Christmas in New York is always something special. The city is full of lights like never before. There are several ice skating rinks and many Christmas trees covered with lights and Christmas decorations. All of the larger shopping centers and the most important commercial streets of the city are adorned with Christmas lights. Many shop windows are competing to have the most extensive presentation of lights and colors. The Christmas season is probably the most fascinating time of year to visit New York. Here is a selection of the largest and interesting Christmas fairs in New York.
Grand Central Holiday Fair – Terminal’s historic Vanderbilt Hall. This is one of the busiest and richest indoor Christmas fairs in New York. It is located on the island of Manhattan between the United Nations headquarters and Bryant Park, not far from the Empire State Building. This market is highly selective in the choice of exhibitors, the organizers prefer unique products with a focus on American-made and handmade products using local materials or a socially conscious business model. In the market you will find works of art, clothing for all ages, toys and household products.
Opening: November 14 – December 24, 2016. Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-8pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-6pm. Closed on Thanksgiving, November 24. Christmas Eve open 10am – 6pm.
Union Square Holiday Market – Union Square Park, Southern Side. This Christmas market located in the heart of New York is known outside of the United States border for unique gifts created by local craftsmen and artists. This market is one of the most visited Christmas destinations by New Yorkers and tourists.
Opening: November 17 – December 24, 2016. Opening Hours: daily from 11am to 8pm (closed on Thanksgiving).
Columbus Circle Holiday Market – Columbus Circle, 59th Street and Central Park West. The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is famous for being one of the busiest places of the Christmas shopping. Located at the corner of Central Park at the intersection of W 59th Street and Central Park West is located almost in the center of the island of Manhattan. Here you will find art objects, jewelry, household products and delicious creations of local artisans and designers.
Opening: November 29 – December 24, 2016. Opening Hours: daily from 11am to 8pm.
Winter Village at Bryant Park. Bryant Park is located on the island of Manhattan just south of Central Park. This park is nestled between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue, and the park is behind the New York Public Library. In this market you will find more than 125 boutiques offering exquisite gift ideas from clothing to jewelry, from decorative objects to local foods, and much more. There is something for everyone – adults, children and more. This open air market has an European appearance and hosts artisans from all over the world. The ice rink is another attraction of the Winter Village at Bryant Park.
Opening: October 29, 2016 – January 2, 2017. Opening Hours: daily from 11am to 8pm.