Happy Holidays!

For months you’ve been thinking about what you should get your loved ones for Christmas and now the Holidays are here and you are starting to panic. If you haven’t found a gift no worries, we have all been there. This is just one more reason to head to the Christmas Village - We'll be open Christmas Eve, Dec 24th, from 11am to 5pm for all last-minute shoppers! Come check out what the amazing vendors at the Christmas Village have to offer and bring home a unique gift for your loved ones or maybe just for yourself! 

Christmas Village will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec 25th, but for everybody who does not want to let go of the holiday spirit just yet, Christmas Village will be open for a last fun filled weekend in 2015 on Saturday, Dec. 26th, and Sunday, Dec 27th! Don't miss the opportunity to spend some fun time with your family and friends and do some after Christmas shopping at the Christmas Village!

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LOVE Weekend

LOVE is in the air! Join us for our fun filled LOVE weekend at LOVE Park on Saturday, Dec 19th, and Sunday, Dec 20th! Besides from love themed decoration and a great entertainment schedule we prepared something special for you! Share your most beautiful kissing photo with us on Instagram and win a Christmas Village food bundle for you and your loved one! What you have to do is really simple. Snap your LOVE picture at the Christmas Village, tag our official instagram account @philachristmas and use #philaLOVEchritmas in order to win!

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Wish Wall

Wishes make life better, especially when they come true! This simple, but powerfil belief drives the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Christmas Village is happy to partner up with an organization that is worth supporting once again. In order to raise money and grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valleyback will be back at the Christmas Village this year for our Charity Weekend on Saturday, Dec. 12th, and Sunday, Dec. 13th! All money donated this weekend will go directly to Make-A-Wish.

In addition, the Christmas Village wish wall is set up during the whole duration of our outdoor holiday market! You'll have the chance to donate by buying an ornament for our wish wall. Purchase a heart at the information booth, right next to the LOVE sign, write down your wish and hang it up on our wish wall!

 

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Make us the official #1 Holiday Festival!

We are so excited to be nominated for Best Holiday Festival promoted by  USA TODAY 10Best! The voting ends next Monday, December 21st, so now it's time to show your Philly love, vote for Christmas Village and make us the official #1 Holiday Festival! You can vote once a day per device. Thank you! http://bit.do/votePHL

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German American Weekend

German American Weekend

The Christmas Village is making German heritage an exciting experience this winter. Join us at LOVE Park this weekend on Saturday, Dec 5th, and Sunday, Dec 6th, for our German American Weekend. There will be traditional dancing and singing on stage, and various German clubs from all over the area. Bring your dancing shoes and you can even learn some German steps. And don't forget to taste traditional German food like Bratwurst, Gluehwein or Lebkuchen!

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Lantern Parade and LOVE Park Tree Lighting

Christmas Village Lantern Parade
Children and families from around the region are invited to join the Christmas Village in Philadelphia's first-ever Lantern Parade and the LOVE Park Tree Lighting on Friday, December 4, 2015, starting at 4:00pm. 
Meet at the Comcast Center (17th and JFK Boulevard) to listen to the Spring Garden Academy performance and enjoy the Comcast Holiday Spectacular at 4:30pm.
Afterwards join the festive procession starting at 5:00pm with your homemade and decorated lanterns (battery please, no flame) or purchase one at the parade's start.
Children's carolers from Walnut Street Theatre will lead the parade through the city, wrapping around LOVE Park and ending at the base of the Christmas Village Christmas Tree in the middle of LOVE Park.
Philly Pops Festival Brass Quintet will perform holiday favorites and set the perfect backdrop for the lighting of the tree at 6:20pm. Look for some familiar faces that join the ceremony. Don't forget to bring an unwrapped new children's toy to donate to the Salvation Army.

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Christmas Village Grand Opening Ceremony

Christmas is almost here! We invite all of you to join us on Saturday, Nov 28th, for Christmas Village’s Grand Opening Ceremony. Don’t miss our opening with the Christkind coming from one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets, the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg. Santa will also be at Christmas Village from 12am until the market closes. So make sure to pay him a visit and take your picture with Santa back home!

We will be opening at 11am and the ceremony begins at 3pm.

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Preview Weekend is coming up!

Christmas Village from above

 

Join us for our Preview Weekend on Nov. 21st and 22nd at LOVE Park! Christmas Village has never opened before Thanksgiving, so we are excited to share one more fun filled weekend with you this season! Stop by to get a first impression of what Christmas Village has to offer this year! We won't be finished with the complete set up yet, and still have to work on some decorations and our new outdoor seating area, but our vendors are already opened and excited to welcome you! Opening hours are Saturday 11am - 8pm and Sunday 11am - 7pm. 

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Parking at the Christmas Village

Together with our partner LAZ Parking, we offer discounts for Center City parking at the Love Park Garage to make it even more convenient to visit Christmas Village. 

Validate your ticket at our information booth and get a $2 discount!

Address:

1599 John F Kennedy Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Entrances are located on Arch Street at 16th, and on Cherry Street at 15th

 

To locate further parking in the Center City area, please visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority website.

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We Welcome back our Sponsor NRG Home

Logo NRG Home

“Every year I’m touched by the warmth and holiday spirit shown by everyone who is part of Christmas Village, including vendors, organizers, and visitors," said Heather Farber, managing director, NRG Retail Northeast. “That is why NRG Home is so excited to be a part of this growing Philadelphia tradition. NRG Home has a lot of wonderful things planned for visitors.“

We are very happy to welcome back NRG Home as our presenting sponsor for the third straight year. 

NRG Home empowers residential energy customers with a new way to think about, buy and use energy. Innovative, exclusive energy products give customers unprecedented choice and control through customized electricity plans with unique rewards and access to emerging energy technology solutions. NRG Home is part of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 company that serves more than 2 million retail customers across the country. NRG creates value through reliable and efficient conventional generation, while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions. More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @nrgenergy.

Together with NRG Home we are looking forward to celebrate this year's Christmas season with all of you.

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Hello Friends of Christmas Village

Christmas Village in Philadelphia 2015

Now that summer is officially over, we are back and getting ready for the upcoming season of Christmas Village in Philadelphia 2015.

Beginning Thanksgiving Day and through the month of December, Philadelphia will once again transform into a European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village at Love Park. Join us for a special Preview Weekend on November 21st and 22nd to get an early peak what Christmas Village has to offer this year!

Again we will bring an authentic and exciting selection of European food, German Christmas ornaments and other great gifts for family and friends to LOVE Park. In addition, we are setting up a new seating area for you to sit back and enjoy our food in a cozy atmosphere.

So be ready for more news to come and mark your calendars for our opening ceremony on Nov 28th 2015.

Your Christmas Village Team

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Become a vendor of Christmas Village 2015!

Picket Fence Confections
We are looking for unique vendors to join us at Love Park this Holiday season.

Check out some of our 2014 vendors' presentations at our Vendor Gallery 2014

Feel free to request vendor info through info@philachristmas.com

 

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2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everybody!

The Christmas Village Team is also enjoying a day off with friends and family and we will be back at LOVE Park tomorrow from 11AM on.

Don't miss your opportunity for some after Christmas shopping at Christmas Village until December, 28!

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Parking Recommendation

Together with our partner LAZ Parking, we offer discounts for Center City parking at the Parking Garage at Love Park (entrance at Arch Street)  to make it convenient to visit Christmas Village:

 

Weekday discount:

Get $ 2 discount through validation at our information booth.

 

Weekend/Holiday rate:

Get $ 2 discount on the $ 10 weekend special through validation at our information booth = $ 8 / day with this discount.

 

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We Welcome back our Sponsor NRG Home

Logo NRG Home

We are very happy to welcome back NRG Home as our presenting sponsor for the 2014 Holiday Season.

NRG Home empowers residential energy customers with a new way to think about, buy and use energy. Innovative, exclusive energy products give customers unprecedented choice and control through customized electricity plans with unique rewards and access to emerging energy technology solutions. NRG Home is part of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 company that serves more than 2 million retail customers across the country. NRG creates value through reliable and efficient conventional generation, while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions.

NRG Home is once again proud to be the presenting sponsor of Christmas Village in Philadelphia, a growing tradition that brings the community together,” said Heather Farber, Managing Director, NRG Retail Northeast. “We look forward to connecting with consumers at Christmas Village, listening to what their energy needs are, and sharing how NRG Home can help power their holidays both at home and on the go.

Together with NRG Home we are looking forward to celebrate this year's Christmas season with all of you.

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Only 3 weeks to go

Fall is officially here now that the leaves are turning red. With trees on fire and cold wind blowing throughout the city it only means one thing: The holidays are knocking on our doors! And who does holidays better than us? That’s right, no one. As you look forward to that big thanksgiving meal with your family, we are proud to remind you, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is once again back to keep you company at Love Park through the holidays starting Nov 27th Thanksgiving day 9am sharp! 3 weeks to go till the opening day, this will mark our 7th straight year of traditional German Christmas Market in Philadelphia!

We have a variety of goods to offer here at the market. Get cozy with a hot chocolate or grab a German Bratwurst from one of our cafes and check out the new food additions as well. For all you center city workers and dwellers, we are introducing our new weekday Lunch Specials and evening Happy Hours. You never had a better excuse to drink mulled wine with your coworkers!

So with 3 weeks to go, mark your calendars, as we are open this year from Thanksgiving Day till Sunday, December 28 with the exception of Christmas day. Our holiday hours are Sun - Thurs 11am - 7pm and Fri - Sat 11am - 8pm. Admission is free for all. So as you make your way with the parade, duck out and visit us at the market! See you in 3 weeks!

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Kathe Wohlfahrt - Celebrating 50 years of Christmas

Kaethe Wohlfahrt 50 years anniversary

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.

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Christmas Village is coming back to LOVE Park

Love Sign

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.

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2013

Extended Opening dates

Extended opening dates! The Christmas Village will be open until Jan 1, so come over, shop at our unique vendors and enjoy entertainment and food during the holidays.

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.

 

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Fundraiser Weekend

The 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!

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Holiday Hours

Christmas Village is open through the last Sunday in December this year.
 
Nov 21/22 Preview Weekend 11am  -   8pm 
(closed Nov 23-25) 
Nov 26 (Thanksgiving)  9am   -  5pm
Dec 24 (Christmas Eve) 11am  -  5pm
Dec 25 (Christmas Day) ----closed----
Dec 26  11am  -  8pm
Dec 27  11am  - 7pm
 
 
 
 

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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 

 

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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!

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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!

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Extended Dates 2013

08/30/13

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! 

 

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Happy Holidays!

For months you’ve been thinking about what you should get your loved ones for Christmas and now the Holidays are here and you are starting to panic. If you haven’t found a gift no worries, we have all been there. This is just one more reason to head to the Christmas Village - We'll be open Christmas Eve, Dec 24th, from 11am to 5pm for all last-minute shoppers! Come check out what the amazing vendors at the Christmas Village have to offer and bring home a unique gift for your loved ones or maybe just for yourself! 

Christmas Village will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec 25th, but for everybody who does not want to let go of the holiday spirit just yet, Christmas Village will be open for a last fun filled weekend in 2015 on Saturday, Dec. 26th, and Sunday, Dec 27th! Don't miss the opportunity to spend some fun time with your family and friends and do some after Christmas shopping at the Christmas Village!

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LOVE Weekend

LOVE is in the air! Join us for our fun filled LOVE weekend at LOVE Park on Saturday, Dec 19th, and Sunday, Dec 20th! Besides from love themed decoration and a great entertainment schedule we prepared something special for you! Share your most beautiful kissing photo with us on Instagram and win a Christmas Village food bundle for you and your loved one! What you have to do is really simple. Snap your LOVE picture at the Christmas Village, tag our official instagram account @philachristmas and use #philaLOVEchritmas in order to win!

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Wish Wall

Wishes make life better, especially when they come true! This simple, but powerfil belief drives the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Christmas Village is happy to partner up with an organization that is worth supporting once again. In order to raise money and grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valleyback will be back at the Christmas Village this year for our Charity Weekend on Saturday, Dec. 12th, and Sunday, Dec. 13th! All money donated this weekend will go directly to Make-A-Wish.

In addition, the Christmas Village wish wall is set up during the whole duration of our outdoor holiday market! You'll have the chance to donate by buying an ornament for our wish wall. Purchase a heart at the information booth, right next to the LOVE sign, write down your wish and hang it up on our wish wall!

 

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Make us the official #1 Holiday Festival!

We are so excited to be nominated for Best Holiday Festival promoted by  USA TODAY 10Best! The voting ends next Monday, December 21st, so now it's time to show your Philly love, vote for Christmas Village and make us the official #1 Holiday Festival! You can vote once a day per device. Thank you! http://bit.do/votePHL

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German American Weekend

German American Weekend

The Christmas Village is making German heritage an exciting experience this winter. Join us at LOVE Park this weekend on Saturday, Dec 5th, and Sunday, Dec 6th, for our German American Weekend. There will be traditional dancing and singing on stage, and various German clubs from all over the area. Bring your dancing shoes and you can even learn some German steps. And don't forget to taste traditional German food like Bratwurst, Gluehwein or Lebkuchen!

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Lantern Parade and LOVE Park Tree Lighting

Christmas Village Lantern Parade
Children and families from around the region are invited to join the Christmas Village in Philadelphia's first-ever Lantern Parade and the LOVE Park Tree Lighting on Friday, December 4, 2015, starting at 4:00pm. 
Meet at the Comcast Center (17th and JFK Boulevard) to listen to the Spring Garden Academy performance and enjoy the Comcast Holiday Spectacular at 4:30pm.
Afterwards join the festive procession starting at 5:00pm with your homemade and decorated lanterns (battery please, no flame) or purchase one at the parade's start.
Children's carolers from Walnut Street Theatre will lead the parade through the city, wrapping around LOVE Park and ending at the base of the Christmas Village Christmas Tree in the middle of LOVE Park.
Philly Pops Festival Brass Quintet will perform holiday favorites and set the perfect backdrop for the lighting of the tree at 6:20pm. Look for some familiar faces that join the ceremony. Don't forget to bring an unwrapped new children's toy to donate to the Salvation Army.

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Christmas Village Grand Opening Ceremony

Christmas is almost here! We invite all of you to join us on Saturday, Nov 28th, for Christmas Village’s Grand Opening Ceremony. Don’t miss our opening with the Christkind coming from one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets, the Christkindlesmarkt in Nuremberg. Santa will also be at Christmas Village from 12am until the market closes. So make sure to pay him a visit and take your picture with Santa back home!

We will be opening at 11am and the ceremony begins at 3pm.

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Preview Weekend is coming up!

Christmas Village from above

 

Join us for our Preview Weekend on Nov. 21st and 22nd at LOVE Park! Christmas Village has never opened before Thanksgiving, so we are excited to share one more fun filled weekend with you this season! Stop by to get a first impression of what Christmas Village has to offer this year! We won't be finished with the complete set up yet, and still have to work on some decorations and our new outdoor seating area, but our vendors are already opened and excited to welcome you! Opening hours are Saturday 11am - 8pm and Sunday 11am - 7pm. 

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Parking at the Christmas Village

Together with our partner LAZ Parking, we offer discounts for Center City parking at the Love Park Garage to make it even more convenient to visit Christmas Village. 

Validate your ticket at our information booth and get a $2 discount!

Address:

1599 John F Kennedy Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19103 

Entrances are located on Arch Street at 16th, and on Cherry Street at 15th

 

To locate further parking in the Center City area, please visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority website.

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We Welcome back our Sponsor NRG Home

Logo NRG Home

“Every year I’m touched by the warmth and holiday spirit shown by everyone who is part of Christmas Village, including vendors, organizers, and visitors," said Heather Farber, managing director, NRG Retail Northeast. “That is why NRG Home is so excited to be a part of this growing Philadelphia tradition. NRG Home has a lot of wonderful things planned for visitors.“

We are very happy to welcome back NRG Home as our presenting sponsor for the third straight year. 

NRG Home empowers residential energy customers with a new way to think about, buy and use energy. Innovative, exclusive energy products give customers unprecedented choice and control through customized electricity plans with unique rewards and access to emerging energy technology solutions. NRG Home is part of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 company that serves more than 2 million retail customers across the country. NRG creates value through reliable and efficient conventional generation, while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions. More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow them on Twitter @nrgenergy.

Together with NRG Home we are looking forward to celebrate this year's Christmas season with all of you.

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Hello Friends of Christmas Village

Christmas Village in Philadelphia 2015

Now that summer is officially over, we are back and getting ready for the upcoming season of Christmas Village in Philadelphia 2015.

Beginning Thanksgiving Day and through the month of December, Philadelphia will once again transform into a European wonderland for the annual Christmas Village at Love Park. Join us for a special Preview Weekend on November 21st and 22nd to get an early peak what Christmas Village has to offer this year!

Again we will bring an authentic and exciting selection of European food, German Christmas ornaments and other great gifts for family and friends to LOVE Park. In addition, we are setting up a new seating area for you to sit back and enjoy our food in a cozy atmosphere.

So be ready for more news to come and mark your calendars for our opening ceremony on Nov 28th 2015.

Your Christmas Village Team

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Become a vendor of Christmas Village 2015!

Picket Fence Confections
We are looking for unique vendors to join us at Love Park this Holiday season.

Check out some of our 2014 vendors' presentations at our Vendor Gallery 2014

Feel free to request vendor info through info@philachristmas.com

 

_________________________________________________

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2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everybody!

The Christmas Village Team is also enjoying a day off with friends and family and we will be back at LOVE Park tomorrow from 11AM on.

Don't miss your opportunity for some after Christmas shopping at Christmas Village until December, 28!

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Parking Recommendation

Together with our partner LAZ Parking, we offer discounts for Center City parking at the Parking Garage at Love Park (entrance at Arch Street)  to make it convenient to visit Christmas Village:

 

Weekday discount:

Get $ 2 discount through validation at our information booth.

 

Weekend/Holiday rate:

Get $ 2 discount on the $ 10 weekend special through validation at our information booth = $ 8 / day with this discount.

 

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We Welcome back our Sponsor NRG Home

Logo NRG Home

We are very happy to welcome back NRG Home as our presenting sponsor for the 2014 Holiday Season.

NRG Home empowers residential energy customers with a new way to think about, buy and use energy. Innovative, exclusive energy products give customers unprecedented choice and control through customized electricity plans with unique rewards and access to emerging energy technology solutions. NRG Home is part of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 company that serves more than 2 million retail customers across the country. NRG creates value through reliable and efficient conventional generation, while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions.

NRG Home is once again proud to be the presenting sponsor of Christmas Village in Philadelphia, a growing tradition that brings the community together,” said Heather Farber, Managing Director, NRG Retail Northeast. “We look forward to connecting with consumers at Christmas Village, listening to what their energy needs are, and sharing how NRG Home can help power their holidays both at home and on the go.

Together with NRG Home we are looking forward to celebrate this year's Christmas season with all of you.

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Only 3 weeks to go

Fall is officially here now that the leaves are turning red. With trees on fire and cold wind blowing throughout the city it only means one thing: The holidays are knocking on our doors! And who does holidays better than us? That’s right, no one. As you look forward to that big thanksgiving meal with your family, we are proud to remind you, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is once again back to keep you company at Love Park through the holidays starting Nov 27th Thanksgiving day 9am sharp! 3 weeks to go till the opening day, this will mark our 7th straight year of traditional German Christmas Market in Philadelphia!

We have a variety of goods to offer here at the market. Get cozy with a hot chocolate or grab a German Bratwurst from one of our cafes and check out the new food additions as well. For all you center city workers and dwellers, we are introducing our new weekday Lunch Specials and evening Happy Hours. You never had a better excuse to drink mulled wine with your coworkers!

So with 3 weeks to go, mark your calendars, as we are open this year from Thanksgiving Day till Sunday, December 28 with the exception of Christmas day. Our holiday hours are Sun - Thurs 11am - 7pm and Fri - Sat 11am - 8pm. Admission is free for all. So as you make your way with the parade, duck out and visit us at the market! See you in 3 weeks!

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Kathe Wohlfahrt - Celebrating 50 years of Christmas

Kaethe Wohlfahrt 50 years anniversary

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

Love Sign

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.

_________________________________________________

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2013

Extended Opening dates

Extended opening dates! The Christmas Village will be open until Jan 1, so come over, shop at our unique vendors and enjoy entertainment and food during the holidays.

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.

 

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Fundraiser Weekend

The 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!

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Holiday Hours

Christmas Village is open through the last Sunday in December this year.
 
Nov 21/22 Preview Weekend 11am  -   8pm 
(closed Nov 23-25) 
Nov 26 (Thanksgiving)  9am   -  5pm
Dec 24 (Christmas Eve) 11am  -  5pm
Dec 25 (Christmas Day) ----closed----
Dec 26  11am  -  8pm
Dec 27  11am  - 7pm
 
 
 
 

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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 

 

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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!

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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!

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Extended Dates 2013

08/30/13

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! 

 

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Nov 21st - 22nd &
Nov 26th - Dec 27th 2015
Love Park (JFK Plaza)

1500 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Sun. - Thur. 11am - 7pm
Fri. - Sat. 11am - 8pm
Holiday Hours

Free Admission!
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