Union Square is one of my favorite places in Manhattan.  It is one of those central commuting hubs that seems to be the nexus of the subway universe; however it doesn’t feel as congested and overwhelming as Times Square.  There is definitely something more homey about Union Square which I find very appealing since I grew up in upstate New York.  My friends from back home think it’s nuts that I can describe Manhattan as homey, when compared to upstate, but I always tell them that you have to be here and live here to know what I am talking about.

The Holiday season really begins for me when I see them building the booths that will become the Union Square Holiday Market.  Yes it gets crowded, and maneuvering the tight space on a Saturday is mind-boggling, but I love it anyway and will go no matter how crowded it gets.  So start your season of giving at the Union Square Holiday Market.

 

Union Square Holiday Market – A Cultural Treasure Trove

If you’re anything like me, finding Christmas (or Chanukah) presents for you family and loved ones is a bit like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Basically, it’s nearly impossible to find the right gift. Last year, after one trip to the Union Square Holiday Market I had presents locked up and purchased for five out of the eight people I needed to buy presents for (the last three love sports which you will not find at the market).

And, since they don’t spell sports equipment you may be wondering what they do sell. The short answer is basically what you would expect to find in a bunch of boutique shops. The market features beautiful handmade jewelry, beer brewing kits, clothes, scarves, bags, shoes and, of course, holiday themed food and drinks. There’s a little bit of something there for everyone so be sure to check it out while it’s open.

When does the Union Square Holiday Market open?

The market will be open from November 20th thru December 24th of this year. Boutiques will be open from 11am to 8pm on weekdays, 10am to 8pm on Saturday and from 11am to 7pm on Sundays. Located just by the N, Q, R and L trains the market will also be easy for you to get to (seeing as the subway stops are located directly under the market). For a complete list of vendors please feel free to check out this link for the Union Square Holiday Market. There are many vendors going (so don’t get too overwhelmed).

Hopefully we’ll see you there next weekend!

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