November 17, 2017

Your go-to guide to navigating Philadelphia's 2017 Christmas Village

The holiday tradition is celebrating 10 years

Holiday Christmas Village
Christmas Village J. Fusco/Visit Philadelphia™

From Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, the outside of Philadelphia City Hall is transformed into holiday central. The scene features a traditional German Christmas Village where more than 90 merchants sell holiday decor and gifts, toys, clothing, jewelry, artwork and crafts, day and night. Shoppers can nibble on seasonal treats and sweets while enjoying live entertainment and programs.

Christmas Village, the open air German market, is a holiday tradition for many Philadelphians. This year, the market will celebrate 10 years as a Philly favorite.

Before heading to Christmas Village to shop for gifts and festive decorations, read on to find out location, hours and what's new.


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Location

Christmas Village will return to LOVE Park this holiday season. Last year, it was at City Hall due to construction.

Hours

Christmas Village will be open daily from Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 23) to Christmas Eve (Sunday, Dec. 24). Admission is free.

Daily market hours are Fridays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Christmas Eve hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New for 2017

• Special dog-friendly events
Meet St. Nikolaus to get a boot filled with treats on Dec. 6
• Guided tours through the market for senior citizens
• New mascot Phil, the 10th reindeer
• Anniversary weekend with a huge birthday bash and a cake on Dec. 2-3
• New vendors
• New restaurant partnerships for HoHo Happy Hour (Wednesdays 4-6 p.m.) with The Little Lion, Dim Sum House, Tir Na Nog and Revolution Taco 
• Collector mug with a new design for 2017

Returning Traditions

• Christkind opens the market during the Grand Opening Ceremony on Nov. 26 at 3 p.m.
• Chaddsford Winery hosts wine tastings on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Nov. 28 through Dec. 21
• The Free Library of Philadelphia hosts storytime on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.
Lunchtime concert every Friday at noon
Bratwurst eating contest to kick-off the German-American-themed weekend on Dec. 8
• Photos with Santa

Food and Drink

Since Christmas Village is set up like an open-air German market, many of the foods offered are German or inspired by the country's traditional dishes.

Look out for these favorites:

• Mulled wine
• German bratwursts
• Potato pancakes
• Schnitzel
• Belgian fries with a variety of different sauces
• Döner Kebab
• German sweets like gingerbread, stollen and chocolate
• Crêpes
• Waffles with speculoos dipping sauce

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Gingerbread is a delicious treat available at Christmas Village.


Shopping

More than 80 booths, plus a big vendor tent, can be found at Christmas Village. Many of the stalls sell gifts that can't be found at the mall. There are tons of German and international vendors.

The various booths offer unique toys, jewelry, pottery, fashion, art, handmade items, decorations and ornaments, among other goods.

Find the full list of vendors (and where they are located) here.

These are the standout, new vendors this year:

• Chocoidea – Special shaped chocolate products
• German Spatzle Booth – Various traditional dishes with original German Spatzle
• Heimat Berlin – Star-shaped lampshades
• Kreambo – Chocolate-coated marshmallow treats and macarons
• The Truffleist – Truffle products for delicious, unique dishes

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market is separate from Christmas Village but is curated and organized by Christmas Village organizers. This year marks its third year.

It is located at Dilworth Park outside City Hall, close by to LOVE Park.

More than 50 artisans, designers, crafters and confectionaries from the greater Philadelphia region sell gifts and holiday foods inside white, festively lit tents topped with original Herrnhut Stars. View the full list of vendors here.

The holiday market will be open Saturday, Nov. 18, through New Years Day (Jan. 1, 2018). 

Daily market hours are Sundays through Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Fridays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It will be open on Thanksgiving from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Christmas Carousel

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Christmas Village now has a carousel! It's located at City Hall, however, and not LOVE Park.

The Christmas Carousel was introduced to Christmas Village last year, when it was held at City Hall. This year, the carousel will once again be located in the City Hall Courtyard.

It will open with the Made in Philadelphia Market on Saturday, Nov. 18, and remain open through Christmas Eve.