Holiday Shopping at Grand Central Terminal

With 68 retail shops ready to cater to your every wish and a special Holiday Fair featuring the eclectic work of dozens of top local artisans, Grand Central Terminal certainly tops the list of iconic New York shopping stops for Christmas.

Seven days a week, the gleaming passageways of this Midtown Manhattan landmark are bustling with shoppers combing outlets from the Apple Store to Zaro's Bakery, breaking for lunch or dinner at the fine dining spots on the West Balcony as well as Dining Concourse on the Terminal's lower level. Before coming in, you'll find samples of the many gift options at Grand Central online in its Holiday Gift Guide:

At that link, you can also find a complete list of Grand Central retailers and restaurants as well as the special events that the Terminal has to offer during the holiday season and all year round.

Grand Central Terminal's regular shopping hours are Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 9 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 7 PM and Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM. Already in full swing, the Holiday Fair is open Monday to Saturday, 10 AM to 8 PM and Sunday from 11 AM to 7 PM. (Except Thanksgiving Day). More than 70 vendors have filled spacious Vanderbilt Hall, offering a mix of hand-crafted goods, including art, clothing, handbags, jewelry, bath and body products, kid's clothes and toys, unique ephemera and other holiday items.

This year, the Holiday Fair, which opened on November 12 and runs through Christmas Eve, ushers in the year-long celebration of Grand Central Terminal Centennial in 2013. As in past years, the popular bazaar is a likely launching pad for the careers of talented artists and craftspeople whose work is seen by store buyers, fashion VIPs and celebrity shoppers.

New Yorkers, commuters and tourists will find unique gift items for their friends and families as they shop the variety of products and price points while enjoying the Terminal's warm environment, the storied surroundings, and proximity to a wide variety of activities in one of the city's most famous buildings.