Big holiday-season haps continue in Philadelphia this week with the opening of Christmas Village at LOVE Park—plus a host of other seasonal events happening across the city for a great cause.
Start your holiday shopping and fill your tummy at the Philly Vegan Pop Flea Market, where the best of Philadelphia’s vegan-friendly businesses will be on hand to offer tasty treats and gifts.
Looking for ways to help those less fortunate this holiday season? Pack the trunk of your car full of non-perishable food items and make your way down to Citizen Banks Park, where a huge procession of civically engaged drivers, like yourself, will drive to Philabundance to donate the food items during Thanksgiving.
Also, don’t miss out on the African American Book Expo in Germantown.
You can find details on all that and more in our guide to this week’s best do-gooder events below.
Things to do in Philadelphia this week for a good cause
The Christmas Village returns to Philadelphia’s LOVE Park this week, where, from Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve, you can explore a European-style winter wonderland packed with wooden booths and two large tents holding more than 80 local and international vendors selling everything from holiday ornaments to Philly-centric clothing to belly-warming food and drink. Do-gooders should keep their eyes peeled for a glowing, life-sized present onsite from December 3 to 31. The installation doubles as a donation point where you can give to Fairmount Park Conservancy, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation or Project HOME, an organization working to help the homeless in Philadelphia. Project HOME will also set up shop in a shipping container turned pop-up store where you can purchase soaps and candles made by residents. November 28–December 24, Sunday–Thursday, 11am–7pm, and Friday and Saturday, 11am–8pm, LOVE Park, 15th and Arch streets.
One of the best things about the holiday season is that it inspires generosity—something especially important during a time of the year when people experiencing homelessness and/or food insecurity need our help the most. One awesome way to lend some relief is through this weekend’s Phila-a-Trunk food drive, which invites locals to drive to Citizens Bank Park with their trunks full of non-perishable food items. Once onsite, all participants will drive caravan-style to Philabundance, who will take all the goodies and deliver it to hungry families across Philadelphia. Saturday, November 30, 10am–3pm, Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way.
The arrival of all these holiday festivities is fun and all, but for many of us the season also comes with the sometimes-daunting task of buying gifts. We’re big fans of any local markets, where you can snag presents while also giving local artists and makers a financial boost so they can keep on creating. This week that comes in the form of the Philly Vegan Pop Flea, a pop-up market tailor made for the devotedly meat-free on your list. Dozens of local vegan and vegetarian businesses like Orbweaver, Zazou Teas and Tinctures and Quaint Boutique set up booths at the Friends Center, selling everything from plant-based baked goods and vegan beauty supplies to jewelry and clothing. Saturday, November 30, noon–4pm, free, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street.
When Myss Shan, the CEO of publishing company Shan Presents, first started the African American Book Expo, her goal was to provide readers with the best of African-American literature while also giving authors a space to come together. As such, this weekend’s expo in Germantown offers local book lovers the chance to not only stock up on some good reads for winter but meet with established and up-and-coming Black authors. Saturday, November 30, 1–6pm, free, The Victorian Banquet Hall, 4809 Germantown Avenue.
More things to do in Philly this week for a good cause
- November 25: The Franklin Institute hosts its monthly Community Night, a free evening of hands-on activities, live science shows and access to its famous permanent exhibits.
- November 27: FRIEDA is cool cafe in Old City that works to connect people from different generations. Join them for a night of Scrabble and interesting conversation. It’s free, but they do ask that you register two days in advance.
- November 28: Get up bright and early to join the Friends of the Wissahickon for a morning of trail maintenance throughout the Wissahickon Valley Park.
- December 1: On the first Sunday of every month, you can pay what you wish to enter the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This month promises a range of fun, family activities from art-making to live artist demonstrations.