Starting Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Village in Philadelphia (presented by NRG Home) will again transform LOVE Park (15th/JKF Blvd.) into a winter wonderland with sights, sounds, tastes and tons of shopping. The open-air German Christmas Market is one of many festive holiday traditions our Philadelphia has to offer – and its the perfect way to kickstart the most wonderful time of year.

Between Thanksgiving Day and Sunday, December 28, 2014, you can shop for high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations; enjoy holiday sights and sounds with thousand of twinkling lights and the LOVE Park Christmas Tree; and cozy up to a warm glass of mulled wine. Santa will be there on weekends for a family photo (or perhaps a selfie, or two). Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go. Check out a special preview below and get ready to get into the spirit of the season with us…

Christmas Village, Philadelphia, Holiday Tradition, LOVE Park
Now in its seventh year, Christmas Village in Philadelphia has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming holiday attractions. It expects to attract more than 550,000 people in 2014. Sixty-five international and local merchants and artists are busy preparing high-quality gifts that will be sold in decorated tents and wooden houses that will pop-up throughout Center City’s famous LOVE Park. With toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, homegoods, artwork and more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list.

Christmas Village, Philadelphia, Holiday Tradition, LOVE Park
Follow the smell of gingerbread and waffles to a full menu of European food, sweets and drinks, including mouthwatering German bratwurst or schnitzel served on a warm roll (Brötchen). Look for new menu additions this year, including Döner Kebab (a German specialty featuring fresh meat shaved right off the rotisserie spit, placed in a warm pita pocket with tomato, onion, and our delicious homemade sauce). Wash it all down with a warm mug of traditional German Glühwein (spiced mulled wine) or rich hot chocolate.

Helmut's Original Austrian Strudel,Christmas Village, Philadelphia, Holiday Tradition, LOVE Park
On top of the great shopping and dining experiences, visitors will enjoy the glorious Christmas Tree in LOVE Park, a Wish Wall in conjunction with the Make-a-Wish Foundation, a new kid’s zone on the weekends, theme days and weekends, tasting tours with Chaddsford Winery, live music during evenings and weekends, and other surprises to be announced.
Christmas Village, Philadelphia, Holiday Tradition, LOVE Park, German American Weekend, Credit Russ Brown Photography

The Christmas Village previews for two days on Thanksgiving Day (9:00am to 5:00pm) and Black Friday (11:00am to 7:00pm). Stop over after Philadelphia’s annual Thanksgiving Parade on Thursday, November 27 and beat the mall crowds on Black Friday, November 28, 2014. Daily market hours starting Black Friday through the last Sunday in December will be Friday through Saturday 11:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday through Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm. Christmas Eve hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm (closed on Christmas Day).

Christmas Village, Philadelphia, Holiday Tradition, LOVE Park
The market will have a Grand Opening Ceremony on Saturday, November 29, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Invite your family and friends to come sing-a-long to holiday selections by local choirs, marching bands and other entertainers. Meet the original Christkind from Nuremberg after she officially opens the market by reciting her traditional prologue and rings in the official lighting ceremony of the Chritmas Village Fountain (not the tree), presented by NRG Home. Take photos with her as she does her traditional walk of the market. In Germany, she is the person that brings the Christmas gifts to the kids, and she won’t be coming to Philadelphia empty handed!

Christmas Village, Philadelphia, Holiday Tradition, LOVE Park
Vendor lists, food and drink menus, theme weekends, special event details and special promotions are going to be released shortly by organizers – and we can’t wait to share them with you!  In the meantime, follow @philachristmas on Twitter, follow Christmas Village on Facebook and visit www.philachristmas.com for more information. Stay tuned for our other top holiday picks of the season, including the Holiday Light Show at Macy’s, lunch at Reading Terminal Market, and a trip to the Comcast Center for the Holiday Show. Get ready to say Merry Christmas, Philly!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored with support from Christmas Village in Philadelphia.  Facebook, Twitter and Google are not affiliated with any Philly Loves Fun giveaways ever. Please confirm all times and schedules with official organizers. Philly Loves Fun is not sponsoring this event. 

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