Union Square holiday market reopens in Manhattan

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

In 2022, the iconic Christmas market will welcome more than 175 vendors with unique gifts, original art, handmade accessories and more made by local artisans, artists and entrepreneurs. Shoppers can also delve into food vendors offering snacks (and gift items) from a range of international cuisines.

“Following the triumphant return of the Union Square Holiday Market last year, we are excited to continue the momentum and expand into our pre-pandemic footprint in 2022,” said Jennifer Falk, Executive Director, Union Square Partnership. “Union Square continues to be home to some of New York City’s most beloved holiday traditions – from seasonal offerings at the famed 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 and gathers locals and visitors alike in the heart of NYC. We look forward to welcoming vacation buyers back for another year of cherished vacation memories with family and friends.”

A few new highlights at Urbanspace’s Union Square Holiday Market this year include Pepa G Art by Spanish native Pepa Gonzalez Ramos who collaborates with a combination of mixed resources found in old books, magazines and more to create texture, bringing history and a revisited sense of life to her playful, decorative cityscapes. Sarah Khoshaba’s Soup Queen BK evolved during the 2020 lockdown and is now a full-time soup bustle popular in markets for selling hot bowls of gumbo, vegetarian coconut curry carrot soup, beer and cheese soup, and more. Terrart will offer self-sustaining terrariums, an alternative to conventional gardens for people who want to stay connected to nature in these mini worlds.

“This year our market has more small and local businesses than ever before,” said Urbanspace President, Eldon Scott. “Each vendor contributes to the Union Square holiday spirit. Friends and family, the Union Square Holiday Market is a great place to experience the best of New York!”

In addition to the market, Union Square also offers plenty of options for holiday shopping. 100 new ground floor businesses have now opened in the area, including experiential stores such as Forbidden Planet and CAMP, and The Strand, where shoppers can warm up with a cup of coffee from the new café or read an author in the evening. The Union Square Greenmarket also operates alongside the Holiday Market, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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

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