The Christmas Village In Philadelphia!

Fest der Liebe Credit Russ Brown Photography

Fest der Liebe – Credit Russ Brown Photography

‘Getting Into the Holiday Spirit At The Christmas Village’

When you start to work on your holiday shopping, this is the place to check out, with over 80 vendors in wooden booths offering you a great experience of shopping in Philadelphia.

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia is an outside Holiday market event in Center City Philadelphia, which is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany. Ater a one-year stop at Dilworth Park last season, the Christmas Village is returning to LOVE Park in 2017 at the iconic plaza after several years of a multimillion-dollar renovation process.

You’ll be able to get a sneak peak on November 18 and 19. The Village officially opens on November 23 and will continue until December 24. The official opening ceremony will be on Sunday, November 26 at 3 pm.

The village will be selling anything from ornaments, high-quality arts and crafts, international gifts, jewelry, and much more. You’ll also be overwhelmed by the aroma of traditional European foods, sweets, and drinks.

(Before reading forward, click this song to get into the holiday spirit of things - Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney)

The Holiday Experience at the Christmas Village at Love Park

You are sure to get into the holiday spirit because of the unique atmosphere with thousands of lights, the big Holiday Tree, the delicious smell of gingerbread and bratwurst. You can also try some of the traditional German cakes and spicy cookies, while washing the food down with German beers, hot cider, hot chocolate or some hot German Gluhwien (mulled wine).

On top of the great shopping and dining experiences, visitors will enjoy the glorious Christmas Tree, a Wish Wall in conjunction with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, theme days and weekends, tasting tours with Chaddsford Winery, live music during evenings and weekends, and other surprises to be announced.

It’s free admission to enter the Christmas Village. All we’ll need is a little snow to add to that Christmas spirit. So bring the family and don’t miss this special month long of events.

Important Dates for Christmas Village - Get Details Here

  • Saturday, November 26 - 3 pm – 3:45 pm – Grand Opening Ceremony with the original “Christkind” from Germany! - Get Details Here -
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 2 & 3 – Anniversary Weekend! Celebrate 10 yrs with a birthday cake, great performances, balloons & more. On Saturday, December 3, they will introduce their new mascot, Phil, Santa’s 10th reindeer. Bring your friends and family to take pictures with Phil during his special meet and greet!  – Details, Click Here.
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 9 & 10 - German American Weekend: Celebrate some German heritage at the Christmas Village & enjoy traditional German dancing and singing on stage. You’ll also be able to enjoy typical food and drinks from Germany, such as delicious Bratwurst, hot Gluhwein, mouth-watering Lebkuchen & so much more! Click Here
  • Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17 - Charity Weekend – Part of the proceeds will be donated 100% to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Philadelphia! You can buy a hanger for the Wish Wall and parts of the proceeds will be donated. Never heard of a Wish Wall? It’s – literally – a wall full of wishes. Visitors buy an ornament at the info booth, write their wishes for the season, for themselves or others on there and hang it up for everybody to see. $1 from every wooden heart purchased will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For many Philadelphian’s this became a Holiday tradition over the years – make it yours, too!
  • Special! Photos with Santa! Meet & Greet Santa Claus! Santa will be at the market taking pictures with the little ones. Click Here
    Opening hours of Santa’s House are:

    • November 23 (Thanksgiving Day): 9 AM – 5 PM
    • November 24 (Black Friday): 12 PM – 8 PM

    • Saturday, November 25: 12 PM – 8 PM

    • Sunday, November 26: 12 PM – 7 PM

    • Friday, December 1: 12 – 8 PM

    • Saturday, December 2: 12 – 8 PM

    • Sunday, December 3: 12 – 7 PM

    • After December 8: Everyday from 12 PM until the market closes (Sun-Thurs: 7 PM; Fri-Sat: 8 PM)

Calendar of Events at Christmas Village: Christmas Village Calendar

Week Day Events: Click Here

Click for Vendor List for 2017 (Waiting for Update)


JFK Plaza
16th & JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Dates & Hours

Preview Weekend  |  November 18 & 19, 2017
November 23 – December 24, 2017
Sunday -Thursday  |  11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday & Saturday  |  11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Holiday Hours - Click Here
Thanksgiving Day  |  11/24/17  |  9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Christmas Eve  |  12/24/17  |  11:00 am – 5:00 pm


Free Admission

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Main Photo – Fest der Liebe – Credit Russ Brown Photography  |  Other photos courtesy of Christmas Village through German American Marketing, Inc.

Jeff Belonger

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