeds Collective
What: It's tradition to give back during the holiday season, but the 45+ brands shown here were chosen for this "socially responsible" market because they do so all year long. 10% off all proceeds made at this market—which, aside from your traditional selection of apparel, beauty, home decor, and accessories—also has a photo booth, art exhibits, a nail polish bar from Williamsburg's eco-friendly Primp & Polish, and more.
Where: 54 Crosby Street, Soho.
When: Now through Sunday, December 28th. Daily 11am—7pm.
Soho Holiday Collective
What: A sister of the Republic Collective mentioned above (but not the Creeds Collective—don't get confused now), this pop-up is a bit more upscale. Stylists from brands like KES and Lulu Estate Jewelry are ready to outfit you for holiday travels, and fine art photography from Rock Paper Photo and Capital Art are ready to adorn your home—the photographers will even make guest appearances to sign prints for buyers.
Where: 150 Wooster Street, Soho.
When: Wednesday, November 19th through Wednesday, December 24th. Mon—Sat 11am—7pm, Sun 11am—6pm.
Photo: Capsule Show
↑ Capsule Market Square
What: The favorite trade show of designers, editors, and boutique owners looking to find emerging talent opens its doors to the public once again for one weekend only. The roster will have accessories, furniture, home goods, and men's and women's apparel—including overstock, samples, and pieces from current collections. WWD reports that vendors will include Maison Kitsune, In God We Trust, Haerfest, and Naked and Famous.
Where: Center 548 (548 West 22nd Street), West Chelsea.
When: Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th. Daily 12pm—8pm.
Urban Zen Holiday Marketplace
What: You trust Donna Karan with your jumpsuits—now trust her with your holiday shopping. She's hand-selected the artisans from Haiti, Bali, Thailand, Mali, the U.S, and more that'll sell home items, accessories, furniture, and the like ranging from $75 to $15,000, with a portion of proceeds benefitting her Urban Zen foundation.
Where: Stephen Weiss Studios (711 Greenwich Street), West Village.
When: Friday, November 21st through Sunday, January 4th. Mon—Wed, Fri—Sat 10am—6pm, Thu 10am—7pm, Sun 12pm—5pm.
Photo: Hester Street Fair
↑ Hester Holiday Market
What: Bundle up for the Lower East Side summer fair's version of holiday in midtown—yup, it's outdoors. It includes both familiar and new vendors (like brands curated by Etsy New York), food from Vendy Award winners, and a slew of events like caroling and origami lessons.
Where: One Penn Plaza (34th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Midtown.
When: Monday, December 1st through Sunday, December 21st. Daily 11am—8pm.
Loup Charmant Community
What: Kee Edwards, the designer behind resort-leaning brand Loup Charmant, has put her favorite pieces from her own brand and others under one roof. Look out for women's clothing, skincare, jewelry, fragrances, and home goods from Californian- and New York-based artisans, available on a rotating basis.
Where: 228 Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side
When: Now through January 31st (non-holiday offerings will be available through April). Mon—Sat 11am—7pm, Sun 11am—6pm.
Ground Floor Gallery
What: "Where did you get this?" your gift recipient will ask. And answering "Oh, just a gallery in Brooklyn" has such a nice sound to it. This show-slash-sale entitled "Wonderland" features art and jewelry from local artists with price points starting at $20.
Where: 343 Fifth Street, Park Slope.
When: Opens Friday, November 21st 6pm—8:30pm. Afterwards, Saturdays 12pm—6pm and Sundays 11am—5pm through December 21st.
↑ Lola Star Holiday Gift Boutique
What: Two radically different parts of Brooklyn collide when Coney Island's Lola Star makes its way to Williamsburg for the holiday season. The roller disco queen will sell her Collection of Brooklyn tees, jewelry, and hand-painted goods alongside other novelty items from the famed boardwalk.
Where: 193 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg.
When: Now through TBD. Daily 11am—7pm.
American Field, Made in Brooklyn
What: Technically two different events here, but they're under the same roof at the same time. At American Field, find "Made in the USA" up-and-comers and stalwarts (Pendelton, Shinola Detroit, Miansai) side-by-side; At Made in Brooklyn, check out goods that are—well, made in Brooklyn, certified by the Chamber of Commerce's label that isn't just given out to everyone.
Where: 274 36th Street, Sunset Park.
When: Saturday, November 22nd and Sunday, November 23rd. Daily 10am—6pm.
Greenpointers Holiday Market
What: Keep it super local at the holiday version of this neighborhood's occasional pop-up, where more than 70 artisans who live or work in Greenpoint will sell home goods, jewelry, toys, and more for gifting. Local vendors (like Brooklyn Brewery and Café Grumpy) will provide food and drinks, and visitors can also play around in the photo booth or the nail art table.
Where: The Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street, Fifth Floor), Greenpoint.
When: Sunday, December 7th. 1pm—7pm.
What: The Wired Store is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the return of its local holiday pop-up for ten days only. The tech-happy shop will have everything from the latest Keurig machine to a levitating speaker to the BMW 3i.
Where: Milk Studios (459 West 14th Street), Meatpacking District
When: Thursday, December 11th through Sunday, December 21st. Daily 11am—7pm.
What: The Swedish e-commerce hosting site that boasts its talent for finding your next favorite brands comes to non-virtual life in the former home of Earnest Sewn. Find jewelry, accessories, men's and women's clothing, furniture and art objects here—mostly from European (and particularly Stockholm-based) designers, but also with some locals mixed in as well. The site's also built out a page specifically dedicated to the pop-up, so you can shop what's in store both before and after visiting.
Where: 90 Orchard Street, Lower East Side.
When: Thursday, November 20th through Saturday, December 20th.
The Holiday Workshop Bronson van Wyck
What: In the most whimsical interpretation of "holiday" yet, event planner Bronson van Wyck has redefined host and hostess gifting with his third such pop-up inside the St. Regis Hotel. Underneath circus tent drapery and surrounding a bright red, Salvador Dali-inspired tree adorned with Kara Ross jewel-encrusted lobsters ($395 to $495 each) are glass ornaments, customizable tree skirts, van Wyck's own brand of salad dressings and cocktail mixes, tableware from the Hermes-owned Puiforcat, and cocktail napkins that rip off a roll like toilet paper.
Where: The St. Regis Hotel (2 East 55th Street), Midtown.
When: Now through Wednesday, December 24th. Mon—Sat 10am—9pm, Sun 12pm—7pm.
What: The purveyors of wool outerwear accessories—and plenty of those animal hats with paw pockets—are returning to the vacant retail space at Mulberry House for the holiday season, Bowery Boogie reports. Or perhaps longer: Last year, they stayed until February (coming in handy when that polar vortex kicked in).
Where: 290 Mulberry Street, Nolita.
When: Now open through TBD.
What: Check out a selection of local brands at this one-day-only pop-up, including jewelry from Alana Bess and scarves from Shades of Gray. Gift-wrapping will be provided here, with 100% of proceeds from these fees going to the Leg Up Farm.
Where: The Ivy Room on Floor PS2 at the Gansevoort Park Rooftop (420 Park Avenue South), Midtown South
When: Sunday, November 23rd. 11:30am—9pm.