Highlights for December 2017
December 1, 2017
The holidays are in full swing at Grand Central Terminal with various deals and events to celebrate, including the always popular Grand Central Holiday Fair. See more about what’s happening this month at the Terminal below. For more information, images, or to set up interviews, contact Catherine Lincoln at (212) 576-2700 or GCT@goodmanmedia.com. Images are available via Dropbox here.
The Grand Central Holiday Fair – Open through December 24 – The longest-running indoor holiday market in New York City is in full swing! Featuring unique American-made and handmade products from 40 vendors, the Grand Central Holiday Fair has transformed Vanderbilt Hall into a pop-up holiday shopping experience where visitors can purchase an array of artwork, jewelry, toys, home goods, clothing, and accessories for all ages. The Fair will be in operation for almost four more weeks, offering customers the chance to take full advantage of one of the city’s most popular venues for holiday gift shopping. For hours and more information, please visit here.
New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show – Open through February 4 – The holiday season is a time of joy for kids of all ages, and nothing says holiday enchantment quite like dazzled little faces watching in wonderment as model trains zip through tunnels, by subway stops, around familiar skyscrapers and through iconic cityscapes. To the delight of kids and railroad enthusiasts alike, the New York Transit Museum continues its tradition of capturing hearts and imaginations at the 16th Annual Holiday Train Show at Grand Central Terminal. The theme of the holiday train show changes every year and the event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://nytransitmuseum.org.
SHOPPING AND DINING
PIQ Shake Shack Yummy World Launch – December 8, 11am to 7pm – Kidrobot and Shake Shack have teamed up to bring a new line of plush burger and fries toys to PIQ Grand Central. For every plush toy purchased, a donation will be made to Meals on Wheels. And, to satisfy sweet tooths, Shake Shack also will give out holiday custard samples for families to enjoy.
The Holiday Wrap-Up – December 11-22,11:30am-6:30pm Grand Central’s Holiday Wrap-Up returns for almost two weeks, offering visitors a chance to get their gifts purchased at Grand Central shops wrapped in one-of-a-kind Grand Central Celestial Ceiling paper. Shoppers who present proof of $150 or more in combined purchases from Grand Central shops will receive a free, limited-edition Grand Central gift in addition to the free gift-wrap.
Holiday Gift Guides and More – Throughout December – The Grand Central Holiday Gift Guides return December 1 to help shoppers find gifts for the entire family. Additionally, for those who are entertaining this holiday season, Agern, The Campbell, Grand Central Oyster Bar, Great Northern Food Hall, Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C., and Prova Pizzabar are all available for private party bookings. Find more information on private parties here.
MTA eTix – This free app allows Metro-North Railroad customers to purchase train tickets anytime, anywhere with their mobile devices. The app, available for both iPhone and Android, is available to all Metro-North customers on the Hudson, Harlem, and New Haven Lines. Be sure to check the “Today in Grand Central” feature each morning for daily offers and events. For more information, visit the website here.
Official MAS Guided Tours of Grand Central – Daily at 12:30pm – MTA Metro-North Railroad has teamed up with The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) and Orpheo Inc. to provide daily docent-guided tours of the Terminal. The 75-minute tour highlights the history, architecture, and operation of one of the world’s largest train terminals. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, students, children, members of the military, Metro-North riders with same-day ticket stubs, and MAS members. Private and group tours also can be arranged. Visit docentour.com/gct for more information.
Grand Central Terminal Audio Tours – Daily from 9am to 6pm – Available in “local” (one-hour) and “express” (30-minute) versions, this self-paced tour focuses on the architectural highlights of the Terminal, its secrets, famous visitors, and sometimes turbulent history. The tour is available at specially marked “GCT Tour” windows in the Main Concourse and downloadable on mobile devices. Audio tours are $9 for adults and $7 for seniors, military, students, and kids. Languages include English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. Information and downloads are available at myorpheo.com/official-grand-central-tour.