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One of the best things to do in NYC during the holiday season is to visit the city's Christmas markets.

At the Columbus Circle Holiday Market, you'll find lots of lovely artisan crafts, food and hot drinks to warm you up, and loads of holiday spirit!

While smaller than other markets, it's still worth a visit, especially if you are exploring nearby Central Park.


When And Where

Columbus Circle Holiday Market will run from November 28th to December 31st, 2023 (closed Christmas Day).

The market hours are: Monday to Saturday 11 am to 8 pm and  Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm. It closes at 4 pm on Christmas Eve.

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is located at Columbus Circle at the intersection of Central Park West and W. 59th Street, near the southwest corner of Central Park. (map)

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Our pay-what-you-wish Central Park Tours start near the market so consider combining a tour with some shopping before or after!

You can also go ice-skating in Central Park at Wollman Rink just a block away!


Shopping

The market stalls are filled with jewelry, bath and body goods, tiffany-style hanging lanterns, wood carvings, and other unusual goodies.

There's a nice assortment of unique items, like these soap bars with different scents reminiscent of the cities for which they are named.

soaps at the Columbus Circle Market

There are plenty of holiday goods like these Christmas stockings and tree ornaments.

gifts at the Columbus Circle Market

For butterfly lovers, these frames with pressed butterflies will delight you.

gifts at the Columbus Circle Market

Seasonal clothes, especially for the kiddies, are popular among the stalls.

gifts at the Columbus Circle Market

You can pop into adjacent Columbus Circle Time Warner Center for shopping at familiar stores and more dining options.


Food

You'll find a small selection of food vendors, but they are very good!

The popular Wafels and Dinges has a food truck selling artisan Belgian waffles with a choice of different toppings.

There are some other food options like these Italian Tuscan gourmet sandwiches and Bomboloni (Italian Donuts).

food stall at Columbus Circle Holiday Market

You can warm yourselves with hot cider, hot chocolate, and Glühwein, a German recipe of mulled wine spiced with cinnamon and sugar.


More Things To Do This Holiday

NYC during the holidays is hopping! You can see Christmas shows, visit the department store window displays, visit the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and go ice skating.

You might like to join our pay-what-you-wish Holiday Lights and Window Displays Tour where our guides take you to the very best lights!

Our detailed guide to Christmas in New York City includes all the activities to enjoy this holiday season!


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About The Author

Courtney

Courtney is a lifelong New Yorker fascinated with the city’s history, culture and cuisine. She loves exploring the world, as well as sharing her travel expertise with others. She joined the Free Tours by Foot team in 2011, first as a guide and then as a writer. She has a law degree, a teaching degree and a worn-out passport. Her motto is “Have backpack, will travel”.
Updated: September 27th, 2023
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