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The Best of Holiday Markets and Christmas Shops in NYC

There’s a sense of wonder that grips everyone when the holiday season arrives. Maybe it’s the window displays, Christmas trees left, right and center or pure joy that comes with drinking a steaming mug of hot chocolate on a snowy day. New York offers plenty of these experiences, but today we’ll focus on holiday shopping.

Holiday Markets

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Location: Between 40th and 42nd Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues
Our absolute favorite market will always be the Winter Village. Not only because it’s just a short walk from the Royalton New York, but also because it’s the only one with an ice rink! The quaint market features the Holiday Shops, shows and events, and gourmet food by some of New York’s top restaurants.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Location: Columbus Circle, 59th Street and Central Park West
Many people might avoid this market due to its popularity among tourists. However, the selection of locally-sourced food, crafts, handmade jewelry, original art and designs, and eco-friendly goodies are worth the crowds.

Grand Central Holiday Fair

Location: 42nd Street  at Park Avenue
The most exclusive market is located at our beloved Grand Central Terminal. Its exclusivity comes from carefully selected vendors that represent the best of New York. Given that this market is indoors, it’s the ideal location to take a break from the snow and cold.

christmas-ornaments-hanging-in-a-shopChristmas Shops

The Christmas Cottage in NYC

Location: 871 7th Avenue, New York
As the name suggests, this shop indeed feels like a cottage nestled in the middle of New York. This is where you want to go to purchase old-fashioned knitted stockings and sushi-shaped baubles!  

Christmas and City

Location: 142 Mulberry Street, New York
Shopping at Christmas and City is perfect for hardcore New York lovers. Countless gifts and ornaments are New York-themed exclusive to this shop. You can also find personalized and quirky items.

FAO Schwarz

Location: 30 Rockefeller Plaza New York
Although not a Christmas shop per se, the famous toy store is simply fun to visit. As children, many of us dreamed moving to an extravagant toy store like the one in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Well, with FAO Schwarz, that dream can finally come partially true — we still can’t move there, but we can wander around the aisles and embrace our inner child.

Once all your shopping and perusing is done, why not go see a holiday show in New York? And don’t forget to check out the Royalton New York fireplace package to make your stay truly cozy and unique.