Christmas Village in Philadelphia Announces Return with Ferris Wheel, Two Story Carousel and Holiday Lights

-Courtesy of Aversa PR & Events

Christmas Village in Philadelphia will again transform LOVE Park (1500 JFK Blvd.) and City Hall’s Courtyard and North Broad section into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market. Christmas Village returns for its 15th season, running from November 24 to December 24, 2022 with a preview weekend on Saturday, November 19th to Sunday, November 20th.


The full details for the new season will be released in early to mid-November including menus, vendor lists, event details and more. In the meantime, enjoy this preview of new surprises and returning favorites for 2022:

* The original Christkind from Nuremberg, Germany will be back to open the market with a big bang on November 27th. After two years, organizers are thrilled for her return!

* In an effort to promote equity and reflect the diversity of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department partnered with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation to provide grants to support minority-owned vendors at the Christmas Village. Through these grants, The Welcoming Center, Esperanza, and South Street Headhouse District will each recruit three or more local minority-owned businesses to vend at the Christmas Village and provide them with a booth at little or no cost.

* Christmas Village in Philadelphia will return to LOVE Park and the City Hall Courtyard and North Broad section with new bold and beautiful booths in the entirety of LOVE Park, changing the face of the market drastically and creating an even more cheerful feeling. Furthermore, Christmas Village is upgrading its tent vendors on North Broad to picturesque wooden German booths. We’re excited to share the biggest investment in the history of Christmas Village with all visitors and are looking forward to the countless photo creations with the new look and feel of Christmas Village. Shoppers will be able to immerse themselves in the most authentic German Christmas Market around.

* The Alm, the event’s authentic German Beer Garden, with its many traditional decorations will ensure that foodies can enjoy food and drinks in a typical German ambience.

* The holiday season starts with the return of a Preview Weekend on 19th and 20th of November.

* Spirits tastings on Wednesdays as well as wine tastings on Tuesdays and Thursdays presented by local Boardroom Spirits and Chaddsford Winery will provide a flavorful taste journey through local products that are sure to glow up the midweek. Join a VIP wine or spirits tasting and enjoy a gourmet food package customized for the respective wine and spirits varieties by local and Philly-famous Di Bruno Bros.. Tickets will be on sale in late fall.

* Calling all collectors to make sure to grab one of the exclusive Christmas Village baby blue boot mugs on time as they sell out super quickly! Warm up with a drink from the market’s traditional dark blue Glühwein (mulled wine) mug or toast with an authentic cream-colored beer mug, which will both feature a new 2022 mug design.

* Beer lovers can enjoy locally brewed craft beer made by Brewery Techne in a large beer garden at LOVE Park and the City Hall Courtyard with authentic German style beer benches. Don’t forget to pick up a few cans of commemorative Christmas Village beer brewed especially for this year’s event! The exact beer style will be announced in late October.

* Crowds’ favorite vendors such as Käthe Wohlfahrt and the Raclette Hut are excited to come back.

* Visit on Family Day (December 10th) and experience A Moment of Magic: Taking a picture with children’s favorite princesses, superheroes, Christmas Village’s very own mascot Phil the Reindeer and many more will surely sweeten the entire family’s day.

* Helmut’s Strudel is back at Christmas Village! Try a perfectly baked puff pastry treat packed full of everyone’s favorite flavors like apple, cherry, Nutella, and cheese to name a few. Wash it all down with a spiked hot cider, boozy hot chocolate, or an array of non-alcoholic beverages.

* Don’t miss the biggest and most eventful German American Weekend yet with four German dance bands schuhplattling all weekend long on December 3 and 4, 2022. Visitors can catch a concentrated load of German tradition as they grab a German style Bratwurst while watching local United German Hungarian Schuhplattlers and G.T.V. Almrausch perform their choreography in traditional dresses. Can’t get enough of German traditions? Then participate in one of the German games and try to win the Beerstein holding contest!

* Take pictures and videos in front of the different attractions and remember each visit at Christmas Village forever. The new angel wing photo spot at the North Broad section will brighten up everyone’s Instagram feed for sure. Or share via TikTok – make sure to tag Christmas Village, new on TikTok this year!

* The family won’t want to leave once they see all of the kids attractions at Christmas Village. Reaching majestic views at the top of North Broad’s ring of light Ferris Wheel or picking a favorite animal on the market’s double-tier Carousel will ensure that there will be gleeful children’s laughter again this year. There is something for everyone! It’s “all aboard” at the market’s very own Christmas Village Kids Train.

* Stay a while at the warmly lit authentic style German tables and benches in the seating area inside City Hall’s Courtyard. From flame-grilled bratwurst, gooey raclette cheese, and crispy belgian fries the food court at City Hall leaves nothing to be desired. The sounds of laughter and twinkling lights of the Courtyard are sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face and fill everyone with holiday cheer.

After the special preview weekend, Christmas Village will officially open for the season on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 2022. Invite the entire family to experience a ceremonial start into a wonderful season with a relaxing walk over the spacious created Christmas Wonderland and celebrate it with the first sip of Glühwein (mulled wine) of this year. Stroll past numerous vendors and let the tempting aroma of European food draw everyone in for a quick break in one of the market’s lovingly decorated seating areas. After a festive beginning into the Christmas season of 2022, a program full of weekday and weekend events awaits visitors to keep Christmas spirits high until the holidays.

Follow @philachristmas on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, and Instagram or visit www.philachristmas.comfor more information about the new holiday season.

2022 HOURS:

Sunday to Thursday, 11:00am to 7:00pm
Friday to Saturday: 11:00am to 8:00pm
Thanksgiving Day: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Christmas Eve: 11:00am to 5:00pm

City Hall’s Courtyard and LOVE Park (JFK Plaza, 1500 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102)

Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public location where people are present; we cannot guarantee you will not be exposed during your visit. The CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from Coronavirus. Guests should evaluate their own risk in determining whether to attend. People who show no symptoms can spread Coronavirus if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to Coronavirus. By coming to the market, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance.

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