CELEBRATION AND POP-UP MARKET WITH TREE LIGHTING, SANTA'S ARRIVAL, LIVE ENTERTAINMENT, SHOPPING, FOOD, COCOA AND SMORES, AND MORE!
Philadelphia, PA - The Roxborough Development Corporation is excited to bring you their annual Happy Holidays from Rox expanded this year to a 3-day holiday event with a NEW indoor pop-up market beginning Friday, December 8 through Sunday, December 10th, 2023 at the Roxborough Pocket Park (6170 and 6174 Ridge Avenue). Over 20 unique crafters, artists, treats, and beverages will fill the space next to the park (previously the Royal Bargain Dollar Store). Each day, look for special entertainment and programming, on top of the shopping, food and drinks. A tree lighting ceremony will kick off the weekend with five brilliantly lit trees matching the muralled walls of the park on Friday night. Two of these trees will serve as wishing trees, inviting children to decorate wooden ornaments and inscribe their heartfelt wishes. On Saturday the holiday fun continues with a visit by Santa and special festive music by Galena Brass Band. The final day of the pop-up market will include visits by Elsa and Anna from Frozen as well as Rudolphi the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Leading up to the event, local restaurants and shops along Ridge Avenue will be offering specials and promotions throughout the week of December 4th - 10th which can be viewed on the RDC’s event page through a digital coupon book.
“I hope that by offering this extended event it will entice more visitors to linger, check off their holiday wish lists, and foster a thriving environment that supports local businesses, ultimately amplifying the festive spirit and economic growth within the Roxborough community," said RDC Executive Director Jacqueline Cusack.
FOOD AND DRINK
Caramel Kracken - caramel popcorn
Mr.Burgers Food Truck - burger & fries food truck
New Ridge Brewing Co. - alcoholic beverages and smores bar
Nilaa Coffee - coffee & hot cocoa
Stateside Vodka - mixed drinks
ARTISTS, MAKERS, AND VENDORS
Beyond food and drink options, come ready to shop from local small businesses, artists and makers. Vendors will include:
3Love Graphix - decaled tumblers, totes, signs, etc.
Antenia's Custom Crafts - decaled glasses and tumbles
Big Wick Energy - candles
Bluestem Botanicals - diy cocktail kits
Butch's Hot Stuff Hot Sauce - hot sauce
Castle Brothers Workshop - engraved woodwork
Color & Flame - candles
F + V Design Studio - jewelry
Grand Love Designs - Philly themed handmade ornaments
Goodlands Food Co. - hot sauce
Hilltop Books -used books from Friends of Chestnut Hill library
Ilumine' Gallery - jewelry and permanent jewelry (done on-site Sat. only)
Kevin Karcher Wax Works - candles
Knottie Sisters -headbands & hair accessories
Light Sliver - USB lights
Manayunk Roxborough Art Center - artwork
Natural Order Handmade - soaps
Norman's Cookbook - cookbook
Philly Sports Crafts - Philly sports themed signs
Philly Sports Shirts - Philly sports themed shirts
Saint Rocco's Treats - dog treats
ShayLynn Jewelry Art & Apparel - jewelry and art
Smash The Box - Handmade Philly sports themed dice game
Solar Sunglasses - Winter Accessories
Steve Teare Pet Portraits - pet art and on the spot pet portraits
SunnyAyreCrafts & Arts and Feels Embroidered art & polymer clay jewelry, pins, and accessories, art prints
The Metz Art Gallery - artwork
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2023
5:30pm - Tree Lighting Ceremony with special guest Senator Vincent Hughes
5:30pm - 7:30pm Holiday Music - Watershed Church
Commencing the three-day event on Friday night there will be a beautiful tree-lighting ceremony of five trees accompanied by the sounds of Watershed Church holiday band. The tree-lighting will be presented by RDC Executive Director, Jax Cusack with special guest Senator Vincent Hughes at 5:30pm.Two of the trees will serve as “wishing trees” giving an opportunity for kids to write their wishes on wooden ornaments and place them on the trees.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2023
1:00pm - Jeannette’s School of Dance
1:30pm - 3:30pm - Galena Brass Holiday Band
3:00pm - 5:00pm - Meet Santa Claus!
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2023
12:00pm - 2:00pm - Pet and Family Photos with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
1:00pm - 3:00pm - Meet and Greet Elsa and Anna!
The magic continues Sunday, Dec. 10th with two special meet-and-greet sessions! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer will be traveling all the way from the North Pole for pictures with pets and families from 12pm – 2pm! Then a wintry blast arrives with Elsa and Anna from Frozen from 1pm – 3pm.
SMALL BUSINESS DIGITAL COUPON BOOK
Throughout the week of December 4 - 10 local businesses will be offering special digital coupon deals that are only available through our digital coupon book. The coupons are available through our Happy Holidays from Rox webpage.
Some deals include (more coming by Dec.1st):
20% off Sunglasses from PA Optometrics
$10 off one Spring CSA with Pauline Nader’s Flower Farm
$14.99 ($50 Value) 18 Pc. Hand-Tool Set and Stone Coaster Set from Stanley’s True Value!
CONNECT AND THANKS
Happy Holidays from Rox is organized by Roxborough Development Corporation, with support from sponsors MGMT Residential, Independence Blue Cross, Baker Street Partners, Acme, Renewal by Anderson, Power Home Remodeling, and LytStx.
Hashtags: #Roxtoberfest #RoxboroughPA
TRAVEL AND PARKING
By Car - Just across the Schuylkill from I-76, Roxborough is easy to reach by car. The drive is 11 minutes from Chestnut Hill, 19 minutes from University City, and 22 minutes from Center City Philadelphia. It is just over 20 minutes from the shopping hub in King of Prussia and less than half an hour from the Philadelphia International Airport. For parking, two parking lots are available for convenient access to the festival, one at 465 Leverington Avenue and the other at 514 Dupont Street.
By Bike - The scenic, riverside Kelly Drive makes biking to Roxborough from Center City an easy ride. Just ride north on the bike path beside the Schuylkill River until it hits Main Street in Manayunk. Then that will take you right through Manayunk and into the heart of Roxborough.
By Bus - An array of busses run right through Roxborough. The #9 runs from Center City to Andorra. The #27 goes from Plymouth Meeting Mall to Center City. The #32 will take you right from Roxborough to Center City via Philadelphia University. The #35 runs a Manayunk / Roxborough Loop. The #38 goes from 5th and Market to Wissahickon. And the #65 goes from Germantown / Chelten to 69th St. Transportation Center.
By Train - Septa’s Manayunk/Norristown Regional Rail Line runs out to Roxborough, stopping at Wissahickon, Manayunk and Ivy Ridge.
Roxborough is unique because of its history as one of America's oldest towns. Back in the 1600's it was a neighborhood of farms stretching from the clear waters of the Wissahickon Creek to the apex of Ridge Avenue. Now it has a more city-like appearance still with a small-town charm. It's close to the Wissahickon where many enjoy the trails and nature and close enough to hustle and bustle of the city for work and outings.
ABOUT ROXBOROUGH DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
The Roxborough Development Corporation manages the Roxborough Business Improvement District and is dedicated to providing Roxborough residents with high quality shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.
ABOUT THE BANDS
Watershed Church Band
The Galena Brass (aka, "The Little Brass Band of the Lehigh Valley") has been entertaining audiences since 1995. Originally started as a few friends getting together for some music and laughs one evening, the group continues to embrace this ideal. Our performances maintain the spirit of camaraderie and welcome the audience into our musical fun. You see, whether we are performing a concert, marching in a parade, providing music for ceremonies, or strolling around the streets playing “mood music,” we always delight in the fact that we are sharing our music.