Best Places for Holiday Shopping
in Philadelphia and The Countryside
Top seasonal pop-up shops, massive retail destinations, main streets and more
Find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list, and treat yourself as well, at Philadelphia’s brand-new retail destinations, creative craft bazaars, holiday pop-up shops, independent boutiques, charming main streets and top-rated shopping malls.
You’ll find amazing deals and holiday specials throughout the season and, best of all, there is no sales tax on most wearable goods like clothing and shows (some exceptions apply).
Put on some comfortable shoes and get ready to browse our top holiday shopping in Philadelphia and beyond.
Can’t-Miss Shopping Destinations
Located in the historic Wanamaker building, Macy’s Center City is one of Philadelphia’s top shopping destinations with more than 100 years of retail history. Recognized as one of the most architecturally significant retail spaces in the U.S. and a National Historical Landmark, Macy’s Center City is a must-see destination for shoppers and history buffs alike. Don’t miss the annual Macy’s Christmas Light Show, an illuminating holiday tradition in the Grand Court.
Reading Terminal Market
The nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market, Reading Terminal Market in Center City boasts more than 80 unique merchants, three of which are descendants of original stand holders from when it opened more than 110 years ago. Stroll through the vast bazaar and browse everything from hand made imported crafts and American quilts to fresh produce, dairy products, exotic meats and seafood, freshly cut flowers, cookbooks and expertly prepared foods of all kinds.
King of Prussia Mall
Just a 20-minute drive from Philadelphia, the King of Prussia Mall is the largest shopping mall in the United States of America. And around the holidays, the mall is packed with festivities, deals and thousands of shoppers. Boasting seven world class department stores and more than 400 stores, boutiques, and restaurants, King of Prussia has more pure retail shopping space than any other attraction in America and it features stores that cannot be found elsewhere in the region.
With world-class department stores and more than 400 shops and restaurants, it’s easy to lose a day shopping at the King of Prussia Mall. (Photo courtesy King of Prussia Mall)
Philadelphia Premium Outlets
Located just 35 miles northwest of Center City, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick feature more than 150 designer and brand-name outlet stores in an astounding 425,000-square-foot outdoor space.
Philadelphia Mills Mall
With more than 1.7 million-square-feet of shopping, Philadelphia Mills, formerly Franklin Mills, is only 15 miles from Center City Philadelphia. Bargain hunters can find up to 60% off designer merchandise in 200 great stores and enjoy the mall’s two food courts, seven theme restaurants and 14-screen movie theater.
Peddler’s Village offers an illuminating holiday shopping experience with over a million of twinkling lights, ongoing events throughout the season and festive shopping at more than 70 on-site specialty shops. The family-friendly Bucks County attraction also features eight restaurants and comfortable overnight accommodations at the Golden Plough Inn making it the perfect destination for a holiday weekend retreat.
Ardmore’s Suburban Square is a pedestrian-friendly, high-end, open air shopping destination on the Main Line. Browse the latest technology trends at the Apple store, shop local goods at the Ardmore Farmers Market and browse dozens of fantastic retail stores including Macy’s, Paper Source and Urban Outfitters.
Philadelphia is the first city outside the New York metropolitan area to have access to Century 21, a massive haven for affordable fashion. Located in Market East, the 100,000-square-foot retail space can easily eat away an afternoon of deal searching.
Macy’s Philadelphia is on of the city’s most popular holiday destinations with its holiday window displays, Dickens’ Village, long-running Christmas Light Show and, of course, fantastic shopping. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Heavily discounted designer fashion awaits at the 39,000-square-foot home of Nordstrom Rack on Chestnut Street. Here, you’ll find many of the top fashions and labels available at Nordstrom, but with prices 30- to 70-percent-off.
International clothing retailer Uniqlo opened an outpost on Chestnut Street in Center City in the fall of 2014, bringing high-quality casual wear and crisp denim to Philadelphia. The sprawling three-story Philly location tops 29,000 square feet of shopping space, with notable nooks for the special +J Collection, a collaboration with designer Jil Sander, and a museum corner on the ground floor dedicated to the SPRZ NY collection, a collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
Shopping Tip – Free Metered Parking on Saturdays
Worried about those infamous Philadelphia parking tickets? Meter parking in Center City is FREE every Saturday after 11 a.m. from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day (as well as Thanksgiving and Christmas Day). Also, meter parking is also free in Center City after 5 p.m. on Wednesday evenings, except for rush-hour zones, which are free after 6:30 p.m. Check here for the rush hour zones and free parking boundaries.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops
Christmas Village at LOVE Park
November 27-December 28
With its medieval-village type setting, the German-style Christmas Village has become a favorite tradition for holiday shoppers who can peruse more than 50 decorated booths selling international seasonal gifts, traditional German Christmas ornaments, jewelry and high-quality arts and crafts. Hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts are also among the offerings.
The Christmas Village at LOVE Park is modeled after a traditional German holiday pop-up shop with holiday crafts, foods, entertainment and more. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
Art Star Holiday Market at Waterfront Winterfest
November 28, 2014-March 1, 2015
Opening to the public right after Thanksgiving Day on Friday, November 28, Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest takes the perennial good times of the rink to a whole new level, transforming Penn’s Landing into a winterized riverfront park for the entire season. In addition to a skating rink, winter beer garden and light show, the Winterfest also hosts the crafty folks behind the Art Star Gallery & Boutique for a winter-themed retail experience with goods housed inside a repurposed shipping container.
PHAIR at Franklin Square
November 28-December 23
On one of the biggest shopping days of the year, Friday, November 28, the new Franklin Square Holiday Festival will open a daily Holiday Market with an array of vendors curated by PHAIR. As with the PHAIR maker market at the Shambles at Headhouse Square, the Franklin Square market will include a selection of artisans selling jewelry, clothing, toys and more. Also, open daily, the Franklin Square Holiday Gift Shop will stock a small selection of accessories and gifts.
Shoppers stock up on one-of-a-kind, artisan-made gifts at the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker Market at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. More than 70 selected artists and craftsmen offer hand-made American crafts and gifts, including ornaments, jewelry, photography and dance-inspired pieces. Shoppers can also enjoy interactive activities, visits from the characters of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker and more.
Franklin Flea Holiday Market
November 22, 29, December 6, 13, 20
The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea Holiday Market returns for six Saturday shopping days this season. At the wintertime market, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of around 50 vendors set up amid the antique chandeliers and marble columns of the historic space, selling everything from fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and gourmet street food.
PHS Holiday Pop-Up Shop
In Chestnut Hill, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society produces yet another crowd-pleasing attraction this month with the launch of its annual PHS Holiday Pop Up Store. The temporary holiday shop situated right on Germantown Avenue deals in a lovely range of goods for the kitchen and garden savvy during the holiday season through December.
AIA Bookstore Holiday Pop-Up Shop
The Center for Architecture’s AIA Bookstore and Design Center’s annual holiday pop-up shop is open for the season. Throughout the year, the curated bookstore stocks a variety of Philadelphia-centric items, as well as notebooks, books, iPhone cases, lighting, toys for children, shopping totes and more. For the special holiday shop, guests can also browse ornaments (including miniature architectural ornaments!), holiday cards, holiday calendars, decor and more.
You’re sure to stumble across a one-of-a-kind item as you browse the tables at the the Franklin Flea Holiday Market. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Holiday Market at the National Liberty Museum
November 28-December 26
Old City’s National Liberty Museum is set to transform its gift shop into a pop-up art market. The holiday market opens to the public on Black Friday, and will display and sell everything from blown glass and sculptures to locally made jewelry and more. Note that no admission is required when only visiting the shop.
Byers’ Choice Christmas Market
Through Wednesday December 31
A traditional German Christmas market fills Byers’ Choice in Bucks County with with stalls selling nutcrackers, ornaments, gingerbread houses, advent calendars, toys and authentic Christmas fare, too.
Chestnut Hill Stag and Doe Nights
December 3, 10, 17
On the Wednesdays leading up to Christmas, Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill transforms into a winter wonderland for the annual Stag & Doe shopping nights. From 6 to 9 p.m., Chestnut Hill shops will be full of holiday spirit. Shopkeepers will help you figure out what to get picky gift receivers with gift suggestions, all while you’re enjoying treats from each shop. As you travel from shop to shop, carolers will serenade you with favorite Christmas carols.
Shopping Tip – All New PHLASH Holiday Evening Loop
The PHLASH Holiday Evening Loop is the easiest way to get to get around Philadelphia’s Top Holiday Attractions. Starting the day after Thanksgiving (November 28), the PHLASH will run from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. with additional stops at Franklin Square, Christmas Village, Rittenhouse Row, Macy’s and more.
The PHLASH offers convenient access to the city’s top attractions and holiday destinations for just $2 a ride or $5 all-day. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
NoLibs & Fishtown Holiday Shopping Spree
More than 15 local, independent boutiques in Northern Liberties and Fishtown team up to host a two-day shopping event. The NoLibs and Fishtown Holiday Shopping Spree is a progressive sale in Northern Liberties and in Fishtown during which customers get increasing discounts the more they shop.
Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar Shop
December 6-7, 13-14
Head to Kensington to shop this festive neighborhood annual sale over two December weekends. At the Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar, get your tree or holiday greens, handmade crafts, homemade treats, homegrown bulbs and wreaths and other one-of-a-kind gifts.
American Swedish Historical Museum Christmas Market
Join in the festive family fun at the American Swedish Historical Museum’s Lucia Fest and Christmas Market, a one-day ode to the tradition of the Festival of Saint Lucia, which marks the start of the Christmas season in Sweden. Swedish baked goodies and other bites will be served up at the Swedish Christmas Cafe, and the Christmas Market will be open all day, selling Swedish holiday items, perfect for gifts and holiday decor.
Superfantastic Craft Bazaar
Teaming up once again, East Passyunk Avenue’s Nice Things Handmade and The Philly Free School are set to host the Superfantastic Craft Bazaar, a day-long holiday market to benefit the nontraditional school in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Many local artisans and crafters are on tap to peddle handmade wares in the school’s roller-skating rink.
The neighborhoods of Philadelphia offer a wealth of window shopping and eclectic holiday gifts for everyone on your list. (Photo by J. Fusco. for Visit Philadelphia)
Bartram’s Handmade: Greens Sale & Holiday Market
The annual Holiday Greens Sale at Bartram’s Garden is the perfect occasion to pick up those boughs of holly. During the sale, find a collection of fresh wreaths (decorated and undecorated), handcrafted centerpieces, pine roping and loose greens. Pair shopping with caroling, cider, card-making workshops and s’mores and browse through pottery, poinsettias, local honey, beautiful bulbs, ornaments and stocking stuffers for everyone on your list.
Mt. Airy Holiday Craft Bazaar
December 6-7, 20-21
Support local businesses at the Mt. Airy Holiday Craft Bazaar. Choose from glassware, ceramics and jewelry made by Mt. Airy’s vendors, which will fill the 5,000-square-foot Mt. Airy Art Garage with one-of-a-kind items for both adults and children. Plus, the art space will provide refreshments, as well as live music from local favorites Saint Mad and Art Miron.
Philadelphia Flea Markets
December 6, 13, 20
Philadelphia Flea Markets, organizers of the largest indoor/outdoor markets in Center City, will have plenty of opportunities for holiday shopping this season. On December 6 and 20, the market will feature more than 125 vendors at its Spring Garden location, offering antique & mid-century modern furniture, estate jewelry, vintage clothing, pottery, artwork and much more. On December 13, 25 vendors will be on hand in the courtyard of the Morris House Hotel for a special holiday market in conjunction with the hotel’s and M Restaurant’s tree lighting ceremony.
Punk Rock Holiday Flea Market
The holiday Punk Rock Flea Market lands in Callowhill on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse the goods of more than 300 tables of vendors selling old records, clothes, art, music, food, junk, bicycles, stereo equipment, instruments, automobiles, tools, posters, furniture, computers, skateboards and lots of other stuff. For this holiday edition, Punk Rock Flea Market runs for two days, and the $3 entry donation provides access throughout the whole weekend.
Annual South Philly Handmade Brigade
Support local artists at the annual South Philly Handmade Brigade. Shop locally made clothing, sculptures, jewelry, soaps and more. There will be more than a dozen unique vendors at the show, including Jessica Kourkounis and her moon-booth photo display.
Go West! Holiday Craft Fest
This year, the Go West! Craft Fest will have dozens of Philadelphia based vendors many of which based right out of West Philly. Find treasure after treasure as you browse through the candles, cards, hand blown glass, jewelry, gift baskets and more. The array of items at the craft fest will satisfy your shopping need and the immense talent is bound to impress you, too.
Philadelphia Independent Craft Market Holiday Show
December 21, 2014, Noon-7 p.m.
Find fantastic last-minute gifts during the 8th annual Philadelphia Independent Craft Market Holiday Show at District N9NE (460 N. 9th Street). Held the final shopping weekend before Christmas, the annual shopping event features more than 50 vendors selling arts and crafts, vintage goods, antiques, jewelry and much more. While you shop, enjoy live music, free beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company and tasty eats from local food trucks including Vernalicious, the Foo Truck and Cupcake Carnivale. Note: A $2 per person entry fee will be taken at the door.
Bundle up and explore the charming main streets and boutique shops of Philadelphia and the Countryside this holiday season. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Shopping in the Neighborhoods and Main Streets
One of the nation’s most exclusive shopping neighborhoods, Rittenhouse Row is brimming with art galleries, haute couture boutiques, national retailers, specialty shops, luxurious spas and salons, restaurants and cafés. Whether you’re looking for a bargain, a bauble or a baguette, you’ll find it here.
Philadelphia’s Midtown Village neighborhood is home to fantastic shopping, including vintage goods along Antique Row and the popular stretch of 13th Street from Locust to Chestnut Streets where, among some of the city’s best restaurants and nightspots, shoppers find some of the city’s best gifts and shops—many of which are open late to accommodate last-minute purchases.
In addition to its renowned educational institutions, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, University City is a bustling neighborhood with top shopping, fantastic dining and an artistic community spirit.
Just North of Old City, this burgeoning neighborhood mixes artist-pioneers with modern apartment-dwelling professionals. Northern Liberites, affectionately known as “NoLibs”, is rich in taprooms, bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) restaurants and retail, centering on North 2nd Street.
Macy’s is one of the most popular shopping destinations with holiday deals and the long-running Christmas Light Show in the Grand Court. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia).
Stretching diagonally between South Street and South Broad Street, East Passyunk Avenue in South Philly is where well-established Italian-American heritage meets contemporary style. A stroll down Passyunk Ave. will lead you to eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, gastropubs, excellent Italian eateries that first made this street famous—not to mention the two cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks.
Ben Franklin’s former neighborhood is also home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Christ Church, Elfreth’s Alley and more. While featuring a wealth of history, Old City also is rich in retail. The shopping heart of the area is found on 2nd and 3rd Streets, from Market to Race Streets, where converted industrial buildings cater to a fashion- and design-forward clientele.
Long known as the edgiest street in Philadelphia, South Street is one of the city’s most diverse shopping corridors. Shoppers searching for a statement-making look, visitors hungry for a real Philly cheesesteak and music lovers who want to catch an up-and-coming band all can be found on to the storied street.
The holidays are a special time of year in historic Chestnut Hill, where block after block of storefronts sparkle with holiday lights and carolers and brass band ensembles warm the night air for a perfect holiday shopping
experience. Don’t miss the Stag and Doe nights on select Wednesdays in December, where the shops extend their hours and offer snacks and mulled cider to warm you up.
Main Street Manayunk
Main Street Manayunk is an ideal destination for the one-stop holiday shopper. During the holidays, charming boutiques, gift shops and upscale chains share real estate with seasonal arts and crafts vendors, making it possible to shop for everyone on your list.
Wander down Main Street Manayunk for boutique shops, seasonal events and fantastic restaurants perfect for a break as you search for the perfect gift. (Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Known as the Mushroom Capital of the World, Kennett Square also offers plenty of window shopping and fantastic cuisine. Wander down State Street for crafts, specialty shops and mushroom-related gifts. You’d be remiss to pass up the dining scene, which features highly rated restaurants including Talula’s Table, one of the most sought after dinner reservations in the region.
Nestled along the Delaware River, New Hope is a quaint, creative community just one hour from downtown Philadelphia. Walk the charming streets for local arts and crafts, boutique shops and antique dealers. After a day of shopping, choose from one of New Hope’s many restaurants and enjoy the town’s vibrant nightlife.
Located on Philadelphia’s Main Line, Wayne is easily accessible by train or by car making it an easy day-trip for holiday shopping. The business district features locally-owned shops, art galleries and a historic movie theater. Wayne’s Restaurant Row features fantastic dining with comforting cuisine from around the globe.
The tree-lined main streets of West Chester are home to higher education, delicious local eateries and more than 120 shops and boutiques. Throughout the holiday season, enjoy special events and activities during the town’s Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration as you browse a wide variety of upscale and affordable storefronts.