Holiday Macarons at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, Shopping by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch48 Comments

Christmas Village in Philadelphia has it all – food, shopping and sparkly lights.

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia is the next best thing to being in Europe for the holidays. This annual event has food, shopping and sparkly lights.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

In a perfect world, we would be in Europe right now where we could easily enjoy the best of the holiday season. Due to current geographical limitations, we are satisfying our European holiday craving in the city of brotherly love.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Christmas Village is an oasis in LOVE Park, right in the heart of center city Philadelphia. Like magic, the village sprouts at Thanksgiving and stays rooted until the end of the holiday season. For the seventh year, little shacks temporarily house over sixty local and international vendors, and sparkly lights abound.

Christmas Village - Sparkly and Festive Philadelphia

Christmas Village – Sparkly and Festive

Christmas Village is an oasis in LOVE Park, right in the heart of center city Philadelphia.

Christmas Village is an oasis in LOVE Park, right in the heart of center city Philadelphia.

Shopping at the Christmas Village

Shopping at the Christmas Village

Of course there’s great shopping at the Christmas Village. Santa is there to meet, greet and take photos with kids of all ages. Musicians play festive holiday songs for everybody to enjoy. That’s all well and good, but it’s no surprise that we went for the food.

Food at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

When you go to any Christmas market, you can’t help but expect seasonal European food. Philadelphia’s Christmas Village doesn’t disappoint, with plenty of European foods, both sweet and savory. It’s all here from raclette cheese from Switzerland to Döner Kebaps from Germany (via Turkey) to crepes from France and even to strudel from Austria. The different foods happily co-exist at the market, and their tempting aromas pleasantly drift through the chilly air.

Berlin Döner Kebap from Germany (via Turkey) at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Berlin Döner Kebap from Germany (via Turkey) at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Helmut's Original Austrian Strudel from Austria at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Helmut’s Original Austrian Strudel at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Based on the queues, we’re not the only people who are enjoying the food at the Christmas market in Philadelphia. Although its fun to sample different things from around the world, the options at this market aren’t just European. Local vendors are well represented with treats like egg nog macarons, bacon jam, artisan chocolate and mulled wine to feed the hungry crowds.

Local Holiday Macarons Baked by Tiffany at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Local Holiday Macarons Baked by Tiffany at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Bacon Jam at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Bacon Jam at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Local Ladybug Chocolates from John & Kiras at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Local Ladybug Chocolates from John & Kiras at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Mulled Wine from Local Chaddsford Winery at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Mulled Wine from Local Chaddsford Winery at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Over 550,000 people are expected to visit the Philadelphia’s Christmas Village before it closes for the year on December 28th. In our opinion, it’s worth a visit. Go for the shopping. Stay for the food and drinks.

Cheers to the Christmas Village in Philadelphia with a Warm Mug of Glühwein

Cheers to the Christmas Village in Philadelphia with a Warm Mug of Glühwein

Disclosure:  We visited the Christmas Village in Philadelphia as guests of the market. As always, all opinions are our own.

The Christmas Village in Philadelphia is located at LOVE Park – 15th Street and JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102, United States.  Check out the official website for hours of operation, vendors and special food events.


Comments

  1. I visited the Christmas Village on Monday and absolutely loved it. Such a great alternative if you can’t fly to Germany for the markets there. Interesting, I was talking to the manager of the market, who is from Germany, and he told me that doner was actually invented by in Berlin by a Turkish immigrant. That’s why it’s a staple at the markets, though in a slightly different form.

  2. This is my kind of fun. The Food, the Lights, the Music and the way you describe the experience makes me want to travel to Philadelphia.

  3. Wow, that looks like so much fun! This is the first year that my city (Minneapolis) has done a holiday market, so ours is much smaller. Hopefully we will get doners in the future–I fell in love with them when I studied in Berlin and eating one always takes me right back to Germany.
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  4. My husband goes to Philly all the time and says how wonderful it is there. I am going to have to talk him into taking me there soon!
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      You should definitely tag along soon. You will really enjoy the city and all the great food here.

  5. We miss out on all these fun Christmas festivals and markets here in the Southern Hemisphere. Makes me miss my days in the UK where I could visit any of Europes markets for a weekend. Will have to add markets in the US to my list from someday as this one looks like great fun!
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  6. I love Christmas and discovering what our city (Austin) has to offer for the holiday celebrations. Looks like ya’ll had a blast.

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      Philadelphia’s Christmas Village was modeled after the German Christmas markets, and the planners have really captured the look and spirit.

  7. The most famous Christmas village we have in Portugal is in Obidos (a medieval city a couple of hours from Lisbon, on the west coast) and it’s all about chocolate and Ginjinha and of course kids and lights and all. But I haven’t seen many other more though. I have my eye on those egg nog macarons though 😀
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      You would love the Christmas Village in Philadelphia. It has that warm and cosy feeling that you love.

  8. As an Austrian I can tell that the Christmas village in Philadelphia looks kind of the Christmas markets here in Austria. So you don´t have to but should/could visit ours in Europe too.
    It´s interesting how many European food they offer here. Even Döner. 😀
    If you like real Austrian apple strudel I´ll have a recipe for you from my granny: http://www.cityseacountry.com/grannys-apfelschlangerl
    It´s delicious.
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      We love authentic apple strudel. Thanks for sharing your family recipe!

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