If you haven’t finished your shopping yet, hitting one of the city’s holiday markets is the answer, especially if you’re looking for one of kind gifts made by local artisans. Whether it’s unique jewelry, lush scarves, or simple and chic black and white photos of New York City, you’ll find them at one of the many seasonal markets scattered across Manhattan.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Highly sought artists and designers are housed in historical Vanderbilt Hall in the main terminal of Grand Central Station, selling artisan goods that are locally sourced. Celebrating its 24th year, the Grand Central Holiday Fair is the largest indoor festival in the greater New York City area. Designer clothes, jewelry, and home goods are just some of the unique gifts found at this holiday extravaganza open through Christmas Eve.
Bryant Park Winter Village
Nestled between the main branch of the New York City Public Library and a bustling 6th Avenue, the Bryant Park Winter Village offers everything from free ice skating on an Olympic size rink to a most festive shopping experience. Little glass gift houses selling exquisite products surround the rink, as well as a sky-high handsome spruce, adorned with ornaments and glistening lights. There are food vendors offering up holiday waffles and hot cocoa, with some kiosks serving up more gourmet fare. It’s the most festive of markets in the city with skaters gliding to Christmas carols, people bustling through, celebrating the season in style.
Union Square Holiday Market
Run by the same company that sponsors the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Union Square is considered the mother of all holiday markets. Found on the south side of Union Square Park, red and white striped tents encircle a celebratory pathway, speckled with everything from luxury one-of-a kind gifts to Christmas ornaments and silly socks. New to the market this year is a warming station, children’s art studio, live music, and delicious food vendors.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
At Columbus Circle, you’ll find a myriad of 100 red and white striped tents, selling both local and international wares. Since 2002, Columbus Circle Holiday Market has attracted thousands of visitors for an exceptional shopping and eating experience with Central Park as its backdrop.