It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially with the return of the beloved Christmas Village in Philadelphia, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
The annual German-style market returns November 23 through December 24, bringing 80-plus vendors to a newly renovated LOVE Park, which has spent the past 18-plus months undergoing major and exciting upgrades. (Note: While the park is “softly” reopening this Thanksgiving Day, the LOVE sculpture won’t return from ongoing restoration until early 2018.)
- Christmas Village is open daily from November 23 to December 24.
- Find 80-plus vendors selling gift-able items of all sorts.
- The market resides in the newly renovated LOVE Park, which softly reopens on the first day of the market.
- Admission is free and gifts, food and drinks are pay as you go.
The open-air, shopper’s paradise will spread out across the park, offering all sorts of gift-able items alongside festive treats like warm waffles, gingerbread and mulled wine.
Adding to the holiday cheer, an ongoing schedule of entertainment is set to unfold each day of the month-long pop up, while thousands of lights will illuminate Christmas Village‘s wooden huts and surrounding area.
Modeled after traditional European outdoor Christmas markets, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a daily holiday market selling items from vendors that hail from all over the world.
The market makes it official seasonal debut on Thanksgiving (November 23). Shoppers can expect more than 80 vendors set up in dozens of wooden booths displaying gift ideas such as ornaments, jewelry, toys and handcrafted arts including ceramics, textiles and beyond.
From spreadable bacon preserves from Bacon Jams to all-natural dog treats from Kylie’s Canine Treats to jewelry from Spain’s Basque Country via Ideal Handcrafted Jewellery, Christmas Village surely has something for everyone on residents’ and visitors’ holiday shopping lists.
Special vendor booths this year include Santa’s House for family photos, a Chaddsford Winery booth for wine and collectors mugs and The Christmas Tree Stand for fresh trees and wreaths. Check out the full list of vendors here.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
After a successful run last year, the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market also makes a return this year, setting up right across from Christmas Village in Dilworth Park from November 18, 2017 through January 1,2018.
The all-local market features artisans, designers, crafters and confectionaries that reside in the Philadelphia area. Together, the joint venues create a can’t-miss, one-stop shopping spot.
While you’re there, be sure to check out all of Dilworth Park’s other Wintergarden activities, including the Rothman Institute Ice Rink, the Rothman Institute Cabin and America’s Garden Capital Maze. Read more about the Wintergarden here.
Other Special Events at Christmas Village
Throughout its season, Christmas Village presents a solid lineup of festive activities to enjoy.
A main stage hosts appearances by Santa along with live performers each day of the week, including musicians like the Philly POPS Festival Brass band and folks from the Free Library of Philadelphia carrying out a series of holiday-themed story times.
During Christmas Village’s grand opening ceremony on November 26, look forward to an appearance from the Nuremberg Christkind, the German equivalent of America’s Santa Claus. Wearing a long white dress with golden stars and a golden crown, the Nuremberg Christkind will wander through the medieval-village-styled, outdoor holiday market giving treats away to kiddos after delivering a Christmas Village opening prologue.
Other special events include an Anniversary Weekend on December 2 and 3, celebrating the market’s 10th birthday with cake and the introduction of a new mascot, a reindeer named Phil. Then, on December 9 and 10, German American Weekend unfolds, featuring German-style dance performances, food and other festivities celebrating the German heritage.
For a full list of events at Christmas Village, click here.
It’s time to get ready for a delightful holiday shopping trip right in the heart of the city. And remember, admission to the entire Christmas Village is free; just pay as you go for gifts – which could include bratwurst, Belgium cut fries and hot cocoa for yourself! (Hint, hint — you deserve a gift while you’re there, too.)