Before coming to New York I started following a few Twitter accounts: @WHotelsNYC (our hotel), @UnionSquareNY (Union Square, the area in which we’ve been staying), and @UrbanSpaceNYC (curator of New York’s public markets) to see what events and activities were taking place during our stay.
The night we arrived they were setting up the Union Square Holiday Market and it’s been on all week. Free to enter, they have over 100 merchants lined up in candy-cane coloured booths at all along the south end of the park, with the subway entrance right in the middle.
We browsed around the next day, with hot coffees in hand, and found unique ornaments, hats, socks, glasswares, bags and accessories, soaps, crafts, and more.
German market treats like glühwein (mulled wine – non-alcoholic), cider and pretzels were available along with cannoli, loose-leaf teas, crepes, and creations from Momofuku Milk Bar.
We shopped around and enjoyed a full morning picking up a few ornaments and browsing the jewellery. Now in its 19th year, the Union Square Holiday Market is open every day until December 24th. It’s definitely something to experience if you get to New York during the holidays.
Back in Vancouver, check out the following Holiday Markets this season: German Style Christmas Market, Vancouver Winter Farmers Market, Vancouver Holiday Farmers Market, Crafts for a Cause, Toque for a Cause, Got Craft?, The Great Canadian Fair: Holiday Edition, and more!