In the tradition of German Christmas Markets, a village of 50 wooden huts has arisen on the west side of City Hall. While many of the vendors feature items that are German and/or Christmas inspired, there are also many vendors with items from other cultures. Prices range from jaw-droppingly expensive to very affordable. There really is something for everyone.
There are also a good number of food vendors throughout the village. Every few steps you are presented with another food option, just like in Germany. Food options include grilled bratwurst, potato pancakes. fresh crepes, packaged bakery treats, and hot pretzels topped with ham and cheese.
If you travel counterclockwise from City Hall’s west portal, your last stop in the village will be Santa’s House. When I peaked in the window, Santa had his hands and lap full with a gaggle of young Philadelphians. Children of all ages can get their picture taken with Santa. There are variety of photo options including portraits, ornaments and photo magnets.
Located in between Macy’s, with its holiday double dose, and the Comcast Center’s Holiday Spectacular, the Christmas Village gives you another festive thing to do in between. But hurry! Today is the village’s last day.
Philadelphia’s City Hall
Broad St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107