Whether you’re ready for it or not, it is officially holiday season in New York City and what better way to enjoy than at the holiday markets springing up around town. Here’s a list of the best holiday shops to explore this season.
Bryant Park Holiday Shops
Surrounding the only FREE ice skating rink in midtown the Bryant Park Holiday shops are beautifully set alongside the New York Public Library. Now in their 12th season, the 125+ shops are already open for business. Find unique holiday gifts for adults, kids, even pets!
Bryant Park, 42nd Street b/w 5th and 6th Avenues
Starts November 5th
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
What better place to enjoy the beauty of a New York Winter than Central Park? Located on the southwest corner, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market offers a mix of handcrafted gifts, home made treats, and hot drinks to warm up on the inside while enjoying the winter spirit outdoors.
Columbus Circle, Central Park South @ Central Park West
Starts December 3rd
Grand Central Holiday Fair
For a warmer alternative, head on over to Grand Central Terminal and visit their indoor Holiday Fair in the spectacular Vanderbilt Hall. These boutiques offer everything from ornaments, to jewelry, to one of a kind crafts and accessories.
Vanderbilt Hall, Grand Central Terminal, 42nd Street @ Vanderbilt Avenue
Starts November 18th
Union Square Holiday Market
With over 150 vendors selling handmade goods and cuisines you’re sure to find something for everyone on your list at the Union Square Holiday Market. Hand blown glass, bags and accessories made from recycled plastic, and authentic Tibetan crafts are just some of the more unique items you’ll find in the mix.
Union Square Park, 14th St @ Broadway
Starts November 21st
Avoid the crowds and the same old, same old monotony of the department stores and enjoy the full New York Holiday experience by visiting one of these fantastic markets.