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Christmas Village 2023

Philadelphia's beloved Holiday tradition at LOVE Park and City Hall!

About

What is Christmas Village?

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

Need to start your Christmas shopping soon? Keep an eye out for our unique selection of international and local vendors. Expect handmade holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry as well as high-quality arts and crafts. Warm yourself with sweet and hot drinks while enjoying festive Christmas lights at the Inner Harbor.

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

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.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia is only a 10 minute drive away from Philadelphia Museum or Art, the Barnes Foundation and 7 minutes away from the Franklin Institute.

The event's street address is 1500 Arch Street, Philadelphia PA 19102, USA.

Opening Hours/ Dates

Christmas Village in Philadelphia, the authentic open-air German-style Christmas Market at LOVE Park and City Hall, will return on November 23rd, 2023 through Christmas Eve, December 24, 2023.

Those are the hours for the 2023 Holiday season:

Sun – Thu: 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Fri – Sat: 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Christmas Village is open on Thanksgiving Day from 9:00am – 5:00pm, and on Christmas Eve from 12:00pm - 5:00pm.

Closed on November 20, 21, and 22.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Using our official mobility partner SEPTA is the easiest way to get to Christmas Village in Philadelphia!

SEPTA is the public transit authority serving the Greater Philadelphia Region, including parts of New Jersey and Delaware.

It's so easy to get to Christmas Village (and home again) on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street Station, the Broad Street Line to City Hall Station, Regional Rail to Suburban Station, or Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 to City Hall/Love Park. All of these stops drop you steps from Christmas Village, the biggest Christmas market in Pennsylvania.

To plan your trip, click here

Don't forget - all children (under 12) and seniors (65 years old or older) ride FREE all day, every day!

Parking with Spot Hero

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking reservations app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Christmas Village in Philadelphia SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

Parking with Iparkit.com

Christmas Village attendees receive an exclusive parking discount of $17 Mon-Fri, and $19 Sat-Sun (Up to 16 hours) when registering on the iParkit app. Love Park Garage is conveniently located below Love Park at 1501 JFK Blvd with an elevator that takes you to the center of Christmas Village. If you want the best parking prices for Center City, download the iParkit app today. Sign up for our express parkingaccount using the parker program code “CHRISTMAS2023 for an exclusive patron discount. Additionally, all new iParkit app users will receive a 20% off the first five parking stays.

You can also use the map below to purchase a one-time parking pass in advance. The prices in the map below are exclusive discounts for customers attending this year’s Christmas Village in Philadelphia.

Click the magnifying glass and select the date and time of your one-time parking pass. 

Hotel Recommendations

There are plenty of great hotels close to Christmas Village. We can recommend:

Warwick Rittenhouse Square
220 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square
1800 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Club Quarters Hotel Rittenhouse Square
1628 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Philadelphia
1305 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Loews Philadelphia
1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Canopy by Hilton 
1180 Ludlow St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
201 S Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Double Tree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
237 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia Marriott Old City
One Dock St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19107

Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown
401 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 

Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center
1201 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 

The Inn at Penn, a Hilton Hotel
3600 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

AKA Rittenhouse Square
135 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
10 Ave Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Element Philadelphia Downtown
1441 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

Christmas Village FAQ

Using our official mobility partner SEPTA is the easiest way to get to Christmas Village in Philadelphia!

SEPTA is the public transit authority serving the Greater Philadelphia Region, including parts of New Jersey and Delaware.

It's so easy to get to Christmas Village (and home again) on SEPTA. Hop the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36 to 15th Street Station, the Broad Street Line to City Hall Station, Regional Rail to Suburban Station, or Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 to City Hall/Love Park. All of these stops drop you steps from Christmas Village, the biggest Christmas market in Pennsylvania.

To plan your trip, click here

Don't forget - all children (under 12) and seniors (65 years old or older) ride FREE all day, every day!

Admission for the whole event area is free. Food, drink, shopping, and rides are pay-as-you-go.

The complete festival area is accessible by wheelchair.

There are plenty of great hotels close to Christmas Village. We can recommend:

Warwick Rittenhouse Square
220 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square
1800 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Club Quarters Hotel Rittenhouse Square
1628 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Holiday Inn Express Midtown-Philadelphia
1305 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Loews Philadelphia
1200 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Canopy by Hilton 
1180 Ludlow St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 

Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing
201 S Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Double Tree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City
237 South Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia Marriott Old City
One Dock St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19107

Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown
401 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 

Four Points by Sheraton Philadelphia City Center
1201 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19107 

The Inn at Penn, a Hilton Hotel
3600 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

AKA Rittenhouse Square
135 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia
10 Ave Of The Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Element Philadelphia Downtown
1441 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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

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

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.

Feel free to bring your dog! Christmas Village in Philadelphia is a dog-friendly event. We allow dogs in the whole outdoor 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.

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!

Are you looking for kids activities this holiday season in Philadelphia? Take a ride on our double-decker carousel, enjoy a birds-eye view of Center City on our Ferris Wheel or take your kids or grand children on a train ride on our kids train. Don't forget to say hi and take holiday pictures with our beloved mascot Phil, the Reindeer.

Make sure to check out our event calendar for more details.

Losing 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 have 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 have left. A staff member will assist you in dealing with the police if necessary.

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.

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

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

Unlike in Germany, we do not 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 shelf!

A TOUR TO CHRISTMAS VILLAGE IN PHILADELPHIA IS THE MUST DO FOR YOUR MOTORCOACH GROUP TOUR CATALOGUE 2023!
EVENT

Build after a German style outdoor Christmas market, it offers a lot to do for your customers: a large and unique variety of international vendors including "Kathe Wohlfahrt" from Germany, traditional German food & drinks and an extensive stage & event program and so much more.

Situated in the heart of Philadelphia's busy Center City, our venue is close to bus parking facilities and all major Holiday attractions!

 

VENUE

Address

LOVE Park, Philadelphia (1599 JFK Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19102)

Bus Stop

right next to our venue at the corner of JFK Bld and 15th street 

Bus Parking

just 10 minutes away at the Callowhill Bus Center (for more info click here

Attractions around 

There's plenty to do in Philadelphia - click here for more info!

Driving Times

Atlantic City: 1 1/4 hrs 

New York City: 2 hrs 

Baltimore: 2 hrs 

Washington, DC: 2 1/2 hrs  

Pittsburg: 5 hrs 

Boston: 5 1/2 hrs 

 

FOOD PACKAGES

Our "Christmas-Full-of-Joy" food package is a great addition for each tour to our market. Exclusively designed for bus tour operators this package gives your customers the chance to try all our delicious German specialities at the Christmas Village.

"Christmas-Full-of-Joy" package

Includes German lunch (Bratwurst with a crispy roll and Sauerkraut), a cup of hot chocolate with topping, a cup of hot Gluhwine (mulled wine - non alcoholic alternatives), a cone of fresh frosted almonds and a Christmas Village souvenir mug to take home. 

Price per person incl. tax: $ 35

 

QUESTIONS AND BOOKINGS
Are you interested in bringing a motorcoach tour to the Christmas Village and need assistance with directions, parking, booking your food package or anything else?

Send an e-mail to schmalz@philachristmas.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to plan your trip!

We are looking forward welcoming you at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia!

 

Keep yourself and others safe! Please stay home if you're sick, wear a face mask and sanitize your hands.

Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from Coronavirus. Guests should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread Coronavirus if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to Coronavirus. By coming to the market, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.

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