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Celebrate the season in America’s most historic square mile with Historic Holidays in Old City!


Now, more than ever, it's important to shop small and support local businesses this holiday season! Old City, Philadelphia is home to hundreds of independently-owned retailers, restaurants, galleries, showrooms, salons, and spas. Find one-of-a kind gifts for everyone on your list, while helping the businesses you love. Online shopping, curbside pickup, and delivery options are available. Many businesses offer gift cards, too!



For a full list of Old City businesses, click here


During your visit to Old City, please wear a mask, keep your social distance, and follow all City, State, and CDC guidelines. For the latest information from the City of Philadelphia, click here.


Holiday festivities kick off on Small Business Saturday, November 28, with the return of a charming new holiday tradition, Old City’s Window Decorating Contest! Wander the historic streets of Old City, and view the delightful displays designed by local shops, restaurants, galleries, salons, spas, and more. Visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite design.


The contest will begin on Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 11:00am and end on Sunday, December 13, 2020 at 5:00pm.  Visit oldcitydistrict.org for information on how to vote and complete contest rules.


The window designs will be on display from November 28 through the New Year.


Participating locations include:


American Kitchen Machinery, 204 Quarry Street

Charm Hair & Skin Studio, 53 N. 2nd Street 

The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. 2nd Street

Fermob Pop Up, 138 N. 3rd Street

Hush Salon, 128 N. 3rd Street 

Independence Gift Shop, 599 Market Street

Old City Coffee, 221 Church Street 

Old City Jewish Arts Center, 119 N. 3rd Street

Oui Pastries, 160 N. 3rd Street

Petit Jardin en Ville, 134 N. 3rd Street

Philadelphia Independents, 35 N. 3rd Street

Shane Confectionery, 110 Market Street

Spa Terme di Aroma, 32 N. 3rd Street 

Unique Photo, 28 S. 2nd Street






For complete contest rules, click here.



On the first night of Hanukkah, the Old City Jewish Arts Center hosts the Menorah Lighting at the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Menorah Lighting will be streamed live via Old City District’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OldCityDistrict at 4:30pm on December 10, 2020.

Please note, the Menorah Lighting is not open to the public.



Enjoy Historic Holidays in Old City at home!  Businesses are offering a taste of Old City with DIY kits, gift sets, virtual programming, and more. For a complete list, click here.


Campo's Cheesesteak DIY Kit


214 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 923-1000


Want to share the flavor of Philly's most iconic sandwich with others? Check out Campo's Cheesesteak DIY Kit! It has everything you need to make your own authentic Philly-style Cheesesteak. The Kit comes with fresh-cut ribeye steaks, American, Provolone, Cheese Wiz, two rolls, chopped onions and hot peppers.


Elfreth’s Association Decks the Alley From a Distance

Elfreth’s Alley Association

126 Elfreth’s Alley

Philadelphia, PA 19106


The Elfreth’s Alley Association invites the public to a virtual festival spread across November and December, all delivered to your inbox! Deck the Alley, our annual holiday fundraiser will not be held in person, but instead we will bring the elements of the event--glimpses inside the historic houses along Elfreth’s Alley, costumed interpreters, music, and of course lots of history--directly to you.

Each Tuesday from November 10 through the end of the year, the Elfreth’s Alley Museum will have a digital gift to offer, from house tours to a special holiday episode of The Alley Cast, our podcast. Deck the Alley is a treasured tradition for many in the Philadelphia area and we hope these gifts will bring some holiday spirit in an unusual year. Sign up for the Elfreth’s Alley Association’s Newsletter to get Deck the Alley content in your inbox weekly.


Old City Coffee

221 Church Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 629-9292


Old City Coffee's holiday gifts can be found at oldcitycoffee.com/gifts or grab an order form at one of our shops.


Best Seller Gift Box: A great gift for any coffee lover! It includes a half pound each of freshly roasted Old City Blend, Reading Blend, and Balzac Blend (choose ground or whole bean), a GoSili Silicone Iced Travel Cup, a stainless steel coffee scoop and chocolate covered espresso beans. Beautifully wrapped in a handsome box with ribbon and gift tag. $55

Espresso Lover’s Gift Basket: Each reusable willow basket includes a stainless steel stovetop espresso pot, 1/2 pound each 6 Bean Espresso, Original Espresso, Viennese Sumatra & Decaf Continental (ground or whole bean), one stainless steel coffee scoop and 2 felt OCC logo coffee sleeves. Shrink wrapped with ribbon and gift tag. $85.00

Classic Sampler: Quarter pound each Old City Blend, Reading Blend and South India Blend. Ground or whole bean. $15

Top Shelf Sampler: Quarter pound each Jamaica Blue Mountain, Kona blend and Rwanda. Ground or whole bean. $30.00

Tea Tin Sampler: A treat for any tea connoisseur. Three reusable tins each containing one of our favorite teas –a black, a green and an herbal – providing a convenient sampling of our range of loose teas. Includes 1/8 lb each Nilgiri Organic Black Tea, Sencha Green Tea, Blue Eyes Herbal Blend. $15.00


Oui Let’s Bake!

Oui Pastries

160 N. 3rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106


Available for pickup, delivery, and online order

Build your own cake with the help of Oui Pastries! Receive all of the ingredients and follow the instructions enclosed to create your own professional cake. $30 each.


Oui Pastries also offers items to bake at home including croissants ($3.00 each), matcha croissants ($3.50 each), and cookies ($2.50 each).


The Wellness Refinery

216 Church Street, 1st Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106


We will have DIY Smoothie Kits available for order--4 prepackaged smoothies, just add milk & blend. Orders must be placed one day in advance through our online ordering site.

We will offer pre-curated gift sets throughout the entire holiday season for purchase. Prices ranging from $45-75. Gift sets include self-care tools like dry brushes and gua sha, clean and sustainable skincare products, plus spiritual wellness items like affirmation decks and books.