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.

Peddler's Village, Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska. Holiday hours: Through Dec. 30, Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Free parking and admission. Information: 215-794-4000,

Art Star at Winterfest. After the success of summer's pop-up Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will create another public space at Penn's Landing, at the Blue Cross RiverRink. Part of the annual Winterfest, the shopping market spans the month of December, providing festive end-of-week gift-searching opportunities. Twelve vendors will operate pop-up shops in an emptied shipping container artfully incorporated into the space. Erin Waxman and Megan Brewster of Art Star Gallery and Boutique, a vendor of handmade artisanal gifts in Northern Liberties, will oversee the indie craft shopping. "What we carry is very unique - you won't find it in any of the big chain stores. And it's homemade," Brewster said. "Someone's put love into it, and that really shows."

Art Star at Winterfest. Shop hours: Thursdays and Fridays, 5-9 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-8 p.m, Sundays noon-6 p.m., through Jan. 4. Information: 215-629-3200;

National Museum of American Jewish History Gift Store. After visiting exhibits such as the current " 'Twas the Night Before Hanukkah," which celebrates musical artists and their influence on the holidays, guests can stop by the store for a wide variety of presents for all eight nights. Specific to the exhibit is the 'Twas the Night Before Hanukkah CD set, featuring songs by the artists highlighted, including Irving Berlin, Benny Goodman, Bob Dylan, the Ramones, and Lou Reed.

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.

National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East; store hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; free entrance to store. Information: 215-923-0262,

Nutcracker Market. Ballet enthusiasts will dance for joy at Pennsylvania Ballet's Nutcracker Market at the Kimmel Center, which opens to the public Thursday for its second year. It's a fund-raiser for Nutcracker performances; vendor fees and 10 percent of sales go toward the production of the wintertime ballet. At the market, smaller-scale dance performances will be held on a community stage among arts and craft stations, origami lessons, and raffles. Exhibitors will set up on the street level, where handmade crafts from more than 75 vendors will be for sale. Retail items from the Pennsylvania Ballet Shop will also be available.

Characters from The Nutcracker will stop by to interact with shoppers and celebrate a love of dance.

Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St.; Thursday-Dec. 13, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Dec. 14, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Information: 855-406-2743;

Punk Rock Flea Market. Want to find a gift no one else will ever buy? At the Punk Rock Flea Market, shoppers can rifle through one-of-a-kind vintage items to the sound of the Philadelphia Record Riot, just next door and paired with the market to form a single-admission event. More than 500 vendors will be present; shoppers can find typical flea market items such as clothes, furniture, posters, and old records. The event also promises bicycles, stereo equipment, automobiles, tools, computers, and more. On Dec. 13 only, the Record Riot in the Starlight Ballroom will have more than 50 record dealers.

The Punk Rock Flea Market-Dome, 461 N. Ninth St. and Starlight Ballroom, 460 N. Ninth St.; Dec. 13-14, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. $3 entry donation for both days; 215-821-7575,