Although the holidays are not exactly going to feel as they have in years past, there are still going to be some returning activities that will help Philadelphians get into the cheery spirit, safely.
The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market is one of those sought-after traditions that many flock to on a mission to find one of a kind gifts, sweet and savory snacks, and more opportunities to find some holiday cheer. This year, the design for the open-air market will be a little different to help keep the flow of foot traffic as spaced out and safe as possible, that includes nixing the usual food and vendor mix for a pre-packaged version of treats that are meant to be brought home.
Construction has already started for the Holiday Market, and the opening date is set for this Saturday, Nov. 21. On Monday, the city announced major restrictions following the spike in Covid-19 cases (the city reported 654 new cases on Monday and 2,564 since Friday), however those involved with the Market are confident that things can still be run smoothly. This involves guests having to wear masks at all times and social distancing to be put into place.
The release stated other guidelines that vendors will be following: In accordance with city and state guidelines, the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market will feature a reduced number of vendors. All vendors will be spaced out throughout the park, and set-up at least ten feet apart from each other to allow for proper social distancing while shopping. Signage will remind shoppers of all precautions including frequent hand sanitizing, the necessity of face coverings, and social distancing six feet or more from other shoppers and visitors. Many vendors will offer contactless ways to shop and check-out. Guests that feel sick or have been in contact with a sick person are required to stay home.
However, there is still going to be the familiar shopping opportunities and a few other added exciting amenities. The Christmas Village Carousel will once again be housed in the City Hall Courtyard. The carousel has been a fan favorite for five years, and in addition, Christmas Village will also bring back additional vendors set up in a socially distanced way around the courtyard to complement the carousel. To help keep everyone safe, carousel operators will follow state and city guidelines and take all necessary precautions in response to Covid-19 including less carousel seats, a crowd-controlled waiting line allowing proper social distancing and a strict cleaning protocol.
Vendor-wise, the Market will feature and highlight a slew of local options. Sticking to its name, the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market has become known for its selection, whereas Christmas Village will continue to feature vendors from around the globe.
The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market is just one of the many winter attractions at Dilworth Park, which according to a release also include the Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn, the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink and Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin as part of Center City’s socially distanced holiday festivities. Admission to the Market is free with shopping pay-as-you-go, and with the changes in the overall layout, weekday visits are strongly encouraged to avoid weekend crowds and waiting.
The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market will run from Nov. 21 to Jan. 1, 2021. Hours will differ for holidays.
More information about the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market and this year’s Covid-19 response program can be found online at madeinphila.com. Follow @philaholidays on Instagram, like Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market on Facebook and visit the website for the full list of vendors as well.