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Where to Get Merry and Shop Local Neighborhoods This Season

Support Philly businesses and get all the special gifts on your list!

It’s just as important as ever to invest in our communities by supporting local businesses. This holiday season, neighborhoods throughout the city are getting festive and highlighting their unique businesses with pop-up events, markets, and more events. Here’s where to go for all the special gifts on your list.

Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties Business Improvement District kicks off the holiday season a Holiday Pop-Up Market on December 10 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This shopping event will feature over 30 vendors from around Philly selling art, gifts, and treats. Kids will have a chance to take a photo with Krampus, write a letter to Santa, and decorate ornaments. The holiday market will take place at the North Bowl at 909 N. 2nd St.

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For extra family fun , A Dash of Magic Events will host  “Princess Igloo Brunch” at Figo Ristorante. Reserve a table now for a visit from Princess Igloo, souvenir, and activity sheet.


Shop small and shop local at over 50 small businesses to find something for everyone on your list as the neighborhood kicks off the holiday season. The whole neighborhood is adorned in lights and decorations and the Jolly Trolley will take you up and down Main Street every Thursday night during Holiday Night Lights.

Old City

Historic Holidays in Old City kick-off on Small Business Saturday (November 26) with the debut of the Old City Holiday Pass which offers special deals at dozens of shops, restaurants, museums, and attractions through December 30.

Photograph by Kory Aversa.

The Old City Tree Lighting presented by Citizens will take place on November 30 at the Betsy Ross House courtyard, featuring musical and dance performances and special guests. And the district will have a special holiday shopping stroll on December 14 when Old City shops will stay open late until 7 p.m. Stick around for the holiday movie starting at 7 p.m. at Arch Street Meeting House.

Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill’s beloved annual Stag & Doe Nights will take place every Wednesday evening in December and feature extended store hours, holiday specials, live music, and horse-drawn carriage rides. You may even catch a glimpse of Santa strutting down the Avenue!

Photograph by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Finally, the neighborhood will have numerous seasonal pop-ups along the Avenue through December. Keep an eye on their social media pages to stay updated on additions to the shopping district.

East Passyunk Avenue

East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia is home to dozens of small, local businesses to shop at. Grab a Punch Card and from November 26-January 2, receive a punch for each $10 spent at participating businesses. Once you get 10 punches, submit the completed card to one of the Avenue’s independently-owned businesses to be entered to win a weekly gift card.

Aside from the shopping experiences, East Passyunk will be a festive location all season long. Don’t miss stopping by the annual holiday display inside Urban Jungle, who also will again have live Christmas trees for sale. The annual tree lighting party at the Singing Fountain will occur on December 1 and the Avenue is decked in decorations all season.

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market and Christmas Village

Now through New Year’s Day, Dilworth Park is home to dozens of local vendors—from art to socks! The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market is a complementary market to the larger, more eclectic Christmas Village in LOVE Park and City Hall’s courtyard (that will only last through Christmas Eve, though).

Along with great gifts sure to check off everyone on your shopping list, this is truly the epicenter of Philly’s holiday season, so stick around for the festivities. Take a spin on the Christmas Village Carousel, skate on the Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park, delight in the picturesque Wintergarden full of twinkling lights and reindeer topiaries, and catch the Deck the Hall light show projected on to City Hall nightly. And if you’re hungry, be sure to visit the Christmas Village food court for some authentic German cuisine, mulled wine, French toast bites, and more.

Laura Swartz contributed to the original version of this article. 

Lead photograph by Josh Pellegrini, courtesy of Aversa PR.

Calendar Editor and Writer for Philadelphia Family. Send tips to eleanor@familyfocus.org.