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
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
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
German Christmas Market at Byers’ Choice
The German Christmas Market at Byers’ Choice boasts plenty of gifts for holiday shoppers (think gingerbread houses, advent calendars, handcrafted Caroler figurines and toys).
When: Through December 31
Where: 4355 County Line Road, Chalfont
The Art Shop at Moore
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.
When: Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
Where: Art Shop at Moore, 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
UCAL Holiday Market
The University City Arts League puts the spotlight on local makers for its holiday craft show and market, which runs much of the month of December. Shoppers can browse a fantastic selection of handmade items like soaps, candles, jewelry, pottery, t-shirts and more.
When: December 4-20
Where: University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street
HOLIDAY MARKET DAYS & EVENTS
Chestnut Hill Stag and Doe Nights
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.
When: Wednesdays, December 2-23
Where: Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill
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.
When: November 30-December 4
Where: URBN Center Lobby, 3501 Market Street
Holiday Pop-Up Market at The Touraine
For three weekends in December, The Touraine in Rittenhouse hosts a pop-up holiday market curated by Meadowsweet. Located in the lobby of The Touraine, the pop-up market will feature clothing, jewelry, items for the home, textiles and more.
When: December 4-6, 11-13, 18-20
Where: The Touraine, 1520 Spruce Street
Bartram’s Handmade: Greens Sale & Holiday Market
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.
When: Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Boulevard
South Street West Presents Cheer!
A number of the shops throughout South Street West offer discounts and holiday treats for Cheer!, a holiday shopping event. Participating shops include Fireside Camp Supply, Chloe Grace Boutique, My Fabulous Mama and Indique. Those who shop at the participating shops can visit select bars and restaurants (like Doobie’s and The Cambridge) and receive discounts with proof of purchase.
When: Saturday, December 5, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Participating businesses in South Street West
American Swedish Historical Museum Christmas Market
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. Entry is $10 for adults, $7 for members, $4 for children ages 4 through 12 and free for children under 4.
When: Saturday, December 5, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Northern Liberties Holiday Shopping Spree
A number of local, independent boutiques in Northern Liberties team up with Art Star to host a two-day shopping event. The Northern Liberties Holiday Shopping Spree is a progressive sale in NoLibs during which customers get increasing discounts the more they shop. Shops like Art Star, Jinxed and Ritual Ritual will join the holiday shopping spree.
When: December 5-6
Where: Participating shops
Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar
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.
When: December 5-6, 12-13
Where: Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland Street
Mt. Airy Art Garage Holiday Market
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.
When: December 5-6, 19-20
Where: Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 W. Mt. Airy Avenue
Punk Rock Flea Market
The holiday Punk Rock Flea Market lands in Callowhill on December 11, 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse the goods of more than 700 vendors selling old records, clothes, art, music, food, junk, bicycles, stereo equipment, instruments, automobiles, tools, posters, furniture, computers, skateboards and lots of other stuff. This year marks the biggest Punk Rock Flea Market ever — the organizers even added an extra day of shopping. For this holiday edition, $3 entry donation provides access on Saturday and Sunday, and entry on Friday night is free.
When: December 11-13
Where: 461 N. 9th Street
Crafty Balboa Holiday Market
Returning for its seventh 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.
When: Saturday, December 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: SS Neumann Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th Street
Annual South Philly Handmade Brigade
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.
When: Saturday, December 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1241 Carpenter Street
Go West’s Holiday Craft Fest
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.
When: Sunday, December 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Punk Rock Flea Market at RiverRink Winterfest
For one weekend this December, the Punk Rock Flea Market takes up residency at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest for a pop-up shopping extravaganza with a carefully curated selection of goods for everyone on your Christmas list.
When: December 19-20
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest, 101 S. Columbus Boulevard