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13 Dec 2013

The Christmas LOVE

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December 13, 2013 Category: Local Posted by:



With a combination of old and new vendors and old-world German entertainment and food, the Christmas Village In Philadelphia at LOVE Park has
something for everyone.

With all of the snow and cold weather that’s hit us over the last week, digging out the scarves, hats and gloves has been a top priority for
Philadelphians.

But if you don’t have a hat, scarf or gloves, Kevin and Suzette Halliman are ready to help. The designers, based in South Philadelphia, show off rows of
hand knitted scarves, ear warmers held together with broaches, and ponchos and gloves that provide both warmth and panache.

“We were looking for a local venue similar to the markets we work with in New York,” Kevin said. “Someone told us about this and we decided to give it a
try. It’s our second year and it’s been good for us.”

Sponsored by NRG Energy Solutions, the Christmas Village in Philadelphia is celebrating its sixth year in the city and it’s second in LOVE Park. About
70-75 percent of the vendors from previous years are back to share the kind of things that show you thought about what gift to give this holiday season,
said Thomas Bauer, CEO of the Christmas Village.

“We try to have a good diversity of products,” Bauer said. “We want to bring something unique to our customers, something that they can’t find at a regular
mall. The small businesses we have here carry unique products.”

There are more than a few changes in the Village this year. A Kids Zone featuring activities for the village’s young visitors will be available on
Saturdays.

And there will also be more time for you to take advantage of what these vendors have to offer this year. The Christmas Village will be open until Jan. 1
in hopes of becoming part of the tradition that is the Philadelphia Mummers Parade, Bauer said.

There are a few new vendors that range from the handblown glass of John Jones, the cityscapes of Eric Klati, Turkish jewelry and mother-of-pearl boxes, and
skincare cream from Vicki Onwuchekwa’s Chic Afrique. Also, there are new food offerings including Bacon Jam.

Market visitors will also be treated to a variety of entertainment including choral groups, musicians and dance groups. This weekend, the Market will be
shining the spotlight on those coming to the Army/Navy game.

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The Christmas Village in Philadelphia is open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and from 11 a.m.-8p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The village will be
open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

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