for Holiday Shopping in Philadelphia
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 awesome 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's 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.
Christmas Village at City Hall
Find gifts from around the world at the German-style Christmas Village. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
November 19-20, November 24-December 24, 2016
With wooden houses, twinkling lights and live entertainment, Philadelphia’s German-style Christmas Village — this year, surrounding City Hall while LOVE Park undergoes renovations — has become a holiday favorite. Here shoppers find popular gifts from Germany and around the world, including glass ornaments, music boxes, nutcrackers and more, while vendors serve up hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts to keep shoppers warm and satisfied. Also as part of Christmas Village, a holiday-themed carousel debuts in the City Hall courtyard.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park
Shop goods from local artists for everyone on your list at the Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market. (Photo courtesy Center City District)
November 19-December 24, 2016
Returning for its second year, the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market showcases the work of local artists, crafters, confectionaries and designers. Shoppers can purchase goods from local artists like Philly Word Art, designers like Beaucycled and Saffron Creations and crafters like soap maker Mahogany Essentials and candlemaker Accent Aroma. Also available: Philly foods galore in the form of cupcakes from Pound Cake Heaven, flavored kettle corn from Philly Pop Kettle Corn and other tasty favorites.
German Christmas Market at Byers’ Choice
Through December 31, 2016
The traditional German Christmas Market at Byers' Choice boasts plenty of gifts for holiday shoppers (think gingerbread houses, advent calendars, handcrafted caroler figurines and toys) in addition to spirited events throughout the season. While you're there, explore the indoor snowstorm, mingle with singing reindeer and check out more than 250 nativities from around the world on display, all while enjoying mulled cider and holiday cookies.
UCAL Holiday Market
December 2-18, 2016
The University City Arts League puts the spotlight on local makers for its holiday craft show and market, which runs much of the month of December. Shoppers can browse a fantastic selection of goods created from 30 different artists including handmade items such as soaps, candles, jewelry, pottery, t-shirts and more.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops
Chestnut Hill Stag and Doe Nights
Explore the shops along Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill during Stag & Doe Nights this December. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill)
Wednesdays, November 30-December 21, 2016
On the Wednesdays leading up to Christmas, Germantown Avenue in "Chestnut Hill":http://www.visitphilly.com/philadelphia-neighborhoods/chestnut-hill/ transforms into a winter wonderland for the annual Stag & Doe shopping nights. Find an experience full of festive decorations, twinkling tree lights, wine and cheese, cocoa and cookies, roasted chestnuts, carolers and general holiday merriment.
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November 27-December 2, 2016
Head to the University City campus of Drexel University to find gifts inside a retail laboratory run by the Design & Merchandising students within the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. From jewelry to scarves to stationary, the shop features one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted items created, developed and/or selected by students, faculty, staff and alumni of Drexel University, as well as local artists and boutiques. Can’t make it to the pop up? Shop online anytime.
Bartram’s Handmade: Greens Sale & Holiday Market
December 3, 2016
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. Refreshments will be available to enjoy as you shop.
American Swedish Historical Museum Lucia and Christmas Market
December 3, 2016
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. Entry is $10 for adults, $7 for members, $4 for children ages 4 through 12 and free for children under four.
Shop Like a #Girlboss Holiday Market
December 3, 2016
Ladies, grab your girlfriends and head out to West Chester for the first #Girlboss Holiday Market, featuring 100% local, women-owned small businesses. Held at The Brow Bar, the market will also offer complimentary cocktails, appetizers and sweets to enjoy as you shop!
Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar
December 3-4, 10-11, 2016
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.
Philadelphia Fashion Alliance and Philadelphia Art Alliance's A Holiday Pop-Up Story
December 8-11 and 15-18, 2016
The Philadelphia Fashion Alliance hosts its second annual holiday pop-up with the Philadelphia Art Alliance at the Wetherill Mansion on Rittenhouse Square. Here, browse items from a curated selections of boutiques chosen by a handful of Philadelphia Fashion Alliance designers.
Shopping Tip - PHLASH Downtown Loop's Holiday Service
The PHLASH offers convenient access to the city's top attractions and holiday destinations for just $2 a ride or $5 all-day. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Beginning the day after Thanksgiving, the PHLASH Downtown Loop will begin daily service to popular Philadelphia spots through the holiday season. Service will be available every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., allowing passengers to experience festive holiday attractions like the Franklin Square Holiday Festival, Macy's Christmas Light Show, Christmas Village at City Hall as well as the fantastic shopping of the season.
Mt. Airy Art Garage Holiday Market
December 3-4 & 17-18, 2016
Support local businesses at the Mt. Airy Holiday Craft Bazaar. Choose from a juried selection of glassware, ceramics and jewelry made by Mt. Airy’s vendors, bringing one-of-a-kind items for both adults and children.
Punk Rock Flea Market
December 9-11, 2016
The holiday Punk Rock Flea Market lands in Callowhill for three days in December. Browse the goods of more than 700 vendors selling old records, clothes, art, music, food, junk, bicycles, stereo equipment, instruments, automobiles, tools, posters, furniture, computers, skateboards and lots of other random trinkets and gems.
Crafty Balboa Holiday Market
Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Returning for its seventh year, the popular Crafty Balboa Holiday Market in South Philly brings handmade gifts, crafts, booths from East Passyunk Avenue shops and more. This year's festivities will take place at the Bok. Stay tuned for more details!
Annual South Philly Handmade Brigade
Saturday, December 10, 2016 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Support local artists at the annual South Philly Handmade Brigade. Browse locally made clothing, sculptures, jewelry and more or get your own "Portrait on the Moon" by photographer Jessica Kourkounis. Now in its 11th year, the celebration always brings interesting finds!
Go West’s Holiday Craft Fest
Sunday, December 18, 2016 10 a.m.-4 p.m
Calling all last-minute shoppers and craft aficionados! The Go West! Craft Fest brings more than 80 artists to The Rotunda in West Philly for an afternoon of shopping that supports local makers in the community. Browse items ranging from jewelry to toys to candles, soaps, preserves and more, enabling you to pick up a thoughtful gift for all of those on your list.
Can't-Miss Shopping Destinations
Macy's Philadelphia is one 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. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
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.
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 more than a handful of department stores and 400-plus 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.
Reading Terminal Market
The nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market, Reading Terminal Market in Center City boasts more than 80 different 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 handmade 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.
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 percent off designer merchandise in 200 great stores and enjoy the mall’s two food courts, a ton of restaurant options and a 14-screen movie theater.
Peddler's Village is the perfect destination for holiday shopping, dining and more. (Photo courtesy Peddler's Village)
Peddler’s Village offers an illuminating holiday shopping experience with over a million twinkling lights, ongoing events throughout the season and festive shopping at dozens of on-site specialty shops. The family-friendly Bucks County attraction also features six 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 Banana Republic, 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 fill an afternoon of deal searching.
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 percent 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 in the Neighborhoods and Main Streets
Rittenhouse Row is full of shops, salons and more. (M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)
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. That includes 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 in 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 Liberties, affectionately known as “NoLibs,” is rich in taprooms, bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) restaurants and retail, centering on North 2nd Street.
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 and excellent Italian eateries that first made this street famous. The area also holds arguably the city's most famous cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks.
Shop for everyone on your list in the heart of Historic Philadelphia. (G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)
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 in Historic Philadelphia 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 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
Bundle up and explore the charming main streets and boutique shops of Philadelphia and the Countryside this holiday season. (J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
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.
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 a great day trip for holiday shopping. The business district features locally owned shops, art galleries and a historic movie theater, and Wayne's Restaurant Row offers 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.