While there are tons of great small brick and mortars and even more giant
commercial hubs to do your shopping in this holiday season, living in the heart
of Washington D.C. gives you an opportunity for shopping to be a bit more fun-
– try one of our festive Holiday Markets! Every year across the globe,
Christmas Villages pop up in major cities, full of unique gifts and foods you
can enjoy and give to your loved ones.
“Christkindlmarkets” started in Germany, but have become increasingly more popular in America over the past decade. Luckily for us, New York City has been ahead of the game and we have a very popular Holiday Market less than 15 minutes from your Octagon apartment.
Grand Central Holiday Market – When you live and work in the city you rarely find the need to go into Grand Central, however, this NYC landmark is a beautiful sight at Christmastime with it’s starry ceiling and decked marble halls. The best part? The holiday market that pops up in these storied halls this time of year! This 12,000-square-foot hall, which once served as a swanky waiting room for arriving and departing trains, is a Beaux Arts wonder, bedecked with five gold chandeliers and luxe pink marble, with garland and wreaths hanging in all the right places. Much like the markets at Union Square and Columbus Circle, Grand Central fills it’s Vanderbilt Hall with vendors selling handmade gifts and delicious confections. It’s festive, fun, and totally free to walk around, but you’ll probably be temped by an item or two at this one-of-a-kind market.
You can get there in just 15 minutes with a quick ride on the F and 4 trains.