Union Square Holiday Market

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Union Square Holiday Market
Union Square Holiday Market

If there’s one alfresco shopping event worth braving the cold for, it’s this one. This European-style winter market boasts more than 150 local and national vendors hawking an impressive selection of handcrafted gifts, ranging from jewelry and accessories to leather goods and artwork. And with food vendors like Momofuku Milk Bar, Bar Suzette, Wafels & Dinges and No Chewing Allowed!, you could easily spend a whole day here.  


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Union Square Market is definitely a highlight of the winter season. You know that the holiday season is here when you see this place pop up. Lots of nifty shops selling handmade everything! Soap, perfume, ornaments, hats, you name it! I also love the food at the market because it's very diverse and shows me places in the city that I never would have found otherwise like Taste of Persia. My friend and I went to the market the day she returned from Iran, and as fate would have it, the man who was running the stand was from Iran. Ha! Not to mention the chili was delicious! So put on your hats, gloves and scarves, and come on down to the market to get in the holiday spirit!


I love coming here every year! This is where you will find that holiday spirit that you are looking for! I always look forward to coming here. It becomes more magical each and every Christmas season. More vendors are added every year. Grab a bite to eat or shop for your loved ones. Make sure you stop by here as soon as possible before all the tourists come in around Christmas. The closer it is to Christmas, the more crowded it will get.

Food, handmade goods of all kinds & a fresh, hip vibe. Get a tasty crepe to warm you as you peruse the stalls for truly unique gifts: alpaca fuzzy hat? Check. Mexican wrestler angel tin ornaments? Check. Blinking eye optical spinner, handmade truffle oil, and diagram of B-way costumes? check, check, CHECK! Closes Christmas Eve & I'll be bummed to see it close.


This is one of the best places to do all of your holiday shopping! From handmade jewelry to delicious candies, you can find almost anything here. One of my favorite stands at this market is City Shuffle. Unfortunately this only is a good gift for NYC locals or those who come to the city often, but it is a genius idea. They sell decks of cards, and each card in the deck is a $10 gift card to a different place in the city. There is a bars & lounges deck, and a restaurant deck. I've bought both as gifts and people love them! It's a great way to get out and explore the city while saving money. There are also some food stands where you can grab a snack if you plan to stay a while at the market. Try to go during an off-peak time, otherwise you'll be surrounded by tons of people and it'll take minutes to walk from one stand to another.


There are three main holiday markets in NYC - Columbus Circle, Union Square and Bryant Park, and this one is by far my favorite. The set up with wooden booth installations (as opposed to the glass units in Bryant Park) makes for a quaint, holiday feel. The shops have a great variety with a range of high end to low end items with something for every budget. While all markets feel a bit cookie cutter, this one is great, if just for getting you in the holiday spirit. 


My husband and I live near Union Square, so when we saw that the Holiday Market finally opened, of course we needed to make a date night out of it. It’s a lot bigger than it looks with rows and rows of vendors. Admittedly, a lot of the shops started looking the same after while. My favorite part of the market was the assortment of food options. Wanting to try as much as possible, we hit up three different food stalls for arepas, chili/mac and cheese, and lamb stew. The stew was divine especially with the addition of the garlic and mint toppings. The perfect meal for a chilly night.


The Urbanspace holiday markets are my favorite NYC holiday staple. (Sorry 5th Ave!) You can't go wrong with any food option (the sweet potato chili and gouda mac n' cheese from Two Tablespoons is perfect in chilly weather, and loose leaf tea from Spices and Tease is delicious) and the stores - though some are kitschy - are tons of fun to browse. It's the perfect place to find something for a gift exchange or to warm up as you're checking out Flatiron's holiday lights. Definitely not something to miss!!