By Randy Yagi Inspired by the festive Christmas markets of Germany and other European countries, Christkindlmarkts have become a wonderful holiday tradition in America in the past few decades. Presented in a fashion much like the most famous Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt in the German state of Bavaria, the family-friendly Christmas markets can be enjoyed in nearly dozen cities across America and even a Christmas market is being held at Disney’s Epcot Center in Orlando. While some of the finest Christkindlmarkts have already concluded or just about to conclude for this holiday season, such as the notable Canandaigua Christkindl Market in Upstate New York and the Old World Christmas Market in Elkhart Lake, many others will thankfully continue to operate through Christmas Eve or sometimes longer. For a truly authentic German holiday experience without having to make the trek across the pond to Europe, here are just five of America’s best Christkindlmarkts.
One of those chose in right here in Philadelphia
Christmas Village In Philadelphia
1501 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Dates: Nov. 23 through Dec. 24, 2017
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, visitors can enjoy the magical experience of an authentic German Christkindlmarkt at the Christmas Village in Philadelphia. Located in Center City at the newly renovated LOVE Park, formerly the John F. Kennedy Plaza, Christmas Village is by far Philadelphia’s largest holiday attraction and is expected to exceed its record-breaking attendance of 750,000 visitors from last year. With tremendous views of the towering City Hall, the admission-free Christmas Village showcases more than 80 local and international merchants, including some of the finest Christmas ornament makers in the world, in addition to live music at the main stage, delicious German and other European foods and beverages, and a round of events that includes wine tasting, polka dancing and appearances from St. Nick himself. Many of Philadelphia’s finest hotelsare within walking distance such as the Le Méridien and the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, in addition to convenient public transportation access from the 15th St. Station or City Hall/13th St. Station.