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Holiday Fun in Philadelphia

Looking to experience the magic of the holidays in Philly? We’ve got you covered! Until December 24th, you can visit the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park and the Philadelphia Christmas Village at Love Park.

Philadelphia Holiday Market

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The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market is located in Dilworth Park, which surrounds Philadelphia’s historic City Hall. With the Market’s wintery, inviting atmosphere, beautifully decorated with twinkling lights and festive decorations, you’re sure to catch the holiday spirit.

The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market is a unique and charming holiday tradition that offers something Philly-made for everyone! Decked out in Philadelphia charm, the market showcases the work of local artisans and businesses. The vendors at Made in Philadelphia are carefully selected to ensure they offer a high-quality, diverse range of locally crafted products. You’ll find everything from handmade jewelry, clothing, and artwork to artisanal food and home goods.

The market also offers a variety of family-friendly activities, including live music, caroling, and children’s crafts. There is also a large playground, Ferris wheel, double-decker carousel, and a full-sized ice skating rink.

Whether you’re looking for unique gifts, delicious food, or simply a fun holiday outing with the family, the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market is sure to please.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for at Made in Philadelphia, simply cross the street to experience the Philadelphia Christmas Village in Love Park.

Modeled after a traditional German Christmas market, the Philadelphia Christmas Village fills Love Park, surrounding Robert Indiana’s iconic Love Statue. Featuring over 100 vendors, the Christmas Village offers a variety of traditional German foods, beer and gifts. You can expect treats like stollen, strudel, bratwurst, raclette, and gingerbread cookies.

Philadelphia Christmas Village

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You can also take care of some holiday shopping at the Christmas Village. With options including handcrafted toys, housewares, clothes, locally-distilled spirits, chocolates, Christmas decorations and ornaments, you’re bound to find that special gift. The Christmas Village also features live music, performances by local artists and storytellers, and a children’s area featuring crafts and train rides. And if you need to determine whether you’re on the naughty or nice list, you’ll find the big man himself in the Christmas Village. Yes, Mr. Claus is available for consultation!

The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market and the Philadelphia Christmas Village are open from noon to 8pm, every day through the end of December, with abbreviated hours on Christmas Eve. Located at 1500 Arch Street, both markets are most easily accessed by foot or by public transportation via SEPTA or Philly Phlash buses. Or, you could take the Market-Frankford Line or the Broad Street Line to City Hall Station. Driving is not recommended, but if you do choose to take the wheel, we have a pro-tip for you: metered parking is free after 11am every Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Tips for enjoying Philadelphia’s Holiday Markets:

  • Bundle up. It can be cold in Philadelphia, especially in December.
  • Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be doing a lot of walking.
  • Come Hungry. There is a huge selection of delicious foods to try.
  • Be prepared for crowds. The markets are a popular destination for locals and tourists, alike.
  • Bring your camera. You’ll want to capture all the festive sights and sounds.
  • Take your time. There’s a lot to see and do at Philly’s Holiday Markets!

Happy Holidays from Philly Crawling!

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Written by Jenna, a local expert guide for Philly Crawling. A recent escapee from the corporate world, she enjoys volunteering and spending time with family. She’s a pet lover, self-proclaimed beer geek, travel enthusiast, and aspiring foodie. Join Jenna for history and beer on Philly Crawling’s Liberty Pub Crawl.

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