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Food & Drink Guide at Christmas Village in Philadelphia

Marilyn Johnson

Philadelphia's Christmas Village returns for the 2021 holiday season! In its 14th season, Christmas Village in Philadelphia is the region's most unique holiday destination and one of the largest and most celebrated authentic German Christmas markets in all of America.
Christmas Village Returns to Center City Philadelphia.Christmas Village

While this event offers a whole slew of festive fun for the family, the European food and drink offerings are the star on top of the Christmas tree! There's so much going on, from the famous Raclette cheese sandwiches and brats roasted over an open fire to the French Toast Bites and Dutch stroopwafel waffles; you won't want to miss it! New this year is a massive section of food offerings in City Hall's Courtyard area, too.

Here are the German food & drink highlights!

  • Schwenk German Grill: German Bratwursts served from a charcoal grill with Dusseldorf style mustard and sauerkraut? Be still our hearts! There will be a stand each at both LOVE Park and the new City Hall Courtyard food section.
Schwenk German Grill offers bratwurst on a charcoal grill at Philadelphia's Christmas Village.Christmas Village Philadelphia
  • Spätzle Haus: This German spätzle booth will be offering three types of cheesy noodles (the German take on mac & cheese): original with crisp fried onions, spinach with seasoned breadcrumbs, and mushroom in a cream sauce. Sides include a German-style pretzel, Dusseldorf style mustard, and Landjäger, a savory dried German-style salami.
German spätzle from the Spätzle Haus booth at Philadelphia's Christmas Village.Christmas Village Philadelphia
  • Raclette Stube: How does freshly melted Alpine cheese on a crispy baguette sound? The ever-popular Swiss Raclette station returns serving traditional cheese sandwiches with a choice of gourmet toppings, including salami and prosciutto.
Raclette sandwich being prepared from the Raclette booth at Christmas Village in Philadelphia.Christmas Village Philadelphia
  • Schnitzel House: If mouthwatering pork schnitzels and crispy fried potato pancakes make your tummy rumble, stop by the Schnitzel House booth! Try the Schnitzel "Burger" - pork schnitzel on a sesame Kaiser roll with sweet mustard, swiss cheese, pickles, and onions if you're feeling adventurous.
Pork schnitzels from Philadelphia's Christmas Village.Christmas Village Philadelphia
  • Belgian Fries Hut: Move over French fries, hello Belgian fries! These freshly thick-cut, double-fried Belgian fries are the upgrade to regular fries you didn't know you needed. Eat them plain or with delicious toppings or deluxe dips.
Belgian fries at Philadelphia's Christmas Village.Christmas Village Philadelphia

Don't forget to wash all of that German fare down with a selection of beverages from these vendors, complete with tastings you can book in advance:

  • Almhütte by Brewery Techne & Mainstay Brewery: A variety of Philadelphia brewed craft beer is available on draft in the Almhütte. Pay as you go or book a beer flight, bratwurst, and German pretzel tasting Monday through Friday for $20 here.
Beer Tasting at Philadelphia Christmas Village.Christmas Village Philadelphia
  • Chaddsford Winery: Chaddsford Winery hosts live wine tastings every Tuesday and Thursday from November 30th through December 21st. Sample Chaddsford's award-winning, locally-produced wine as well as sweet and savory treats. VIPs get a bubbly welcome, gourmet food paired with the wine, and Christmas Village Glühwein Mug to take home as a souvenir. Book a wine tasting here.
Chaddsford Winery at Philadelphia's Christmas Village.Christmas Village Philadelphia
  • Boardroom Spirits: Spirits tastings have been added to the tasting portfolio new this year at a brand new seating area in City Hall's Courtyard. Try the Cranberry Mule, Fearless Smash, and Engineer Old Fashion, along with cheese, chocolate, and cracker plate. VIPs get early check-in and gourmet food pairing with the spirits. Book spirits tasting here.

Other food vendors include:

  • Stroopies - Dutch stroopwafel waffles from Lancaster County
  • French Toast Bites - Philly-owned French toast vendor
  • Bassetts Ice Cream & Famous 4th Street Cookies
  • Chocoidea - special-shaped chocolate products from Europe
  • Jerky Hut - jerky meats
  • The Truffleist - Truffle products
  • Waffles - Sweet waffles
  • Philly Nuts - Gourmet nuts
  • Pickle Girl / Misty Meadow Sheep Dairy - pickles and dairy products
  • The Bacon Jams - Bacon Jams
  • Heritage Spirits - Distilled spirits by the bottle
  • New Liberty Distillery - Distilled spirits by the bottle

There will be plenty of hot beverages such as hot chocolate, hot toddy's, ciders, coffees, and Glühwein (hot mulled wine). Spiked beverages are extra as they come in a mug or boot you can keep.
Philadelphia Christmas Village Mugs.Christmas Village Philadelphia

Christmas Village in Philadelphia, presented by Bank of America, opens daily, starting on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 25th). The open-air Christmas market will remain open through Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th.

Daily market hours are Friday through Saturday, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday through Thursday, 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Thanksgiving Day hours are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Christmas Eve hours are 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and beyond. Food news: Travel tips:

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