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5 Pop-Up Surprises in Manhattan

By Sarah Newell | Photo by Philip Scalia/Alamy


These holiday markets, which aren’t stocking your run-of-the-mill holiday trinkets, forgo the traditional for the unique.
5 Pop-Up Surprises in Manhattan Holiday Market in Union Square
MARKET VALUE Festivities underway at the Holiday Market in Union Square
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1. Holiday Market
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Look for the Artisan Pledge Sticker at the Holiday Market in Union Square to verify that goods are organic, fair trade and 100 percent handmade in the USA. Enjoy the decorations, live music and kids’ craft studio. 
Nov. 17-Dec. 24, Union Square,

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2. ID Pop Shop
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Designers Barbara Wilkinson and Raoul Calleja curate this monthly pop-up in Chelsea Market. Shop more than 20 independent designers like Margo Petitti and Verrier New York for apparel, accessories, bath and body goods and art. Nov. 7-13 and Dec. 19-26 (closed Dec. 25), 75 Ninth Ave., 

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3. Grand Central Holiday Fair
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An edited selection of handmade gifts of art, home goods, bath and body products, and apparel fill the fair’s 40 booths in the station’s iconic Vanderbilt Hall. Nov. 14-Dec. 24, 89 E. 42nd St.,

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4. Holiday Renegade Craft Fair
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More than 200 indie artisans, including Julie Robinson jewelry, Lucky Horse Press and Jodi Siegal Ceramics, proffer handmade goods at this event. There’s also a DIY holiday gift workshop. Nov. 12-13 at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St.; first three weekends in December at Industry City, 220 36th St., Brooklyn,

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5. Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar
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Curated by Brooklyn Makers, which focuses on showcasing products made in the borough, the bazaar kicks off with handmade goods from 40 artisans, delicious bites, a DJ and craft activities. Nov. 26-27, 
501 Union St., Brooklyn,