Visit The German Christmas Village in Philly

Located around Philadelphia City Hall, from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, the German Christmas Village, a holiday market, comes to town every year. Over 80 vendors gather to sell authentic goods, food, Christmas gifts and ornaments from all over the world in Philly. The food is European, mainly German-based cuisine.

I visited the Christmas village to see what all the fuss was about, and although it was very similar to Bryant Park’s Christmas village, Philly’s is two times bigger, with so many more food options for hungry visitors. And it had amazing live music!

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The Market Stalls:

I saw vintage pictures of James Dean, Elvis, and old New York printed on coasters, magnets, and fabrics at The Coaster Mill.

John and Kira’s  gourmet chocolate fulfilled my very expensive sweet tooth at a bang for my buck. Their pure chocolate is hand decorated and packaged beautifully. It would make a great Christmas gift for chocolate lovers anywhere.

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Walking Toys with hand-made figurines would look great over the fire-place mantel, decorative pieces in your home, or even as stocking stuffers. img_5675

Yolkstar had the perfect classic ornaments for your Christmas tree.img_1609How cool are these kitchen cloths at Primitives By Kathy?img_5690And her ornaments are available, too. img_5689Nepa Bhon had a wonderful array of traditional jewels, stones, and clothing from Nepal.img_5693img_5695img_5694

Food at the village: 

The Christmas Village had everything from juicy steaks, beef burgers, crepes, to cotton candy, and endless Philly fries.

Gauferes de Liege offered authentic Belgian waffles in a cone case. They had a wide variety of waffle choices and a very creative way to mix and pour your syrup.IMG_5699.jpg

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Bratwurst & Steak was comfort food for the cold day. img_5681
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Chocolate and fruits were available. They make for a great holiday party candy and the chocolate is perfect to lay out for your guests.img_5688Philly Fries!!!img_5708

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The Music

I love discovering new artists and finding new music. I came across a gem of a voice while I was wandering around the village. His name is Joshua Bation and it was his first live performance in front of a big crowd. You guys, this kid is going places. His voice stopped everyone in their tracks. Take a look and lend your ears to follow more @joshuabationmusic:

The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market:

This holiday market is located in the same area, less than a foot away from the German Christmas Village. 

You can spend a fun day ice skating, and continuing your shopping by buying products made in Philadelphia.

Maybe complete your christmas card by snapping a picture with the tree as well. 

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img_5707img_5703img_1608img_1605img_1604Snap a picture with your loved ones at LOVE Park nearbyimg_1597

Made in Philadelphia” has a stall for home-made body oils and organic creams.img_1599

To check out a full calendar of events and list of stalls available visit: http://www.philachristmas.com/

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