10 Reasons to Visit Christmas Village in Philadelphia This Holiday Season
The quaint German market has returned to LOVE Park for its 10th anniversary.
The quaint, cute Christmas Village in Philadelphia is back for its 10th anniversary season, open every day through Christmas Eve. If you’ve never stopped into this combination gift market and festive attraction, make it a new part of your family’s holiday tradition. The tiny wooden stalls topped with Moravian stars are a homage to old-fashioned German Christmas markets, and there’s plenty of food and fun for all ages.
Here are 10 great reasons why you should stop in to the village, which has returned to LOVE Park for its 10th anniversary season.
The big guy himself has his own place in the village, ready to greet kids and hear their wish lists. He’s there Friday-Sunday until December 8, then on site every day until Christmas Eve.
Want to try out an old tradition? On December 6, drop a boot at the village’s information booth between 11 am and 3:30 pm. At 4:15, St. Nikolaus will deliver the boots — now filled with treats — to the children. Kids can hear the story of St. Nikolaus and have their pictures taken, too. This is free, but please sign kids up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturdays from 11 am — 8 pm and Sundays from 11 am — 7 pm, kids can be in their own special area, with performances, cartoonists, and more.
Every Wednesday at 11 am between now and Christmas, meet up with the Free Library of Philadelphia for a special storytime.
From high-end German glass ornaments to creative artwork, jewelry, and clothing, the vendors have lots of neat items to help you finish your holiday gift buying. You can even buy a live Christmas tree or wreath to dress up your home.
This place always smells great, and the German delicacies don’t disappoint. Bratwurst, baked cheese, strudel, stollen, crepes, and crunchy, sweet waffles are all on the menu, and the spaetzle stall is scrumptious.
Chaddsford Winery is serving (and selling) local wine during opening hours, as well as mulled wine served in a souvenir glass mug. Each Tuesday and Thursday, come for a wine tasting from 5 — 8 pm. A $14 ticket gets you a tasting of three wines, plus a food sampler and coupons. (For kids and non-drinkers, hot chocolate, cider, and coffee are also available.) The village is also hosting happy hours every Wednesday from 4 — 6 pm.
Especially on weekends, musical performances are a draw here. There’s also a Friday concert series, so if you work in the area, walk on over at noon for some tunes.
Don’t leave your four-legged friend out of the holiday celebration. Each Friday, Santa will take special photos with canine friends. PAWS Philadelphia will be running adoption events on December 8 and 22 from 5 — 8 pm, if you’re thinking of adding a pet to the family for the holidays.
More Right Across the Street
Cross John F. Kennedy Boulevard to Dilworth Park for more Center City fun, including the Made in Pennsylvania Holiday Market and the Wintergarden, featuring the Rothman Rink and Cabin for ice skating (and warming up) and the new Deck the Hall light show, which is projected on the west side of City Hall. There’s a carousel in the courtyard, more food and drink vendors, and a place for everyone to sit down for a bit.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia is open through Christmas Eve at LOVE Park, 17th and Arch streets, Philadelphia. Click here for a complete schedule of events.
Photographs by Gwyneth K. Shaw.