Shop at these festive Christmas markets in Philadelphia

Skip the big-box stores and buy your gifts at these pop-up Christmas markets in Philadelphia
christmas village
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By Amy Gordon |
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The experience of holiday shopping can be a lot more rewarding if you do your buying at the host of Christmas markets Philadelphia has to offer. These pop-up shops held throughout the season are rife with unique, locally made gifts that you’d never find on Amazon. Plus they’re practically events within themselves, often featuring food and drink vendors and festive live entertainment. Here, we round up the essential Christmas markets in Philadelphia. Some, like the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market, happen in conjunction with the best Christmas events in Philadelphia, giving you the chance to kill two birds with one stone. You could also pair your shopping with a tour of Christmas lights in Philadelphia, held at Philadelphia attractions and businesses across the city.

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Best Christmas markets in Philadelphia

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made in philadelphia holiday market
Photograph: Courtesy Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market

Load up all season (and even a little beyond) with distinctive creations from area artisans, designers and confectioners in the shadow of City Hall. The market is happening in conjunction with Wintergarden at Dilworth Park, which features the Rothman Institute Ice Rink and America’s Capital Garden Maze and the Rothman Cabin, where you’ll find boozy (or not) seaonal drinks.

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christmas village
Photograph: Kory Aversa
Things to do, Festivals

Christmas Village

Philadelphia’s LOVE Park reopens for one month to host this 10th annual German-inspired holiday market. You’ll find plenty of reasons to prioritize a trip here—whether you want to shop for gifts in the cute little huts full of international and locally made wares, ogle at the thousands of holiday lights or get all nostalgic—and plastered—under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a cup of mulled wine in hand.

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Cricket Cringle
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Shopping, Markets and fairs

Cricket Cringle Holiday Market

This fourth annual open-air marketplace in charming Ardmore showcases more than 40 merchants, plus seasonal bites from food trucks.

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greensgrow holiday bazaar
Photograph: Courtesy Greensgrow Farms
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar

The urban farm in Kensington is a one-stop shop for Christmas decor such as trees and wreaths, plus all kinds of handmade gifts, jewelry and more.

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crafty balboa holiday market
Courtesy: Crafty Balboa/Threet Ceramics
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Crafty Balboa Holiday Market

This year’s makers’ market will be the biggest ever, with more than 80 vendors, make-and-take art stations and a free Occasionette tote bag filled with gifts from local artists for those who arrive early.

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south philly handmade brigade
Photograph: Courtesy South Philly Handmade Brigade/Megan Morton
Shopping, Markets and fairs

South Philly Handmade Brigade

Shop this sure bet located in cool South Philly artist warehouse 1241 Carpenter Street Studios for one-of-a-kind finds ranging from original artwork and sculpture to vintage goods like clothing and accessories.

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go west craft fest
Photograph: Courtesy Go West! Craft Fest
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Go West! Craft Fest

West Philadelphia’s popular market returns just in time for the holidays, with creative wares like jewelry, stationery and gifts for kids.

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Mt Airy Art Garage Holiday Market
Photograph: Courtesy Mt. Airy Art Garage
Shopping, Markets and fairs

Mt. Airy Art Garage Holiday Market

Head to this pop-up shop in Mount Airy for locally made fine art and crafts along with music, food and loads of community spirit.

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