Get ready to enjoy holiday sights and sounds with tens of thousands of twinkling lights, delicious food and drinks, festive decorations, live music, children’s activities, international and local gift shopping, and more! Christmas Village in Philadelphia returns on November 28, and it’s going to be bigger than ever!
This year, over 80 international and local merchants and artists will sell high-quality and lovingly crafted gifts in decorated tents and wooden houses that will pop-up throughout Philadelphia’s iconic LOVE Park. Across at Dilworth Plaza, Christmas Village organizers will also curate 50+ local vendors at The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. Together, shoppers will have 130 reasons to skip the malls and shop in Center City this year. With everything from ornaments, toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, home goods, artwork, sweets and more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list!
New This Year
Philadelphia’s largest holiday attraction will expand in 2019 and take over North Broad outside of City Hall and pop-up around the beloved municipal Christmas Tree of the City of Philadelphia. The new expansion, called Wawa Holiday Plaza, will feature dozens of new vendors, twinkling lights, wooden huts, hot cocoa and two big surprises …
Look up! As the biggest surprise ever to come to Christmas Village, there will be a brand-new Christmas Village Ferris Wheel as you come around City Hall and down Broad Street. Witness the beauty of the holiday markets below as you elevate 65 feet into the air for a truly unforgettable view. The sky-high new attraction will join the Christmas Village Carousel inside the City Hall Courtyard. Tickets for the Ferris wheel are $4 each.
In addition to the new Christmas Village Ferris Wheel, families will find a fun new feature for little ones. Children can climb aboard the brand-new Christmas Village Holiday Train that will loop around the North West corner of the Wawa Holiday Plaza. Children can ride while parents take in the sights and sounds of the Holiday Market with a hot cup of mulled wine. Rides on the Christmas Village Holiday Train will be $3 each.
“Christmas Village is so thrilled to announce our largest expansion ever in our twelve years of being in Philadelphia,” said President and Founder of German American Marketing, Inc. & Christmas Village in Philadelphia Thomas Bauer. “Each and every year Christmas Village has grown, from the early days around the outside of City Hall, to over the years to the brand-new LOVE Park, to taking over the City Hall Courtyard, to now taking over North Broad. Last year was a record year and we saw over 800,000 visitors combined with our Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. This year, we wanted to bring the City of Brotherly Love a brand-new sky-high surprise to take in the holiday views of one of America’s most acclaimed authentic German Christmas Markets. The holiday vibes will be unlike anything you have experienced before. We can’t wait to see you there for 2019!”
Christmas Village’s new Wawa Holiday Plaza at North Broad will join Christmas Village in LOVE Park and Christmas Village’s ACME Winter Memories in the City Hall Courtyard for the holiday season.
About Christmas Village
Christmas Village opens daily, starting on Thanksgiving Day, to coincide with Philadelphia’s annual Thanksgiving Parade. The open-air Christmas market will remain open through Christmas Eve. A Preview Weekend will take place on Saturday, November 23 and Sunday, November 24.
Daily market hours are Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday through Thursday 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. The Christmas Village Ferris Wheel, Holiday Train and Carousel will all be open during regular hours of Christmas Village.