press release

Don’t Miss The Holiday Shopping Season In Center City

Jill Asher, Cashman & Associates
215-627-1060 (w) 215-880-8549 (m)


Shop, savor and discover Philadelphia’s must-see, thriving retail and dining district

PHILADELPHIA, PA (November 21, 2018) — From pop-up shops and markets to an eclectic mix of contemporary retailers, and independent boutiques, Center City’s lively urban setting creates a diverse, ever-changing destination that attracts shoppers seeking the ultimate holiday experience in the region.

“No matter what your idea of the perfect holiday shopping experience may be, you are sure to find what you are looking for in Center City” states Michelle Shannon, Vice President of Marketing & Communications for Center City District and co-chair of The Philadelphia Retail Marketing Alliance. “Philadelphia’s central retail district comes alive this time of year with thousands of shoppers who flock to our many experiential offerings, world-class restaurants and one-of-a-kind retailers.”

Center City’s vibrant retail and dining scenes are the result of more than two decades of diversified development, as convention, tourism, entertainment and residential growth have dramatically expanded.

With an endless choice of national retailers and diverse array of local proprietors that make up 76% of the tenant mix, shoppers are sure to discover something unique for everyone on their holiday shopping list at one of Center City’s retail destinations.

This season, Center City retailers are celebrating with a full calendar of exclusive experiences and an array of in-store events and promotions to entice residents and visitors alike. Shop, savor and discover these great deals and retail events you can only find in downtown Philadelphia:

Allen Edmonds, Now – December 31
Save $100 on select boots “for the road ahead”
Allen Edmonds, 1736 Chestnut St, 215-988-1795,

South Moon Under, Now – December 31
Take 20% Off $150+.
South Moon Under, 1731 Chestnut St, 215-563-2298,

Williams-Sonoma, Now – December 31
Take up to 60% off Thanksgiving Essentials and 40% Off Breville Countertop Ovens.
Williams-Sonoma, 200 S Broad St, 215-545-7392,

Boyds Philadelphia: Escada trunk show, November 21 – 24
In 1978, Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley launched ESCADA: a luxury brand rooted in confident and elegant femininity, and determined to democratize the exacting values of haute couture. Offering an imaginative vision of ready-to-wear executed with exacting finesse, ESCADA quickly became renowned for its audacious aesthetic – one that spoke directly to the spirit of the 1980s, and quickly found a following from the supermodels and celebrities to women seeking affordable yet elevated design.
Boyds Philadelphia, 1818 Chestnut Street, 215.564.9000,

Body+Beauty Lab, November 22 – November 26
Receive 15% off all gift cards and a free Sonic Cleansing Brush with product purchases of $100 or more (a $69 value) at Center City’s Beauty Customization Lab.
Body+Beauty Lab, 834 Chestnut St, 215-989-3500,

Century 21 Department Store Black Friday Sale, November 24
Enjoy $30 off purchases $150 or more, $40 off purchases $200 or more, $50 off purchases $250 or more.
Century 21, 821 Market Street, 215.952.2121,

Macy's Center City Philadelphia: Christmas Light Show, November 23
A celebrated tradition! Watch the stories of Sugar Plum Fairy and Frosty the Snowman play out in Macy's magnificent light show, narrated by Julie Andrews and topped off by a 40' tall magic Christmas tree. Don't miss this Philadelphia tradition of over 60 years! View the light show from the Grand Court. Click here for dates and showtimes. 
Macy's Center City Philadelphia, 1300 Market Street, 215.241.9000,

Macy's Center City Philadelphia: Santaland and Dicken's Village, November 23 - December 31
Travel back in time, or go straight to see Santa! Come meet Santa and tell him everything on your list. He's only here until December 24, so see him before he leaves on his big journey! Through December 31, take a trip to Victorian England with Macy's and witnesss A Christmas Carol, the classic tale by Charles Dickens, come to life before your eyes! 
Macy's Center City Philadelphia, 3rd Floor, 1300 Market Street, 215.241.9000, 

Joan Shepp: John Wind Trunk Show, November 24
Shop small on Small Business Saturday! Meet John Wind as he helps you create the perfect custom charm necklace or bracelet just in time for the holidays! Bring your own charms or shop John’s one-of-a-kind collection.
Joan Shepp, 1811 Chestnut Street, Joan Shepp,

Rikumo: Friendsgiving Giveaway, ends November 25
Win a $100 gift card for you and a friend. In the spirit of friendship, Rikumo is giving a $100 gift card to five lucky winners. The winners will then nominate a friend to receive their own $100 gift card so you can plan the ultimate Friendsgiving. Click here to enter.
Rikumo, 1216 Walnut Street, 215.609.4972,

Porta Philadelphia: Local Holiday Pop-Up Market, December 2, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Shop a collection of local artists, makers, and boutiques selling clothing, jewelry, bags, art, and more for the holiday season. Support Philadelphia’s artistic community and shop for your friends and family while savoring drink and brunch specials starting at $10. Plus, don’t miss DJ Craig Dash and a festive photo booth by Pop Up Polaroid.
Porta Philadelphia, 1216 Chestnut Street Philadelphia,

Boyds Philadelphia: No Shave November, now – December 8,
Join Boyds & Jefferson Health in raising funds to support prostate cancer prevention, research and education. Follow along on the month long journey with #BeardwithBoyds. An in-store shave off will be hosted on December 8 for No Shave November participants. A portion of purchases made on December 8 will be donated to Jefferson Health.
Boyds Philadelphia, 1818 Chestnut Street, 215.564.9000,

Williams Sonoma: Celebrate Twenty Years of the Original Peppermint Bark, ongoing
It’s here for the most wonderful time of the year. Enjoy this classic peppermint treat original style, with savory Jacobsen sea salt, enrobed in dark chocolate. There is a chance to win with every tin. Together with Visa, Williams Sonoma has hidden over 1,500 winning tickets inside the signature Peppermint Bark tins, including the chance to win a Grand Prize of a $1,000 Williams Sonoma gift card.
Williams Sonoma, 200 South Broad Street, 215.545.7392,

Sephora: Host a Holiday Party, ongoing
Celebrate the season with a party at Sephora for your friends and family- full of learning, product playtime and more. Call Sephora to learn more and book.
Sephora, 1714 Chestnut Street, 215.563.6112,

Sephora: Personal Shopping, ongoing
Get personalized gifting advice from Sephora’s trained Beauty Advisors in a one-on-one session, whether you know exactly what you want or don’t know where to start. Let Sephora help you shop for everyone on your list. Book a reservation.
Sephora, 1714 Chestnut Street, 215.563.6112,

Joan Shepp: NY Accessories Council, December 8
Joan Shepp brings NY to Philadelphia in one of the biggest trunk shows of the year! Top designers to dress you from head to toe like throwback Fiorucci!
Joan Shepp, 1811 Chestnut Street, Joan Shepp,

Nicole Miller, December 13
Nicole Miller Philadelphia invites shoppers to their annual Men's Night, an exclusive shopping experience with cocktails, hor d'oeuvres, informal modeling, and free gift wrapping.
RSVP to Nicole Miller Philadelphia at (215)546-5007.
Nicole Miller, 200 South Broad St, 215-546-5007,

Boyds Philadelphia: AMEDEO Trunk Show, December 15
AMEDEO was founded in 2006 by award winning designer Amedeo Scognamiglio. Scognamiglio reinterprets the century old tradition of cameos, jewelry designs made of seashell. Through these whimsical designs, AMEDEO is able to create contemporary adaptations of Victorian echoes with edgy creativity.
Boyds Philadelphia, 1818 Chestnut Street, 215.564.9000,

In addition to the in-store retail events, Center City’s Dilworth Park will transform into a hub for local and international holiday gifts and entertainment:

Spend your holidays at Center City’s Dilworth Park with local artisans, designers, crafters, and confectionaries offering unique gifts for the season. In festively lit tents holiday shoppers can find unique, local gifts and special holiday foods.

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In partnership with the Philadelphia Parking Authority and Mayor James Kenney, downtown shoppers will enjoy free on-street metered parking every Saturday beginning at 11:00 am to midnight Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. While shopping, patrons can also take advantage of Philadelphia’s zero sales tax on most wearable goods.

Find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list at with curated gift guides and expert shopping and dining tips from local ambassadors. Follow the conversation at @ShopCenterCity on Instagram and Twitter #ShopCCPhilly.

The Center City District, a business improvement district dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at and on Facebook and Twitter.

PRMA is a partnership between the Center City District (CCD), City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, PIDC, Office of the City Representative, Visit Philadelphia, and PHL Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB). With input from retailers, brokers and property owners, PRMA was launched in 2008 to build a strong, public-private retail attraction program for Center City Philadelphia.