Cheer Abound at NYC’s Holiday Markets

The holidays explode in New York City this time of year. The Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, festive shows, ice skating rinks and enchanting store windows (have you seen the sparkling fairytale Saks Fifth Avenue put up this year?), all come together to make the Big Apple a festive wonderland. A walk through one of the holiday markets simply adds to the charm. Grab your loved ones—or even go solo—and dive into holiday cheer at any of these favorites.

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Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

The Bank of America Winter Village Tree

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Bryant Park is lively all year-round, but it becomes magical once the Winter Village is set up. A slew of holiday shops housed in “jewel box kiosks” are spread throughout the park from Oct. 28 to Jan. 2. Visitors can browse through an assortment of ornaments, jewelry, apparel and decorative goods. A Christmas tree also stands proud over the seasonal ice skating rink open daily until March 4. (It’s free admission with a skate rental of $20.) There’s no shortage of food options either. Temporary food vendors are setup along with the park’s year-round food kiosks—Le Pain Quotidien, Breads Bakery, Joe Coffee and Wafels & Dinges. Or grab a seat at the Bryant Park Grill with rooftop dining, American fare and a full bar. Same goes for the Southwest Porch with a fire pit and swings. Address: between 40th and 42nd Streets & Fifth and Sixth Avenues | Times: rink and food: 8am-10pm, holiday shops: Monday-Friday 11am-8pm, Saturday-Sunday 10am-8pm Click to go

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Back for its 15th year, the Columbus Circle Holiday Market is up and running from Nov. 28 to Dec. 24. Expect more than 100 vendors selling jewelry, home goods and art. There’s also several food options to choose from, including Italy-based chain Casa Toscana, chicken restaurant Chick’nCone, The Baking Bean (serving desserts) and Mexican restaurant, Jicama. Even better: this festive market is right near the Wollman Rink in Central Park giving visitors an opportunity to have double the fun. Address: Columbus Cir & 59th St | Times: Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm, Sundays 10am-7pm, closes 4pm on Christmas Eve Click to go

Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market-1907

Millions of New Yorkers and tourists alike head over to the Union Square Holiday Market each year. This year it’s taking place from Nov. 16 to Dec. 24. There are several sections to explore, including Little Brooklyn, which features all Brooklyn-based businesses selling products handmade in the borough. There’s also Urbanspace Provisions where visitors can enjoy locally produced food and drinks. The Union Square Holiday market is also beloved for its vendor selection with local artists and craftsmen selling goods like jewelry, home decor, apparel, beauty products and accessories. Another plus: live music! Address: 14th St & Union Square W | Times: Monday-Friday 11am-8pm, Saturdays 10am-8pm, Sundays 11am-7pm, and closes at 4pm Christmas Eve Click to go

Grand Central Holiday Fair

Escape the cold and head to the Grand Central Holiday Fair for an indoor holiday experience in the iconic Grand Central Terminal. Dozens of vendors sit in the Vanderbilt Hall selling one-of-kind products, many of which are hand-made. Shop from an array of clothing, artwork, accessories, toys, home goods and ornaments. Started in 1993, the Grand Central Holiday Fair kicked off on Nov. 13 and lasts until Dec. 24. Address: 89 E 42nd St | Times: Monday–Friday 10am–8pm, Saturdays 10am-7pm, Sundays 11am-6pm Click to go

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