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'Tis the Season to Go Shopping

'Tis the Season to Go Shopping

AP

You can't deny the Christmas season has become synonymous with shopping — and there’s no better place to shop than the Big Apple.

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Add in the city’s breathtaking holiday magic, and you’ll be in the gift-giving spirit in no time!

If you're visiting the city this holiday season, make sure you don’t miss out on New York's special shopping hot spots. Here's a list of what's happening. And when you can shop no more, check out some of the best holiday attractions:

Columbus Circle Holiday Market
(Nov. 28th – Dec. 24th)

Support the little guy this season.  Columbus Circle Holiday Market features more than 100 small businesses, which means plenty of one-of-a-kind gifts for your hard-to-please family members.  You’re also in the perfect place to take a nice post-shopping stroll through Central Park.
 
Union Square Holiday Market
(Nov. 16th – Dec. 24th)

Find treasures that you can’t get anywhere else — everything from handmade belts and jewelry to brew-your-own beer kits.  Plus, you can take a break and enjoy delicious local treats when need you to give the wallet a breather.
 
Holiday Shops at Bryant Park
(Oct. 26th – Jan. 6th)

When you are on the hunt for gifts for adults, kids, and even  pets, take a trip to the Holiday Shops at Bryant Park.  Here, you’ll find a unique selection of apparel, accessories, and local foods.   When your shopping’s complete, swing by Bryant Park’s ice skating rink for the perfect family-friendly outing.
 
Grand Central Holiday Fair & Train Show
Holiday Fair: Nov. 12th – Dec. 24th and Train Show: Nov. 21st – Feb. 12th)

Too cold for shopping outdoors?  No problem!  The Grand Central Holiday Fair is the only holiday market in the city to operate indoors, where there’s a seemingly endless selection of gifts.  Then, check out vintage model trains from New York Transit Museum’s collection.
 
New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
(Open until Jan. 13)

If you’re looking for the perfect holiday activity for all ages, look no further.  See large-scale model trains and iconic buildings under beautiful lights.  Plus, experience first-hand how all of the models are built.
 
Gingerbread Adventures
(Botanical Gardens - Thu Dec. 1st and Fri Dec. 2nd 1:30--5:30pm; Sat Dec. 3rd and Sun Dec. 4th 10am--5:30pm)

A child’s dream! Kids can enjoy a life-sized gingerbread playhouse and decorate their own cookies!  Plus, the whole family can check out the large display of gingerbread houses made special by local bakers.
 
FREE Scotch Most Gifted Wrapper Contest
Rock Center Concourse by Cucina & Co

Eight of America’s best wrappers compete for a chance to win $10,000!  Enjoy hot chocolate and Scotch Brand products while you cheer on the contestants …and get a few tips before you wrap your own gifts.

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