2016 HOLIDAY FAIR VENDOR INFORMATION

Applications will no longer be accepted for the 2016 Holiday Fair.

2017 Holiday Fair applications will be available in April 2017. Please check back at that time.

CALLING ALL ARTISANS!

Photo credit: MTA/Patrick Cashin

The beloved Grand Central Holiday Fair offers you the extraordinary opportunity to showcase your one-of-a-kind creations to more than one million New Yorkers, commuters, and tourists every day!

  • CENTRALLY LOCATED IN A MAJOR TRANSIT HUB IN MIDTOWN MANHATTAN
  • UP TO ONE MILLION VISITORS DAILY
  • INDOOR, CLIMATE-CONTROLLED SPACE
  • 24-HOUR ON-SITE SECURITY
  • CURATED SELECTION OF HIGH QUALITY MERCHANDISE
  • FOCUS ON HANDCRAFTED, AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS
  • PROACTIVE PRESS OUTREACH AND ADVERTISING

The Holiday Fair fills Grand Central’s historic Vanderbilt Hall with an exceptional mix of handmade products, including art, accessories, home goods, toys, jewelry, bath and body products, and men's, women's, and children's apparel.

Artisans from recent Holiday Fairs have not only sold high volumes of product, but have also landed wholesale accounts with major retailers, sold pieces to museums, broadened their retail client bases, and have been profiled on local and national television.


 

BY THE NUMBERS

Average # of daily visitors to Grand Central during the holidays: 1,000,000   
Booth rental fee: $17,500
Total # of booths: TBD
Average sales per booth (2015): $114,331
Average jewelry booth sales (2015): $125,625
Days of operation: 40

 

STAFFING

All vendors are responsible for staffing their booths during Fair hours. We require that the designer be on-site to meet with customers no less than 75% of the operating days of the Fair. The Holiday Fair is monitored by security 24 hours a day. Merchandise can be left in place when the fair closes.

BOOTHS

The vendor is responsible for all furniture, decorations, signage, fixtures, and additional lighting — all subject to Holiday Fair management approval. Each vendor must be able to provide adequate inventory levels for the duration of the Fair to maintain a full, attractive booth.

PROMOTION

Holiday Fair management does proactive PR outreach leading up to and throughout the Fair. As a result of these efforts, the Fair has received considerable press coverage both locally and internationally. Some publications include The New York Post, Time Out New York, Fox 5, and a number of popular blogs. We also produce a print and online ad campaign with signage throughout the Terminal and beyond.

APPLICATION & SELECTION PROCESS

Vendors must complete and submit the online application no later than June 10. Applications received after that date will not be reviewed. The application must include a minimum of 4 color photographs which accurately depict the products that you intend to sell, and 1 photo of a previously merchandised booth.

The selection committee will judge merchandise based on design, creativity, quality, price point, and classification. Accepted vendors will be notified via email by July 5. Accepted vendors must submit a non-refundable payment of $11,500 along with a signed permit, no later than September 12. Final payment of $6,000 is due no later than October 13. Accepted vendors are required to attend a vendor meeting to review booth set up and merchandising 1-2 months before the Fair begins.

IMPORTANT DATES

Application due date:  June 10    
Acceptances sent: July 5
Non-refundable payment due ($11,500): September 12
Final payment due ($6,000):  October 13
Vendor merchandising meetings: September 6 - September 30
Vendor load in: November 12 - 13
The fair is open:

November 14 - December 24

Mon-Fri 10am-8pm; Sat 10am-7pm; Sun 10am-6pm

Closed on Thanksgiving, November 24

Christmas Eve open 10am - 6pm

Hours subject to change

Vendor load out: December 26

 

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