Friday, December 4, 2009

Holiday Shopping Markets

It’s lovely to be back- and the holiday season is upon us! All of us New Yorkers are lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the best shopping in the world. However, the stores along Fifth Ave with their shiny window displays and beautiful offerings are usually not Bitch on a Budget friendly. If you’re not too handy with a glue gun and Popsicle sticks (popsicle picture frames are always big hits with the holiday crowd), not to worry. Holiday Shopping Markets are a great supplement to the summer’s street fairs, can be found most everywhere in the city.

Wondering where to go? We’ve rounded up five of the city’s best. Get shopping!

  1. The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. This free holiday fair offers goods from over 125 merchants from around the world. Discounts, samples, and coupons can be found all over the Internet if you hunt hard enough. After you shop till you drop, enjoy the skating rink at The Pond at Bryant Park.

Where: Bryant Park, 6th Ave and 42nd St

When: Daily from November 6th through January 3rd

Hours: Mon-Fri, 11a-8p, Sat: 10a-9p, Sun: 10a-6p

  1. Union Square Holiday Market. This market is often our go-to for the people who have everything. The Union Square market offers beautiful hats, scarves, and jewelry for the ladies on your list, as well as puppets, wind-up toys, and wooden blocks for the kiddies. Restaurants surrounded Union Square, including Whole Foods, Sushi Samba, and Blue Water Grill, offer discounted lunches during the holiday season, so be a lady who lunches and take advantage!

Where: Union Square park at 14th St

When: November 25th through December 24th

Hours: Mon-Fri: 11a-8p, Sat: 10a-7p, Sun: 10a-4p

  1. Columbus Circle Holiday Fair. If you find yourself on a shopping spree up town, be sure to check out this market. Right on the border of Central park, you’ll get your festive holiday fix and your shopping done in one fell swoop.

Where: Central Park West and Central Park South

When: December 2nd through December 24th

Hours: Daily, 10a-8p

  1. Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair. Grand Central Terminal is one of our most favorite buildings in all of New York- the romantic architecture gets us every time. The vendors at the holiday fair are highly specialized in their respective fields, and offer beautiful and exotic wares from unexplored places. Take a break to enjoy the famous laser show on the Grand Central Terminal between shops.

Where: Vanderbilt Hall, 42nd St and Park Ave

When: November 23rd through December 24th

Hours: Mon-Sat: 10a-8p, Sun 11a-7p

  1. The Holiday Gift Shops at St. Bartholomew’s. The shopping bazaar at this Church is known for its multiethnic wares and specializes in multicultural arts and crafts. Antiques are the prominent gift du jour at this marketplace, so keep your eyes peeled for some diamonds in the rough!

Where: Park Ave and 50th St

When: November 23rd through December 24th

Hours: Daily, 8a-8p

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