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Hello! Some of you may know me as a contributor for Art Nerd’s “Get It!” column, where I feature awesome handmade products from my shop in Philly called Art Star! Well, I am also organizing a mini craft market at a really cool event in Philadelphia at the Blue Cross River Rink called Winterfest. I thought I’d share it with you b/c it is really unique and spectacular! We were asked to pick out + manage all the craft vendors. It is called The Art Star Holiday Market, which features a new mix of 12 craft vendors each day of the Market (check out our full schedule on our website).
It is not your typical craft show set up. Our vendors are set up within the recycled shipping containers that line the front perimeter of The Lodge Pop Up Restaurant + Bar. It is a smaller line-up of artists, but each have created their own mini shops within the containers. We invited only the best vendors who all create quality and unique handmade goods. We also tried to make sure we had a good mix of items each day, so there is something for everyone.
But this is not just a craft show, it’s more than that. We are just a small component of a the larger event, which is called Waterfront Winterfest. Winterfest is truly a winter wonderland that will get you and your family in the holiday spirit. Plan to come for the entire Winterfest experience, which includes our Art Star Holiday Market (12 craft vendors selling within mini pop up shops, including Art Star!), The Lodge Bar + Restaurant, cozy Fire Pits where you can make s’mores, an incredible light show that begins at 5 every night and runs every hour, and of course – ice skating!! Take a little tour of Winterfest through these photos + be sure to come check it out in person! And come back often b/c we will have a new mix of craft vendors each day (see website for the full schedule).
The recycled shipping containers create the walls of The Lodge Pop Up Restaurant, which is in the center and covered with a giant warming tent. It is nice + cozy inside. The food is by Award Winning chef, George Sabatino who is also known for creating the menu at Morgan’s Pier. My favorite has been the Sweet Potato and Kale Pocket Pies with a spiked hot cider. The restaurant opens at 5pm weekdays and 11am on weekends.
There are also grab + go concession stands open the entire time where you can get sandwiches by Sardine Bar, hot chocolate, spiced chai, coffee, chocolate covered popcorn, and more.
Winterfest is very family friendly. There are roaming performers, hoopers, stilt walkers, etc that will be sure to entertain the kiddos. If your kids are old enough, send them off ice skating or to the indoor arcade while you shop and grab an adult beverage! Get cozy around the fire pits and make some s’mores! If you are coming after 5, the light show is a definite must see!!
And don’t forget about the ice skating! The music they have playing is all really good too.
One thing I do recommend is to find street parking, walk, or take public transportation. The parking fee is $15, which is okay if you plan on staying for the whole day but if you just plan on coming for a few hours, there are plenty of other options. There is no fee to come to Winterfest, unless you are parking in the lot or ice skating. We hope to see you there!!
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