Christmas Markets in New York 2023
Christmas markets in New York, like the Union Square Christmas Market, are very popular. It’s a dream of many to visit New York during Christmas once. The Christmas decorations and the many lights will really get you in the Christmas mood. I highly recommend everyone to visit New York at Christmas time. You don’t even have to miss out on the traditional visit to a Christmas market when you’re here! I have compiled a list of the most beautiful Christmas markets in New York for you.
Christmas Markets Tour
If you’d like to dedicate a few hours to visit the best NYC Christmas markets with a guide, I recommend you book the Christmas markets walking tour. You’ll stroll around holiday markets in New York with a small group.
Christmas Market at Columbus Circle
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is located in the southwest corner of Central Park. You can’t miss it. The Christmas market is so big that you can easily spend several hours there. If you are still looking for Christmas presents, this is the place to be. There is woodwork, chocolate, jewellery from upcoming designers, clothing and accessories. Just like at most European Christmas markets, you can enjoy gingerbread, cake and bratwurst. The Christmas market takes place every year from November to December.
- Season: 28 November – 31 December
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 11:00 – 20:00, Sundays 11:00 – 19:00
- Location: Columbus Circle, 8th Avenue corner 59th Street
Union Square Holiday Market
The Union Square Christmas Market is located in Midtown, right in the heart of Manhattan. The atmosphere is similar to the Columbus Circle Christmas Market. There are about 200 stalls. With such a large selection, there is something for everyone! You can warm up with a hot soup or hot chocolate. The selection ranges from scarves, hats and gloves to soaps, candles, art and household items. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get to see and hear the carollers! The Union Square Holiday Market starts mid-November and ends on Christmas Eve.
- Season: 16 November – 24 December
- Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 – 20:00, Saturdays 10:00 – 20:00, Sundays 11:00 – 19:00, closed on Thanksgiving
- Location: Union Square at 14th Street
Christmas Market in Bryant Park
The Christmas market in Bryant Park not only has a different name, but it’s also a little different from the Christmas markets we know. There are no traditional stalls here, but over 125 shops that resemble boutiques, hence the name “Winter Village”. The products on offer are very exquisite: jewellery, decorative items, local food and much more. There is something for everyone: young, old and even your pet! You can get pretzels, crepes and churros, among other things, as well as warm drinks. If that’s not enough for you, you can also go ice skating. The ice rink is open until 22:00, and on weekends even until midnight! The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park already open at the end of October and run until the beginning of January.
- Season: 27 October – 2 January
- Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 20:00
- Location: Bryant Park, at 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues
Christmas Market at Grand Central Terminal
Every day, up to one million people visit the indoor Christmas market at Grand Central Terminal. Over 70 merchants offer a wide variety of goods for almost six weeks during the Christmas season. Much of it is wonderfully suitable as a Christmas gift. You’ll find clothing for young and old, handbags, jewellery, care products, toys and Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, you won’t find food and drinks here. However, the big advantage of the Christmas market is that it’s located at Grand Central Terminal. If it gets too cold for you outside, just pop in, warm-up and get some great Christmas ideas. The Holiday Market starts in mid-November and ends on Christmas Eve.
- Season: 13 November – 24 December
- Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 19:00, Sundays 11:00 – 18:00, closed on Thanksgiving
- Location: Grand Central Terminal
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