Tis’ the season for the ultimate holiday experience! Each year as the holidays roll in, most travelers get an irresistible urge to search for flights to New York. Both tourists and locals fill New York City trying to embrace the holiday spirit, doing everything from visiting the tree at Rockefeller Center to sitting on Santa’s lap at Macy’s 34th Street. In addition to all the seasonal thrills around the city, you’ll also find pop-up holiday markets with great shopping, food, and more. These markets embody the vibrant atmosphere of the holidays in New York City, and no end-of-year trip to the Big Apple is complete without it.

Read on to learn which market you should visit while in New York City during the holiday season.

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Winter Village at Bryant Park

Winter Village in Bryant Park

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The Winter Village at Bryant Park is nothing short of a winter wonderland. This year, the market opened on October 27 and is open until January 2, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends. Visitors will feel the holiday cheer radiating off each kiosk (170 to be exact) while wandering around. Each holiday shop is uniquely decorated and serves up different offerings like trendy foods, drinks, and holiday items for purchase. There’s also a free ice skating rink located in the middle of the village. The newest addition to the village is The Lodge by Urbanspace, a festive bar lined with kiosks serving up delicious foods to satisfy your winter cravings! The lodge is opened until March 3, 2019, so you can continue to enjoy the village after the holidays are over.

Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum

Travel over to Brooklyn for the Winterfest at the Brooklyn Museum. This festival has something for everyone to enjoy. It runs from November 23 to December 3, 2018, and includes an array of activities for the entire family. Winterfest is located right outside the museum and is over 40,000 square feet of fun. You’ll find some shopping, games, a giant snow globe, and you may even get to take a photo with Mr. and Mrs. Claus! Get your tickets online in advance for guaranteed entry.

New York’s Grand Central Holiday Fair

Grand Central Holiday Market

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Since 1993, The Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair has been an annual event, bringing tourists to search for flights to New York during the holiday season. Whether you’re passing through Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall or you’re going to see what this year’s holiday fair has to offer, you won’t regret stopping by. The fair is made up of 40 unique vendors selling American handmade products, artwork, clothing, accessories, and more.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Walk the festive isles of this market and shop til’ you drop! Located at Central Park’s entrance on 59th Street and Central Park West, you’ll discover this beautiful holiday market at Columbus Circle. Those who stumble upon these shops will get lost in the incredible art, jewelry, home items, and food. Don’t miss out on attending this year’s holiday market, it’s been running for 15 years and starts from November 28 to December 24, 2018.

Union Square Holiday Market

Union Square Holiday Market

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Hungry? Love to shop? Perfect. Book your flights to New York and head over to Union Square Park for the annual holiday market! From November 15 to December 24, 2018, you can find a variety of pop-up shops around this world-famous market. If you’re looking for some last-minute gifts with a unique touch for the holidays, this is your place to find it. If you’ve been here before you may notice the new sections such as Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions, a warming station and lounge, a kid’s art studio, and live music. This holiday market is surely one you’re not going to want to miss, so hop on a plane, train, or taxi and get there before Christmas day!


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