The Union Square Holiday Market. Image courtesy Urbanspace
Every holiday season, New Yorkers (and tourists alike) can expect a few things: festive decorations, cold weather, hot chocolates and diverse marketplaces. From artisan products to one-of-a-kind eats, these markets offer a plethora of unique finds that never fail to tempt holiday shoppers into spending a bit more than they would like to.
Much to our satisfaction, holiday markets now seem to be on the rise, popping up in various locations throughout the city. There are simply too many to name, but we’ve put together some of our favorite, must-visit marketplaces to check out this season:
11. Union Square Holiday Market
Image courtesy Urbanspace
After much anticipation, the internationally renowned Union Square Holiday Market has finally returned. Taking place in Union Square Park and featuring over 150 vendors, this “must-visit destination” is full of unique offerings — from eclectic gifts and handcrafted accessories to gourmet snacks and quirky puppets.
This year, the market includes an upgraded look: it will present live music, in addition to new sections, including Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions, a warming station, a lounge (presented by Citi) and a kid’s arts studio. The Union Square Holiday Market is open until December 24 from 11am to 8pm, Monday through Friday; 10am to 8pm on Saturdays and 11am to 7pm on Sundays (closed at 4pm on Christmas Eve).