Monday, December 9, 2013

Union Square Holiday Market

The Union Square Holiday Market is a yearly tradition for New York city. Attracting numerous visitors and tourists from outside New York, the holiday market is the perfect spot to find hand-made artisan crafts and much more. You can find everything from Christmas ornaments, jewelry, fashion accessories to unusual gift ideas, decorations, and even beer. A variety of food vendors will be present including desserts like chocolate, macarons, pastries, and especially hot apple cider. Momofuku Milk Bar, which is usually located a bit farther from Union Square, will be right nearby the subway entrance during the market.
Union Square itself is a frequent transit station, ranking 4th busiest mta station in Manhattan with more than 34 million riders annually. As The New School, Parsons, and NYU dorms are located nearby, the area is usually full of college students during the day. Some big retailers nearby include Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Nordstrom Rack, DSW, and Regal Movie Theater. Max Brenner, a restaurant focusing on American entrees and chocolate desserts, is a favorite in the area. Union Square Cafe, opened by the same group operating Shake Shack, is another renowned restaurant acclaimed for its famous chefs and American style food and hospitality.
The prices of items selling here may be a bit expensive, but looking around for a bargain is also half the fun. If not, simply browsing through all the different vendors and merchandise is enough to pass the time here. 
The Holiday Market will stay until December 24th, Christmas Eve. The Market starts at 11am to 8pm on weekdays, opens 10am on Saturdays, and closes at 7pm on Sundays. For more vendor information, visit their website. There is also a pdf map with vendor names and locations.

Map of the Holiday Market

Visitors taking a rest

Daisy Dog Studio, D11

Design ornaments and gifts

Traditional ornaments

Teddies, A61

Modern Tibet, E5

Tribal Home, C40

Visitors from all around congregate at Union Square

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