Best Places for Holiday Shopping in Philadelphia

Top seasonal pop-up shops, massive retail destinations, main streets and more

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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.

Holiday Markets


Christmas Village at LOVE Park

Find gifts from around the world at the German-style Christmas Village. — J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

November 23 – December 24, 2017

With wooden houses, twinkling lights and live entertainment, Philadelphia’s German-style Christmas Village — which this year returns to the newly reopened LOVE Park — 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.

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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 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018

Returning for its third year, the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market showcases the work of more than 40 local artists, crafters, confectionaries and designers. Shoppers can purchase goods like jewelry, clothes, sweet treats, gifts, decorative items and more.

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German Christmas Market at Byers’ Choice

Shop for figurines, gingerbread houses and more at the traditional German Christmas Market at Byers' Choice. — Photo courtesy Byers' Choice

Through mid-January 2018

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. Shoppers can 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.

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Holiday Pop-Up Shops


Drexel’s D&M Shop

Shop hand-crafted items created, developed and/or selected by students, faculty, staff and alumni of Drexel University at the D&M Shop. — Photo courtesy Drexel D&M Shop

Through December 8, 2017

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.

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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 Business District

December 6, 13 and 20, 2017

On the Wednesdays leading up to Christmas, Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill transforms into a winter wonderland for the annual Stag & Doe shopping nights. Attendees will 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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ICA x YOWIE Holiday Pop-up

December 8, 2017

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) returns with its annual holiday pop-up sale, this year housed inside of Yowie in Queen Village. The one-day shop will offer iconic titles both new and old from the ICA’s exhibitions over the past 50 years along with an array of museum merchandise, including signed catalogs, limited edition artist totes and signed exhibition posters.

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Community Craft Art Fair at the Asian Arts Initiative

December 9, 2017

Come out to the Asian Arts Initiative to shop for an array of handmade jewelry, crafts, art, accessories and more. Crafted by area artists and students from Asian Arts Initiative’s Youth Arts Workshop, the goods at the popup are all local and serve as a great way to support the community.

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Shopping Tip - Free Metered Parking on Saturdays

Score free meter parking every Saturday after 11 a.m. from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day in Philadelphia. — G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Every Saturday from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day

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). Check the button below for more information.

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Afro-Village Craft & Gift Market at Franny Lou's Porch

December 9, 2017

Knock out some Christmas shopping by supporting black makers and businesses at the Afro-Village Craft & Gift Market, featuring clothes and accessories, candles, jewelry, art, essences, coffee beans and tea ware and more. Also, roast marshmallows and sip hot cocoa at a bonfire in the side yard.

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Fishtown Holiday Bazaar

December 9, 2017

Shop from 30-plus vendors and enjoy eats from food trucks at the Fishtown Holiday Bazaar. The pop up will also host pictures with Santa, a kids shopping corner, a variety of raffles and more.

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Rittenhouse Row Holiday Fashion Crawl

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December 9, 2017

Do your holiday season in style and find the perfect gift at the Rittenhouse Row Holiday Fashion Crawl, where numerous Rittenhouse Row retailers and boutiques host simultaneous in-store parties with shopping, music and cocktails. A number of area restaurants — including Lou Bird’s, Alma de Cuba, Coda and more — get in on the festivities, too.

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Crafty Balboa Holiday Market

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Returning for its eighth 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, with more than 80 artists and makers in categories ranging from stationery, jewelry and ceramics to housewares, glass and clothing.

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South Philly Handmade Brigade

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Support more than 20 local artists at the annual South Philly Handmade Brigade. Browse locally made clothing, sculptures, jewelry and more. Now in its 12th year, the celebration always brings interesting finds!

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Papertini Pop-Up Holiday Shop at the Hill-Physick House

December 9-10 & 16-17, 2017

The 18th-century Hill-Physick House hosts a holiday pop up in collaboration with local business Papertini Floral and Event Design. A variety of handcrafted giftable items will be available for purchase, and several card-making workshops for both adults and kids will take place with an illustrative artist.

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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, Christmas Village at LOVE Park and The Comcast Holiday Spectacular as well as the fantastic shopping of the season.

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East Falls Winter Market

December 9-10, 2017

Held in Vault + Vine’s second floor community space, the East Falls Winter Market brings together an array of local artists and local purveyors of plants for a two-day pop up in benefit of The Friends of the East Falls Farmers’ Market. Food and drink vendors such as the East Falls Beer Garden and Side of the Road Jerk Chicken will also be onsite to keep shoppers fueled and having fun.

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Jawn and Jams PHLea Fest

December 9-10, 2017

Get your holiday shopping done while enjoying an all-day lineup of live music at the Jawn and Jams PHLea Fest. Five different bands will perform each day as folks shop from a selection of vintage clothes, handmade crafts and more.

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Go West! Holiday Craft Fest

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Calling all 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.

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Mt. Airy Art Garage Holiday Art Market

Shop for a great cause at the Mt. Airy Art Garage Holiday Art Market. — Photo courtesy Mt. Airy Art Garage Holiday Art Market

December 16-17, 2017

Support local businesses at the Mt. Airy Art Garage Holiday Art Market. Shoppers can choose from a juried selection of glassware, ceramics and jewelry made by Mt. Airy’s vendors, bringing fun and interesting items for both adults and children.

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Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar

December 16-17, 2017

Head to Kensington to shop this festive neighborhood annual sale over two December weekends this holiday season. At the Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar, get your tree or holiday greens, handmade crafts, homemade treats, homegrown bulbs and wreaths and other special gifts.

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Liberty Flea

The new-this-year Liberty Flea brings a curated group of vendors to the Bok Building in South Philly this season. — Photo courtesy Liberty Flea

December 23, 2017

New this year, the expert vintage purveyors of The Captain’s Vintage bring curated wintertime market days to the super-cool Bok Building in South Philly. During each Liberty Flea market day, shoppers can expect a finely tuned selection of vendors set up in the gym of the one-time technical high school. The roster includes makers and retailers selling everything from fine vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and tasty eats and drinks (including craft brews to-go from Stickman Brews). Admission runs $5 for adults and free for kids 12 and younger. For a complete list of vendors, check here.

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Kevin O'Brien Studio Annual Sample Sale

November 10-December 22, 2017

Annually around the holidays, design company Kevin O’Brien Studio opens its studio to the public for a series of Saturday sample sales filled with deeply discounted textile treasures including pillows, scarves, bedding, throws and fabric.

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Can't-Miss Shopping Destinations


Macy's 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. Bonus: Don’t miss the annual Macy’s Christmas Light Show, an illuminating holiday tradition in the Grand Court narrated by Julie Andrews.

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King of Prussia Mall

Shoppers at King of Prussia Mall Shoppers at King of Prussia Mall
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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Reading Terminal Market

Shoppers at Reading Terminal Market Shoppers at Reading Terminal Market
— Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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 nearly 125 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. (And don’t forget to treat yourself to some delicious food and drink while you’re there.)

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Philadelphia Premium Outlets

Shoppers at Philadelphia Premium Outlets Shoppers at Philadelphia Premium Outlets
— Photo courtesy Philadelphia Premium Outlets

Located just 35 miles northwest of Center City, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick features more than 150 designer and brand-name outlet stores in an astounding 425,000-square-foot outdoor space.

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Philadelphia Mills Mall

With more than 1.7 million square feet of shopping, Philadelphia 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.

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Peddler's Village

— 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.

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Suburban Square

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.

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Century 21

Philadelphia's outpost of Century 21 is perfect for deal-searchers this holiday season. — Photo by Marcus Derricotte

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.

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Nordstrom Rack

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.

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Shop high-quality casual wear on Chestnut Street at Uniqlo. — M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

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).

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Shopping in the Neighborhoods and Main Streets


Rittenhouse Row

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, shoppers will find it here.

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Midtown Village

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 also find some of the city’s best gifts and shops — many of which are open late to accommodate last-minute purchases.

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University City

University City's Baltimore Avenue is full of diverse shops, restaurants and more. — J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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Northern Liberties

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.

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East Passyunk

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.

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Old City

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.

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South Street

South Street offers a ton of shopping, food options and more. — Photo courtesy South Street Headhouse District

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.

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Chestnut Hill

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 up shoppers.

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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 your 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.

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Kennett Square

The Mushroom Capital of the World also has plenty of shopping and dining options. — M. Fischetti 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 country.

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New Hope

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.

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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.

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West Chester

Shoppers in West Chester Shoppers in West Chester
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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Past Events


Art Star Holiday Craft Bazaar

Art Star gallery and boutique has curated a line-up of 75 amazing art and craft vendors from the Philly region and beyond for the annual holiday shopping weekend. — Photo courtesy Art Star

November 18-19, 2017

Seventy-five of the best art and craft vendors from across the Philadelphia region assemble for the Art Star Holiday Craft Bazaar, where shoppers can buy everything from jewelry and apparel to blown glass and pottery. The festive event also features a Make + Take craft-creating station, as well as food trucks and a full cash bar. For the first time, this pop-up market takes over The Event Center at SugarHouse Casino. Note: There is a $3 door fee ($2 from 4pm-5pm, $1 the last hour), children under 12 get in free, and there is free parking on site.

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Cricket Cringle in Ardmore

Cricket Avenue in Ardmore turns into a huge marketplace stocked with gifts for everyone on your list. — Photo courtesy Cricket Cringle

December 1-2, 2017

Celebrate the season on Cricket Avenue in Ardmore during the 4th annual Cricket Cringle. The open-air marketplace will feature goods from more than 40 merchants, bites from more than 15 food trucks, live music, complimentary tote bag giveaways and more.

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American Swedish Historical Museum Lucia and Christmas Market

December 2, 2017

Join in the festive family fun at the American Swedish Historical Museum’s Lucia 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 $12 for adults, $8 for members, $5 for children ages 4 through 12 and free for children under four.

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Bartram’s Handmade Holiday Greens Sale

December 2, 2017

The annual Holiday Greens Sale at Bartram’s Garden is the perfect occasion to pick up those boughs of holly. During the sale, shoppers will find a collection of fresh wreaths (decorated and undecorated), handcrafted centerpieces, pine roping and loose greens. Refreshments will be available for folks to enjoy as they shop.

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Gifted: A Handmade Holiday Market

December 2-3, 2017

To every shopper’s delight, a brand-new winter edition of the marvelous Clover Market arrives in Center City this season. The seasonal Clover Market, always curated, elevates to museum-worthy thanks to a new-this-year cold-weather location at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA). For two days in December, the market will host 75 artisans dealing in high-quality handmade products perfect for holiday gift-giving. A ticketed preview party on Saturday, December 2 includes early-access, live music, bubbly and bites. On Sunday, December 3, a free-to-enter market continues all afternoon. The market will be held indoors in the second-floor gallery spaces at PAFA.

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