Philly Gets Merry and Bright

Post 8-01The holiday season is in full swing, and Philly is one city that really knows how to do it right. Center City is now covered in decorations and a number of seasonal activities have already kicked off. This year, the classic sights and sounds of the holiday season will be joined by a few newcomers to the Philadelphia real estate scene.

Shopping Galore

Center City has long been a shopping designation. For years, shoppers have roamed up and down the Walnut Street Shopping Row, and spilled over onto Chestnut Street looking for the best gifts and deals for loved ones. However, this year a few properties in Philly are getting a new lease on life, as new shops have moved in. For example, the beautiful building at 8th and Market that was once home to Strawbridge’s reopened at the end of October as the first Century 21 department store and has brightened up the East side of Market Street.

Century 21’s claim to fame is designer clothing at discounted prices. The store offers a decent mix of super high-end designers (think Dolce & Gabbana and Burberry) and more budget-friendly brands. It’s not the only major department store offering deals in Philly this season. Nordstrom Rack also recently took over a once historic building, on the other side of Broad street, at 17th and Chestnut streets. The new Rack takes up the first three floors in the 8-story building that was once home to Daffy’s and Bonwit Teller. Uniqlo, Goorbin Bros, Vince and Theory all accompany Nordstrom Rack and Century 21 in the Philadelphia winter Shopping rush, but also as new staples in the Philadelphia property scene.


Looking for something a little more unique and original?  Hop into Open House on 13th Street for a truly inspired collection of gifts for friends, family and co-workers! Head across the street to Verde and buy your favorite lady an inspired piece of jewelry or grab a delicious caramel bundino dessert to bring to your next holiday party. Joan Shepp is highlighting the hottest fashion trends in her brand new space on the 1800 block of Chestnut Street, just across from Boyd’s Department Store. The retail scene is huge in Philadelphia. From Passyunk Square to Fairmount there is an endless list of options when it comes to finding just that special something this holiday season.

Tie on Your Skates

What are the holidays without a wintertime activity, such as ice skating? This year, Philly residents will have two Center City options when it comes time to lace up their skates. The newly revamped Dilworth Plaza debuted the Rothman Institute Ice Rink on November 14, offering free skating before 3pm. On a side note: Does anyone else find it funny that one of the top centers for orthopedic care is sponsoring an ice skating rink? LOL! #JustSaying

Across town, on Penn’s Landing, the Independence Blue Cross Riverrink is now open and will be until March. The ice skating rink will be joined again this year by WinterFest, which will features rustic outdoor furniture, fire pits, a restaurant and a craft market overseen by Art Star. After practicing your triple flips on the ice, warm up inside The Lodge, a revamped indoor space featuring ski chalet-style heated tents, comfortable seating, indoor fireplaces and refreshments from Garces Events. Whether you’re skating or just looking for a holiday retreat, The Lodge is a relaxing respite with a menu of tasty bites from Garces Events Executive Chef Adam DeLosso. Art Star will be bringing a smaller version of their popular Northern Liberties boutique inside of a 40ft shipping container within the Lodge. Enjoy arcade games, oversized games and array of ever-changing daily entertainment. Need a little one-on-one time with Santa to get off his “naughty” list then head down to the rink and skate with Santa as he is making several guests appearances this month.

While Philly is making way for new things this holiday season, the traditions people have come expect from the city aren’t going anywhere. Enjoy the new shopping destinations and skating rink while enjoying the classic holiday events in town, such as The Christmas Light show at Macy’s, Love Park’s Christmas Village, The Pennsylvania Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Franklin Square Holiday Festival and light show, and Comcast Towers Holiday Spectacular on one of the largest LED screens in the world!  What are you waiting for? Plan your excursions in town today and enjoy a little taste of the season in Philadelphia!

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