Kathe Wohlfahrt - Celebrating 50 years of Christmas
If you have ever visited a Christmas market, either in Germany or elsewhere, then you surely know the name. Käthe Wohlfahrt crafts some of the finest German Christmas toys and 2014 marks 50 years of sharing its time-honored traditions with the world.
Käthe Wohlfart began after Wilhelm and Käthe Wohlfart’s family keepsake, a beautiful music box, received the admiration of friends. Wilhelm tried to find a music box with similar craftsmanship to give as a gift, but had difficulty since Christmas had already passed. With some resilience, he finally managed to locate a wholesaler with the quality he desired. Not long thereafter, the Wohlfart’s began doing a regular business, and Käthe Wohlfart became one of the first year long purveyors of hand-crafted German Christmas items.
Several decades later, Käthe Wohlfart is still growing. Its hand-painted and hand-carved age-old wooden Christmas items are made with the same level of craftsmanship as in the very beginning, and continue to bring cheer to the world.
Käthe Wohlfart has been a regular fixture at Christmas Village in Philadelphia since its inception in 2008. We at Christmas Village in Philadelphia want congratulate Käthe Wohlfart on 50 successful years of business! Happy 50th Anniversary!
If you want to read more about Käthe Wohlfarts history visit here.
Christmas Village is coming back to LOVE Park
Philadelphia will once again transform into a European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village at Love Park. Christmas Village is open Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 27) until the last Sunday in December (Sunday, December 28).
Get into the Christmas spirit as you wander through the authentic German Christmas market with the smell of waffles and gingerbread wafting through the air. More than 60 vendors from all over the world will set up shops in quaint, wooden booths and two large tents throughout the month.
Browse for the perfect gift, like Christmas ornaments from Germany; enjoy European food, sweets and drinks, such as Bratwurst and “Lebkuchen” (gingerbread); and watch to performances from area bands, dance groups and more.
Don’t miss: The festive Käthe Wohlfahrt tent features popular Christmas gifts from Germany, including glass ornaments, music boxes, nutcrackers and incense smokers.
Admission is free, so come by and enjoy the festive holiday atmosphere all month-long.
Extended Opening dates
Starting on Dec 28, we are offering an additional food and entertainment area in a big heated tent right next to the LOVE sign. Enjoy delicious bratwurst and a variety of beverages like hot chocolate, mulled wine and original wine in a cozy atmosphere with live entertainment. We will have a photo corner and a kids area with face painting and a balloon artist. On top of all Gingy, the Gingerbreadman will be joining us on the weekend to hand out treats for the kids as our mascot.
Fundraiser WeekendThe Christmas Village will be hosting a Fundraiser Weekend to help raising funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley - an organization we think is worth supporting again.All of your monetary donations will be donated 100% to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley!
On Saturday, the Christmas Village is also organizing a spectacular balloon release - handing out helium balloon to the children amongst the crowd. If we manage to release them all together at 3 p.m., we might be able to raise even more awareness outside of LOVE Park for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
Share the holiday Spirit and help us support the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Philadelphia and Susquehenna Valley!
Holiday HoursChristmas Village is open through New Year's Day this year for the first time!
Let Lufthansa & the Christmas Village cover your air fare to Germany!
Time flies - We're only 3 weeks away from the 2014 New Year!
Speaking about German traditions, would you like to visit one of the most famous Christmas markets worldwide in Nuremberg? Want to check out the Gothic Dome in Cologne or the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin?
Or how about an unforgettable trip with your special someone to the Oktoberfest and the Bavarian Alps?
There are many reasons to travel to Germany - each city has its own charm.
Just tell us where you would like Lufthansa to take you - for free!* It's simple, just follow the instructions below to enter the contest. With a bit of luck Lufthansa and the Christmas Village will cover your airfare to Germany! Best of luck!
The winner will be randomly chosen during the awards ceremony on December 29th.
*Winner pays taxes
German American Weekend
Let's celebrate this year's German American weekend together!
Get your Lederhos'n ready and stop by at the Christmas Village to enjoy the lovely choirs and folk dance acts of today and tomorrow.
We´re looking forward to seeing you!
We proudly announce our Presenting sponsor in 2013: NRG Residential Solutions
NRG Residential Solutions will the the Presenting sponsor of the Christmas Village in 2013!
Based in Philadelphia, NRG Residential Solutions is a new retail energy business that will change the way people buy and use energy. Offering unprecedented choice and control, NRG Residential Solutions lets customers customize their electricity plans with unique rewards and other features that are important to them, including access to break-through energy-saving technologies such as the Nest Learning ThermostatTM. NRG Residential Solutions is the Official Energy Partner of the Philadelphia Eagles and a part of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 500 company focused on a smart and innovative energy future.
Make sure to come out to enjoy our official Christmas Village Lighting presented by NRG Residential Solutions at November 30 6pm!
Extended Dates 2013
Christmas Village in Philadelphia is coming back with extended dates 2013!
Together with the City of Philadelphia we decided on a change of market dates to extend the market to New Year's Day.
This gives you the chance to bring your visiting friends or families to Christmas Village right after Christmas or at New Year's!
With this Christmas Village will offer continuous programming at Love Park up to the Mummers Day Parade that passes Love Park on Jan 1st.
New dates: 11/28/13 - 01/01/14
Regular Hours: 11am to 7pm Mon-Thurs; 11am to 8pm Fri-Sat
Special Hours: Thanksgiving Day (11/28/13): 9am to 5pm
Christmas Eve (12/24/13): 11am to 5pm
Christmas Day (12/25/13): closed
New Year's Day (01/01/14): 11am to 5pm
Stay tuned or visit us on facebook for more updates!
Thank you for a wonderful 2012 season!
Christmas Village in Philadelphia, presented by OneMain Financial wants to thank all visitors, vendors, artists, promoters, suppliers, contractors and our staff for a phenomenal 2012 season.
With more than 500,000 visitors the 5th season of Christmas Village reached another all time record! People enjoyed our greatest ever vendor selection and quality for shopping and food. Our amazing stage performances got thousands of people excited who stopped to watch the wonderful choirs, bands and singers.
A special thanks goes to the City of Philadelphia and their wonderful employees who put so much effort in making Christmas Village happen!
Another special thanks goes to our presenting sponsor OneMain Financial, our premium partner Käthe Wohlfahrt, our media partners 98.1 WOGL/ CBS Philly and all our promotion partners!
Looking forward to see you all in 2013!
Opening Hours on Christmas Eve: 11am to 5pm(12/23/2012) Tomorrow, on Christmas Eve, we will be open from 11am until 5pm! So there is still time to buy unique Christmas gifts in the very last minute! Or enjoy our original German Bratwurst at our German Grill Booth for the last time this year!
Last Minute Shopping Weekend on Dec 22th & 23rd(12/21/2012) It's almost Christmas and you still don't have the right gift for your beloved ones? Come down to the Christmas Village to shop your Christmas gifts! We have over 60 vendors selling ornaments, art & craft, jewlery and much more from all over the world! Christmas Village - the perfect place to find your gifts! This will be the last weekend of the Christmas Village in 2012! Make sure to celebrate it with us to get into the right Christmas mood!
Make-A-Wish Fundraiser weekend - presented by OneMain Financial on Dec 15th & 16th
(12/14/2012) It is important for us at the Christmas Village, not only to help bring the Christmas cheer to Philadelphia, but it is also important for us to give back to the community.
Make-a-Wish foundation is one of the nation’s leading charities. For over thirty years, Make-A-Wish has made wishes to children with life threatening diseases come true. From sending kids to Disneyland to having kids meet their sports idol, Make-A-Wish allows dreams of adolescents, who are struggling to make it every day, becomes reality. It’s fair to say, no other organization in the world makes as many wishes come true.
Help us raise money for The Make-A-Wish Foundation!
Tell everyone your wish and help create a giant wishwall in LOVE Park. Buy a wish-hanger at our Information booth for four dollars and one dollar will be donated to Make-A-Wish.
Moonlight-Shopping on Dec 15th
On Dec 15th we will offer you the wonderful experience to explore the Christmas Village at night.
Our vendors will be opened until 10 p.m. selling their unique and international arts and crafts, jewelry and ornaments. Come down to LOVE Park on Dec. 15th and enjoy the Christmas Village scenery with thousands of lights and a cup of hot chocolate to stay warm!
German-American Weekend: Performances on Dec 8th and Dec 9th
(12/07/2012) Like every year we will have a lot traditional german performances including:
- United German Hungarians
- Donauschwaben - GTV Almrausch
- The Hardford German Choir
These performances will of course be free of charge. We do encourage visitors to try any one of our 60 vendors which offer all kinds of German food and drink, especially our Gluehwein, which is the drink of choice for most Germans when they visit a Christmas Market. The Weihnachtshütte (Christmas tent) will be selling an assortment of food like bratwurst, spicy sausage (with sauerkraut), leberkäs, German potato salad, landjäger, pretzels etc.
The German-American Weekend would not be complete without our imported German vendors who will be selling hand-made and glass-blown ornaments, frosted nuts, honey and the list goes on of different things visitors can use to decorate their homes. These vendors have traveled long and far, and are proud to share the German culture to the Philadelphia community.
The event will be taking place on December 8th from 11 am-8 pm and December 9th between 11 am-7pm.
Facebook Photo Contest
(12/01/2012) It's LOVE Weekend at Christmas Village, starting today we want you to tell us what you love!
The 1st prize will be a City Tavern gift basket.
We have 19 great prices from our promotion partners and vendors for the 19 most liked pictures!
So grab your Nikons, Canons and Kodaks and show your photography skills!
The contest will end on December the 16th! So hurry up and be the first to show us what you love!
Tomorrow: LOVE Weekend on Dec 1st and 2nd
(11/30/2012) LOVE is in the air at the Christmas Village on this special weekend! Grab your beloved ones and come down to LOVE park to get yourself in the right Christmas mood!
Our vendors will bring along a large variety of merchandise related to our motto, “We LOVE Christmas.” We will have handmade ornaments which have written LOVE Park on them, canvas pictures with the LOVE sign and so much more. Of course they will still be offering their unique arts and crafts, ornaments and so on.
Additional we will host a Facebook photo contest - more info coming soon!
Tomorrow: Grand Opening Ceremony with the original Christkind from Germany!
The Opening Ceremony comes with wonderful performances by a local choir and a marching band, so you can get into the spirit of the holiday season with your friends and family. Don't miss out on our food stands as well, with traditional european food, desserts and drinks, everyone is sure to find something they like.
Make sure to get a photo with the Christkind during her traditional walk of the market. In Germany, she is the person who brings the Christmas gifts to the kids and she won’t be coming empty-handed!
Furthermore we are proud to announce that Liberty USO is teaming up with Christmas Village this year to help spread the Christmas spirit to our troops this holiday season! At at November the 24th Christmas Village will be a drop-off location for this cause and we are asking you to help collect for Operation Stocking Stuffers - for more info click here.
Schedule of the day
1:00 Performance Father Judge Marching Band
1:30 Walking In Christkind with her entourage
2:15 Christkind recites the traditional prologue with which she will open Christmas Village officially
2:30 Performance Clearview High School choir
The Christkind will walk over the market after reciting her prologue. Kids, make sure to take a picture with her and get a hard candy out of her gift basket!
All Events at Christmas Village 2012
(11/09/2012) Check out our new Event Section where we have all information about upcoming events at Christmas Village 2012. Have a look at our weekend- and weekdays events as well as our tours and the stage calender. We have extended our event programm to make Christmas Village 2012 even more special for you! Because we LOVE Christmas!
OneMain Financial is our presenting sponsor in 2012
We are pleased to announce that OneMain Financial will be our presenting sponsor for the 2012 holiday season. So our event is now officially called "Christmas Village in Philadelphia presented by OneMain Financial"!
OneMain Financial has not only maintained a long history in the financial markets, but has also dedicated part of their company culture to helping the community. We would like to send a special thanks to OneMain Financial for assisting us in bringing the Christmas Village to Philadelphia and also for giving its support to the Philadelphia community. Get more information about OneMain Financial at their booth at Christmas Village!
Christmas Village is coming back in 2012
Christmas Village is coming back to LOVE Park for the 2012 holiday season! Over 60 vendors in 90 different booths will be selling international ornaments, jewelry, and a variety of arts and crafts. Come and enjoy traditional German food and hot beverages, while checking out some new attractions on top of all the other cool stuff we offered last year. More information coming soon, so stay tuned!
New Media Partner 201010/16/10
Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com are the new media partners of Christmas Village in 2010. Christmas Village is proud to announce the partnership with the region's leading newspapers. Visitors of Christmas Village will have the opportunity to book their newspaper subscriptions at our information booth.