New York Christmas Markets
Some New York Attractions are seasonal – like the New York Christmas Markets.
Holiday time is a magical time in the city, with all of the lights, colorful decorations, special happenings and store windows. There are the “must sees” like Rockefeller Center’s Christmas Tree; Radio City’s Christmas Spectacular; the world’s largest Menorah at 5th Avenue and 59th Street; Sak’s Fifth Avenue’s store windows and Santa Land on the 8th Floor of Macy’s (call for hours, during the Holidays it opens as early as 6 AM – a great time to go!).
Other special places at Holiday time in New York include Grand Central Station; the UNICEF crystal snowflake, dangling high above the intersection of 5th
Avenue and 57th Street (the largest outdoor crystal chandelier in the world, over 20 feet in diameter with 16,000 crystal prisms); and South Street Seaport’s gigantic Christmas tree with human carolers serving as ornaments. Even the New York Stock Exchange is beautifully decorated at Christmas.
One of my favorite things to do during the Holidays is to visit the New York Christmas Markets. The Christmas Markets are made up of small booths, average size of 5′ X 10′, where vendors sell all sorts of Holiday related items, foods, decorations and gifts. In some cases, the vendors are crafts people and artisans who worked on their goods all year long, just to sell at the market. It is fun to get a hot chocolate or hot apple cider and wander in and out of the rows of booths, if not to buy, just to look. It is sure to put you in the Holiday mood.
My favorite New York Christmas Market (insider tip) is the one at Union Square. It is by far the largest. It is also pretty much off the beaten tourist path.
We bring people from all over the world to the markets on our special New York Christmas Tour at Holiday time. Everyone loves the markets. You will, too!