One of the most iconic holiday traditions in our area WILL open this year, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philadelphia's Christmas Village JUST announced that they will open this holiday season, with safety procedures in place.

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The village, which is located at Love Park and City Hall in Center City Philadelphia, will open for the 2020 season on Thanksgiving Day (November 26). It will be open through Christmas Eve (December 24), and officials say there will be safety procedures in place. The village typically draws thousands of visitors to the city each year.

The village will once again open for a Preview Weekend on Saturday, November 21, and Sunday, November 22.

Organizers say the normally bustling layout will be modified to allow for social distancing and safety precautions in response to COVID-19. More details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The authentic German Christmas market typically features 80 local and international vendors, selling arts and crafts, jewelry ornaments, and giftware. Plus, organizers say that the food court will return again, and this time it will be socially distanced, according to their website.

Here's footage from last year's village:

I LOVE visiting the holiday village every year. Plus, it's the perfect space for a socially distanced date during the winter.

You can follow the village on social media to keep up with this year’s announcements. Here's their Instagram and here is their Facebook page.