The holiday season is upon us! If you have not started making your way through your holiday gift list yet, the pressure is on. Avoid Amazon and other big-box retailers this season and seek out local boutiques, artisans and creators to support. From clothing, home goods and edible presents to services and events, we have your go-to shopping handled with the handy local event list below.
Philadelphia’s Christmas Village has been a popular holiday event and shopping destination since 2008. The outdoor market pops up at Love Park with open-air stalls, vendors and tents selling local and hand-crafted gifts. It’s a German Christmas wonderland with festive decor, apple cider, traditional European food and sweets galore. The vendors sell gifts ranging from candles, cookware and jewelry to carved wooden Santas, Christmas tree ornaments and door wreaths to deck your halls for the winter season. Make it an annual family event to go and explore the village and browse for gifts armed with hot cocoa and bright smiles. Kids can also line up to visit Santa and take photos at Santa’s House.
Made in Philadelphia Market
Dilworth Park is home to the Made in Philadelphia Market, specializing in locally-made goods from Philadelphia makers. Admission is free for this much-loved market, with designers, artists and jewelers selling their handmade goods direct to you. Favorite items include jewelry, Philadelphia-themed souvenirs for visitors, knitted winterwear and repurposed art. Many of the vendors can even provide shipping for out-of-town buyers or pack up your purchase for your flight or drive back home. This family-friendly market is also located near other area attractions like the towering annual Christmas tree, the Dilworth Park ice rink and the park carousel.
Liberty Flea is a local market with everything from vintage clothing to record players alongside houseplants and handmade pottery. The market pops up at various locations around town, so their website is the best spot to find the current schedule. Vendors here have a more curated selection of products for the more aesthetically inclined folks on your gift-giving list. Stock up your best friend’s bar cart with colorful glassware, pick out the perfect set of statement earrings or stock up on homemade dog treats for your favorite furry friend here. Note that entry to some of their holiday markets do require a general admission fee.
If you don’t mind a bit of time in the car, head an hour north to the city of Lahaska to visit the Peddler’s Village. This festive event has been around for over 60 years, with just as many participating vendors in their Specialty Shops. With an emphasis on local artisans, the market has a wide variety of giftable toys, accessories and collectibles. Bring the kids for fun at Giggleberry Fair, an indoor fun center complete with a vintage carousel. Santa is a famous sight around the village, whether taking photos or leading a sing-along at the Gazebo. If you can’t quite decide what to get that special someone, the Village also offers prepaid Visa gift cards to give out as well.
Original holiday goods are available at WestCraftFest on December 3 and 4 in West Philadelphia. The two-day event features different vendors for each day, making it worth visiting both days if your schedule permits. Makers set up shop at the Rotunda to sell their crafted greeting cards, ceramics, calendars, candles, beauty products and more. Most participating vendors are local to Philadelphia, with nearly 100 planned to participate in this two-day annual celebration.