The Christmas Village in Philadelphia has it all – food, shopping and sparkly lights.
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.
Philadelphia’s Christmas Village is an oasis in LOVE Park, right in the heart of center city Philadelphia.
It’s just almost like being at a German Christmas market without the long plane ride.
The village sprouts at Thanksgiving and stays rooted until the end of the holiday season. Like clockwork every year, little shacks temporarily house over sixty local and international vendors, and sparkly lights abound.
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.
Based on the queues, we’re not the only people who are enjoying the food at the Christmas market.
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 eggnog macarons, bacon jam, artisan chocolate and mulled wine to feed the hungry crowds.
Over half a million people visit Philadelphia’s Christmas Village each holiday season. In our opinion, it’s worth a visit.
Go for the shopping. Stay for the food and drinks.
The Christmas Village in Philadelphia is an annual event. Check out the official website for dates, location, hours of operation, vendors and special food events.
Hungry for more? Check out our Philadelphia food guide with the best Philly restaurants.
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We thank the Christmas Village in Philadelphia for hosting us to facilitate this article.
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