Today I wrote out family events taking place each weekend leading up to Christmas on our chalk board ‘wall’ in the kitchen. I think that I am enjoying Christmas more as the years go by…not less! One of our activities for this weekend is to visit the Christmas market in Union Square. It reminds me of markets that I have seen in europe and brings back great memories.
Grand Central Holiday Market
If you love the New York holiday shopping experience, but would rather stay warm while doing it, then the Grand Central Holiday Fair is for you. Located in the Terminal’s historic Vanderbilt Hall, browse through 76 vendors with an array of artisans selling unque crafts, jewelry, clothing, home furnishings, childrens gifts and more.
Location: 87 E 42nd Street
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Perfect for everything on your wish list, head to Bryant Park for a unique holiday shopping experience. Venture to the ice skating rink or show off your singing voice at the Columbia Freezer Tour. Here, visitors can sing karaoke with friends in a 7 foot freezer while testing out a Columbia Omni-Heat jacket. Don’t worry, there’s always hot chocolate to be found afterward to warm up. In its tenth season, the European inspired open-air market is open daily until Jan. 5, and showcases an eclectic collection of items from around the world.
Location: Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.
Union Square Holiday Market
Open annually between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, the Union Square Holiday Market offers a variety of handcrafted jewelry, fine art, clothes, handmade ornaments, toys for kids of all ages and much more. The perfect spot for all your holiday needs, it is located in and around Union Square Park. Operated by Urban Space Management, avoid the department store crowds and find a more personal and handmade gift here for that Secret Santa exchange.
Location: 14th St to 17th St between Broadway and University Place