Photo above: Shoppers in winter gear browse vendors in wooden booths at the Annual Christmas Village in Philadelphia in Love Park Shoppers in winter gear browse vendors in wooden booths in the annual Christmas Village in Philadelphia in Love Park – Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
Travel Responsibly: As the region recovers from COVID-19, safety guidelines have evolved for attractions, restaurants, shops, and hotels. Philadelphia requires masks or proof of vaccination in all indoor public spaces. Presale tickets or reservations are recommended or necessary in many places. Your best choice: check online or call ahead.
Find everything on your Christmas shopping list – and treat yourself too – in the great retail stores, creative pop-up shops, independent boutiques, charming high streets, and world-class malls in the greater Philadelphia area.
Great deals and vacation deals here – and best of all, most wearable merchandise such as clothes and shoes in Philadelphia are free of sales tax (some exceptions apply). Additionally, in-person shopping offers an alternative to supply chain delays that can slow online ordering.
Of course, residents and visitors alike are always encouraged to purchase Black and Brown-owned stores during the Christmas season and beyond – an effort reinforced by the City of Philadelphia in the second year of its Shop Black Business Friday initiative, held every Friday in Philadelphia December 2021. Introduced by The Honorable Cherelle L. Parker, resolution aims to support the jobs, revenues and economic impact of these vital businesses.
Last but not least (and just in time for the holidays), fans of the art of the new Love + Grit Storefronts project can enter the Love + Grit Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $ 2,000 package with more than 20 gifts, curated by some of Philadelphia’s finest stores owned by Black and Brown – many of which are on display. Among the prizes: beauty and wellness products from A Man’s Cave and Ursula’s About Phace Rittenhouse Makeup Studio, clothing from The Modern Republic and Harriett’s Bookshop, and housewares from YOWIE and Roberto Lugo Studio. Participants can take part in the competition here or via the QR code in each of the shop windows. The competition runs until December 30th, 2021.
Of course, the holidays in the greater Philadelphia area are a little different this year. Philadelphia businesses and attractions require proof of vaccination or the wearing of masks in all indoor public spaces, while policies and requirements vary in the surrounding Greater Philadelphia area. And while most stores are open, check online or call ahead to see what to expect.
Mount Airy Art Garage Holiday Market
Until December 19, 2021 (only Saturdays & Sundays)
Instead of a one-day event, this Mount Airy arts center invites artists to sell their wares over five weekends from late November through late December. Over the past few years, artists have sold original paintings, photographs, paper cutouts, sculptures, and many other artistic media.
Mount Airy Art Garage, 7054 Germantown Avenue
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market in Dilworth Park
Until January 1, 2022
Find the perfect something for the perfect person at the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, back for the season as part of this year’s Winter at Dilworth Park program. Dozens of local artisans, designers, and small businesses from the Philly area sell handcrafts, gifts, and treats in white, festively-lit tents scattered across the park. Don’t forget to check out the dazzling carousel in the City Hall courtyard and the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Tree and Ferris wheel on the north apron. For more shopping, head to nearby LOVE Park during the Christmas Village in Philadelphia.
Dilworth Park, 1 S. 15th Street
Christmas Village in Philadelphia in LOVE Park
Until December 24, 2021
The European Wonderland Christmas Village in LOVE Park returns with shining Moravian stars that adorn the tops of the wooden stalls of over 100 different dealers. On offer: local and international gifts such as KÃ¤the Wohlfahrt ornaments, three-dimensional house stars, winter clothing and more. Other providers have also set up on the north apron of the town hall and in the town hall courtyard, where the new double-decker holiday carousel is located. Also new: a German food court in the town hall courtyard. Bonus: Get a discount when you park in the LOVE Park Garage directly under the Christmas Village.
Various locations including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Stag do in Chestnut Hill
1-22. December 2021
Shops in Chestnut Hill are open late on Wednesdays in December, with Christmas specials and refreshments during Bachelor and Doe nights. Outside, the sounds of Christmas carols and a brass quartet fill the air as Santa Claus struts down Germantown Avenue. Those who feel particularly festive can take a bizarre horse-drawn carriage ride.
North Bowl, 909 North 2nd Street
Christmas in Kensington at the Philadelphia Brewing Company
10-19 December 2021
Kensington beer suppliers Philadelphia Brewing Company (PBC) and Old Kensington Boutique gift shop team up to bring an outdoor art market to PBC’s beer garden. With 25 local artists to shop for, lots of craft beer, food, a gift wrap station, and live music, the fair is a one-stop shop for everything vacation-related.