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Bryant Park’s Winter Village is a Christmas Market Winner in NYC

Bryant Park's Winter Village is a Christmas Market Winner in NYCSome of the merriest Christmas shopping options can be found at the various Christmas markets throughout the city. Modeled after Christmas markets that  are the rage throughout Europe, these markets bring people together to eat, drink gluhwein (hot spiced wine), and shop for local trinkets from now through the end of the year.

After returning from visiting the Christmas markets in five European cities, I was eager to check out the ones here. Of them, my favorite is the Winter Village at Bryant Park. It may not be as large as the one by Columbus Circle or the one at Union Square but it gets my vote for its variety of attractions.  When you’re tired of shopping, there are many eating outlets, a convenient restroom, and there’s an ice skating rink that’s FREE. (Take that, Rockefeller Center!).

Another plus: pretty much every form of transportation is nearby, from myriad subway lines to the bus down Fifth Avenue, and easy access to the trains from Grand Central Terminal.  Among my favorite shopping booths, there are the unusual ones like “Don’t Chew” for all forms of melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, things made out of coins, and Brazilian home décor.  You’ll also outfit yourself to the nines with everything warm with flannel pajamas, scarves, gloves, and hats galore.  I also love the fact that Sabon has a branch here so I can do some quick shopping without having to find a storefront, and that you can stare up at the Christmas tree with a backdrop of the skyscrapers on Sixth Avenue.

Bryant Park Winter villageFood choices are pretty varied with Waffles and Dinges for those craving a sweet fix, or grilled cheese, arepas, and ‘wichcraft sandwiches to keep you satisfied.  Although I didn’t find the alcoholic gluhwein that’s ubiquitous at European Christmas markets, there was a Bavarian stand with Sigmund’s Pretzels and another that sold a non-alcoholic version of hot wine and hot apple cider.

January and February is a Time for Luxury Hotel Discounts, Fabulous Shopping, and Deals at Restaurants and Theater

While you may have nothing but Barney’s windows, Rockefeller Center and the Rockettes on your mind when it comes to Manhattan in the winter, New York City is a great place to visit after the holidays. There are sales, sales, and more sales. Plus the wonderfully reduced prices of NYC Restaurant Week from January 24 to February 6, Broadway Week, and Off-Broadway Week. You can celebrate Chinese New Year on January 23, shop some more at the Winter Antiques Show from January 20-29, or go to the Boat Show at the beginning of the year. If you can’t leave the kids behind, don’t! From February 5-9, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to introduce them to a bit of NYC culture with a free ticket to a Broadway show on Kids’ Night Out.

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August Festivals and Cultural Events Continue through End of the Month

While only a few more weeks of summer remain, there’s still plenty to do before the season is over. Several outdoor festivals are taking place throughout Manhattan in August, so you can shop and eat your way through various cultural hubs and make the most out of these last few weeks of warm weather. These street festivals offer hundreds of great exhibits, which include local arts and crafts, antiques, jewelry, and authentic foods.  

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