Ho Ho Ho — The Holidays Are Here

Meet Santa, drink hot chocolate and celebrate the holiday season at one of the area’s many Christmas villages and festivals.

Enjoy Christmas with a European vibe at the Christmas Village of Philadelphia. This outdoor holiday market located on the west side of City Hall at Dilworth Plaza is designed to resemble one of the many traditional Christmas villages that many European cities are known for.

From now until December 24 there will be over 80 wooden booths at the market that sell food, sweets and drinks. Some booths will also sell ornaments, holiday gifts and arts and crafts.

The Christmas Village will be decorated with thousands of lights and holiday cheer will be spread through live performances of local musical talents and, of course, Santa will be there to listen to your Christmas list.

Visit the website for a complete list of events that will be taking place at the Christmas Village.

Every weekend during December at Smithville and Village Greene there'll be a long list of holiday events and sightings.

Head to Smithville, N.J. and take a ride on the Christmas train through the beautifully decorated village. Stop and talk to the Magical Talking Tree and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. listen to Mrs. Claus read stories in her Christmas Cottage.

From 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday watch the villages light show. This light show is isn’t your average light show, as it takes place on the village’s very own Lake Meone. There are over 100 decorated Christmas trees that magically float on the lake. Watch them light up around to music that is played across the lake.

Check out Smithville’s website for other festive events that will be taking place throughout the month.

Kozair’s Christmas Village is known for its country-like setting and though the drive might be longer to this village than the others, it's well worth it.

Located in Bernville, Pa., this village had more than half a million Christmas lights and if that doesn’t sound perfect, picture the lights reflecting on a serene lake.

Take a tour through this Winter Wonderland and you will see Santa’s Post Office, a manger scene, Christmas in other lands and so much more.

Shop for gifts in Santa’s Toy Shoppe and indulge your tastebuds with freshly baked cookies and other sweet treats at the country kitchen. And don’t forget to get your photo taken with jolly old Santa Claus.

Open everyday until New Year’s Day, the village costs $8 to visit if you are 13 and older and only $6 for six to 12 year olds.

Go to the website for the villages daily hours and holiday hours.

Take a trip to Bucks County and visit Peddlers Village. Follow the village's brick pathway to enjoy the 70 specialty shops and work up an appetite for one the many restaurants.

Decorated for the holiday season, this village is a must see. On December 4 and 5 Santa will be arriving to start his weekend visits throughout December.

Eat and drink winter favorites like toasted marshmallows, funnel cakes, and hot mulled cider and listen to live entertainment.

For more details on the shops, restaurants and their hours click here.

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