Christmas Village moves to Love Park

Posted: October 21, 2011

The Christmas Village, an outdoor marketplace erected each November in Dilworth Plaza at City Hall, will set up at Love Park this year.

Currently, Occupy Philadelphia is encamped at Dilworth Plaza.

The Christmas Village, however, had already planned to move. The plaza on the west side of City Hall is scheduled to undergo renovations starting in November.

It's not clear yet what will happen with Occupy Philadelphia when it does.

The Christmas Village was the subject of national controversy last year when an organizer of the traditional German-style market took down the word "Christmas" from the light-festooned archways leading into the village.

The letters were taken down after Managing Director Richard Negrin told the organizer that he had received complaints from residents and city workers.

But a Daily News story on the move went viral, prompting complaints from around the country.

Mayor Nutter stepped in and the original name was put back.

The village comprises more than 50 wooden booths selling food, ornaments jewelry and other arts and crafts.

Love Park is the unofficial name for JFK Plaza, on Arch Street between 15th and 16th streets. The village opens Nov. 24 through Christmas Eve. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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