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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 the holiday season kicking off, we are so excited to deck the halls, start shopping, and start celebrating. 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!

 

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.

Christmas Village

November 25—December 24 (Preview weekend: November 20—21)

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 dozens of 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, wine tastings, and more. They also have great food, from raclette cheese to French toast bites to mulled wine. This year, look for a giant 65-foot tall Christmas Village Ferris Wheel and Christmas Village Kids’ Holiday Train to return and join a new double-decker Carousel, all around City Hall.

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

November 20—January 1, 2022

Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th St.

 

Right outside City Hall, 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, and the Ferris Wheel next to the giant Holiday Tree at City Hall. It’s even open on Christmas Eve, so you can go for last-minute shopping.

Holiday Art Star Craft Bazaar

November 20–21

Rivers Casino, 1001 N. Delaware Ave.

 

Get a head start on holiday shopping with 60 unique local artists in one place. Plus, there are make-and-takes, and food on site. $3 door fee from 11 am-3 pm each day ($2 from 3-4 pm, free the last hour) and free for kids age 12 and under.

Miracle On American Street Art and Gift Market

November 20, 11 am–6 pm

NextFab, 1800 North American Street

 

Explore the work of over 40 local artists and makers while enjoying delicious food from local vendors. Tour the beautiful NextFab facilities and meet the makers in the actual studio spaces they use to produce the fantastic work available for purchase. After you are finished shopping, stop by the gift wrap station to get all your newly purchased gifts wrapped in locally designed wrapping paper. Then hit up the activity tent for fun activities for all ages.

 

Photograph courtesy of Christmas Village in Philadelphia.

Cherry Street Pier

November 21 and December 3

121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

 

Pick up one-of-a-kind finds while you enjoy stunning views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River. Stick around for light bites or sips from on-site concessions, and walk the Gallery to explore the latest exhibition.

Mt. Airy Holiday Makers Markets

November 27 and December 5

Mt. Airy Village

 

Each market will have over 25 local makers, plus live music, food trucks, author signings, and community cheer.

Holiday Pop-Up Market in Northern Liberties

December 4, 5, 11, and 12

North Bowl, 909 N. Second St.

 

Northern Liberties’ third annual holiday pop up is growing with more vendors in a larger indoor space – North Bowl. Shop local and shop early over two weekends. In addition to shopping, the market will have ornament making and Letters to Santa activities for kids.

Handmade Holidays Greens Sale and Market at Bartram’s Garden

December 4, 11 am—4 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 craft activities, a photobooth, and more festiveness.

Awbury Arboretum’s Holiday Farm Party and Greens Sale

December 4, 1—4 pm

The Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 6336 Ardleigh St.

 

Shop for holiday greens like wreaths and garland (pre-ordering is recommended for these), plus food vendors, crafts, and visits with the goats!

West Craft Fest

December 11, 10 am–4 pm (Rain date: December 12)

The LAWN & Pivot Park, 37th and Filbert streets

 

Find unique holiday gifts handmade by dozens of local makers and artists, including accessories, jewelry, art, toys, and more. This year’s iteration of the popular annual West Philly fair will take place outdoors at The LAWN in University City to allow for social distancing.

Handmade

December 11, 11 am—5 pm

Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.

 

This market includes unique and affordable gifts by 20+ artists and craft vendors, curated by artist Saeed Ferguson of ALL CAPS STUDIO.

 

 

Lead photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia.

Contributing Writer

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