As we shop the post-Christmas sales, let’s cling onto the Christmas memories that made the 2016 holiday season so special. Particularly exciting this year was the temporary move of the Philadelphia German Christmas Village from Love Park (due to construction) to Dilworth Park. The wooden stalls, which are usually positioned in a circle in Love Park, were scattered in and around City Hall, allowing its visitors to explore the Christmas Village through entrances from 15th Street, Broad Street, and Market Street, made far more accessible with the SEPTA transit lines right below the park. My personal favorite stalls included the Wandering Waffle, selling waffle bites with your choice of dip in cute portable holders, and Herrnhuter, selling the beautiful traditional paper stars that adorn several of the stalls in the market.
The grand entrance to the Village on the west side of City Hall was also accompanied on either side by the Rothman Ice Rink and Winter Maze, which included beautiful winter evergreen plants and flowers along with wood sculpted reindeer and archways.
At the center of City Hall was an adorable and festive carousel, attracting kids and adults alike to rejoice in the Christmas spirit.