The Magical Christmas Village at LOVE Park Will Open on Thanksgiving Day

A preview event this past weekend has us excited for all the ornaments, cheesy sandwiches, twinkly lights — and a new beer garden.

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The LOVE Park Christmas Village opens on Thursday. | Photo courtesy of Kory Aversa

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Christmas Village will officially open in LOVE park on Thanksgiving Day.

The beloved winter market was in business for a preview weekend this past Saturday and Sunday, and let us just say: We’re ready.

There’s a lot to look forward to at the Christmas Village this year. For starters, the market is looking much better than it did last year, when construction on the remodeled LOVE Park had yet to wrap up. Now, there are no fenced enclosures or other eyesores. Instead, the market has more decorations, an upgraded layout, and more space to shop and stroll.


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There’s also a brand-new beer garden at the Christmas Village (look for a seating area called The Alm) and a mascot-themed weekend to kick things off on December 1st and 2nd. (No word yet on whether or not Gritty will be in attendance, but one can hope.)

And of course, the park’s grand opening ceremony on November 25th will include the original Christkind from Nuremberg/Germany, who will visit the park in a horse-drawn carriage.

Personally, I know I’m most looking forward to the raclette sandwiches at Baked Cheese House. Just look at all that ooey, gooey, cheesy goodness.

The Christmas Village will be open Thanksgiving Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After that, the market will be open daily through December 24th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Oh, and while you’re in the area, you might as well stop by the Made in Philadelphia market at Dilworth Park as well. Is there such a thing as too much holiday spirit?

For more information on the Christmas Village (including parking tips and a vendor map), click here.