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The Best Philly Holiday Markets for Unique, Local Gifts

Skip the mall and shop local! Here’s where to get in the spirit with fantastic holiday markets.

With Thanksgiving and Chanukah happening early this year, there’s even more time to deck the halls, start shopping, and celebrate the season. No matter who you have to shop for, you’re sure to find something special and one-of-a-kind at the many Philly holiday markets around town.

 

While some markets are just for the day, others bring a whole month of merriness! And even if you don’t have much shopping to do, they are the perfect places to check out our local arts scene, enjoy some holiday treats, and spend time with family. Here are our favorites.

The Holiday Fair and Craft Bazaar hosted by The Waldorf School of Philadelphia

November 22 (adults-only), 6–10 pm; and November 23 (family-fun day), 10 am–4 pm

6000 Wayne Avenue

 

On Friday, November 22, enjoy an adults-only night out with live music, signature cocktails, tasty bites, and an incredible array of 70 artisans and makers from across the region. On Saturday, November 23, there’s a magical experience for all ages with wholesome children’s activities and holiday shopping with local artisans and makers. Grab lunch and get some shopping done while the kids make candles and jump ropes, play games, see a puppet play, and buy their loved ones secret, handcrafted treasures in a Children-Only Shopping Room!

Christmas Village

November 28—December 24 (Preview weekend: November 23—24)

Love Park, 1500 Arch Street

 

To call this just a holiday market is a great injustice, because this is basically a month of holiday cheer in the middle of Philadelphia. Modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets in Germany, this annual market features over 80 vendors in wooden booths selling authentic European food, ornaments, crafts, clothing, and more from all over the world. In addition to the amazing assortment of wares, there are festive events all month long including live music, storytimes, wine tastings, and even visits with Santa! They also have great food, from waffles to mulled wine (Pro tip: buy the commemorative mug for discount refills—you won’t be sorry). New for this year, look for a giant 65-foot tall Christmas Village Ferris Wheel and Christmas Village Holiday Train to make their grand debut!

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

November 23—January 1, 2020

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

Right outside City Hall, more than 40 local artisans, designers, crafters, and confectionaries will offer unique selections for gifts and special holiday foods. This market was designed to complement Christmas Village across the street—but only focuses on locally made gifts. Stop by after skating on the Rothman Rink and running through Wintergarden Maze! Stay after to watch the light show projected onto City Hall, and don’t miss a ride on the carousel in the courtyard. It’s even open on Christmas Eve, so you can go for last-minute shopping.

Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar

November 23–24

Rivers Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave.

 

Get a head start on holiday shopping with 80 unique local artists in one place. Plus, there are raffles, make-and-takes, and food on site.

 

 

Photograph courtesy of Christmas Village in Philadelphia.

 

Cherry Street Pier

December 6, 5–9 pm

121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

 

Enjoy more than a dozen artists and artisans selling everything for jewelry, fine art, clothing, wellness items, snacks and more.

West Craft Fest

December 7 and 8, 10 am–4 pm

The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St.

 

Find unique holiday gifts handmade by dozens of local makers and artists. This annual West Philly fair has a great selection of accessories, jewelry, art, toys, and more. This year it takes place over two days, with different vendors each day!

Greens Sale and Market at Bartram’s Garden

December 7, 10 am—5 pm

5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

 

Enjoy seasonal music and refreshments as you get everything you need to deck your halls—including decorated and undecorated wreaths, centerpieces, fresh evergreens and more. Plus, Holiday Marketplace vendors will be there so you get some gift shopping done too. The event also includes storytime and children’s activities, make-and-take workshops, and more festiveness.

Handmade

December 7, 11 am—5 pm

Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.

 

This indoor market includes unique gifts by artists and craft vendors, as well as food, festive tunes, and a Polaroid photobooth featuring a fun and colorful display created by local artist Lauren Cat West, who also curated the market this year.

South Philly Handmade Brigade

December 7, 11 am—6 pm

1241 Carpenter St.

 

This shopping event features affordable and original artwork and gifts by local artists. Plus, you can meet the local artists in their studios!

Crafty Balboa

December 8, 11 am–5 pm

BOK, 1901 S. Ninth St.

 

Crafty Balboa’s Holiday Makers Market will showcase over 80 artists and makers, and feature one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone on your list.

Southeast by Southeast Holiday Sale

December 21, 11 am–3 pm

Bok Studios, 1901 S. Ninth St.

 

Join the Porch Light program and Southeast by Southeast for a multicultural arts and crafts sale featuring handmade crafts and textiles from all over the city, made by people all over the world. Give an intricate weaving or piece of jewelry as a gift this year, knowing that the sale directly benefited Philadelphia’s immigrant and refugee communities. The sale is cash-only, and proceeds go directly to the vendors.

 

 

Lead photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Assistant Editor | Email tips to laura@familyfocus.org

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