Holiday season is upon us and that means Christmas lights, family gatherings and lots of presents. As we lead up to the big day, there are several towns and cities that extend cheer beyond the confines of home.
Beyond festive lights and decorative wreaths delicately strewn around towns or cities, many parts of the country show a personal and creative interpretation of the holiday season. New York City is one of these places. NYC embodies perhaps some of the most powerful, unique images of the holidays, from the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center to the eagerly anticipated “ball drop” at Times Square to ring in the New Year.
Always spontaneous, New York City is known for its delightful and sometimes eccentric pop-up shops. The pinnacle of pop-ups is around the holiday season. You will see true creativity and passion behind the work done by artisans from all over the world, adding a new dimension to the holiday season. Chris Pagli, a William Raveis agent in New York, talks about some of his favorite holiday pop-ups throughout the city below. If you’ll be in the Big Apple this season, try and check them out!
1) The Holiday Shops at Bryant Park – These shops have been open since October 26 and will continue through January 6, 2013. Head towards the ice skating rink Mon-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm. Bryant Park is located 40th-42nd st between fifth and sixth avenues. For more info visit www.TheHolidayShopsAtBryantPark.com or call212.768.4242.
2) Grand Central Terminal Holiday Fair – This fair is always alot of fun. You’ll find 76 vendors in Vanderbilt Hall between Nov 14-Dec 24th, Mon-Sat 11am-7pm Sun 10am-7pm. Grand Central is located at 42nd St and Lexington Ave. For more info visit www.GrandCentralTerminal.com or call 212.340.2345
3) Union Square Holiday Market – There are more then 100 very unique vendors here, just look for the red and white tents in the middle of Union Square. Open Nov 16-Dec 24th Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm, and Sun 11am-7pm. Visit www.urbanspacenyc.com/union-square-holiday-market for more info or call 212.460.1200
4) Columbus Circle Holiday Market – Open from Nov 28th-Dec 24th, Mon-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-7pm. It is located at Columbus Circle Central Park South and Central Park west. For more info visit www.urbanspacenyc.com/columbus-circle-holiday-market or call 212.529.9262
Where are your favorite places to shop during the holiday season?