Union Square Holiday Market Reopens in Manhattan

The most wonderful time of the year is almost in full swing, as holiday markets, ice skating rinks and more pop up around New York City. One of the city’s and country’s most beloved and robust holiday markets, the Union Square Holiday Market by Urbanspace will makes its grand return this year from Thursday, November 17 through Saturday, December 24. Four decades in, Manhattan’s longest running holiday market has a lot to live up to.

In 2022, the iconic Holiday Market will welcome over 175 vendors featuring unique gifts, original art, handcrafted accessories and more created by local craftsmen, artists, and entrepreneurs. Shoppers can also dig into food vendors offering bites (and giftable items) from a range of global cuisines.

“On the heels of last year’s triumphant return of the Union Square Holiday Market, we are thrilled to continue the momentum and expand to our pre-pandemic footprint in 2022,” said Jennifer Falk, Executive Director, Union Square Partnership. “Union Square remains home to some of New York City’s most beloved holiday traditions – from seasonal offerings at the renowned Greenmarket and an incredible array of new and favorite restaurants to a robust lineup of winter theater. The Holiday Market enlivens the neighborhood each winter, gathering locals and visitors alike within the heart of NYC. We are looking forward to welcoming back holiday shoppers for yet another year of cherished holiday memories with family and friends.”

A few new highlights at this year’s Union Square Holiday Market by Urbanspace include Pepa G Art by Spain-native Pepa Gonzalez Ramos collaging with a combination of mixed resources found in old books, magazines, and more to bring texture, history, and a revised sense of life to her playful, decorative, cityscape paintings. Sarah Khoshaba’s Soup Queen BK developed during 2020’s lockdown, and is now a full time soup hustle popular at markets for vending hot bowls of gumbo, vegetarian coconut curry carrot soup, beer and cheese soup, and beyond. Terrart will be offering self-sustaining terrariums, an alternative to conventional gardens for people seeking to stay connected to nature in these mini-worlds.

“This year our market has more small and local businesses than ever before,” says Urbanspace President, Eldon Scott. “Each and every vendor adds to Union Square’s holiday cheer. Whether visitors are looking to sample delicious global cuisines or shop for the holidays with friends and family, the Union Square Holiday Market is a great place to experience the best of New York!”

Beyond the market, Union Square also offers plenty of holiday shopping potential. 100 new ground-floor businesses are now open in the neighborhood, including experiential shops like Forbidden Planet and CAMP, and The Strand, where shoppers can warm up with a cup of coffee from the new cafe or catch an author reading at night. The Union Square Greenmarket also operates alongside the Holiday Market, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

The Union Square Holiday Market is open Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed on Thanksgiving Day). The last day of the market is Friday, December 24 and it closes at 4 p.m.

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