We LOVE Christmas - so we will make every visit at the Christmas Village special for you!

Nov 28 2013: Sneak Peek

Sneak PeakIt’s Thanksgiving AND the first day of the Christmas Village in 2013! Stop by the LOVE Park after the Thanksgiving Parade and start gathering ideas what to get your beloved ones for Christmas this year! Be the first one to see what each vendor has to offer and taste traditional European treats. 

So bring your family along for a little Sneak Peek and enjoy a mug of hot gluhwine (mulled wine) and a cup of hot chocolate with some marshmallows on top for the little ones.By the way, you can also get you Christmas card pictures taken! Pay Santa a little visit – he will be in his little hut to listen to all the Christmas wishes your kids may have.

Beat the crowds and get some shopping in before the Black Friday rush!


The vendors and the Christmas Village Team are looking forward to this very first day of the Village - we can't wait! 


Nov 30 2013: The Grand Opening Ceremony with the original Christkind from Nuremberg/Germany

Just one day after Black Friday the public is invited to join us for our grand opening ceremony at LOVE Park with the original Christkind from Nuremburg. Coming from one of the oldest Christmas Markets in the world, she will honor us with speaking her traditional prologue at 2:00 p.m, which she also annually speaks in Germany. 

The Opening Ceremony comes with wonderful performances by a local choir as well as 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 serving 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!   


Schedule of the day

1:00  Performance Father Judge Marching Band

1:30  Walking In Christkind with her entourage

2:00  Christkind recites the traditional prologue with which she will open Christmas Village officially

2:15  Performance by a local 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!


Dec 4 2013: Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec 4th is the day we have been anticipating for almost two weeks - finally the huge municipal Christmas Tree will be lit in the traditional Tree Lighting Ceremony by Philadelphia's First Lady Lisa Nutter! The show, which will be organized by the city, is always a crowd puller. Be sure to get there early to get a good spot to see how Mayor Nutter lights the huge tree!
The ceremony will start at 5pm, more information on the schedule will follow! 

Dec 7 & 8 2013: German American Weekend

Come out and celebrate some German heritage at the Christmas Village! As in previous years, on this special weekend you will find traditional German dancing and singing on stage.

Along with the prevailing German entertainment program on Saturday, you will be able to enjoy typical food and drinks from Germany, such as delicious Bratwurst, hot Gluhwein,  mouth-watering Lebkuchen & so much more!

Schedule of German performers:

...to be announced! 

 For other performances, please check the stage schedule!


Dec 14 & 15 2013: Army/Navy Weekend

This weekend, the Christmas Village will be offering late night shopping for the fans of the Army/Navy football game as well as every one else who needs an extra hour to get some Christmas shopping done. On the day of the big game, the Christmas Village will be open until 9pm.

Make sure to wear your favorite jersey to support your team and the troops! Everyone is invited at this special day to celebrate after watching the game. Come & use the opportunity to see the Christmas Village at night, lit up with wonderful lights.


Dec 21 & 22 2013: 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. Their mission is to "grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy". Every 38 minutes the Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants a wish and we want to help them to share the power of a wish®!

All of your monetary donations will be donated 100% to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley! Another way would be to purchase a hanger at the info-booth, write your wish on it and hang it up on our Wish Wall! We will donate 1$ out of each sale to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Philadelphia and Susquehanna Valley! This fund raising we actually run through the whole duration of the market!

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.

Dec 28 & 29 2013: Review Weekend

Christmas may be over, but there is still plenty of fun to be had at the Christmas Village until New Years Day!  Enjoy the spare time you have with friends and family visiting from out of town here at the Christmas Village. Shop for that one special item you wanted, but didn’t necessarily find underneath your Christmas tree at home.

There is still plenty of opportunity to enjoy German food & drinks, along with the ongoing stage & entertainment program! After Christmas Day, the market will be open every day until New Years Day offering all of the things you’ve come to love in the previous weeks!

Nov 27th - Dec 28th 2014
Love Park (JFK Plaza)

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

Free Admission!
NRG Residential Solutions Kathe Wohlfahrt The Franklin Institute - Pompeii Philadelphia History Museum Philadelphia Museum of Art Lufthansa German Airlines 98.1 WOGL Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Center City Residents Association PHLCVB - Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau Battleship New Jersey Kindy's Christmas Factory Outlet Disney On Ice - Let's Celebrate! presented by Comcast-Spectacor The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Chaddsford Winery Steuben Parade Philadelphia The German Society of Pennsylvania Philadelphia Parks & Recreation PPA - Philadelphia Parking Authority Make-A-Wish The City of Philadelphia