Two Hours in New York: The Winter Village in Bryant Park for Holiday Shopping

December 06, 2017

Bryant Park Winter Village Shopping

So you’re traveling for business and you've got two hours or one afternoon to spend in New York City.  If you’re lucky enough to be in New York from late October to January 2, one of our best suggestions for how to spend an afternoon in New York City is to do some holiday shopping at the Winter Village at Bryant Park.

For Travelers Who Like:  Christmas and shopping

Where to Go:  Bryant Park is located behind the main branch of the New York Public Library, on Sixth Avenue between W. 40th and W. 42nd Street.  The closest subway stops are the 5th Avenue stop on the 7 train and the 42nd Street stop on the B,D,F, or M trains. See the website for the Winter Village’s daily hours.

What Makes It Special:  We did a separate blog post on the ice skating and the mouth-watering options at the Winter Village food kiosks.

But the Winter Village is also a great option if you want to do some holiday shopping. Shopping at the Winter Village is a more charming and more convenient option than trekking around to regular stores.

There are 170 vendors who feature their artisan goods at lighted kiosks.  Vendor wares include health and beauty, jewelry, artwork, apparel and accessories, home goods, unique holiday gifts, stuff for kids, games, and pets, and provisions like artisan teas, spices, and cocktails.

Must See: A few of our favorite vendors….

  • Ebb & Flow which features soaps and candles in an amazingly wide variety of unique scents like tobacco flower and violet noir;
  • Melsy’s Illustrations whose original, sophisticated and feminine illustrations are replicated on prints, totes, cosmetic cases, and journals;
  • Pamela Barsky.  If you’re looking for authentic New York character, these cosmetic pouches and wristlets are perfect since they’re emblazoned with the kind of snarky, clever, funny sayings you would expect to hear from the mouths of native New Yorkers;
  • ZenGarage which features one-of-a-kind totes handmade with unique and beautiful silk fabrics and leather handles
  • Mistura Timepieces which sells beautiful hand-crafted wooden watches  
  • Mr. Elle Pooh. Check out their knitted finger puppets made in Peru and sold individually or in a set of characters from stories like Red Riding Hood. Great for kids’ stocking stuffers.




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