Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Markets in Manhattan

December is probably the busiest month in Manhattan with people from all over the world coming to visit.  It is beautiful at this time of year and the Christmas lights and decorations are amazing.  

One of my favourite festive additions to the city are the Christmas shopping villages that pop up across the city.  There are many to choose from, but my top three are:

The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
This is one of the biggest markets with over 100 stalls selling some great goodies.  It is very festive with a beautiful Christmas tree and free ice skating rink.  We enjoyed walking around with a hot chocolate and a bag of popcorn.  There are lots of places to sit and take in the views and they also have the best public toilets in town! 
For more information visit http://theholidayshopsatbryantpark.com/

Grand Central Holiday Fair
This Christmas market is located in the Vanderbilt Hall inside the station which means it is a great place to shop no matter what the weather.  There are over 70 stalls to visit as well as the other stores already located in the terminal.  While you are there try and watch the kaleidoscope light show which takes place in the main concourse every half an hour from 11am to 9pm.
For more information visit http://www.grandcentralterminal.com/

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
Located at the edge of Central Park, this market is a great place to grab a hot cider and get some Christmas gifts.  The Christmas lights at Columbus Circle are really pretty, so perhaps visit this market when it is dark so you can appreciate the view.  They also have a great light and music show in the Time Warner Building, so once you have done your shopping you can warm up indoors while enjoying the lights!

I really enjoy visiting the Christmas markets and it makes me feel all festive!  However, they can get extremely busy, especially at the weekends, so I would recommend going early to avoid some of the crowds.  

Happy Shopping!

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