Christmas Village in Philadelphia: What’s New for 2017

Say it Rah-shay By Nov 15, 2017 1 Comment

Christmas Village in Philadelphia returns to Love Park on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd. Check out hand made goodies such as these warm woolen socks, which came in handy during those bitter winter days and were oft stolen by The Bee.

Check out what’s new for 2017!

New surprises for 2017 Holiday season:

Christmas Village in Philadelphia will return to LOVE Park this year

Christmas Village in Philadelphia will have its Grand Opening Ceremony on Sunday, November 26 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. Invite your family and friends to come sing along to holiday selections by the Camden Catholic High School Band. You can meet the original Christkind from Nuremberg after she officially opens the market by reciting her traditional prologue. Take photos with her as she does her traditional walk of the market. In Germany, she is the person that brings the Christmas gifts to the kids, and she won’t be coming to the City of Brotherly Love empty handed!

Dog Fridays with specials for our furry friends

Bring your four-legged friend to Philadelphia’s biggest outdoor Holiday event! On every Friday Christmas Village transforms to a paradise for dog lovers:


Want to include your furry friend on the Holiday card this season? Come out on Fridays to celebrate your pet(s) with us and treat them to a special photo shoot with Santa that they deserve.


The famous dog treat vendor Kylie’s Canine Treats spoils every dog visiting his hut on Friday with one free treat, so make sure to stop by! And if that’s not enough, all dogs visiting his hut on Fridays will be entered into a drawing where one winner chosen on Christmas Eve will receive a free one year supply of Kylie’s Canine Treats.


Once again, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) will be coming back to Christmas Village with their furry friends. PAWS is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. Come to Christmas Village to pet the animals and even sign up to take one home! That’s right, you will have a chance to adopt a puppy to bring home with you this Holiday season.

PAWS will be at Christmas Village on:

Friday, December 8 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday, December 22 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Meet St. Nikolaus and get your boot filled with treats on Wednesday 12/06

Saint Nikolaus plays a major role for German kids within the Advent time. On the evening of December 5th, German kids clean their boots and put them in front of the door. Overnight, St. Nikolaus comes and fills the boots with either candy or small gifts for the kids who have been good, or with coals for the naughty ones.

Since St. Nikolaus day is on December 6th, we’re going to celebrate this special day in German culture at the market, too. Bring your kids to our boot filling event as St. Nikolaus will fill children’s boots with sweet treats at no cost, sponsored by Power Crunch. Every boot that is dropped off at the information booth on December 6 between 11:00am and 3:30pm will be filled with special treats and returned to the child at 4:15pm by St. Nikolaus himself. Afterwards, children will have the opportunity to talk to St. Nikolaus and take pictures with him.


In order to accommodate everybody, please sign up your children at by providing the number of children attending the event, their age, and potential food allergies.


Guided tours through the market for senior citizens

For the first time, Christmas Village will be offering guided tours through the market for senior communities. The tour will be held by a professional guide, who will focus on explaining the historical aspects of Christmas markets in Europe.

The tour includes:

* A guided tour through Christmas Village in Philadelphia

* A traditional German lunch

* A cup of hot chocolate with topping

* A cup of hot Gluhwine (mulled wine – non alcoholic alternatives)

* A cone of fresh frosted almonds

* VIP serving on all food lines

* Christmas Village souvenir mug to take home

If you are interested in booking one of our senior tours this Holiday season, please send an email to

New mascot Phil, the 10th reindeer of Santa and Anniversary weekend with a huge birthday bash and a cake sponsored by Whole Foods

Christmas Village will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a weekend full of birthday specials:

Saturday, December 2:
2:00pm: Meet the new mascot Phil – Santa’s 10th reindeer! He will walk around the market and hand out birthday balloons and sweets to children.

3:30 pm: Join the big birthday bash on the Christmas Village stage in the center of LOVE Park! Listen to Phil’s story and make sure to grab a slice of the birthday cake sponsored by Whole Foods.

4:00pm: Say hi to Phil and take home a booklet of his story.

Sunday, December 3:
12:00pm – 4:00pm: Phil will stroll through the market and hand out candy, balloons and story booklets.

Highlights of the new vendors for 2017

* chocoidea – Special Shaped Chocolate Products

* German Spatzle Booth – various traditional dishes with original German Spatzle

* Heimat Berlin – Star shaped Lampshades

* Kreambo – Chocolate-coated Marshmallow Treats and Macarons

* The Truffleist – Truffle products for delicious, unique dishes

* Little Marrakesh Bazaar – Imported goods from Morocco

For a full vendor list visit

New restaurant partnerships for HoHo Happy Hour with The Little Lion, Dim Sum House, Tir Na Nog and Revolution Taco

Collector Mug with a new design for 2017

About Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Now in its 10th anniversary season, Christmas Village in Philadelphia has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming holiday attractions. After breaking attendance records with 750,000 visitors last year, organizers expect to increase this number in 2017. Following a successful season at its temporary venue at City Hall, Christmas Village is excited to move back to its home at LOVE Park, just across the street from last year’s location.

Connect with Christmas Village

Spread the cheer by following @philachristmas on Twitter and Instagram, liking Christmas Village on Facebook, or visiting


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1 Comment

  1. Jeff says:

    You introduced me to Christmas Village two years ago. Looking forward to the traditions and additions this year will bring.

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