The German Christmas Village Is Bringing Spirit & Joy To Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s German Christmas Village is back again this year to bring its holiday spirit and joy to the city.

At Philadelphia’s German Christmas Village, you will immediately be sent into a state of pure joy and happiness as the holidays roll around. Holiday spirit fills the air through the aroma of roasted nuts and Christmas lights hanging on trees. At the German Christmas market, visit Santa Claus, eat European chocolates, ride a ferris wheel, taste hot wine, and much more. Whatever you choose, your Christmas spirit meter will intensely increase.

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FACEBOOK Christmas Village in Philadelphia

The German Christmas Village offers a variety of vendors for you to explore as you walk around. The categories of vendors consist of decoration, arts & crafts, glass & pottery, fashion & beauty, jewelry & accessories, toys & gifts, and food & beverage.

If you are in need of adding some holiday spirit to your house, the decoration vendors have you covered. With over ten booths of the kind, you will be able to find the perfect ornaments, candles, and much more to help with this addition. If you are looking for authentic and artisan decorations, there is no better place to shop for them than here. Check out the Gifts From Afar booth for wooden Ukrainian crafts, or Käthe Wohlfahrt’s tent for handcrafted décor.

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Vendors At Philadelphia’s German Christmas Village. Image by @philachristmas on Instagram

You can also find arts & crafts available for purchase at the Christmas market. View and buy beautiful photography taken by Russ Brown. Immerse yourself in vinyl record art at Astro Vinyl Art. You even have the chance to purchase wooden products crafted using chopsticks at Chopstick Art.

In addition to art, you have the opportunity to purchase glass & pottery items. Silk Road Traders has artisan crafts, as well as Turkish ceramics, vases, lanterns, and more. Sanasna Designs offers a unique selection of hand painted glass, ginger cottages, and box signs. Check out all of the glass & pottery vendors while you’re at the market, as they all offer a different spin on the category.

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Ferris Wheel At Philadelphia’s German Christmas Village. Image by @philachristmas on Instagram

Fashion & beauty is another category of vendors that you will have the chance to explore while at the German Christmas Village. With 15 vendors, this is the second largest category of vendors next to food within the market. Shop for handmade woolen items from Nepal at Felt n Wool, or dive into Philadelphian-themed apparel at Art History One Zero One.

To spice up your glamour that you purchased at the fashion & beauty vendors, view the jewelry & accessories vendors located at the market. The Fast Turtle offers a selection of jewelry and other gift items from Mexico. If you are looking for something more personal, My Birth Moon offers personalized jewelry medallions. The jewelry and accessory booths at the German market are can’t-misses!

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Philadelphia’s German Christmas Village Sign At Love Park. Image by @philachristmas on Instagram

Another category of vendors available is the toy & gift shops. If you are in need of purchasing a gift for a family member, friend, coworker, etc., the market would be a great option for places to buy. Many booths offer gifts for animals, such as dogs or cats. You can buy an edible birdhouse and other wooden crafts at Edible Birdhouses. Winschimes and wind spinners can be bought from Living and Giving. You will find something for everyone at the Christmas market.

In addition to the various types of vendors are the food and beverage vendors. A German Christmas Village would not be complete without authentic food from Germany and other locations throughout the world. Foods you must try in order to complete your trip to the Christmas market, include: bratwurst, Belgian fries, and/or a raclette sandwich. You can taste these delicious food options and more at vendors, such as: Spätzle Haus, Raclette Stube, or Schwenk Grill. The Beer Alm is a famous choice if you are looking for an alcoholic beverage.

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Raclette Cheese Sandwich At Philadelphia’s German Christmas Market. Image by @philachristmas on Instagram

The Christmas Village is located in Love Park and City Hall in Center City Philadelphia. It will be open until Christmas Eve, December 24, so be sure to get to it while you can. It is open 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Christmas market offers free admission, but you will need to pay for items at the vendors of your choosing. Be sure to have cash on you, as some vendors will not accept card payment. Fortunately, there will be ATM stations located at the market. There are several parking locations dedicated to the Christmas market. Philachristmas.com provides parking reservation resources in order for you to book your parking spot.

Kennedy Kollar

Content Associate

Kennedy is an entertainment junkie hailing from Pennsylvania. When she is traveling, you can find her searching for the best gluten-free foods as well as matcha and chai teas. She loves immersing herself in new cultures and wishes to visit the less-traveled hidden gems.

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