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Union Square Holiday Market 2018

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.

Union Square Holiday Market is a New York Christmas market.
Union Square Holiday Market in Manhattan is an Urbanspace project.

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.

Christmas Markets in NYC
Shoppers choose from a large selection of merchandise at the Union Square Holiday Market.


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.

Christmas Markets in NYC
You can find over 100 kiosks at the Union Square Holiday Market in Manhattan.

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.

Christmas Markets in NYC
German Delights features hot apple cider and German specialties.

 Squish Marshmallow

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.

Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market
Colorful Christmas trees and sculptures are scattered throughout the Union Square Holiday Market.

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.

Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market
Manhattan’s Union Square Holiday Market is the perfect place to shop for boutique items during the holidays.

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.

Christmas Markets in NYC

Two Traveling Texans


14 thoughts on “Union Square Holiday Market 2018

  1. Great information. Holiday Markets are fun and help spread smiles and kindness which is so needed! Thanks!

    1. Cheryl, thank you for your comment. I like that you can find unique items at holiday markets, plus like you mentioned, the atmosphere adds to the holiday spirit.

  2. Dorothy, you just saved me some time! I’m visiting NYC this Christmas and wondered which of the holiday markets I should visit this year. Union Square it is! Having hot chocolate and a squishy marshmallow also sounds like a must-do! We popped in to the Columbus Circle market last year. It was fun, but it looks like this one has more variety. #TheWeeklyPostcard

    1. I’m glad that you are checking out the Union Square Holiday Market, I liked their selection of gift items. Also, that Squish Marshmallow hot choclate was amazing! #TheWeeklyPostcard

  3. I love Christmas time in NYC. The Union Square market is great. My favorite Christmas Market in NYC is probably Bryant Park. I love watching the ice skaters. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

    1. I haven’t been to Bryant Park yet, but hopefully I can check it out soon. I agree that the ice skaters add to the holiday atmosphere. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  4. Oh how we love New York’s Christmas Markets! Although very similar, I think we actually like Columbus Circle better, but we can’t resist visiting any (more like ALL) of them! Do visit Bryant Park, too – free ice skating is the, uhm, ICEing on the cake there. (Pun only sort of intended.) Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard.

    1. There is nothing like shopping the NYC Christmas markets and ice skating makes the experience even better. #TheWeeklyPostcard

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