Top Holiday Shopping in Philadelphia
Our favorite holiday shopping destinations in the region
It’s that time of year to start checking names off your holiday shopping list. Philadelphia and the Countryside is packed with incredible shopping experiences including charming Christmas Villages, boutique shops and top-rated shopping malls.
Take the stress out of your holiday shopping with our favorite holiday shopping destinations, below.
King of Prussia Mall
Boasting eight world-class department stores and more than 400 stores, boutiques, and restaurants, King of Prussia is one of the top places in the region for holiday shopping.
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.
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 Holiday Light Show, an illuminating holiday tradition in the Grand Court.
Peddler’s Village goes all out for the holidays with gingerbread displays, miles of twinkling lights and festive shopping at more than 70 charming, specialty shops.
Franklin Mills Mall
A 1.7 million-square-foot enclosed mall, 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.
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.
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 dozen’s of fantastic retail stores including Macy’s, Paper Source and Urban Outfitters.
Art Star Holiday Market at Waterfront Winterfest
Dates: November 29-January 5 (select days)
An outdoor holiday celebration at Penns Landing, the Waterfront Winterfest is a pop-up holiday village for the 20th anniversary of the Blue Cross RiverRink. In addition to special activities and refreshments, the Winterfest will feature the Art Star Holiday Market, a rotating selection of vendors housed inside repurposed shipping containers. Browse items for kids, clothes, jewelry, posters, pottery and more.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia
Dates: November 30-January 1
You’ll find handblown glass ornaments, unique artisanal gifts and a great deal of holiday cheer during the European-inspired Christmas Village at Love Park. Wander among dozens of traditional wooden booths, warm up with holiday-inspired delicacies and celebrate the season in Center City.
Dates: December 7-8
Complete your holiday experience at the first-ever Nutcracker Market, a holiday marketplace to raise funds for Pennsylvania Ballet and The School of Pennsylvania Ballet. Inspired by the Ballet’s annual performance George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, the Nutcracker Market will feature a variety of handcrafted works for sale including ornaments, jewelry and dance-inspired pieces. Families can visit with characters from The Nutcracker and take part in special events and activities, including a gingerbread house workshop with Garces Catering.
Punk Rock Flea Market
Dates: December 14-15
You’ll find a quirky little something for everyone at R5 Production’s Punk Rock Flea Market. The holiday edition of the bi-annual flea market is bigger than ever wit more than 500 vendors selling a bit of everything including old records, clothes, handcrafted art, toys, jewelry, instruments and probably even a few kitchen sinks. Just $3 gets you access to two days of flea market finds.
What’s in the Neighborhood
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.
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 boulevard.
Main Street Shopping
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.
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.
Easily accessible by train or car, Wayne is located in the heart of Philadelphia’s esteemed Main Line. The thriving town offers one-of-everything shopping and an elevated dining scene.
The village surrounding William Penn’s Bucks County summer retreat blends pre-Colonial provenance with vintage American charm. Just beneath Newtown’s leafy and brick exterior are retail treasures worth exploring.
The tree-lined streets around West Chester University are more than collegiate: They’re absolutely day-trip worthy. Among brewpubs and cafes, bistros and specialty fooderies are browsable boutiques and antique vendors.