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Philadelphia Christmas Village


(The following is a special series on written by guest contributing writer William Knowles. He highlights his passions of of trying something new whenever the opportunity presents itself, or possibly something old, but new again since it has been a while. I hope you enjoy his very special perspective that I am sure many of you can relate to. Follow him on his exciting journey “Around Town”)


The Christmas Village, located in Love Park at JFK Plaza in the heart of Center City Philadelphia, has become as much a part holiday tradition in the town as the famed light show at Macy’s (formerly Wanamaker’s).  Modeling itself after German open market style villages, it serves as a destination for families, shoppers, tourists and passerby who will immediately feel the holiday spirit.

There is much to see, with over 60 wooden booths serving food, drink, gifts and novelties.  Pick up a delicious strudel at Helmut’s, authentic from Austria.  Or homemade chocolate from John & Kira’s.  Buy genuine hand crafted ornaments and objects from Kathe Wohlfahrt.  Take your picture with the giant Christmas tree in the park fountain, or with Santa himself.


The German Society of Philadelphia has done a wonderful job of creating an atmosphere that truly makes you feel you are transported to Christmastime in Europe.  Kory Aversa of Aversa PR & Events, a friend to and Around Town, took us on a tour of the village and provided samples of many of the food offerings.  Kory and his team handle the marketing and advertising for many events in the region, with the Village being their crowning jewel for the year…


Check out the Christmas Village between now and December 27th for great food and drink, unique gift ideas and seasonal cheer.  Happy Holidays to everyone “around town”…

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