Love Park, which, for so many years, was home to Philly’s Christmas Village, is currently under construction, so for 2016 the Village set itself up across the street at Dilworth Park in front of City Hall. And while the holiday pop-up is one of Philly's most festive and wonderful shopping traditions, the food here is pretty on point, too.
If you've never had Scandinavian baked cheese, Baked Cheese Haus is the only place in Philly you'll find it. Want to try a real-deal döner kebab? Give Berlin Döner Kebab a go, but make sure you order some fries, too. And if you really want to lean into the holiday cheer, might we suggest you order yourself a cup of mulled wine and a slice of strudel.
Christmas Village opens on Thanksgiving Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular hours are Sundays through Thursdays 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Here’s a guide to get you going:
- Baked Cheese Haus – Cheese, grilled on sticks
- Berlin Döner Kebab Booth & Belgian Fries
- Chaddsford Winery − PA mulled wine, plus regular wine by the bottle and glass
- Crepes and German Christmas Sweets − Fresh handmade crêpes and a wide assortment of German Christmas Sweets like gingerbread, stollen, and delicacies like "Milka", "Kinderschokolade" and fresh marshmallows
- German Grill/Weihnachtshütte − Tasty German bratwursts, meats, potato pancakes, potato salad and sauerkraut
- German Sweets − Roasted nuts from all over the world, Chocolate
- Helmut's Original Austrian Strudel − Strudels, sweet and savory
- Hot Beverages − Hot chocolate, coffee, tea and apple cider
- Jerky Hut – Jerky meats (NEW)
- John & Kiras − Gourmet hand-crafted chocolates
- Pretzelphoria − Pennsylvania-made pretzels with spices and chocolate-covered
- Shane Confectionery and The Franklin Fountain – Candy, fudge, ice cream (NEW)
- The Bacon Jams − Spreadable bacon preserve and bacon soap
- Torch Bearer Sauces – Tasty condiments and sauces (NEW)
- Wandering Waffle – Delicious Belgian waffles