Christmas Markets in NYC 2018
Union Square Holiday Market 2018 is one of the world-renowned Christmas markets in NYC. Notably, this Urbanspace market runs from November 15 to December 24. Its outdoor venue heightens the festive atmosphere making it the perfect place for your holiday shopping.
There’s something special about donning a jacket and meandering the stone mortared paths lined with boutiques decked out with lights and pine garland. As the fresh air cools your face and you catch the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg steaming from hot apple cider, you feel your spirits swell, holiday style.
Created by Urbanspace in 1993, the Union Square Holiday Market in Manhattan, New York, offers a place for holiday shoppers to browse and buy unique items. You can find Christmas ornaments, toys, accessories, art, pet supplies, decor, and much much more. Plus, several food vendors have set up shop including ones that sell gourmet and international fare so you will have plenty of delicious choices. Most importantly, by shopping at the Union Square Holiday Market 2018, you will help support the local vendors and artisans.
Citi Holiday Lounge
In addition to shopping, you have the option to take a break from snapping up your holiday purchases. You can chill or actually warm up at the Citi Holiday Lounge. Not only can you sip hot chocolate but you can charge your phone too. With this in mind, it seems like the Urbanspace organizers had thought of everything.
Union Square Holiday Market
Last year, my daughter and I searched for Christmas markets in NYC and selected the Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market. We found that the market had a lot to offer. We tried on wool hats and scarves; smelled sprigs of lavender and perfume; handled jewelry and Christmas ornaments; and laughed at the pet outfits on display. Though we bought several gifts, the vendor that we liked best was Squish Marshmallow, and it wasn’t because of their marshmallows.
Squish Marshmallow sells hand torched marshmallows that are tan on the outside and warm and gooey inside. Some of the flavors include gingerbread, jelly donut, peppermint bark, and chocolate dipped. We tried the chocolate dipped donut flavor that had a crunch. The taste reminded us of s’mores and transported us back to our girl scout days. Not only did we enjoy them, but we liked the unique concept.
But what we loved best was their hot chocolate because it tasted authentic. It consisted of cream infused with Dutch cocoa and chocolate blended with vanilla and a touch of sugar. Most importantly, the decadent dark drink burst with cocoa flavor.
If you want to try the hot chocolate and marshmallows at Squish Marshmallow, in addition to Union Square Holiday Market, you can find their shop in Manhattan’s East Village. Also, I would love to know if you like their hot chocolate as much as we.
Union Square Holiday Market
If you are looking for NYC holiday markets, you should visit the Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market 2018. The chances are that the crisp outdoor weather and holiday decorations will energize you to find something for everyone on your list.
Christmas Markets in NYC
New York City offers an impressive selection of holiday markets. In addition to the Union Square Holiday Market, other notable shopping venues include the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, Holiday Shops at Winter Village at Bryant Park, and Grand Central Holiday Fair.
Have you ever shopped at any of these Christmas markets in NYC? What was your experience?
Union Square Holiday Market Dates
November 15 to December 24, 2018
Union Square Holiday Market Times
Monday to Friday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday: 11 p.m. to 7 p.m.