10 December 2012

New York City Christmas Markets

Happy Monday my dears! Last Friday, I told you about my first taste of a European Christmas market. Well, let me share with you a few more, this time in New York City. I hope this will be a helpful guide for you guys who are planning to come here in the next few weeks. 

First up is the Christmas Market at Grand Central Station. It's a beautiful landmark so it's no surprise that many tourists add this to their list of "Things to do in NYC". It's a working station with trains shuttling passengers to upstate New York and neighboring Connecticut. There are retail shops, restaurants, a food market, and a dining concourse inside. 

While you're there, make sure to look up and admire the breathtaking ceiling. 

Just off the main concourse is Vanderbilt Hall which is an open space for special events. This is where you'll find the market which they call, "Holiday Fair". It opened on November 12 and continues until December 24.

There are performers who will serenade you while you shop.

Booths like these make up the fair, selling anything from...


 Hats, bags and accessories

Art to keep or give away 

I particularly liked the following shops because they were selling unique or handmade items:

 Hand towels, ceramics and chopping boards

 Tree ornaments, stockings and soft toys

 Edible gifts all handcrafted in Brooklyn

I was considering getting this limited edition print. You see, Brooklyn has a special place in my heart because of its artsy-crafty-cool vibe. 

 Bags made from water bottles {blah to TADA!}

 A cardigan that can be worn in different ways

 Hand creams, soaps and candles {nice packaging, too!}

 Decoupaged trays, plates and coasters

Colorful jewelry 

 Even your pets deserve a little present!

 Bags in fun, geometric prints

Adorable kiddie clothing  

Plush pillows and throws to warm up the home

Please come back all this week -- there are more gift markets I'd like to tell you about!

Grand Central Station Holiday Fair
89 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017
Vanderbilt Hall
Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 8 PM
Sunday 11 AM to 8 PM
Christmas Eve 10 AM to 6 PM

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