Got Holiday Markets? Three Holiday Markets to Visit in NYC this Winter

by Jessica Gregory

Winter Village at Bryant Park is ridiculously pretty!

We’re almost to exam season, and we’re almost to the point of heading our separate ways for winter break. Between your studying and packing, however, take an afternoon or evening to visit one of New York City’s amazing holiday markets. You can eat (obviously the best part), buy gifts from a wide range of vendors, or just walk around in the midst of a bright holiday mood. For your convenience, I’ve compiled a list of the ones I think are most worth your time.

Union Square Holiday Market
Open: now through December 24th
Location: 14th to 17th Streets and Broadway to Park Avenue South
Bonus: It’s very large.

I think the best part about this holiday market is the ambiance. The white and red striped stalls are packed closely together, creating a cozy and festive atmosphere.

Winter Village at Bryant Park
Open: now through January 5th
Location: Between 40th and 42nd Streets and Sixth Avenue
Bonus: Ice skating rink open through March 1st.

Though this village is on the fringe of Times Square, it’s not quite as crazy. Visit the Village, see the Christmas tree, and go ice-skating!

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Open: now through December 24th
Location: 59th Street and Central Park West
Bonus: Central Park.

The same striped stalls as Union Square, with the bonus of Central Park and Columbus Circle as a backdrop. Take a walk through the park then shop, or shop then walk through the park. Your choice!

There are many more holiday markets to try out! Consult Time Out New York‘s guide to all the holiday markets in the city to learn more.

Jessica Gregory is a sophomore at Barnard College and a staff writer for The Nine Ways of Knowing

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