Holiday happenings make the City of Brotherly Love an excellent seasonal destination, but right now we’re most excited to get our holiday shopping underway through out Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, including Manayunk. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)
’Tis the season to start checking names off holiday shopping lists, folks.
Fortunately, Philadelphia is packed with excellent shopping opportunities and this time of year is ripe with sales and deals. We’re looking forward to making a list (and checking it twice) and heading out to embrace the holiday shopping spirit.
The best time to begin? Thanksgiving weekend, of course. Not only do tons of stores offer once-a-year sales, but many Philadelphia holiday attractions also start the season the weekend following Turkey Day.
It’s the perfect time to make a weekend out of a visit to Philadelphia, or a mini staycation, so be sure to check out deals on hotel rooms, too.
Read on for our top 10 reasons to kick off your holiday shopping in Philadelphia this Thanksgiving weekend, and beyond.
1. Tax-Free Shopping
In case you needed a reminder: In Philadelphia (and all of Pennsylvania!), there is no sales tax on necessities like clothing and shoes. During the holiday season, that can translate to major savings on gifts, too. There are a few exemptions (like formal apparel, fur and some sporting goods), but generally shoppers will find most wearable goods are sold tax-free. MORE INFO
Checking off your Christmas list is at the top of everyone’s to-do’s this season. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
2. Seasonal Holiday Villages and Pop-Ups
Sure, retail stalwarts make go-to destinations for holiday gift purchases, but holiday shoppers looking to purchase creative and sure-to-be-coveted gifts should think about reporting to the tons of special markets, bazaars and pop-up shops now open in Philadelphia. Gift givers can shop ’til they drop at such holiday-only destinations as Christmas Village at Love Park, Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park, Franklin Flea Holiday Market, the Franklin Square Holiday Market and more. MORE INFO
Starting on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Village is open daily through December 27. (Photo by Russ Brown Photography)
3. New Philadelphia Retail on Black Friday
Every fall seems to bring a new swell of retail activity to Philadelphia, and 2015 delivered stores like Skirt, Shop Sixty Five and Kit and Ace to town. Come Black Friday, November 27, these shops and their neighbors will throw open their doors and welcome crowds of holiday shoppers. We’re betting on major deals. MORE INFO
Now open, Skirt boutique in Rittenhouse peddles high-style brands and offers in-house stylists to help fit. (Photo courtesy Skirt)
4. Support Independent Shops on Small Business Saturday
The City of Brotherly Love is home to a wealth of local and independent retailers, too, so we advise embracing Small Business Saturday, a national initiative spearheaded by American Express that devotes the Saturday after Thanksgiving Day to supporting the local small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Every year, more than 100 million people across the country come together to “Shop Small.” This year, do so right here in Philadelphia on business corridors in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods like Queen Village, Midtown Village, East Passyunk, Old City and Northern Liberties. MORE INFO
Bus Stop Boutique in Queen Village deals in hard-to-find shoe styles and brands, and invites shoppings in for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday discounts this weekend. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
5. Free Meter Parking on Saturdays (and Wednesday evenings, too)
Philadelphia, one of the country’s most walkable cities, is incredibly easy to navigate either by foot or by public transportation. That just leaves the question: Where to park the car? During the holiday season, no meter parking limits will be enforced on Thanksgiving Day or Christmas Day. Plus, meter parking is free every Saturday after 11 a.m. from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day. And remember, meter parking is also free in Center City after 5 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, except for rush-hour zones, which are free after 6:30 p.m. Check here for the rush hour zones and free parking boundaries. MORE INFO
On Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons, metered parking is free in Center City Philadelphia, including around Jeweler’s Row. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
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