If it isn’t starting to look a lot like Christmas in your neck of the woods, just give it a few minutes.
It won’t be long before the sounds of the season are coming through the radio. The return of Christmas Village in Love Park and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Plaza are right around the corner.
The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market opens Nov. 10, while the Christmas Village officially opens Nov. 23. Each will be bringing in new vendors and experiences for 2023.
“Brand new wooden booths present a major upgrade to the market in 2023,” said Thomas Bauer, president of the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. “We’re thrilled to share the upgraded look and feel of the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market with our visitors.”
The market, which features local artisans, will be open through Jan. 1.
For the new season, the market will feature more than 40 vendors that will include local merchants, craftsmen, designers and small businesses from the Greater Philadelphia and Tri-State region offering handmade holiday decorations, gifts, home goods, apparel, foodie gifts and more.
The new booths will be all white — the market’s signature color — and feature a glowing Moravian star on top. This will add and enhance the magical holiday vibes that has made the market so popular with locals and visitors alike. Entrance to the Market is always free. For additional information, visit www.madeinphila.com.
The market is time to open the same weekend as the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink. Once open, visitors will have the opportunity to shop for goods and gifts that can’t be found at the usual shopping mall: everything on Santa’s list such as artwork, home goods, ornaments, sweets, food gifts, toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, candles and more.
One of the favorite holiday stops for everybody is always the Christmas Village in Love Park, which opens on Thanksgiving this year. There are special preview days Nov. 18 and 19. Check http://www.philachristmas.com for the full schedule as well as a list of special events.
For the 16th straight season, Christmas Village is turning Love Park into a German Christmas market, but don’t expect the same experience as last year.
”We’re gearing up for a festive season, and we have some cozy surprises in store for the North Broad section,” said Christmas Village in Philadelphia President Thomas Bauer. “The enthusiasm of the vendors is greater than ever and we’re looking forward to welcoming all guests.”
One of the changes this year is Christmas Village will be open later, going to 8 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
With the change in time, visitors are invited to gaze upon the thousands of twinkling lights, including new European market lights being added to last year’s new rustic wooden huts. Along with these new highlights, visitors are invited to follow the smell of hot chocolate and Swiss raclette cheese, and other European delicacies to Philadelphia’s largest holiday attraction.
Enjoy holiday sights and sounds with enchanting decorations, captivating live music, children’s activities, plus the double-decker Christmas Village Carousel, the majestic Ferris wheel and the Kids Train. Indulge in an assortment of handcrafted beverages, including warm Glühwein (mulled wine) and drinks spiked with local Boardroom Spirits, plus non-alcoholic offerings like hot chocolate and apple cider.
Santa always has a surprise up his sleeve so stay tuned for new additions and upgrades. Admission is always free, while food, beverages, and shopping are pay-as-you-go.
“Christmas Village has become a must-do family tradition that brings together multiple generations in one of Philly’s most iconic public spaces in the heart of Center City,” said Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner Orlando Rendon. “Each and every year, Christmas Village presented by Bank of America fills Love Park with holiday cheer, great food, and beautiful gift items. We’re proud to continue to highlight more local businesses that represent the diversity of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods in showcasing their local handmade arts and crafts to the largest audience in the region during the holidays.”
Christmas Village in Philadelphia will commence in 2023 with a preview weekend on Nov. 18 and 19.
Get ready for holiday sips, sights, and shopping. Meet the season’s vendors and experience some early holiday cheer while enjoying a bratwurst or one of Helmut’s popular strudels. After the preview, Christmas Village Presented by Bank of America will officially open for the season every day of the week starting on Thanksgiving, Nov. 23.
This year, over 120 local and international merchants and artists offer high-quality, lovingly handcrafted gifts, setting up shop in authentic, wooden cottages around Philadelphia’s famous LOVE Park, City Hall’s Courtyard, and the North Broad section of City Hall.
“It’s nearly the most wonderful time of the year. Philadelphia’s holiday season is a joyous time for Philadelphia and Christmas Village is a pivotal part of the city’s traditions,” said Bank of America Greater Philadelphia President Jim Dever. “This seasonal experience not only creates lasting family memories but encourages all to support our local arts and small business vendors during the holiday season.”
Some of the market’s most popular dishes, the Swiss Raclette cheese and Helmut’s strudel, will be back for everyone to enjoy. Finally, look for the German treats and nuts vendor, back for the first time in 3 years, to tempt those taste buds.
Source: Berkshire mont