Let The Shopping Begin at the Holiday Fair
Christmas is just around the corner. And for those who commute in and out of Grand Central Terminal so is some unique holiday shopping at the annual Holiday Fair.
The indoor shopper’s market -- sponsored by Shaw Floors -- fills the terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall with 76 artists and craftspeople drawn primarily from New York City and its surrounding areas. The fair offers shoppers an eclectic mix of art, clothing for adults and children, handbags, jewelry and accessories for men and women, bath and body items, home goods, collectible toys, holiday items and gifts for pets.
This year’s fair includes a larger group of newcomers, vendors with environmentally friendly products and more designers than ever creating ready-to-wear clothing as well as products exclusive to the fair. Of the 76 vendors, 21 are new. Six booths feature designer women’s clothing. Seventy-five percent of Holiday Fair vendors are from the New York area, and 88 percent design and produce American-made products.
“We’re thrilled to be able to end our exciting Centennial year on this note, welcoming almost two dozen new vendors and focusing on locally handmade crafts from the New York area,” said Nancy Marshall, Director of Retail Leasing and Management at Grand Central Terminal. “The hand-picked selection at this year’s Holiday Fair shows just how unique and special this Grand Central Terminal event is.”
Shaw Floors, the world’s largest floor covering manufacturer, complemented the design of the Holiday Fair and architecture of Grand Central Terminal by installing flooring throughout Vanderbilt Hall and at Terminal entrances. The company’s Epic® Legends collection will be showcased in the bridge booths between the Main Concourse and Vanderbilt Hall.
The Holiday Fair runs daily through Dec. 24, except for Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28). Shopping hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Holiday Fair is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Select new Holiday Fair vendors and products include:
- Gudeon Family Press’ Karla Gudeon is influenced by manuscripts and folk art, and thematically portrays the most meaningful elements of her life in her paintings: Jewish culture, family, strong women and the natural world. Karla is affiliated with the Lustgarten Foundation, which researches the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic cancer.
- The husband and wife team behind ‘eko logic uses environmentally friendly processes to recycle cashmere and create one-of-a-kind designer hats, sweaters and scarves for men and women. ‘eko logic is based in Troy, NY, and friends and neighbors in the community funded the company’s booth at this year’s Holiday Fair.
- Killion offers modern blouses and shirts and other ready-to-wear clothing for women. Her designs are a combination of architectural shapes and softer elements. Products include structured vests, jackets, skirts and slim pants.
- Leather goods company Tracey Tanner produces wallets, wristbands and other small leather accessories with animal hides bought primarily from Italy and manufactured locally in New York. Each piece is hand-cut and assembled with minimal waste.
- Raw Design creates and sells sculptural and colorful peppermills, salad bowls, trays and other kitchen products. Raw Design’s products can be found in the kitchens of Rachael Ray and Daniel Boulud. The designer’s goal has been to merge art, design and function, and the result is carefully crafted pieces that play a day-to-day role in people's homes.
- Alexander Doll Company celebrates its 90th anniversary with a special collection of giftable dolls. Madame Beatrice Alexander initiated a series of firsts in the toy industry: the first doll based on a licensed character (Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind); the first to bring feature baby dolls to market; the first to create dolls in honor of living people (Queen Elizabeth); the first to introduce the first full-figured fashion doll (Cissy) with haute couture outfits. The company has grown to include collectibles for adults, play and baby dolls for girls of all ages.
- The Blue Hound Jewelry is a collection of men’s and women’s jewelry, including cutting-edge cufflinks and money clips. The company also will sell home gift items, such as bookmarks and letter openers.
- Founded in 2010, The Life of Ryley produces organic dog treats, vegetable-dyed hand-tied rope toys, stationery and dog-themed décor. The company will sell exclusive handmade items just for the Holiday Fair, including Old Cowdog Collars made from solid sterling silver or 14K gold and hand-engraved leather. The Life of Ryley regularly supports both local and national pet rescue organizations, including the New York ASPCA.
Here is a full list of vendors and other information about events at Grand Central Terminal.