For some Happy Travelers, the holidays bring the pursuit of the perfect gift. From one-of-a-kind quilts to designer finds and jewelry, the shopping discoveries in Pennsylvania are unlike anywhere else. Whether you’re searching for holiday crafts to decorate the home or that special gift for the person who has everything, the perfect holiday item can be found in Pennsylvania. So, if pursuing your happiness means shopping ‘til you drop, try our top 10 places to shop – and spread some holiday cheer.
Christkindlmarkt - Lehigh Valley
Known as “Christmas City,” visitors can find the perfect gift at Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt, an open-air market recognized by Travel and Leisure as one of the top holiday markets in the world. Christkindlmarkt features more than 100 artisans and everything from pottery to holiday crafts and more. Open from mid-November until the weekend before Christmas, Christkindlmarkt attracts more than 65,000 people each year for a remarkable holiday shopping experience.
National Christmas Center - Dutch Country Roads
It’s Christmas all year long at the National Christmas Center where, in addition to dazzling displays of Christmas celebrations from around the world, visitors can discover some of the most sought-after Christmas merchandise available. From beautifully hand-crafted ornaments and collectible figures to vintage and antique merchandise, the National Christmas Center has it all in 20,000 square feet of life-sized, walk-through exhibits. It was also recognized by the Travel Channel as one of “The Most Christmasy Places in America” for being the only Christmas museum in the world!
Peddler’s Village Holiday Shopping - Philadelphia and the Countryside
Get lost in the Victorian-style adornment of quaint Peddler’s Village at Christmastime, where visitors see fruit wreaths, greenery and charm galore. With more than 60 unique shops to enjoy, Peddler's Village is in the heart of shopping paradise surrounded by Antiques Row along Route 202 and New Hope shops in the Bucks County countryside. Entries from the Gingerbread House Competition are displayed throughout the holiday season in the Village Gazebo. Peddler Village will kick off the holiday season Nov.18 with Santa’s arrival at the Grand Illumination Celebration.
Christmas Village in Philadelphia - Philadelphia and the Countryside
This holiday season, from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, Philadelphia’s LOVE Park transforms into a quaint winter wonderland that’s perfect for finding that holiday gift. Christmas Village will host more than 70 vendors to offer visitors a wide range of seasonal items that can’t be found anywhere else. At this outside market event, shoppers will find everything from jewelry and woolens to nativity sets and glass ornaments. In center stage, visitors can also enjoy live performances from orchestras and choral groups performing holiday classics, and witness a traditional Christmas tree lighting. On Nov. 19-20, visitors can get a sneak peek by the original Christkind from Nuremberg, Germany, before the event officially opens Saturday, Nov. 26.
Woolrich Original Company Store - Pennsylvania Wilds
Since 1830, the Woolrich name has stood for the best in sportswear for men and women. The Woolrich Original Company Store is an experience all its own – and perfect for a holiday shopping adventure. The store welcomes you in the village of Woolrich and features a wide selection of fine outdoor clothing and outerwear that combines comfort and function. The Flagship Store offers the latest apparel for men and women, as well as footwear, accessories and home furnishing all inspired by the outdoors. In the Outlet Store, you'll discover great bargains every day. Pro tip: Woolrich’s iconic red and black buffalo check shirt makes a great holiday gift.
The Christmas Factory - Upstate PA
The Christmas Factory is one of the largest Christmas shops on the East Coast and boasts more than 60 theme-decorated trees year round to showcase the wide variety of decorations, home accents, table pieces and much more. From lights and garland to the most distinctive Santa figurines and unique nativity sets, the Christmas Factory has an incredible selection of gifts and home décor.
The Waterfront - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Built on the site of the former Homestead steel mill, The Waterfront in Homestead is a distinct upscale shopping complex with 260 acres of shopping, entertainment and dining. Located right along the Monongahela River, the shopping center is known for its huge brick chimneys originating from the steel mill days. There’s even an old-fashioned village square surrounded by more than 70 upscale shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. During the holiday season, the Waterfront is decked out in holiday lights and festive displays that are sure to put shoppers in the holiday spirit.
Charlotte’s Gift Gallery & Christmas Showroom - Pennsylvania’s Great Lakes Region
Voted the top gift store in the region, Charlotte’s Gift Gallery is a destination that celebrates Christmas all year long. The showroom features an enormous selection of unique holiday decorations, wonderful ideas for tree trimming, festive holiday lights and special gifts that can’t be found anywhere else. The store’s amazing selection of belsnickles, snow angels and more simply can’t be beat.
Downtown State College - The Alleghenies
Brimming with Penn State pride year round, the shops of downtown State College hold additional festivities during the holiday season with a grand tree lighting, ice sculptures, carriage rides and street vendors offering roasted chestnuts or hot chocolate. Enjoy holiday bargains at a variety of specialty shops, offering everything from unique jewelry to art.
SouthSide Works - Pittsburgh and its Countryside
Head to Pittsburgh’s first true development with 34 acres of restaurants, retail shops and urban living in the heart of the South Side. Decorated for the holidays, visitors will find restaurants and shopping including the famous Cheesecake Factory®, Claddagh Irish Pub, Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Kenneth Cole, Urban Outfitters and more. SouthSide Works has everything visitors need to find the perfect gift.