Malls are great places to shop, but they're not for everyone.
Some shoppers might prefer strolling through a decades-old market under the stars, surrounded by jewel-colored lights, with hot apple cider simmering a few steps away. They can do that at Peddler's Village in Bucks County.
Whether you're shopping for stocking stuffers, a gift for each night of Hanukkah, or a one-of-a-kind item for the person at the top of your list, the Philadelphia area brims with pop-up markets, museum gift stores, and themed markets far from the sharp-elbowed crowds. Here are a few:
Peddler's Village. This season marks 52 years of operation for 42-acre Peddler's Village, which features 60 independently owned shops. The ambience is fitting for the season, particularly for those seeking a "true, warm family experience," says communications manager Eve Gelman.
This year, nine new shops are opening. Though Gelman says Peddler's Village is particularly focused on small local businesses, they've brought in more regional and national stores to offer "the best of both worlds." These include national retailer Capital Teas and toy store jaZams.
But shoppers aren't limited to exhibit-themed choices. There's also the Mensch on a Bench doll and book, a brushed silver electric menorah or the more kid-friendly chalkboard version, dripless candles, and "Gelt for Grown-Ups," a dark chocolate and sea salt treat.
Characters from The Nutcracker will stop by to interact with shoppers and celebrate a love of dance.