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November 22, 2011

Christmas Village Opens Thanksgiving Day In A New Location, Love Park: 50 Crafts Vendors, Brauhaus Schmitz Fare, Daily Performances And More

Browse for the perfect gift, enjoy European food, sweets and drinks, and watch live performances each night of the holiday season against the beautiful backdrop of City Hall. (Photo courtesy Christmas Village)

The annual Christmas Village in Philadelphia is back in a new venue, Love Park, to enrich the holiday season beginning Thanksgiving Day, this Thursday, November 24. A few highlights:

Holiday Gift Shopping

The European wonderland includes more than 50 international vendors selling arts, crafts and seasonal holiday gifts in quaint wooden booths and a 2,400 square foot Kathe Wohlfahrt tent selling a huge variety of special German Christmas ornaments and plenty of special events.

Other Attractions

There are new attractions this year including a Life Size Advent calendar, a Christkind photo wall where you can take pictures with friends or loved ones and a “Wish Wall” where visitors can write down a wish and hang it on the wall.

Special Events

Events include the Grand Opening Ceremony on November 26 with the original Christkind from Nuremburg, Germany; German American Day on December 10 featuring food, face painting and balloon-making; plus daily live performances by local choirs and bands at the central stage. The full event schedule is available online.

Food & Drink

When you’ve built up your appetite, head to the food tent for bratwursts, beer and other German specialties from Brahaus Schmitz, then quench your thirst with some hot German Gluhwien (mulled wine) from Chaddsford Winery.

Be sure to save some room for assorted pastries and European desserts, like Lebkuchen (Gingerbread Cookies), Stollen (traditional German Holiday Cake), Cinnamon Stars and Spekulatius (traditional German spicy Cookies).

The new, charming atmosphere at Love Park filled with thousands of lights, the Philadelphia Christmas tree and friendly vendors will get you and your friends and family into the holiday spirit.

Check out a map of the site, below.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
When: November 24-December 24; Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. (Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.)
Cost: Free
More info: www.philachristmas.com

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Alexandra Schafer says:

Ein frohes Fest!