Holiday Markets are Opening in NYC Parks for 2021



From our archives, 2016 in Bryant Park

NYC Parks is proud to support the reopening of some of the city’s most iconic holiday markets this season. Now through January, you can find holiday markets welcoming New Yorkers and visitors back to shop for clothes, trinkets, arts and crafts, and so much more in some of New York City’s famous parks. Last year, due to COVID-19, some of the City’s most notable markets did not open or opened with reduced capacity and restrictions, but this year NYC’s holiday staple is back in full swing.

Stay warm. See in in January!

“New York City is starting to feel a lot like NEW YORK CITY again. The full reopening of the holiday markets signals recovery, and our progress towards bringing our city back,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Gabrielle Fialkoff. “We invite all New Yorkers to enjoy the wonders of the holiday season by taking a stroll through markets in iconic parks like Union Square, Bryant Park and Central Park’s Columbus Circle.”  

From our archives, 2016, Bryant Park

Curated by Urbanspace, this year’s holiday markets highlight art, culture, food, and of course, the fun of holiday shopping. Whether you’re strolling through Union Square, ice skating at the Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park, or passing by Columbus Circle on your way through Central Park, stop in and take a look at what these holiday markets have to offer.

“Not running our Union Square and Columbus Circle Holiday Markets last year was devastating, but it makes this year even more special,” says Urbanspace NYC President Eldon Scott. “When November rolls around it’s like a homecoming for us and for the vendors. You can feel the excitement for the start of a festive holiday season!”

Bryant Park Holidays of the past

Details on Bryant Park, Union Square and Columbus Circle:

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park – Holiday Shops by Urbanspace 

41st St. and Avenue of the Americas,  Open daily through Jan. 2, 2022 

Each year, Bryant Park transforms into a winter wonderland featuring an open-air holiday market with more than 170 vendors.

Union Square Holiday Market  

14th St. and Broadway, Open November 18 through Dec. 24, 2021  

The Union Square Holiday Market is the longest running and largest holiday market in the City. This year, they are celebrating the return of the market in one of the City’s most iconic public spaces as well as a partnership with New York City’s unofficial talent scout @newyorknico. He curated a rotating booth with some of the City’s most ambitious and exciting budding entrepreneurs. With over 160 vendors, there’s opportunities to stroll, peruse, and enjoy this holiday tradition.

Columbus Circle Holiday Market  

59th St. / Columbus Circle and Central Park West,  Open November 29 through Dec. 24, 2021  

The iconic Columbus Circle will be lit with holiday cheer and joy as the Holiday Market will feature over 140 vendors. Soak in the splendor of a holiday shopping experience in the heart of New York City.