The Christmas Village in Philadelphia presented by NRG Home will again transform Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, open daily between Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 26, 2015 and Sunday, December 27, 2015. For the first time ever, the market will open early for a special preview on Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22, 2015. Shop for high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations. Enjoy holiday sights and sounds with thousands of twinkling lights, the LOVE Park Christmas Tree, live music, children’s activities and photos with Santa Claus. Warm up with a glass of warm mulled wine or hot cocoa while enjoying European food and drink. Watch for new decorations, seating, vendors and tasty treats! Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go.

After breaking attendance records last year with 600,000 visitors, Christmas Village in Philadelphia returns for the holiday season with some special new surprises for the City of Brotherly Love. The special preview weekend will mark the first time ever that the market has opened before Thanksgiving. Other new additions include the beautiful original Herrnhut Stars (Moravian Stars) that will illuminate LOVE Park and the village’s wooden huts, a new food and wine garden behind Independence Visitor’s Center, Santa’s house moving to the middle of LOVE Park for new photo opportunities, and new vendors and tasty treats from around the world.

Now in its eighth year, Christmas Village in Philadelphia has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming holiday attractions. Organizers expect to attract more than 700,000 people in 2015. Seventy international and local merchants and artists are busy preparing high-quality and lovingly crafted gifts that will be sold in decorated tents and wooden houses that will pop-up throughout Center City’s famous LOVE Park. With ornaments, toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, home goods, artwork and more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list.

Here’s five of our favorite things about Christmas Village that we are looking forward too!  Tell us in the comments, what do YOU love about Christmas Village in Philadelphia?

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The Christkind is coming on Opening Day (Sat Nov 28, 2015) with treats for the kids.

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Thousands of twinkling lights, the magical Christmas tree, the smell of evergreen. It’s truly a wonderful life!

Santa officially arrived from the north pole by Lauren Mame Thomas Christmas Village in Philadelphia, Love Park, Christmas Village, Christmas Market, German Market, Tourism, Holiday, Hospitality, Philly, Pennsylvania, Aversa PR

Santa Claus is back and ready to find out if you’ve been naughty or nice.

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We’ve counted down ALL YEAR until the day that Wisconsin Baked Cheese hits our tummy!

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Help a charity and make a wish! We love to give back – but also read what everyone had to share on the wish wall for Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Vendor lists, food and drink menus, theme weekends, special event details and special promotions will be released in mid-November. Follow @philachristmas on Twitter and Instagram, follow Christmas Village on Facebook and visit http://www.philachristmas.com for more information.

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