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It’s MightyFest 2018: Philly’s four-day literacy festival!
Sep 27 – Sep 30 all-day

What is MightyFest

MightyFest is a weekend filled with literacy activities for kids and adults!

Beginning Thursday, September 27, 2018, every Free Library of Philadelphia neighborhood library will host a Mighty Writers hour.

Then that Friday night, September 28th, we’re heading over to the Fels Planetarium at the Franklin Institute for a night celebrating the (21+) young people in our Mighty community, complete with dancing, beer and cider provided by Philadelphia Brewing Company, and music by Philly’s own DJ Lil’ Dave.

Saturday, September 29th, from 11AM to 4PM, we’ll be right outside the Franklin Institute at Aviator Park! And you better be ready! With more than 30 tents filled with volunteers, Mighty Writers staff, and Philly organizations all running a writing-related activity, we’re hosting the BIGGEST, most fun-filled kids literacy carnival you’ve ever seen (dunk tank included)!

And adults, don’t worry, we’ve got something for you too. After the writing extravaganza, our keynote speaker (and MacArthur Genius Award winner) Nikole Hannah-Jones will be speaking at the Philadelphia Ethical Society ready to educate us about what she knows best: the politics of race and education. Don’t miss the cocktails, Yards beer, and hors d’oeuvre following her speech!

Sunday, September 30th, we conclude MightyFest with a gospel breakfast and pay tribute to the Dixie Hummingbirds at Girard College.

Join us! Together, we will celebrate the wonder of Philly kid storytelling and spread the word about the power of writing.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Nov 22 – Dec 24 all-day

After celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, Christmas Village is happy to announce, that it will once again set up in the newly renovated LOVE Park to put Center City in the mood for the winter holidays.

Returning for its 11th season already, Christmas Village in Philadelphia will transform Love Park into an authentic German Christmas market. The event will open Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 22nd) and run through Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24th) with a Preview Weekend on November 17th and 18th.

Over 80 local and international vendors will await the visitors in their traditional wooden booths, offering Holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, high-quality arts and crafts. Here, everybody is sure to find unique gifts for their beloved ones that can’t be found in a shopping mall!

Come and enjoy European foods, sweets and drinks, such as Bratwurst, Schnitzel and Lebkuchen (gingerbread) or our special hot Gluhwein (mulled wine). Watch daily live performances by local bands, dance groups and artists on the Christmas Village stage and experience one of our themed weekends or special weekday events, such as Wine Tastings or St. Nikolaus Day.

Don’t miss: The festive Käthe Wohlfahrt tent features popular Christmas gifts from Germany, including glass ornaments, music boxes, nutcrackers, schwibbogen and incense smokers.


Summary of 2018 highlights:

– Be excited for Christmas Villages’ return to Love Park, with additional decoration elements, new vendors and even more event space to stroll

– Meet the original Christkind from Nuremberg/Germany when she opens the market within our Grand Opening Ceremony on Sunday, November 25th, 2018

– Enjoy exclusive Wine Tasting Events in partnership with Chaddsford Winery, which are held twice a week

– Sit down in our new seating area and wash down a delicious Bratwurst with a locally brewed beer from Brewery Techne at Fairmount Avenue

– Grab your friends and swing by at our Ho Ho Happy Hour! Take advantage of discounted foods and drinks in a relaxed after work atmosphere

– Sip a hot chocolate out of our new 2018 collectors mug

Once again, Christmas Village will be accompanied by the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, which features more than 40 local arts and craft vendors. From November 17th, 2018 until January 1st, 2019 the white tents with a Herrnhut star atop, will pop up at Dilworth Park – right in front of City Hall and across the street from Christmas Village.

Come and experience Philadelphia’s Best Outdoor Event of 2018, voted by the Philly Happening List, with your beloved ones! To get more information about our vendors, programming and events, visit our website

or simply follow us on social media (#philachristmas).


Times and Dates of Christmas Village in Philadelphia 2018:

Thanksgiving Day till Christmas Eve (November 22nd – December 24th)

Preview Weekend: November 17th and 18th

Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Friday – Saturday: 11am – 8pm

Thanksgiving Day: 9 am – 5 pm
Christmas Eve: 11 am – 5 pm

Location: JFK Plaza, 1500 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102 

Admission is free, so come by and enjoy the festive traditional Holiday atmosphere all month long.