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Running from Thanksgiving (11/24/16) through Christmas Eve (12/24/16), Christmas Village in Philadelphia will once again bring the charm of an authentic German Christmas market to Center City Philadelphia. Moving from LOVE Park just across the street to City Hall, we will have a preview weekend (11/19/16 and 11/20/16) to give everybody a chance to sneak a peek before the event is officially opened by the original Christkind from Nuremberg/ Germany on Sunday, 11/27/16.

What is Christmas Village?

Christmas Village in Philadelphia is an outside Holiday market event in Center City Philadelphia, which is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany.

Vendors in more than 80 wooden booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. They will also offer a great shopping experience with international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts.

The unique atmosphere with thousands of lights and the delicious smell of waffles, gingerbread, bratwurst and mulled wine will bring you and your family into the perfect Christmas mood.

History of Christmas Markets

Christkindlsmarket Nuremberg

The History of Christmas markets in Germany roots in the late Middle Ages. One of the oldest and most famous ones is held each year in Nuremberg in the state of Bavaria. It has been passed down from generation to generation, that the farmers of the Nuremberg area started selling their crops in a farmers market during the Advent time in the mid 16th century. Out of this, the world known Nuremberg Christkindlsmarket developed. Check out their website to learn more about their history, event and the city of Nuremberg!

Christmas Village in Philadelphia is modeled after traditional German Christmas Markets. The most famous is the Christkindlmarket in Nuremberg/ Germany. The goods presented in wooden booths include a rich variety of holiday gifts including Christmas ornaments, arts and crafts, toys, sweets, as well as German food and drinks. People stroll around, meet friends, and enjoy live performances of Christmas music.

History of the Christkind

Christkind - Christmas Village in Baltimore

Since 1969 and every other year thereafter, the Nuremberg Christkind is selected to represent the spirit of Christmas in Germany. She wears a long white dress with golden stars, a golden crown, and has long blonde curls. She is the German equivalent to the American children's Santa Claus.

Each year, the Christkind recites a prologue to open the Nuremberg Christmas Market. The Christkind also makes appearances at over 150 charitable institutions. She brings joy to those in nursing homes, hospitals, and kindergartens. However, the Christkind isn't restricted to just Nuremberg and visits a lot of Christmas markets abroad. In the US, Christmas Village in Philadelphia and its sister market in Baltimore are the only two stops she makes, so make sure to swing by!

Therefore we are proud to announce: The original Christkind from Nuremberg opens the Christmas Village in Philadelphia with her world famous prologue. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, November 27th, 2016.