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Holiday Shopping, Solved: Why This Year’s Christmas Village Will Be the Best Yet

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Iakov Filimonov

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Iakov Filimonov

It might not seem like it, but the holiday season is nearly upon us. This time of year, people often think about giving: giving thanks, giving gifts and giving back. In Philadelphia, you can do all three of those things at Christmas Village.

Christmas Village in Center City is a perennial top pick for one-stop shopping, seasonal feel-good fun and community service. That’s why we’re so excited that the Christmas Village presented by NRG Home is returning to Love Park on November 26th. 

The open-air, German-inspired market runs from November 26th to December 27th with preview weekend November 21st to November 22nd. Christmas Village will once again feature festive fun, including shopping, mulled wine, live entertainment, holiday decorations and thousands of lights. Plus with a bevy of booths available to peruse, visitors can nab presents for everyone on their gift lists.

This is the third year NRG Home, an electricity supplier that helps power consumers at home and on the go, is proud to support Christmas Village in Philadelphia.

“Every year I’m touched by the warmth and holiday spirit shown by everyone who is part of Christmas Village, including vendors, organizers, and visitors,” said Heather Farber, managing director, NRG Retail Northeast.


Here’s a sampling of just some of the things visitors can expect:

December 4th at sundown will be the lantern parade, followed by the official Christmas Village tree lighting. On the evening of the 11th, NRG, as the official energy partner of the Philadelphia Eagles, has arranged for an Eagles player to spend time meeting visitors, signing autographs and posing for pictures. And if that isn’t cool enough, on the evening of the 18th, Swoop and the cheerleaders will delight fans as well.

In keeping with the spirit of holiday giving, on December 11th at 1pm, local media personalities will compete in a gingerbread house decorating contest to benefit local charities. More than $5,000 will be donated that day alone.


This isn’t the first time NRG Home has given back to the Philly community. NRG Home recently donated a hybrid car to aid the efforts of the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to pets and their families displaced by fires and other residential disasters. In the last year, NRG Home hosted two flag football games, which raised more than $35,000 for local non-profits. NRG Home also supports many other causes, including Philabundance, American Heart Association and March of Dimes.

Now that you’re feeling festive, it’s time to pencil in that visit to Christmas Village. For more information about NRG Home’s community initiatives or how to satisfy your home energy needs, click here.