I spontaneously decided to go to Center City recently and visit Reading Terminal Market and the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market before I go home for break, and, wow, am I glad I did.
I intended to just go look for some local food to bring back to my apartment, but I also discovered an oasis of Holiday and Christmas-themed activities and attractions, which I’m going to share in this blog so you can go check it out, too; and if you do go, be ready to spend a whole afternoon or evening.
First up is the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market. According to the website, more than forty local artisans, designers, crafters, and confectionaries are offering unique selections for gifts and special holiday foods. There are white tents set up all around Dilworth Park at City Hall for this market, and in the middle is a skating rink, not to mention a carousel and Christmas tree in the inner court of City Hall. It will be open until New Years Day, so go check it out soon!
Now for the Christmas Village at Love Park, right across from Dilworth Park. According to its website, “Christmas Village in Philadelphia is an outside Holiday market event in Center City Philadelphia, which is modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany. Vendors in more than 80 wooden booths will sell traditional European food, sweets and drinks. They will also offer a great shopping experience with international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts.” The Christmas Village is definitely my favorite, and it will be open until Christmas Eve. A major highlight at Philly’s Christmas Village is the Kathe Wohlfahrt pop-up store. Maybe you’ve never heard of Kathe Wohlfahrt, but it’s a big deal in Germany; it’s all authentic European hand-crafted ornaments and Christmas decor, and it’s incredible just to look at, even if you don’t buy anything (I did!).
There’s probably even more going on around Center City, so you’ve got plenty of reasons to go out and enjoy everything the Holiday Season has to offer in Philadelphia!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!