New Yorkers love their Christmas markets. (We should have more of those here in Rhode Island, I think.) I was visiting recently and they weren’t too crowded yet. This is the Union Square Christmas market, a mix of crafts and food, most of it high quality. I bought some really cute handmade earrings here – for myself.
On the sidewalk next to the market, a man was selling these beautiful, hand-made painted eggs. They were all lovely, and I managed to choose one, for only $10.
Shoppers browsed, glancing up occasionally at the soaring vaulted ceiling and the stained glass windows, which are numerous and awesome.
My final market was at Grand Central Station. A little more crowded, a little noisier, but still fun.
The aisles weren’t too cramped and there was room to browse comfortably. Last year I went to the Bryant Park holiday market, so I wanted to check out some different ones this time. If you go, very early December seems like the perfect time. Festive – but not yet frantic.