DATA: 22 November - 24 December 2018.
PLACE: Philadelphia, United States.
The German tradition lives in Philadelphia with the Christmas Village.
For three years now, three Philadelphia and Nuremberg have established a deep bond. Visiting the Christmas Village, the German imprint of the Christmas market.
And the bond is so strong that, this year, it will touch the Christkindl, officially inaugurate the 2018 edition with a ceremony on Sunday 25 November.
Philadelphia Christmas is modeled on traditional German and European markets. You can walk through the 80 stands, among sparkling lights and a riot of colors, aromas and flavors. Bavarian and German gastronomy is the main dish, but there is no lack of typical products, coming from every corner of Europe.
Waffle. Gingerbread. Bockwurst. And vin brûlé to warm up your evenings.
And, of course, there will be items and handicrafts, ornaments, jewels ....
The frame is that of the splendid Love Park, completely renovated. The context, really fascinating and evocative. We start, as usual, Thanksgiving to end the day of Christmas Eve.
HOW TO GET
Photo ©, Kevin Burkett
Love Park is located right in the center, not far from the Philadelphia International Airport. From Terminal A, with the 438 Airport Line, get off at Subtuban Station. In a few minutes you reach the Park, home of the Christmas Village.
In the subway, you can use the Market Frankford Line, is Broad Street Line.
The bus station is located in the vicinity of N 15th Street and John F Kennedy blvd; the zone will be served by 17, 27, 31, 32, 33, 38, 44, 48, 62, 121, 124, 125 and C lines.
Inside the Love Park, around 80 stands with food and wine products, crafts, precious objects, decorations and much more.
The 22 November 2018 officially starts, from the 09: 00 to the 18: 00.
The markets are open every day, from Sunday to Thursday from 11: 00 to 19: 00; Friday and Saturday, from 11: 00 to 20: 00.
The 24 / 12, from the 09: 00 to the 17: 00.
Not just Christmas markets at Christmas Village. Throughout the period, there will be many events and activities scheduled, from November 22 to 24 December 2018.
During the weekend of 17 and 18 November, however, there will be a small appetizer of the Christmas Village.
Sunday 25, grand inauguration with ceremony presented by the Christkindl of Nuremberg.
Special events are scheduled every weekend in December.
Every Wednesday, from 16: 00 to 18: 00, it's time for a HoHo Happy Hour. Vin brûlé and two delicious Bratwurst, at the German Grill.
Every Tuesday and Thursday in December, from 17: 00 to 19: 00, tastings of wine and tasty dishes, in a cozy atmosphere.
As usual, there will be many activities dedicated to children. Every Wednesday, at 11: 00, an appointment with readings and Christmas stories.
The 06 December is the day dedicated to San Nikolaus that, at 16: 15, will return, to each child who has requested it, the special boot full of sweets. Beware though: the children who have made the bad guys could receive burning charcoal !!!
What party would it be without Santa? To the delight of children, at Christmas Village there will also be the Santa House, with Santa Claus in the flesh, ready to give smiles and take pictures with your children. Appointment the 22, 23, 24, 25, 30 November and 01 and 02 December, with the same times of the markets.
From 08 to 24 December Santa House will be open every day, from Monday to Thursday, from 12: 00 to 19: 00; Friday and Saturday, from 11: 00 to 20: 00; Sunday, from 11: 00 to 19: 00.
WHERE TO SLEEP
Not far from Love Park, you will find numerous proposals suitable for all budgets and needs.
A few steps from the park, right in the center, is really the top for value for money. Windsor Suites Philadelphia It is an all-suite hotel, all spacious and equipped with a fully equipped kitchen. There is also a restaurant and an 24 open-air gym on 24.
The Windsor Suites Philadelphia apartments feature a flat-screen cable TV and free WiFi. 2 bottles of water per night, a dining area and a seating area with a work desk are also provided. The fully equipped kitchens include a stove, fridge and dishwasher. Info and reservations from this link.