One of the many perks of living in New York include distinctive spots for all your shopping needs. Here are five of the City’s best holiday markets for a little deviation from the typical department store chaos. By Annie Reuter.
The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
Sixth Ave. between 40th and 42nd Sts.
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.
Union Square Holiday Market
14th St to 17th St between Broadway and University Place
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.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Central Park at 59th Street and Broadway
Located walking distance from picturesque Central Park, from Tue Dec. 3rd through December 24, New Yorkers can visit this market in the heart of the City. Enjoy food from local vendors as they cook right in front of you. After a leisurely stroll through the various stands of handmade items including wooden puzzles, home accessories as well as gingerbread houses, French truffles and more, take a carriage ride throughout the park and enjoy winter in New York.
Brooklyn Winter Flea Market
1 Hanson Place (at Ashland Pl.), Fort Greene
With hundreds of vendors specializing in antique and re-purposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as an eclectic selection of jewelry, art, and crafts by local artisans and designers, Brooklyn is the place to be for all your last minute holiday shopping needs. When you’re done with all that shopping visit the many food vendors for some of the freshest food around. The market will be open an extra hour each evening for holiday shopping this season.
Grand Central Holiday Fair
87 E 42nd Street
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. The fair runs daily from November 18 – December 24.
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Annie Reuter is a freelance writer and music blogger. She is the founder and head writer of YouSingIWrite.com.