There is plenty to enjoy at the 2021 Christmas Village. Here are your essentials and must-haves.
Like just about everything that gets packed and Christmas this year, Philadelphia Christmas Village is back and better than ever. There’s a Ferris wheel, there’s a double-decker carousel, and there’s (of course) ice skating. But above all, there is a LOT to eat and drink. Here is our guide to the best restaurants and bars in the village this year.
The market is open Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Its last day will be Christmas Eve, open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information and prices are available here.
There are two German-style swing gates in the market, one in the town hall courtyard and one in Love Park. It’s quite an impressive operation: huge circular grill grates hang over a charcoal fire, topped with sausages and buns. Add a little spicy mustard for maximum effect.
Belgian Fries Huis
Thick Belgian fries and fries served with a variety of toppings, including classic cheddar, bacon or ketchup. Need we say more?
Raclette is a Swiss cheese that is served in perhaps the most appealing style of all: the half-wheels of the cheese are placed under heating elements that melt and lightly toast the top layer of the cheese. All that melt-in-the-mouth goodness is then scraped right off the carbs of your choice (in this case, bread). It’s like the most epic grilled cheese sandwich ever.
Think of spaetzle as the German version of mac and cheese. The thick egg noodles are coated in a cheese sauce and topped with fried onions. Choose between classic cheese, caramelized mushroom sauce, and spinach sauce topped with breadcrumbs. Spatzle Haus will also serve the ever-important soft mustard pretzel.
Dutch stroopwafels are a classic European Christmas treat, and the Lancaster Stroopie Company will be selling their version of the cookies onsite both for snacking on the spot or wrapped as a gift. This version is made with two layers of crispy cinnamon cookies filled with homemade caramel, perfect to accompany a coffee on Christmas morning.
Chaddsford Winery has stalls in both parts of the Christmas Village this year, serving hot apples and mulled red wines, served in adorable souvenir mugs. The cellar will also have bottles for sale for last minute gifts.
Fortified hot drinks
If mulled wine isn’t your style, opt for Irish coffee, hot chocolate with whiskey, or apple cider with rum from one of the few stalls in the village. Get it in a regular take-out mug or go for the insanely yummy boot-shaped souvenir mug.
The Almhütte is sponsored by the German Consulate in New York, in partnership with Mainstay Independent Brewery and Brewery Techne, so you know it’s gonna be epic. They will be serving local beers throughout the village, but the new attraction this year is the cozy German beer garden where you can shelter from the cold, make yourself comfortable and enjoy a flight.