Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Now in its 10th anniversary season, Christmas Village in Philadelphia's Love Park is fun way to join in the holiday spirit, and experience a market unlike all the rest!  Christmas Village is an authentic German Christmas market, full of food and vendors that are unique, bringing a European flavor to this park in the heart of Philadelphia. From traditional German Bratwurst and wooden nesting dolls, to Belgian style waffles and handmade hats and scarves, there is a ton to experience! 

With so many reasons to visit the Christmas Village, we put together a list of  our favorites:

1. Entertainment - the village has a constant schedule of free holiday music and dance performances, children's story times, tours, and concerts. There is something for every age group, at various times and days throughout the holiday season. We love the traditional German events, like the visit from St. Nikolaus, who fills the children's boots with treats, and the bratwurst eating contest! Or come for HoHo Happy Hour on Wednesdays, and stick around for live music and entertainment on the stage.

2. Food! Our favorites include the Baked Cheese House, and Helmut's Original Austrian Strudel. We also enjoyed visiting The Truffleist for a taste of truffle honey, and TorchBearer Sauces for some awesome tasty condiments. Also check out Chocoidea to see chocolate in shapes you would not have imagined! Chocolate bottle cap, anyone? And of course the bratwurst is worth a try! Top it off with mulled wine from Chaddsford winery, or a cup of hot cocoa on a souvenir mug! 

3. Shopping! A European market brings lots of unique treasures. We loved hand blown glass ornaments, the beautifully carved wooden figures and toys, and the tiny houses. If you are looking for something special to bring some holiday charm to your house, definitely check out the over 80 market vendors, as well as the traditional German gift shop located in the middle of the park. 

4. Location - Love Park is centrally located and easy to get to, and the market has no admission fee! When planning a Christmas trip to Philadelphia, this is a must see!

Check out the full schedule of events here:

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