It’s the time of year to start checking names off your holiday shopping list.
Philadelphia and its surrounding towns are packed with incredible shopping experiences including pop-up holiday villages, independent boutique shops and top-rated shopping malls.
On the day after Thanksgiving, Black Friday traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season with door-busting sales, extended shopping hours and more.
Turning the official start of the holiday shopping season into a marathon weekend-long affair, many stores are opening on Thanksgiving, too, offering up more than 26 hours of uninterrupted shopping.
For those who prefer to keep it local, Small Business Saturday is a national initiative spearheaded by American Express that devotes the Saturday after Thanksgiving to supporting the local small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Last year, more than 100 million people across the country came together to “Shop Small.” This year is your chance to do so right here in Philadelphia.
Not sure where to start? Check out our guide to the many retail events and store happenings in various neighborhoods around the city on Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30.
And for even more ideas on where to shop this holiday season, check out Philadelphia’s top holiday shopping destinations right here.
Shops & Markets
• Art Star Holiday Market at Waterfront Winterfest: Penn’s Landing, Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, November 29-January 5. Opening on Black Friday, this outdoor holiday market at Penn’s Landing’s Waterfront Winterfest pops up every weekend to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Blue Cross RiverRink. The Art Star Holiday Market is set to feature a rotating selection of vendors housed inside repurposed shipping containers. Browse items for kids, clothes, jewelry, posters, pottery and more.
• Christmas Village in Love Park: Logan Square, 1500 Arch Street, November 28-January 1. Channeling Germany’s open-air Christmas markets is Philadelphia’s own Christmas Village at Love Park, presenting guests with the best of American and European Christmas with food, drinks, shopping, carolers and more. The village is open for a full month, from November 28, Thanksgiving Day, through New Year’s Day. Shop ’til you drop at the dozens of booths at the Christmas Village on both Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.
• Macy’s Center City: Market East, 1300 Market Street. Macy’s flagship location in Philadelphia opens it doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day this year for shoppers and will remain open through 10 p.m. on Black Friday. That’s 26 hours of shopping! Plus, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show and the Dickens Village make their 2013 debut at 10 a.m. on Black Friday.
• The Shops at Liberty Place: Center City, 1625 Chestnut Street. In the heart of Center City, The Shops at Liberty Place is a one-stop destination for a number of Black Friday deals. At ellelauri, shoppers scan score 30% off of all merchandise in the store including Paige denim, Wildfox Couture and more. At Easy Spirit, get 50% off all boots in the store. At Joan Shepp, which recently moved in to The Shops, find deals on women’s and men’s collections, as well as shoes and more. Plus, many shops will open early, too. Shop Express and Jos. A Banks at 6 a.m., Victoria’s Secret at 7 a.m. and J. Crew and Bath & Body Works at 8 a.m.
• Arcadia Boutique: Northern Liberties, 819 N. 2nd Street. The chic independent boutique celebrates the shopping holiday on Black Friday with its annual Black on Black 20/30/40 sale. Score an additional 40% off all, already reduced sale merchandise, 30% off anything the color black, and 20% off everything else in the shop, including jewelry and vintage. Then for Small Business Saturday on on November 30 and December 1, all clothes and shoes will remain 20% off.
• Art in the Age: Old City, 116 N. 3rd Street. Purveyors of craft spirits, Philadelphia-inspired apparel and generally interesting goods, Art in the Age offers $20 off denim on Black Friday and 20% off of the entire store on Small Business Saturday. Plus, score 15% off the goods online on Cyber Monday.
• Adresse: Old City, 45 N. 2nd Street. Haute fashion destination Adresse, which recently moved its lovely digs to Old City, takes part in Small Business Saturday with a deal for 10% off all coats.
• Pinot Boutique: Old City, 227 Market Street. On Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, wine boutique Pinot offers deals of up to 50% off wine, beer and cocktail accessories.
• United By Blue Boutique and Coffeehouse: Old City, 144 N. 2nd Street. The Philly-based, sustainable apparel and accessories company for men, women and children, promises to remove one pound of trash from oceans and waterways for every product sold. So, shoppers can feel doubly great about shopping at United By Blue on Black Friday for 25% off the entire store, as well as select $12 tees (originally $34) and complementary coffee beverages.
• Bus Stop Boutique: Queen Village, 727 S. 4th Street. As the wintry weather rolls in, new boots are a key wardrobe requirement. Bus Stop Boutique in Queen Village stocks an excellent selection of hard-to-find brands, and on Black Friday shoppers can scoop up boots for 20% off. Plus, linger over a glass of warm cider while shopping, too.
• Philly AIDS Thrift: Queen Village, 710 S. 5th Street. The multi-floor thrift shop deals in everything from ugly Christmas sweaters to used books and everything in between. For Black Friday, Philly AIDS Thrift will open four hours early at 7 a.m. and offer 50% off everything in the store until 11 a.m.
• Armour: Queen Village, 704 S. 4th Street. This brand-new menswear shop on Fabric Row peddles a highly curated selection of local and global menswear brands, maintaining approachable price points in the $250 and under range. Plus, Armour is set to participate in Small Business Saturday with 10% off select items.
More Black Friday and Small Business Saturday picks, below.
• Hip & Thrifty: East Passyunk, 1810 E. Passyunk Avenue. Shop new, gently used and vintage women’s clothing at Hip & Thrifty on Black Friday and save 50% off everything in the store.
• HOME: East Passyunk, 1815 E. Passyunk Avenue. All of the charming home accessories, furnishings and holiday decorations at HOME boutique are 15% off on Black Friday, excluding already marked down items.
• Sermania Jewelry: East Passyunk, 1719 E. Passyunk Avenue. Sermania Jewelry offers up 25% off sterling silver items and complimentary refreshments on Black Friday, as well as a buy-two-get-one deal on watch battery installations.
• The Bellevue: Center City, 200 S. Broad Street. In the historic Bellevue building on the Avenue of the Arts, Black Friday brings free parking on the property with any $50 purchase, and on Small Business Saturday, American Express cardholders can register online to receive a $10 credit toward a purchase at participating retailers.
• King of Prussia Mall: Montgomery County, 160 N. Gulph Road. The East Coast’s largest shopping center, King of Prussia Mall will be insanely busy on Black Friday, but the deals will be pretty outrageous, too. Get a head start by arriving early. Doors open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving day for 26 hours of extended uninterrupted Black Friday shopping.
• Philadelphia Premium Outlets: Montgomery County, 18 W. Lightcap Road, Limerick. Brand loyalists and serious cost-conscious shoppers will feel right at home at the Philadelphia Premium Outlets. Located just 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia, the outlets in Limerick feature more than 150 designer and brand-name outlet stores. On Black Friday, some stores open as early as 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and all stores will be open by midnight all the way until 10 p.m.
• PREIT Malls: Bunches of Greater Philadelphia area malls will be opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving night or 8 a.m. on Black Friday including, Exton Square Mall, Plymouth Meeting Mall, Springfield Mall, Willow Grove Park, Cherry Hill Mall, Cumberland Mall and Moorestown Mall. Select malls will offer treats and drinks for dedicated shoppers along with giveaways and entertainment.
Museums & Attractions
• National Constitution Center: Old City, 525 Arch Street. The National Constitution Center celebrates the start of the holidays with extended hours on Black Friday. They will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with special activities for Thanksgiving-weekend guests. Discover the evolution of Thanksgiving since its origination more than 200 years ago and strut down the runway at the “Growing Up, American Style” interactive show which encourages guests to dress up in fashion from different eras in history.
• Eviama Life Green Spa and Boutique: Midtown Village, 109 S. 13th Street. Pop in to Eviama Spa on Black Friday for free samples, boutique discount and $5 off a future 2013 service with the purchase of a gift certificate. Plus, shoppers can sip brandy-spiked herbal tea while browsing and booking.
• Spirit of Philadelphia: Penn’s Landing, 401 S. Columbus Boulevard. After a day of shopping, Spirit of Philadelphia invites folks to come aboard a Black Friday Dinner Cruise, which includes a complimentary glass of champagne, a dinner buffet and great views of the Philadelphia skyline.
Food & Drink
• 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge: Center City, 10 Avenue of the Arts. On Black Friday, 10 Arts Bistro & Lounge at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia debuts its seasonal Ultimate Hot Chocolate menu from noon to 4 p.m. Made with Valrhona milk chocolate and topped with anything from homemade orange blossom marshmallows to crumbled bacon, the already-decadent beverages can also be spiked with cordials.
• Little Baby’s Ice Cream: Fishtown, 2311 Frankford Avenue; Cedar Park, 4903 Catharine Street. Little Baby’s Ice Cream World Headquarters and Cedar Park Embassy gets in on the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday action with a pop-up Black Market Cassette Shop. Curated by Lee Tusman, artist and creative director of Hidden City Philadelphia, the taps available for sale are of a huge range of audio recorded around the world — from Laotian funeral ceremonies to New Orleans marching bands. The shop will pop up in Fishtown on Friday, and then in Cedar Park on Saturday. Plus, registration is now open for Little Baby’s Community Supported Ice Cream Program (CSIC).
• Bitar’s: East Passyunk, 947 Federal Street. At Middle Eastern eatery Bitar’s, diners who mention the Black Friday lunch special at the counter get 10% off the lunch bill.
• Penns Woods Winery: Chester County, 124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford. Starting on Black Friday, Penns Woods Winery will be making sure your wine collection is fully stocked this holiday season. They’re giving away a free bottle of wine with every half case purchase and three free bottles of wine with every full case purchase! In additions, select wines will be up to 30% off and guests can enjoy samples of the vineyard’s mulled wine.