Checking off your Christmas list is at the top of everyone’s to-do’s this season. Luckily, there are a number of pop-up markets, one-day events and more to help get your holiday shopping finished.
(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
It’s time to make your Christmas list and check it twice — holiday shopping season is here.
Those who aim to find one-of-a-kind gifts for their friends and family are in luck. Philadelphia is home to more than 20 holiday markets, pop-up shops and special shopping events throughout this festive time.
Daily holiday markets fill popular spaces like Franklin Square, Dilworth Park and Love Park, and special Yuletide shopping events occur in neighborhoods like East Passyunk, Northern Liberties and Chestnut Hill.
Our guide to holiday markets and pop-up shops in Philadelphia, below.
HOLIDAY POP-UP SHOPS
Holiday Market at Franklin Square
Throughout the duration of Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival, a pop-up market arrives with Christmas gifts galore — think jewelry, toys, winter accessories and more. The holiday market at the historic park is open nightly from 4 to 8 p.m.
When: Through December 31, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Franklin Square, 200 6th Street
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park
New this year, the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market showcases the work of local artists, crafters, confectionaries and designers. Shoppers can purchase goods from local artists like Philly Word Art, designers like Beaucycled and Saffron Creations and crafters like soap maker Mahogany Essentials and Candlemaker Accent Aroma. Also available: Philly foods galore in the form of macaroons and cannolis from T Bake Shoppe, gourmet chocolates from Tradestone Confections, flavored kettle corn from Philly Pop Kettle Corn and other favorites. Note that the market will be open with a limited number of vendors from December 3 through 9.
When: November 21-December 27, closed Christmas Day
Where: Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Guests of Franklin Square’s Holiday Festival can shop a variety of holiday gifts at the on-site Christmas market.(Photo courtesy Franklin Square)
Christmas Village at Love Park
With its medieval-village type setting, Philadelphia’s German-style Christmas Village has become a favorite tradition. Here shoppers find popular Christmas gifts from Germany, including glass ornaments, music boxes, nutcrackers and more while vendors serve up hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts to keep shoppers warm and satisfied.
When: November 21-22; November 26-December 27
Where: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
Franklin Flea Holiday Market
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.
When: Saturdays, November 21, 28, December 5, 12, 19
Where: Historic Strawbridge’s Building, 801 Market Street
Holiday Market at the National Liberty Museum
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.
When: Open during regular museum hours
Where: National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street
Franklin Flea returns to the Historic Strawbridge’s Building on the Saturdays leading up to Christmas for an assortment of handmade and vintage goods. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
The Center for Emerging Visual Artists Holiday Pop-Up
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.
When: November 24-January 16, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Center For Emerging Visual Artists, 237 S. 18th Street, Suite 3A
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