Visitor Guide


How to find us

Christmas Village is located at LOVE Park in the heart of Center City. Due to its central location, its easy to access by foot, public transportation and car. 

The events street address is 1500 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19102.

Opening Hours/ Dates

Christmas Village will be running from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, that’s Nov 23rd through December 24th in 2017.

Those are the hours for the 2017 Holiday season:

Sun’s – Thur’s: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Fri’s – Sat’s: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Thanksgiving Day: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Christmas Eve: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Parking

Reserve your parking in advance and get there on time, stress free! 

To reserve your parking spot, just use the map below to book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. 

Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app and enter promo code CVP17 for 10% off your spot!

Public Transportation

City Hall Station together with Pennsylvania Suburban Station is an intersection of Philadelphia's public transportation system. The station is located in Center City Philadelphia underneath Philadelphia City Hall. Entrances are located on both the east and west sides of City Hall as well as in the central courtyard.

SEPTA offers the following possibilities to get there:

Bus

Buses stop just across the street from Christmas Village in front of the Municipal Services Building. Bus lines that pass the event venue include 17, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 44, 48, 62, 121, 124, 125 and C.

Subway

City Hall station is served by Local and Express trains of all subway lines.

Market Frankford Line: Exit at 13th, 15th Station and use interchange to City Hall Station

Broad Street Line: Exit at City Hall Station

In Addition:

Subway Surface Line, Route 100, 101 & 102 FREE PARKING AVAILABLE

Regional Trains

Exit Regional Trains R1-R8 at Pennsylvania Suburban Station and use interchange to City Hall Station

Admission

Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go.

Wheelchair Accessibility

The complete festival area is accessible by wheelchair.

Hotel Recommendations

There are plenty of great hotels in Center City and thus close by the market. Our hotel partners for 2017 are:

Aloft Philadelphia Downtown

101 N. Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Le Méridien Philadelphia

1421 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 

Hilton Garden Inn

100 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown

1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 

Sleep Inn Center City Philadelphia

1020 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Loews Philadelphia Hotel

1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

Home2 Suites by Hilton Philadelphia Convention Center

1200 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Embassy Suites Philadelphia – Center City

1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Independent Hotel

1234 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The Logan Hotel

Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Windsor Suites Philadelphia

1700 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown

21 North Juniper Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Bad Weather/ Snow Days

Christmas Village is a rain or shine event and will be open in most weather conditions. Nevertheless, the event will close early on heavy rain/snow days and fully on days when it’s foreseeable that the weather conditions will be horrible throughout the day.

We will keep you updated on the website and follow our Social Media Channels (@philachristmas) as we are announcing ahead in case we are planning to close early.  

Bike Policy

There is plenty of space around the venue in general to leave your bike. As a courtesy to fellow visitors, we kindly ask you to lock your bike nearby before entering the festival venue, even if you are just strolling around.

Indego Bike Sharing

For Indego riders there are bikeshare station right next to the event. The closest stations to the event are Municipal Services Building Plaza and 15th & Market. Find latest information to indego here.

Dog Policy

Feel free to bring your dog! Christmas Village allows dogs in the whole outdoor area and large parts of the indoor tent area (exception: dogs are not allowed in the Käthe Wohlfahrt vending area). Please keep in mind, that the tent area gets pretty crowded on weekend days, which might be uncomfortable for your dog. 

Kid Friendly Events

We've got plenty of things planned for the little ones - check our dedicated "Kid Friendly" section to learn more!

Strollers

Christmas Village is a family friendly event, so make sure to bring the whole family down including the youngest in their strollers! Please note: Strollers are not allowed in the Käthe Wohlfahrt vending tent, so please make sure to park your stroller before entering this German Christmas wonderland!

Lost and Found

Loosing something on a family trip is a bummer but it can happen. Make sure to stop by at the Christmas Village Info Booth to check if your wallet or whatever you’ve lost has been turned in. If not, leave your contact info to make sure we can contact you in case it turns up after you’ve left. A staff member will assist you in dealing with the police if necessary.

Vice versa, be kind and hand in all things you find because a) it’s the decent thing to do, b) it’s Christmas, and c) you know what they say about karma. 

Feel free to contact us via Social Media (@philachristmas) or just send us an e-mail to (info@philachristmas.com) to check if your lost belongings turned up.

Credit Cards/ ATM

Most vendors – but not all - accept credit cards. If you are running low on cash, most mayor banks have locations around the venue with ATMs. Due to this there are no ATMs on the event. 

Food Options

Where to start? We've got all the German goodies: Bratwurst (3 different kinds) with Sauerkraut, Schnitzel with Potato Salad, Leberkäse (German meatloaf), Berlin style Curry Wurst, fresh roasted almonds and German Gingerbread, delicious Gluhwine (mulled wine), a wide assortment of non-alcoholic cold and hot beverages and so much more. 

Vegetarian

There are also plenty of choices available for vegetarians which include vegetarian Doner, backed cheese on a stick, German Pretzels, Potato Pancakes, Belgian Fries, sweet and savory crepes and waffles, and such. 

Halal

Our Doner (type of Shawarma) is a halal alternative for you to enjoy.

Check our Food and Beverage vendor section to see the full scope of food which will be offered!

Christmas Village Mugs

If you’ve been to Christmas markets in Germany, you might know the Gluhwine mugs which change their layout every year. Christmas Village in Philadelphia has them, too. Gluhwine is served exclusively in those mugs, for non-alcoholic beverages they are optional.

Other than in Germany, we don’t have a mug return system. Once bought, the mug is yours to take home. They are beautiful and are a great eye catcher in your cupboard!