Storytimes at Christmas Village and More Holiday Fun

By Emily S. RSS Mon, November 27, 2023

Join the Free Library this holiday season at Philadelphia’s authentic German Christmas market, presented by Bank of America! Christmas Village will light up LOVE Park and City Hall from Thanksgiving (November 23) until Christmas Eve (December 24).

Everyone is invited to experience the charm of a traditional German holiday market with thousands of twinkling lights, festive Christmas decorations, live music at the main stage, and more. Ring in the holiday season with a carousel ride or a special visit with Santa. Local wares will be on display, along with delicious foods and warming drinks on offer by vendors. It’s the perfect place to practice your coziest hygge rituals or finish a holiday gift list. You can even pop next door and go ice skating in Dilworth Park. No entrance fee is required.


Free Library Storytimes at Christmas Village

Are you hankering for hot chocolate and a storytime? You’re in luck! The Free Library will be offering seasonal storytimes and songs for families and kids-at-heart at Christmas Village once again this year.

Join us on Tuesdays from 12:30–1 p.m., on the following dates:

  • November 28
  • December 5
  • December 12
  • December 19

Seating will be provided for kids and parents. Check our events calendar, or follow @FLPYouthServices on Facebook for details and updates. To keep up with all the happenings at Christmas Village, visit or follow @philachristmas on Instagram, Facebook, or Tik Tok.


Christmas Village mugs clinking with hot cocoa and whipped cream


Holiday Storytimes at Neighborhood Libraries

Can’t make it to Christmas Village? Bring your family to neighborhood Free Library events in celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the holiday season. Enjoy holiday-themed storytimes, songs, and arts and crafts events for your young learners to make the season bright.


Holiday Celebrations Around Town

For more holiday fun, be sure to catch the Philadelphia Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 30, at 7 p.m. Arrive by 6 p.m. to enjoy music and entertainment leading up to the big event. For those unable to make it in person, the Tree Lighting will also be livestreamed on

On Saturday, December 2, enjoy the third annual Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade on Market Street. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. at 2nd and Market Streets, then continue up Market to City Hall. This multicultural holiday celebration will also be livestreamed on

Experience Winter in Franklin Square, featuring a light show, mini golf, fire pits, and more wintry fun. 

Enjoy free (or pay-what-you-wish) museum days for the whole family throughout the month of December. For specific dates and a full listing of holiday season events, visit

For even more ideas, explore Visit Philly’s list of things to do for the holidays.

What’s your family’s favorite way to usher in the season? Let us know in the comments below!

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