Philadelphia’s Christmas Village has returned for it’s ninth season.
The holiday tradition is modeled after German Christmas markets, notably the Nuremberg Christmas market. An entirely German team heads up the holiday market that’s made it’s home at City Hall on Dilworth Plaza from Thanksgiving day until Christmas Eve.
The Christmas Village began on Dilworth Plaza in 2008 and moved in 2011 for construction on the Plaza. They found their new home at LOVE Park across the street until returning home this season.
Christmas Village hosts over 80 vendors from around the world, who set up shop for a month and sell traditional goods from their homes. Visitors to the market can drink gluehwein, a spiced wine traditional to Germany, as well as apple cider and hot chocolate. They can also purchase gifts throughout the holiday season.
The Christmas Village has a new addition this year, a carousel has been placed in the center of City Hall. The village is also home to the Rothman Ice Rink on Dilworth Plaza.
Christmas Village has become a home to many vendors who have returned to the market for years, but it’s also become a December tradition for several local Philadelphian’s.