The Christmas Village is one of our favorite things about living in Philadelphia during the holiday season. For those that haven't heard of it slash weren't paying attention a few years ago during the Holiday Village silliness, the Christmas Village is an eating and shopping destination that starts every Thanksgiving and is modeled after traditional German Christmas Markets. The Christmas Village was originally located in Dilworth Park next to City Hall, but years of renovation pushed the annual tradition to LOVE Park. With LOVE Park now under major construction, the Christmas Village is moving back across the street this year.

Construction at LOVE Park

Relocated LOVE sculpture

Taking place at the renovated Dilworth Park, this is sure to be the best Christmas Village in years. 80 vendors will set up shop for the month, selling food (please let the waffles come back this year), crafts, and gifts from various countries around the world. Ice skating will make a return this winter, with a large cabin already in place to warm up skaters and drinkers alike. New this year is a little maze that's full of greenery that would impress PHS. Check out these images of the progress they're making in setting up the Christmas Village, and stay tuned for more photos in the next week or so, once the fun gets underway.

Cabin plus skating rink

Closer view of the skating rink with some tents in the background

City Hall courtyard, full of booths

You'll never get out of this maze


PHS would be proud


Those waffles, though. We can't wait.