The holiday season is in swing! And while you could just get all of your shopping done with the click of a button, where’s the holiday spirit in that?
Behold: The coolest festive shopping events happening in Philly this month, from holiday markets to craft shows to pop-up shops. Even better: Nearly all of them feature local vendors, so whether you buy a collection of Fir-scented candles for your mom or a pretty print of Philadelphia for your BFF, you can be sure they’ve all been made by local hands.
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Ongoing Holiday Markets, Bazaars, + Craft Shows
You’ll only find local vendors at this Dilworth Park market—more than 40 of them, in fact. There’s everything from prints to jewelry to handmade bronze Celtic art. It’s open every day starting Saturday, November 18 through January 1, 2018. Hours change by day, so check this before you head out to shop.
Where: Dilworth Park in front of City Hall (1 S. 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102)
When: Saturday, November 18 through January 1, 2018
Arguably one of the best holiday markets in the country, the Christmas Village makes its big return to LOVE Park this year after setting up at City Hall last year as the park underwent renovations. Modeled after the traditional Christmas Markets of Germany, Christmas Village this year will feature more than 80 vendors from all over the world selling their goods, including a commemorative granite block from the original LOVE Park landscape. “Doors” open on Thanksgiving Day, November 23 and close on Christmas Eve, December 24.
Where: LOVE Park (16th and JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102)
When: Thursday, November 23 and to Sunday, December 24
For your green-thumbed family and friends, head to Greensgrow in Kensington on two weekends in December for their annual bazaar. You’ll find lovely holiday wreaths and greens, as well as locally-made gifts, crafts, and food.
Where: Greensgrow Farms (2503 E. Firth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125)
When: December 2-3 and December 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
From December 4-8, Drexel University’s Design & Merchandising program’s Holiday Pop-Up Shop will be open for business. It’s all student-driven and includes everything from holiday cards to handmade scarves to soaps. You can buy online and pick up your item at the shop, too. Check for hours here.
Where: Drexel University (3501 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
When: December 4 to 8
Spread Holiday Cheer Pop-up Market
From December 4-22, the Porch at 30th Street Station will host the Spread Holiday Cheer pop-up market, featuring goods for sale that are all made by Project HOME residents. Even better: All the proceeds will go directly to Project HOME, a non-profit that provides help for the homeless. (Hint: During the first week, the first five customers will get a free bagel and coffee from Schmear It, which will also donate 5 percent of its proceeds from the market to Project HOME).
Where: The Porch at 30th Street Station
When: Weekdays from December 4 to 22 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. with Schmear and then noon to 6 p.m.
One-time Only Pop-Up Shops + Fairs
Listed in order of date
On Saturday, December 2 from 12 to 5 p.m., you can shop up and down Baltimore and Lancaster avenues in West Philly using a free trolley as your main mode of transportation. The Winter Express Shoppers’ Trolley (WEST) will take shoppers up and down the avenues, where you can hop off and patronize the local shops.
Where: The trolley leaves at 53rd and Baltimore and 35th and Lancaster every half hour
When: December 2 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Bartram’s Garden will transform into a green bazaar on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll be able to buy holiday greens, stocking stuffers, and centerpieces. The wreathes, which you can pre-order, are made by local volunteers.
Where: Bartram’s Garden (5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143)
When: December 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For the first time, Clover Market will host a holiday market at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Seventy-five artists will be set up for the weekend, featuring handmade products geared towards holiday gift-giving.
Where: Hamilton Building at 128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19102
When: Saturday, December 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. (a special preview party that’s $25 for non-members and $15 for PAFA members) and Sunday, December 3 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (free admission)
The historic Hill-Physick mansion in Society Hill is hosting a holiday pop-up shop, featuring handmade gifts made by local artisans and businesses. There will also be crafting workshops for both adults and children, as well as music and food. Not big on gift wrapping? They’ve got that covered, too.
Where: Hill-Physick-Keith House at 321 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
When: December 9-10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This popular event returns for its 12th year on Saturday, December 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1241 Carpenter Street. The brigade brings dozens of local artists together, and you can peruse and purchase as you wish.
Where: 1241 Carpenter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
When: December 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
While you’re down in South Philly for the Handmade Brigade, stop by the Bok Building for Crafty Bolboa that same day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In fact, get there early: The first 100 shoppers get a goodie bag from local shop Occasionette filled with vendors’ goodies.
Where: BOK Building (1901 S 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148)
When: December 9 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Go West! Craft Fest returns on Sunday, December 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seventy local makers and vendors will be set up in the gorgeous Rotunda at 40th and Walnut.
Where: Rotunda building (4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)
When: December 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Barnes is offering a double whammy on Friday, December 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.—free admission to their newest exhibit Kiefer Rodin and the opportunity to stroll through its pop-up holiday market while munching on food catered by Stephen Starr.
Where: Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin ParkwayPhiladelphia, PA 19130)
When: December 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Teenagers ages 14 to 18 involved in the Mural Arts’ Art Education’s Artrepreneur program will have their artwork on display at this one-time pop-up shop at &pizza on December 15. Think colorful phone cases, keychains, and more, all made by these students.
Where: &pizza at 1430 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
When: December 15, 5 to 8 p.m.
This Mt. Airy event is back for its 8th year for one weekend. Listen to live music as you wander the many local artists’ tables piled with ceramics, weaved pieces, photography, jewelry, and more.
Where: 7165 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119
When: December 16-17 from noon to 6 p.m.
RACSO Art Gallery, the city’s leading Latin American art dealer, is hosting a special open house where you’ll be able to meet five art gallery residents and peruse their work—all of their prints, photographs, and paintings are priced at $2,500 and under.
Where: RACSO Art Gallery at 1935 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa 19148
When: Saturday, December 16 from 4 to 9 p.m.
Neighborhood Shopping Nights
Chestnut Hill’s Stag & Doe Nights return December 6, 13, and 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. Meander along the quaint Germantown Avenue for some night-time shopping at the many mom-and-pop shops, while munching on roasted chestnuts and sipping warm drinks.
Every Thursday from November 30 to December 28th, Old City will host Historic Holiday Nights. Not only does that mean $5 bites and drinks at participating restaurants, but 25-plus local shops will offer discounts on their goods that night, too. It runs from 5 to 8 p.m.