The holiday season is upon us, and with that, so is the grandeur of NYC holiday markets and winter city magic. A festive trip to New York City would not be complete without exploring the city’s many wonderful festive markets, where you can discover everything from handmade fine jewelry to crave-worthy comfort foods. With this list and Hotel 48LEX New York as your guide, NYC’s most enchanting holiday markets are yours to discover.
Explore the Union Square Holiday Market
Experience a touch of European flair at the Union Square Holiday Market, running from November 16 to December 24. Featuring more than 150 vendors, they offer a range of products for everyone to enjoy, from the high-end chocolates of Cocoa Store to the sought-after reads from Alabaster Bookshop. The European-inspired ambiance adds an extra layer of charm, making it a must-visit destination for shoppers who love to romanticize the details of the holiday season.
Support Public Schools at Grand Holiday Bazaar
Feel the holiday spirit in the air at one of NYC’s oldest weekly markets, the Grand Bazaar. This cherished, weekly Upper West Side market puts on a holiday spin from November 26 to December 23, boasting over 350 local merchants. They offer a bounty of unique goods such as rare antiques and decadent homemade treats. What sets it apart is its commitment to the community, with 100 percent of its received donations benefitting four of the neighborhood’s public schools. This allows visitors to shop with a purpose and contribute to a meaningful cause.
Explore the Shops at Bryant Park Winter Village
Just an easy, 20-minute walk from the hotel, you’ll discover the charm of Bryant Park’s Winter Village. Open until March 3, 2024, this enchanting space features a 17,000-square-foot ice-skating rink—free to use if you bring your own skates. Yet, beyond the rink, the Winter Village transforms into a holiday haven with over 180 kiosks, making it one of NYC’s premier Christmas markets.
Wander through an eclectic mix of holiday shops and eateries with everything from NYC-based minority-owned small businesses to stands filled with holiday culinary treats. To add to the experience, cozy up at The Lodge—an outdoor après-themed area offering festive cocktails, delicious food, and a view of the ice skaters or the impressive tree.
Discover Vintage Gems at Astoria Holiday Market
Venture to Queens on December 10 and 17 for the iconic Astoria Holiday Market at Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden. Transforming into a haven of handmade and vintage treasures, this market provides a unique blend of tradition and contemporary flair. While you’re there, don’t miss their signature “Grandma Menu,” featuring homemade comforts such as soups, platters, and decadent apple strudel, perfect for warming up on a cold day. Browse unique gifts from Queens-based artists, allowing you to experience the joy of the season while supporting this beloved NYC borough.
Shop Small Businesses at Grand Central Holiday Fair
The highly anticipated Grand Central Holiday Fair makes its home at Vanderbilt Hall through December 24, showcasing the work of 75 local food and craft vendors. This fair is a curated selection of quality craftsmanship, making it the ideal setting to find a winning gift for the loved ones in your life. Whether you’re in search of soothing bath products or thoughtfully made knitwear, the fair caters to discerning tastes, and there’s something unique for everyone to take home.
After shopping all that you can, your sophisticated and spacious accommodations at Hotel 48LEX will be waiting for you. Settle into the comfort of your plush bed, and take advantage of our hotel’s many premium amenities—ensuring that you’re rested and refreshed for another day of holiday activities.
To make your stay even sweeter, take advantage of our Holiday Package. Settle into your overnight accommodations by relaxing with a bottle of wine and our signature NYC “Cab” cookies while you take a look at our curated, in-room holiday guide. We can’t wait to welcome you for your winter getaway, paired with the elegant charm of NYC holiday markets.