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It all began with a modest Yuletide market in Bavaria in the mid-1500s. Local farmers came together to sell their fresh fruits and vegetables to the people of Nuremberg. This early holiday market spawned many others in Germany, which collectively serve as the muse for the annual Christmas Village in Philadelphia.

Each year on Thanksgiving Day, Love Park transforms into an authentic German holiday market with more than 80 vendors selling their handcrafted creations. Peruse the cute wooden booths for unique gifts, ranging from handmade ornaments to one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, and enjoy some traditional European food and drink while you're at it. Waffles, bratwurst, mulled wine—they're all on the menu at the Christmas Village. What's more, the Village boasts a stage where live music and dance unfold almost every day. Sometimes Santa even comes to the Village! Admission is free, and the market is open through Christmas Eve.

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