A Guide to Holiday Markets in NYC


The holiday season is one of the BEST times to live in or visit NYC! Many parks around New York create holiday markets, fairs, and shops with hundreds of vendors from local shops, restaurants, boutiques, and cafes. From ice skating to eating and shopping, the options are endless at these fun festivals around the city.

The Union Square Holiday Market is located on the south side of the park, and it is the perfect place to search for unique holiday gifts while enjoying a variety of amazing food and drinks. This market also features live music, a “Warming Station” to make the cold weather more bearable, and a Kids Art Studio. We recommend stopping by NY State of Mind for trendy NYC themed apparel and accessories, Black Lamb BK for adorable shadowboxes & greeting cards, and Shaya NYC for beautiful handmade jewelry.

Another favorite is the Winter Village and Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. This holiday festival is well-known for its ice skating rink (which is free if you bring your own skates!) and a beautiful Christmas tree, which is lit on December 4. This park is also home to over 150 booths with amazing food, handmade artwork and jewelry, and even an outdoor beer garden. Min & Mon sells funky, textured and colorful handbags and keychains that everyone should check out. The “Good Vibes Station” is another essential for both New Yorkers and tourists, selling silk screened and painted prints from the artists of from EWBA (Everything Will be Amazing).

For those who can’t stand being outside in the cold, the Grand Central Holiday Fair is perfect! Enjoy forty amazing booths with handmade and unique goods within Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall. Kent Stetson Handbags is a must see- his incredible clutches and bags feature interesting and unusual images of food, animals and other objects. Tuff Kookooshka sells adorable cold weather gear such as jackets and hats for children, while Case Island Glass exhibits incredible, colorful glassware.

The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is also great due to its proximity to Central Park, as well as many other holiday attractions in the city. Be sure to stop by Jet Set Candy for New York themed jewelry and charms, the famous Strand Book Store for books and stationery. Texturables by Claudia Rosillo sells beautiful handwoven blankets and textiles made by Claudia in Uruguay. They are simple and comfortable, and would make an amazing holiday gift!


Let us know what your favorite holiday market is!

In the name of print, pattern, & holidays,


Design Works International is a lifestyle studio located in the heart of Manhattan that’s been helping to define and capitalize on trends for over 30 years. Originally (and still) a print studio, the in-house artists at Design Works International are busy every day exploring, inspiring, and creating to bring you original prints that are on-trend and sure to sell!

Summer Reading from Our Studio



Summer feels like its been a long time coming. With that harsh winter, those late spring snowstorms, a chilly kick-off to the season, and the current political landscape that makes most of us cringe in the very least, we’re all in need of an escape, both literally and figuratively. With bookended holiday weekends approaching (the Fourth smack in the middle of the week? what do we do?) many of us are planning our escapes from the studio and the city, so we took a quick survey in the office to see what everyone will be delving into on their hard-earned time off.

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A little NYC history for architecture buffs

The Address is an intriguing bit of historical fiction centered around one of Manhattan’s iconic buildings, the Dakota. Descriptions of the unique building and its history mingle with a peek into the lives of the characters who live there, a hundred years apart from each other in the 1880s and 1980s. New Yorkers, architecture buffs, and fans of mystery will enjoy this read.

“Lively and detail rich—set against the backdrop of NYC’s infamous Dakota building—with a thread of mystery that makes it easy to enjoy, hard to put down.”—Family Circle

Politically-inspired tales of pushing back

The Power is an appropriate bit of speculative fiction that reacts to society’s history of men in roles of power to explore what would happen if women gained a physical advantage over men. Would the world be transformed into a nurturing, empathetic utopia? Or do women and men who are in places of power inevitably exploit it? On the heels of the #MeToo movement and Hulu’s recent release of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale this book couldn’t be a more perfectly timed – or necessary – challenge of the status quo.

“It’s really well written and gripping … And it resonates with the rage I’m feeling in this current political climate.” —one of our own Design Works staffers 

The Hate U Give has nabbed several awards and, despite its classification as a fictional young adult novel, has resonated with readers of all ages. Soon to be translated for film, this story follows the life of a young girl between two worlds – the poor neighborhood she lives in and the fancy suburban prep school she attends – and shows how both are shattered following the shooting of her childhood friend by a police officer.

“There are those books that are important and timely, worthy of reading because of the social and/or political message that they send. They fill a gap in the market; they make waves. They need to exist. And there are other books that are well-written, emotionally-charged and unputdownable – books that are not important as such, just really f***ing good. But, on occasion, you find one of those rare wonderful creatures that is both important AND really f***ing good.” —review on GoodReads.com

A little something on the lighter side for all of us trying to adult

Everything I know about Love is a spot-on, wildly funny, and sometimes heart-breaking autobiographical account of growing up, growing older, and navigating all kinds of love along the way. For all of us trying to find our way through the world as adults, this book will strike a chord.

“Her take is refreshingly honest, hilarious, and self-deprecating. I was laughing out loud on the subway!” – another Design Works staffer

No matter how you choose to escape this weekend, whether with a comedic laugh or something that inspires, we hope you soak up every minute of it. From all of us here at the studio, we wish you happy reading! And an even happier holiday.

A Glimmer of “Book Hope”

Book Culture, an independent bookstore in New York City, announced its plan to open a third location at 450 Columbus Ave. They hope to connect with the neighborhood and drum up excitement to meet its yearly sales goal. Chris Doeblin, the owner of Book Culture, has invited Upper West Siders to “Post It” graffiti so they can write their feelings about having a neighborhood bookstore. They’re trying to get the  community involved and committed to support this independent bookstore!