The Newly Expanded Christmas Village At Love Park Debuts For The 2015 Season November 21-22

As Thanksgiving approaches, so does the grand opening of Christmas Village in Philadelphia — only this year Philadelphia’s German-style holiday market opens a full week earlier.

For the first time, the market will make its debut the weekend before Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22.

Modeled after traditional European open-air Christmas markets, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a daily an outdoor holiday market located in Love Park, right in the heart of Center City.

Shoppers can expect more than 60 vendors in more than 90 wooden booths, along with two large tents, all offering a wide range of international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, toys and high-quality arts and crafts.

But Christmas Village is more than just an outdoor shopping center. Love Park gets bedecked with thousands of lights, a giant Christmas tree in the center, as well as frequent performances and special events. Plus, it’s adjacent to the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park, making the two parks holiday happening central in Center City.

(Photo by Russ Brown Photography)
Center City’s festive Christmas Village returns for a season of holiday shopping, music, merry food and drinks and more on November 21.

New For 2015

In addition to the new-this-year preview weekend shopping dates, other embellishments to market experience include brand-new lights — Herrnhut or Moravian Stars — all over the park, a relocation for Santa’s hut to a more central spot, new vendors and and more food.

This year, too, guests can arrive not only to shop the market, but also to hang out in a new food-and-wine garden behind the Fairmount Park Welcome Center at Love Park.

Christmas Village
It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Philadelphia, and the city bursts with Christmas cheer, brilliant lights and festive attractions like Christmas Village at LOVE Park. (Photo by Russ Brown Photography)

Hours and Getting There

Christmas Village officially opens for its first-ever preview weekend November 21-22. Stop by for opening celebrations and the chance to be some of the first guests to shop the holiday market.

The regular season commences with daily hours between Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26 and Sunday, December 27 with daily market hours Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. On Christmas Eve and Thanksgiving Day, the market will be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas Village is closed on Christmas Day.

To arrive at the holiday market, follow directions to City Hall and Love Park in the heart of Center City. Plus, the Philly PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop resumes daily operations starting November 27, and runs every 15 minutes 10 a.m.-6 p.m. with a stop adjacent to Love Park (stop number 5).

And remember, admission is totally free; just pay as you go for gifts and enjoy!

Christmas Village in Philadelphia 2015

When: Preview weekend, November 21-22; Market season, November 26-December 27; Open daily, with the exception of Christmas Day
Where: Love Park (JFK Plaza), 1500 Arch Street
Cost: Free admission
Christmas Village
Mark your calendars! Christmas Village brings an open-air German holiday market to Love Park. (Photo by Russ Brown Photography)

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