9. Start Your Holiday Shopping

The holiday market inside the Oculus.

Check out some of New York City’s many holiday marketplaces for a one-of-a-kind gift. This year you will find marketplaces in the usual spots, Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, and Union Square, as well as in the Oculus at the World Trade Center. In Brooklyn, you can find handmade wares and unique items at the Holiday Bazaar and Bust Craftacular in Industry City. If you are looking for something even more offbeat, check out the Oddities Flea Market, which features vendors that offer goods such as taxidermy animals, antique medical instruments, and obscure handmade jewelry and decor.