Some of the New York City’s most popular outdoor Christmas markets will be popping up before you know it, as Travel Awaits recently highlighted. Make a note of these opening dates on your calendar so you know when to go outside to breathe in the intoxicating aromas of cinnamon and peppermint while browsing through an array of unique vendor stalls.
The end-of-year holidays are officially in sight now that we’ve entered the “ber” months, heralded by the aroma of pumpkin spice lattes everywhere you go, and New York City is preparing to host its epic Christmas-time extravaganzas. Not only is the Big Apple famous for its spectacular holiday light installations and Christmas trees, window displays, citywide decorations, and various seasonal shows and spectaculars, but it is also famous for its holiday markets.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Central Park is a must-see for visitors looking for an ideal NYC wintertime experience, but with the arrival of the annual Columbus Circle Holiday Market, it becomes an even more spectacular affair. From November 28 to December 24, over 100 vendors will be selling locally-made and artisan goods such as jewelry, apparel, trinkets, art pieces, and festive food and beverages. This market, known around the world as one of the most beautiful holiday shopping locations in the country, is located at Central Park’s southwest corner in Columbus Circle, at the intersection of 8th Avenue and 59th Street.
Union Square Holiday Market
The Union Square Holiday Market, located at 14th Street in Union Square, will be bustling with the sights, sounds, and smells of the holiday season this year, beginning on November 17 and running through December 24. Over 160 vendors will set up shop in Union Square, selling one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artisans and craftworkers, artists, and other entrepreneurs. The Union Square Market, which has already been named one of the best holiday markets in the United States, typically offers items such as clothing, décor, home goods, candles, soaps, and more, as well as a plethora of festive goodies to enjoy while you browse.
Christmas Market at Bryant Park
The open-air, European-inspired Winter Village at Bryant Park, one of NYC’s most beloved holiday shopping destinations, features more than 170 artisanal vendors, both local and from around the world. The stalls are custom-designed as “jewel box” kiosks and are located throughout the park’s tree-lined allées, plazas, and terraces, giving them the feel of tiny boutique shops interspersed throughout a holiday village. From October 29 to January 2, the shops will be located in Bryant Park between 40th and 42nd Streets, as well as 5th and 6th Avenues.
Westfield World Trade Center’s Holiday Market
The Westfield World Trade Center’s Holiday Market, located at the World Trade Center complex’s Oculus transportation hub, is an indoor winter village with over 20 specialty shops that runs from November 26 to January 2. You’ll find a variety of one-of-a-kind gifts, souvenirs, and tasty treats, as well as special photo opportunities and live performances. A clocktower, a chrome snowman, and a walk-through winter wonderland display are among the surrounding décor elements.