It’s that time of the year again!! With holidays such as Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years the list of people to get gifts for can be over whelming, especially when searching for thoughtful gifts. Thankfully, in New York there are four holiday markets that can assist in finding gifts for everyone; Columbus Circle, Union Square, Bryant Park’s Winter Village, and Grand Central Station. Each market is individually different, and all can spark holiday spirit. The booths mostly consist of small local businesses. Often the owners themselves are working their booth. Providing the unique ability to learn the story behind their many products.
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market, located at West 59th and Central Park West, is going on until December 24th. It is a perfect place to enjoy a hot chocolate or apple cider, shop for gifts and spend time with friends and family. Fun items such as chocolates, handcrafted accessories, and apparel can be found at Columbus Circle.
The Union Square Holiday Market, is between Broadway and University Place from 14th St. to 17th and also goes until December 24th. This large market houses 100 merchants that have hand crafted unique items. This is definitely the place to be, skip the department store crowds and find an individual handmade gift.
Bryant Park’s Winter Village is situated at 42nd Street between 5th and 6th Avenue and is open until January 5th. It is a European open-air inspired market that includes boutiques with exquisite ideas. The kiosks are along the parks alleys and terrace surrounding the ice-skating rink. A wonderful place to stroll and spend the afternoon.
Grand Central Station Holiday Fair fills the Vanderbilt Hall until December 24th. This fair operates indoors, making it much more appealing on a snowy day. It offers a wonderful array of gifts including art, clothing for adults and children, handbags, jewelry, accessories for men and women, bath and body items, home goods, collectible toys, holiday items and gifts for pets.
Hope these four markets will help you get through your list. Be stress free and enjoy time with friends and family!