When you think about Christmas markets, usually the scenery is clear: small wooden huts, brutish wine, falling snow, decorations and music everywhere. Usually, skyscrapers are not expected to be four hundred meters high just a few feet away, of course. Yet New York with Christmas has always been a special relationship: whether for the countless movies that set up editorial stories on December 25 between the lights of Manhattan, or for the all-special charm that have the glittering tree at Rockfeller Plaza or Central Park under a white blanket with skaters in Wollman Rink, the Big Apple in winter is something magical. As well as its markets.
From Central Park to Grand Central Terminal
New York is not only the world’s most famous metropolis, it is also the absolute capital of shopping, at least as long as some big cities in the far east will squeeze the scepter: for now, the city that never sleeps holds it firmly in hand and he has no intention of giving it.
The time when the markets begin to crowd in New York is the official start of the long Christmas holiday in the city: the Thanksgiving Day with the famous Macy’s parade, its inflatables, music bands and colored wagons at the end of November. Union Square Holiday Market, Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Holiday Shops at Bryant Park, Grand Central Holiday Fair are just some of the names that make this wonderful experience unforgettable, all to be visited and everyone with its peculiarities. And naturalmene there is not only Manhattan: all the great New York neighborhoods organize dozens of special Christmas events such as the Bronx Holiday Family Day at the Pelham Park’s Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, the Candelight Tour at Staten Island, the Annual Historic Holiday House of the Queens through seven museums and historic homes decorated for Christmas and much more. What to say: there is nothing left to mark the dates for the most anticipated events and to organize your trip, to find out how romantic the Big Apple is, as they are all frozen for the cold and drinking good hot cider with eyes full of sparkling lights.
Winter Village in Bryant Park
This year there are 125 wooden houses typical of northern style to celebrate Christmas, the popular public park located in downtown Manhattan, between Fifth and Sixth Avenue and forty and forty-two. The Bryant Park Christmas Village will be the occasion to look for a special gift for your loved ones or enjoy the desserts of the best parties, including songs and music that warm your heart. In addition, there is also an ice skating rink, for those who really want full experience. The most interesting gastronomic booths? They are located around the park’s fountain.
Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Central Park is undoubtedly the world’s most famous green area, and that even those who have never been to New York have seen dozens of times in their lives, in the summer and of course even in the winter. That’s why the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, next to the southwest entrance to the great park, has a special charm, and while you go from one store to another for a truly colorful Christmas shopping you have the chance to see it close some of the most beautiful places in town. Handmade jewels, wooden puzzles, clothing, home accessories, and special delicacies for a dream come true are among the most popular shopping.
Union Square Holiday Market
In Union Square, Christmas markets have a purely multiethnic nature with vendors offering goods coming from all corners of the world. The market welcomes visitors from November 19th until Christmas Eve, and is the best place when you are looking for a somewhat different gift than usual. The Union Square Holiday Market has been recently renovated and today includes some new sections, such as Little Brooklyn and Urbanspace Provisions. In addition, even a “heating station” to refresh a bit when the climate is really too rigid, as it happens in the Big Apple on some winter evenings!
Grand Central Holiday Fair
Familiar almost as Central Park is the “railway station” of the city, the Grand Central Terminal, built in 1913 for the will of the Vanderbilt family. From the famous watch in the Main Concourse to the ceiling in the atrium with the “reverse” starry-looking reproduction, this terminal is not only being attacked every day by commuters but also home to sophisticated high-end shopping and shopping. Christmas is no exception: the Grand Central Holiday Fair is held in the Vanderbilt Hall station and is the “indoor” version of the Christmas markets, ideal if you can spend something extra and if it is really too cold or snowy, open. Here on the shields there are clothing, handbags, leather goods and jewels.
Winter’s Eve in Lincoln Square
It is not really a market but a great event with outline of activities and tastings, this time free: it is held on the “Winter Eve”, or November 27, at Lincoln Square, with the ignition of the neighborhood tree at Dante Park and music, lights and activities for children and adults. Giocoliers and street artists complete the picture, performing for Broadway.
Astoria Market Holiday
Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden will host this craft market on 3, 10 and 17 December this year, with a wide range of handmade items and antiques or simple vintage items. Among the most popular stands are Lady M Designs jewelery and all those sweet – gluten-free, as nowadays the eating habits demand. There is also the hot cider, the zabaione and chestnuts.
Crafts at the Cathedral
In the nave of the largest Gothic (neo) cathedral in the world, the church of Saint John the Divine, a fair dedicated to quality craftsmanship is held from 30 November to 2 December. The three days will see dozens of artisans exhibiting their best works. Entry is for a fee.
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