West Market Parkway District is part of Center City’s modern office corridor -- comprised of new restaurants, retailers, the Comcast Technology Center, LOVE Park, and the continuing construction of new high-rise developments. This area also offers many treats for the holiday season like German-themed snacks and rooftop bars!
Experience: A perfect spot for families to start the day is the centrally-located Christmas Village in LOVE Park. This festive open-air market feels like you’re spending the holidays in Europe with 100 vendors set up in rustic booths with gifts for everyone. Find handmade toys, crafts, and clothing while enjoying live music and shows.
Grab your friends and head to the Comcast Center for The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a family tradition experienced by more than 2 million people since its debut in 2008. This state-of-the-art LED video wall features colorful high-def snippets of holiday classics like The Nutcracker, Twelve Days of Christmas, and more.
Bar & Beverage: Families with kids can continue the day at LOVE Park’s Christmas Village for hot cocoa paired with French toast bites from Lokal Artisan Foods.
After watching the Christmas Spectacular, take a three-minute walk to Assembly Rooftop Lounge. Located at 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, this rooftop transforms into Alpine Heights, a ski lodge-themed bar equipped with fire pits and comfy fur seats. Enjoy views of the Parkway with the Art Museum in the distance as you enjoy a festive winter ale.
Dining: Whether you are dining with friends or family, West Market Parkway District offers an array of cuisines that everyone will love. Some highlights include:
Shopping: Friends checking out the Christmas Village at nighttime can enjoy mulled wine and cheesy raclette sandwiches from the German food court while shopping under the stars for unique gifts like handmade Ukraine Nesting Dolls, wooden German Christmas décor, and local art!
At The Franklin Institute and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, families can shop for gifts that bring out the scientist in their little ones. For more practical gifts for the family like clothing and home goods, be sure to stop by The Shops at the Liberty Place at 1625 Chestnut Street. Some notable stores include:
Trying to Plan Another Day?
After a day (or week) of festive adventures throughout the West Market Parkway District, there’s still so much more to see for the holidays across Center City District. For another set of adventures just south of the Parkway District, check out our guide to spending the holidays around Rittenhouse Row.