Saturday marked the seasonal grand opening of the Christmas Village, located in the heart of Love Park. The outdoor village consists of over 60 vendors selling holiday gifts and treats from both the United States and Europe.
The village, now in its fifth year in Philadelphia, is inspired by a similar tradition held in Germany that began as early as the Middle Ages.
On hand to kick off the Christmas celebration were representatives from German American Marketing, Inc. and One Main Financial, the village's main sponsors. Also in attendance was Johanna Heller, who appeared in character as the "Christkind"-- the Nuremberg Christmas Angel-- in her flowing gown and gold crown.