Whoa! The Christmas Village Will Debut a New 65 ft. Tall Ferris Wheel
Christmas Village in Philadelphia presented by Bank of America is back and truly bigger than ever! Philadelphia’s largest holiday attraction announces it will expand in 2019 and take over North Broad outside of City Hall and pop-up around the beloved municipal Christmas Tree of the City of Philadelphia. The new expansion, called Wawa Holiday Plaza, will feature dozens of new vendors, twinkling lights, wooden huts, hot cocoa and two big surprises. Look up and enjoy a bird’s eye view of all the holiday festivities from the top of the brand-new sixty-five foot tall Christmas Village Ferris Wheel that will debut this year. Get ready to say all aboard as kids will embark on the new Christmas Village Holiday Train that will loop around the North West corner of Wawa Holiday Plaza. Christmas Village’s new Wawa Holiday Plaza at North Broad will join Christmas Village in LOVE Park and Christmas Village’s ACME Winter Memories in the City Hall Courtyard for the holiday season, from Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28, 2019) through Christmas Eve (Tuesday, December 24, 2019), with a Preview Weekend on November 23 and 24, 2019. Christmas Village organizers will also present Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market spotlighting local and regional vendors at Dilworth Park starting November 23rd. This year will mark the largest overall holiday celebration ever around LOVE Park and City Hall – with attendance goals aiming to attract well over 800,000 people in 2019.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia presented by Bank of America will now be located all around City Hall in three total locations, plus the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market:
LOVE Park will transform into a traditional Holiday wonderland with vendors from all around the world, European food, hot mulled wine and cold beer, and the return of the giant, 27-foot tall walk through gift box called “The Present”, presented by Bank of America.
This year the Present” will have a few exciting upgrades: more lights (100,000 bulbs equivalent to over 5 miles), plus a dynamic color changing piping to the red ribbon and bow which will be fully interactive. Participants, after donating, can trigger a series of colors, chases and patterns that will race around the ribbon’s edges and bring the present to life, with matching contributions by Bank of America.
ACME Winter Memories will be located at the courtyard of City Hall with festive vendors and the whimsical, ornate, and grand Christmas Village Carousel presented by ACME Markets.
Wawa Holiday Plaza located at the North Broad of City Hall will feature the brand new 65-feet-tall Christmas Village Ferris Wheel, the new Kids Train and exquisite vendors.
Don’t miss: The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park with a wide variety of arts and crafts from local vendors from the greater Philadelphia area.
Christmas Village’s new Wawa Holiday Plaza will pop-up around the municipal Christmas Tree of the City of Philadelphia on the North Broad on City Hall. Guests will be greeted by the magnificent sight of the tree, as well as tens of thousands of twinkling lights, decorations and original Herrnhuter Stars. The signature charming wooden huts will extend over to North Broad for guests looking to shop for everyone on their wish list. For those looking to spruce up their home, North Broad will host vendors with unique product such as NJ Fairtrade Cooperative. In addition, Stoll and Wolfe will be providing craft spirits for every taste. Visitors can also find fine genuine leather handbags at Elie Handbags. Additionally, hand-poured soy candles from Simply Hecgardo will make any house a home. Whether shopping for customized jewelry, wool socks, handcrafted textiles, or sterling silver, North Broad hosts all these options and more for the Holiday season.
For food and drink offerings, look out for the new food options in the City Hall Courtyard. The Courtyard Café will offer fresh brewed and Philly roasted Philly Fair Trade Roasters coffee. The new Tarte Flambee stand will bring Europe to the Courtyard serving an Alsace style tarte flambee and cinnamon rolls as a sweet counterpart. More European food options are available at the Christmas Village LOVE Park section.
As the biggest surprise ever to come to Christmas Village, look up for the dazzling sight of a brand-new Christmas Village Ferris Wheel as you come around City Hall and down Broad Street. Witness the beauty of the holiday markets below as you elevate 65 feet into the air for a truly unforgettable view of the City of Brotherly Love. The sky-high new attraction will join the Christmas Village Carousel inside the City Hall Courtyard as two major experiences to not-miss during your visit to Philadelphia for the holidays. Tickets for the ferris wheel are $4 each.
On top of the new Christmas Village Ferris Wheel, families will find a brand-new feature for their little ones. Children are invited to climb all aboard and take a spin on the Christmas Village Holiday Train that will loop around the North West corner of the Wawa Holiday Plaza. Children can ride while parents take in the sights and sounds of the Holiday Market with a hot cup of mulled wine. Rides on the Christmas Village Holiday Train will be $3 each.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia Presented by Bank of America opens daily, starting on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28th), to coincide with Philadelphia’s annual Thanksgiving Parade. The open-air Christmas market will remain open through Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24th. A Preview Weekend will take place on Saturday, November 23rd and Sunday, November 24th.
Daily market hours are Friday through Saturday 11:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday through Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm. Thanksgiving Day hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm, and Christmas Eve hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm. The Christmas Village Ferris Wheel, Holiday Train and Carousel will all be open during regular hours of Christmas Village. Look for the official date for all three to open as preparations are still under-way for the two new elements.