Roundup: Philadelphia’s Holiday Markets, Seasonal Pop-Ups, Craft Bazaars And Shopping Events This November And December

Holiday Shopping
Get shopping, Philadelphia! The season for festive outings to holiday shopping destinations has arrived, and this city’s retailers are stepping up with special sales, holiday-themed events and more. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Holiday shoppers looking to purchase creative and sure-to-be-coveted gifts this season have plenty of special markets, bazaars and pop-up shops to choose from in Philadelphia.

Pop-up holiday markets and events are cropping up all over town for a single day, a weekend, for several weekends or even for an entire month.

Gift givers can shop ’til they drop at such holiday-only destinations as the Franklin Flea Holiday Market, the PHS Pop-Up Shop in Chestnut Hill, the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest’s Art Star Holiday Shop, the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker Market at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and more.

Here’s a look at where shoppers can get in on the holiday pop-up shopping action, at both ongoing markets with multiple shopping days and special shopping events that come around just once a year.

HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOPS

Art Star Holiday Shop at Winterfest

November 28-March 1, 2015. Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard. Opening to the public right after Thanksgiving Day on Friday, November 28, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest takes the perennial good times of the rink to a whole new level, transforming Penn’s Landing into a winterized riverfront park for the entire season. In addition to a skating rink, winter beer garden and light show, the Winterfest also hosts the crafty folks behind the Art Star Gallery & Boutique for a winter-themed retail experience with goods housed inside a repurposed shipping container. MORE INFO

PHAIR at Franklin Square

November 28-December 23 4-8 p.m. Franklin Square, 200 N. 6th Street. Come Friday, November 28, the new Franklin Square Holiday Festival will open a daily Holiday Market with an array of vendors curated by PHAIR open from 4 to 8 p.m. As with the PHAIR maker market at the Shambles at Headhouse Square, the Franklin Square market will include a selection of artisans selling jewelry, clothing, toys and more. Also open daily, the Franklin Square Holiday Gift Shop will stock a small selection of accessories and gifts. MORE INFO

Christmas Village at Love Park

November 27-December 28. Love Park, 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard. With its medieval-village type setting, the German-style Christmas Village has become a favorite tradition for holiday shoppers who can peruse more than 65 decorated booths selling international seasonal gifts, traditional German Christmas ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts are also among the offerings. MORE INFO

Christmas Village
Mark your calendars! Christmas Village brings an open-air German holiday market to Love Park from November 28 through December 28. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

More holiday markets and events, below.

Franklin Flea Holiday Market

Saturdays, November 22, 29, December 6, 13, 20. Historic Strawbridge’s Building, 801 Market Street. The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea Holiday Market returns for six Saturday shopping days this season. At the wintertime market, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of around 50 vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space, selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food. MORE INFO

PHS Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Through December. 8514 Germantown Avenue. In Chestnut Hill, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society produces yet another crowd-pleasing attraction this month with the launch of its annual PHS Holiday Pop Up Store. The temporary holiday shop situated right on Germantown Avenue deals in a lovely range of goods for the kitchen and garden savvy during the holiday season through December. MORE INFO

AIA Bookstore Holiday Pop-Up Shop

Through December. AIA Bookstore and Design Center, 1218 Arch Street. The Center for Architecture’s AIA Bookstore and Design Center’s annual holiday pop-up shop is open for the season. Throughout the year, the curated bookstore stocks a variety of Philadelphia-centric items, as well as notebooks, books, iPhone cases, lighting, toys for children, shopping totes and more. For the special holiday shop, guests can also browse ornaments (including miniature architectural ornaments!), holiday cards, holiday calendars, decor and more. MORE INFO

Winterfest
Head to Penn’s Landing this season to enjoy all of the offerings of the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, including an Art Star pop-up shop, a winter beer garden, ice skating and more. (Photo by Matt Stanley for DRWC)

Holiday Market at National Liberty Museum

November 28-December 26. National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street. Old City’s National Liberty Museum is set to transform its gift shop into a pop-up art market. The holiday market opens to the public on Black Friday, and will display and sell everything from blown glass and sculptures to locally made jewelry and more. Note that no admission is required when only visiting the shop. MORE INFO

Byers’ Choice Christmas Market

Through Wednesday, December 31. 4355 County Line Road, Chalfont. A traditional German Christmas market fills Byers’ Choice in Bucks County with with stalls selling nutcrackers, ornaments, gingerbread houses, advent calendars, toys and authentic Christmas fare, too. MORE INFO

The Center for Emerging Visual Artists Holiday Pop-Up

Through January 16. Center For Emerging Visual Artists, 237 S. 18th Street, Suite 3A. The Center for Emerging Visual Artists (the same folks who produced the annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours) welcomes shoppers to its third-floor gallery space for an art-filled pop-up shop just in time for the holidays. The shop will include prints, original artwork, wearables, home goods, and other handmade items from current CFEVA fellows and alumni, and proceeds benefit CFEVA. MORE INFO

Manayunk
Celebrate the holiday season shopping at pop-ups and seasonal markets all around Philadelphia. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

The Art Shop at Moore

Through December. Moore Collage of Art & Design, 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The always-marvelous pieces created by students and alumni at The Art Shop at Moore are complemented by holiday-specific goods this time of year. Shop the excellent store for hand-made holiday greeting cards and ornaments, as well as many one-of-a-kind artworks ranging from ceramics and jewelry to hand-made greeting cards, wall art and more. MORE INFO

NextFab Holiday Pop-Up Shop

December 4-7, 11-14, 18-24. NextFab, 2212 Walnut Street. On the hunt for an amazing locally crafted gift? NextFab, “Philadelphia’s Gym for Innovators,” hosts a December pop-up shop featuring its talented members and design community, many of whom employ NextFabs 3D printers, lasers, welding tools and all manner of maker-ready fabricators. The shop features more than 25 artists and hundreds of items, all priced from $3.99 ­ $2,000. MORE INFO

Dom Streater x Knit Wit

Through December. Knit Wit Philadelphia, 1729 Chestnut Street. On the lookout for bold winter-wear to brave the brisk winds? Look no further than the month-long pop-up of Project Runway Season 12 winner — and Philly girl! — Dom Streater at Knit Wit on Chestnut Street. The appropriately-named Prima collection keeps feminine first with scarves, coats, tops, and bottoms. MORE INFO

Franklin Square
Visit Franklin Square this holiday season to check out the Electrical Spectacle light show and shop the PHAIR-curated holiday market. (Photo by J. Fusco for Historic Philadelphia)

HOLIDAY MARKET DAYS & EVENTS

Chestnut Hill Stag and Doe Nights

Wednesdays, December 3, 10, 17. Multiple locations in Chestnut Hill. On the Wednesdays leading up to Christmas, Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill transforms into a winter wonderland for the annual Stag & Doe shopping nights. From 6 to 9 p.m., Chestnut Hill shops will be full of holiday spirit. Shopkeepers will help you figure out what to get picky gift receivers with gift suggestions, all while you’re enjoying treats from each shop. As you travel from shop to shop, carolers will serenade you with favorite Christmas carols. MORE INFO

NoLibs & Fishtown Holiday Shopping Spree

December 6-7. Multiple locations in Northern Liberties and Fishtown. More than 15 local, independent boutiques in Northern Liberties and Fishtown team up to host a two-day shopping event. The NoLibs and Fishtown Holiday Shopping Spree is a progressive sale in Northern Liberties and in Fishtown during which customers get increasing discounts the more they shop. MORE INFO

Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar Shop

December 6-7 and 13-14. 2501 E. Cumberland Street. Head to Kensington to shop this festive neighborhood annual sale over two December weekends. At the Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar, get your tree or holiday greens, handmade crafts, homemade treats, homegrown bulbs and wreaths and other one-of-a-kind gifts. MORE INFO

Franklin Flea
On the hunt for vintage finds? Check out the Franklin Flea Holiday Market housed in the former Strawbridge & Clothier department store every Saturday through December 20. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Macy’s Pop-Up Shop at the Loews

Friday, December 5, Loews Philadelphia, 1200 Market Street. The great department store shopping of Macy’s Center City heads down a block to the Loews Philadelphia Hotel for a daylong pop-up shop in the lobby. Throughout the day, shoppers and hotel guests can enjoy a series of special events, activities and prize giveaway that will take place in the hotel’s recently renovated lobby lounge. MORE INFO

American Swedish Historical Museum Christmas Market

Saturday, December 6. American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue. Join in the festive family fun at the American Swedish Historical Museum’s Lucia Fest and Christmas Market, a one-day ode to the tradition of the Festival of Saint Lucia, which marks the start of the Christmas season in Sweden. Swedish baked goodies and other bites will be served up at the Swedish Christmas Cafe, and the Christmas Market will be open all day, selling Swedish holiday items, perfect for gifts and holiday decor. MORE INFO

Superfantastic Craft Bazaar

Saturday, December 6. Philly Free School, 2001 Christian Street. Teaming up once again, East Passyunk Avenue’s Nice Things Handmade and The Philly Free School are set to host the Superfantastic Craft Bazaar, a day-long holiday market to benefit the nontraditional school in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Many local artisans and crafters are on tap to peddle handmade wares in the school’s roller-skating rink. MORE INFO

South Street Headhouse District's annual Winter Wonderland invites folks of all ages out for an evening of holiday shopping, seasonal performances, a tree lighting celebration and more. (Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District)

Bartram’s Handmade: Greens Sale & Holiday Market

Saturday, December 6. Bartram’s Garden, 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard. The annual Holiday Greens Sale at Bartram’s Garden is the perfect occasion to pick up those boughs of holly. During the sale, find a collection of fresh wreaths (decorated and undecorated), handcrafted centerpieces, pine roping and loose greens. Pair shopping with caroling, cider, card-making workshops and s’mores and browse through pottery, poinsettias, local honey, beautiful bulbs, ornaments and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. MORE INFO

Drexel’s d&mShop

Saturday, December 6. Drexel’s URBN Center Lobby, 3501 Market Street. Head to the University City campus of Drexel University to shop a retail laboratory run by the Design & Merchandising students within the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. From jewelry to scarves to stationary, the shop features one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items created, developed and/or selected by students, faculty, staff and alumni of Drexel University, as well as local artists and boutiques. Can’t make the pop-up? Shop online anytime. MORE INFO

Headhouse Holiday Market with PHAIR

Sunday, December 7. Historic Headhouse Square Shambles, 200 Pine Street. The entire South Street Headhouse neighborhood embraces the holiday spirit on Sunday, December 7 for the afternoon-long Winter Wonderland festival. From 3 to 7 p.m., shop the PHAIR-curated Headhouse Holiday Market for gifts and goods. Beyond the market, look for mulled wine and treats from Brauhaus Schmitz, Santa Claus arriving on a firetruck, free horse-drawn carriage rides, performances by Philadelphia Dance Academy and Society Hill Dance Academy and the annual holiday tree lighting. MORE INFO

Chestnut Hill
Chestnut Hill hosts festive Stag and Doe shopping nights in Chestnut Hill on Wednesdays this season with gift advice, extended store hours, Christmas carols and general holiday cheer. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Philadelphia)

Mt. Airy Holiday Craft Bazaar

December 6-7 and December 20-21. Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 W. Mt. Airy Avenue. Support local businesses at the Mt. Airy Holiday Craft Bazaar. Choose from glassware, ceramics and jewelry made by Mt. Airy’s vendors, which will fill the 5,000-square-foot Mt. Airy Art Garage with one-of-a-kind items for both adults and children. Plus, the art space will provide refreshments, as well as live music from local favorites Saint Mad and Art Miron. MORE INFO

Nutcracker Market

December 11-15. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce streets. Shoppers stock up on one-of-a-kind, artisan-made gifts at the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker Market at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. More than 70 selected artists and craftsmen offer hand-made American crafts and gifts, including ornaments, jewelry, photography and dance-inspired pieces. Shoppers can also enjoy interactive activities, visits from the characters of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and more. MORE INFO

Philadelphia Art Alliance Shop on the Square

December 12-14. Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th Street. The Philadelphia Art Alliance presents the work of more than 40 local craftspeople at its annual Shop on the Square holiday craft and design sale. The weekend-long shopping event features handmade items including clothing, jewelry, accessories and home decor. Admission to the sale and fundraiser is $10 for the public and free for members. MORE INFO

AIA Bookstore and Design Center
All throughout the holiday season, the AIA Bookstore + Design Center hosts its annual pop-up holiday shop complete with holiday decor, gifts and more. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Punk Rock Holiday Flea Market

December 13-14. The Punk Rock Flea Market Dome, 461 N. 9th Street. The holiday Punk Rock Flea Market lands in Callowhill on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse the goods of more than 300 tables of vendors selling old records, clothes, art, music, food, junk, bicycles, stereo equipment, instruments, automobiles, tools, posters, furniture, computers, skateboards and lots of other stuff. For this holiday edition, Punk Rock Flea Market runs for two days, and the $3 entry donation provides access throughout the whole weekend. MORE INFO

Craft Balboa Holiday Market

Saturday, December 13. SS Neumann Goretti High School, 1736 S. 19th Street. Returning for its sixth year, the popular Crafty Balboa Holiday Market in South Philly brings handmade gifts, crafts, booths from East Passyunk Avenue shops and even some free items, too. A juried market and craft fair, a group of more than 50 high-quality vendors will be on hand this year. Plus, the first 50 visitors receive free goodie bags featuring an array of items from the vendors. MORE INFO

Annual South Philly Handmade Brigade

Saturday, December 13. 1241 Carpenter Street. Support local artists at the annual South Philly Handmade Brigade. Shop locally made clothing, sculptures, jewelry, soaps and more. There will be more than a dozen unique vendors at the show, including Jessica Kourkounis and her moon-booth photo display. MORE INFO

Go West’s Holiday Craft Fest

Sunday, December 14. The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street. This year, the Go West! Craft Fest will have dozens of Philadelphia based vendors many of which based right out of West Philly. Find treasure after treasure as you browse through the candles, cards, hand blown glass, jewelry, gift baskets and more. The array of items at the craft fest will satisfy your shopping need and the immense talent is bound to impress you, too. MORE INFO

Philadelphia Independent Craft Market

Sunday, December 21, noon-7 p.m. District N9NE, 460 N. 9th Street. Free beer and shopping? Yup. The Philadelphia Independent Craft Market returns in 2014 with more than 50 vendors dealing in handmade wares and vintage goods from jewelry and apparel to vinyl and prints. In addition to the great vendor lineup, live music will keep crowds jamming, Philadelphia Brewing Company will be on-site with free Kenzinger and food trucks Vernalicious, The Foo Truck and Cupcake Carnivale will be on hand with great eats. Admission is $2 at the door for this great annual shopping affair. MORE INFO


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