Get into the NYC holiday spirit and stop by the 18th annual Union Square Holiday market. Open each year from mid-November through Christmas Eve, the market is the perfect place to scoop up unique holiday gifts of every variety– jewelry, warm-weather gear, crafts and much more. It’s conveniently located right in the park, next to some other prime shopping locales (Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21, Best Buy, Petco, etc.).
With over 100 merchants on site, the highlight is the local art, featuring everything from 1980’s subway scenes to that famous skyline in various shapes, sizes and colors. If you’re looking for something trendy to add to your apartment, or need a great gift for a fellow New Yorker, this is the place find that perfect piece.
Don’t forget a few treats to sweeten up your shopping. Sigmund’s warm cinnamon raisin pretzel was delish. If you’re willing to brave the lines for your sweet tooth, Wafels + Dinges smelled absolutely amazing. Or for something savory, try the aptly named “Mighty Balls” (handmade meatballs).
If you’re wary of crowds, try stopping by early or late as the place gets swamped. On the bright side, you won’t be cold thanks to the body-heat of hundreds of other shoppers keeping you nice and toasty (ew?). In any case, definitely check it out — it’s a nice break from the generic street fairs all summer long. Merry shopping!