Yes, I am aware that it is no longer Christmas. (But I miss it and I know you do too.)
Oh. My. Goodness.
Visiting the Holiday Market at Bryant Park has been one of my all time goals this year ever since it opened sometime in late October or early November. Unfortunately, I was never able to make it up to Bryant Park because of my hectic hell of a schedule with classes, internship, and part time job... so I went instead to the second best option! The Union Square Holiday Market! (And how convenient that it is literally a 10 minute walk from NYU? So very convenient.)
Now, I know Christmas has passed and we are all sulking that it flew by too quickly as it seems to every year (or maybe you're just glad that 2016 is finally over?), but I wanted to dedicate a post to the Union Square Holiday Market because it was definitely a really special experience.
If you ever feel like everyone else seems to be getting into the Christmas spirit but you just are not feeling it, well step into the Holiday Market. From beautifully hung Christmas garlands to the sweet smell of hot apple cider, oh trust me you will feel Christmas in every sense of the word.
I'm not sure if you can tell from the photos but the size of this market was tremendous large. I got lost in the mini kiosks several times because they so intricately laid out this narrow maze of beautifully lit kiosks selling anything and everything from Nutella dipped churros to steam-punk handmade jewelry.
I actually have visited the Holiday Market three times as of yet (and plan on going back at least one last time), but I think what I really loved about this market was really appreciating the art of the plethora of small businesses in this city. With my hot apple cider in hand and strolling past the many kiosks and the many people, I not only felt the excitement of the Holidays but also gleefully inspired. It was awesome seeing such diverse talent and seeing them being in the spotlight.
All the vendors and artists were so lovely and the hustle and bustle of Holiday shoppers is somehow actually not unpleasant in this setting. I know it's January and I know Christmas is on the other side of the calendar but I'm happy to have shared about my visit to the Union Square Holiday Market with you. In the midst of Final exams I found myself gravitating towards the Market any time I had some tangible free time just because I loved the atmosphere so much. Oh, and I scored some beautiful earrings as a Christmas gift for my mother as well!
If you can remember, try to check it out for yourself next Holiday season. Or keep your ears and eyes open for such fun pop-up events around New York - there's plenty throughout the year!
As always, thank you so much for visiting and reading my blog.
Make sure to leave a ♥ or a comment (or both!) down below to show me and my blog some love!