Every town must have ’em.
I’m talking Holiday Fairs.
What a fabulous way to:
1. procure unique and interesting gifts for your friends and loved ones
2. support an individual merchant and/or artist – instead of a giant corporation
3. get in the holiday spirit BIG TIME
Here in NYC, I can think of several. Please let me know in the comments section of others that I should check out!
In the Grand Central Vanderbilt Hall (at 87 East 42nd Street) November 14, 2011 – December 24, 2011
“Located in the Terminal’s historic Vanderbilt Hall, you’ll find the city’s best holiday shopping experience featuring 76 vendors with a wide array of goods at all price levels. The fair features artisans selling unique crafts, jewelry, clothing, home furnishings, children’s gifts, and more. ”
At Bryant Park (Between 5th & 6th Avenues and 42nd Street & 40th Street) October 27, 2011 – January 8, 2012
“The holiday shopping season comes alive with The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. Entering its tenth season, this European inspired open-air market offers patrons a juried collection of unique artisans from around the world.”
At Union Square (between 14th Street & 17th Street and Broadway) November 18, 2011 – December 24, 2011
“With over 100 merchants bringing in some of the most unique gifts ever, this is the place to do your holiday shopping, or just enjoy browsing! Some of the items you will find this year: hand-blown glass housewares, local handmade leather belts, bags and accessories made from recycled plastic, a variety of homemade jewelry, gloves, hats, Tibetan crafts… There will be nibbles and noshes throughout—German delights…sweet and savory treats…cider and cappucino to keep you warm.”
At Columbus Circle (the intersection of Columbus Circle, Central Park South and Central Park West) November 30, 2011 – December 24, 2011
“Located in one of the most central and convenient and beautiful parts of the City—right off of Central Park and Columbus Circle, this seventh annual holiday market is already becoming one of the most elegant and beautiful in the City. Some of the items you will find include…handmade wooden puzzles…gingerbread houses and kits…French truffles…mother and daughter apparel…shearling…handcrafted home accessories…it goes on and on! When you need a break, or a chance to pause and think about all you have seen, grab a cup of cider or a nibble from one of the local vendors who will be cooking delightful dishes right in front of you.”
At the intersection of Flatbush Avenue Extension and Willoughby in Brooklyn – ongoing
“Dekalb Market is open seven days a week. The whole market is open to the public from 8am – 10pm daily. Coffee, donuts, and breakfast sandwiches starting at 8am and all other shops open at 11am. Resident shops and restaurants vary their hours according to what they offer. Weekend vendors trade in the market from 10am – 7pm, every Saturday and Sunday.”
Dekalb Market is very cool because the “stores” are made from shipping containers!
Why don’t you check out these markets if you’re in New York City? And, if you live in another city, try to Google “Holiday Markets” in your city – I’ll bet you’ll find some.