Amelia has been writing online articles for over 10 years and has self-published over a dozen books including fiction and nonfiction.
What is Peddler's Village?
Peddler's Village, located in historic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1962, starting with 6 acres and 14 shops including the flagship Cock 'n Bull Restaurant.
Peddler’s Village now currently occupies is 42 acres of shops, merchants, and restaurants. It also has a hotel and a family entertainment center, called Giggleberry Fair, complete with a beautiful carousel. There are crafts, festivals and various holiday events. There are an estimated 2 million visitors each year.
Filled with charm and historic flare, Peddler's Village is filled with shops and buildings nestled among winding brick pathways and beautiful, award-winning gardens, including a gazebo. The picturesque look and feel reflects the architectural style of colonial America.
The Grand Illumination
For the Christmas holiday season, there is a celebration where the village lights are illuminated. This event is called the Grand Illumination.
Stroll through the village and enjoy the beautifully decorated walkways, trees, buildings.
Merchants also join in the fun by decorating their businesses, and offering special holiday sales.
Gingerbread Competition and Display
There is also a Gingerbread Competition and Display in the Gazebo. Lines are usually out the door to see the creative gingerbread houses, which are a delight to see.
Gingerbread categories include Traditional, Authentic Reproduction of a Significant Building, Student (ages 13-18), and Student (age 12 and under).
Finally, the holiday wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Peddler’s Village Christmas festival. There is a parade to kickoff the Christmas festival, including the arrival of Santa Claus. The Village is beautifully decorated with fruit wreaths, and Victorian-themed greenery and decorations.
Each year, special events and seasonal festivals draw over a million visitors to Peddler’s Village.
There are decorated trees:
…and beautifully decorated buildings:
Take a stroll through the lighted walkway, while the lights change colors…
Enjoy hot cider and toasted marshmallows, as you walk through a winter wonderland of lights.
In the center of the village, there is a beautifully decorated gazebo, which you can see on the right of this picture:
There are decorated animal figures in lights, and Christmas trees higher than the buildings to see.
Peddler’s Village Shops
The shops are also decorated so when you visit, be sure to stop and see the wonderful shops. Here is a listed of just some of the shops you will find at Peddler’s Village:
- Apricot Lane Boutique – handbags, jewelry, accessories and gifts
- Capital Teas – loose leaf teas, teaware and accessories
- Chico’s - women’s clothing
- Color Me Mine – ceramic painting classes, parties, fundraisers and summer art camp
- Grandpa Hicks Cheese and Gourmet – gourmet foods, imported cheeses, specialty items
- Lighthouse Galleries – works by famous artists including Thomas Kincade and many more
- Nut Kettle – Popcorn confection
- Paper Chase – customized invitations, announcements and stationery
- Pigadilly’s – ice cream shop and lunch items
- Pine Wreath and Candle – Christmas ornaments, candles, linens, nativities
- Town Crier Bakery – baked goods including cakes, cookies, pies and breads
Peddler’s Village Restaurants and Events
There’s an array of restaurants at Peddler’s Village, including American cuisine, casual dining, classic atmospheres, and a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater.
There are also events that take place including banquets and weddings.
Peddler’s Village is a shopper’s paradise and a beautiful place to take a stroll, especially around the holidays, when you can enjoy the beautiful Christmas lights!
Peddler's Village Christmas -The Grand Illumination
A Visit to Peddler's Village
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Amelia Griggs
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on December 10, 2014:
Glad you enjoyed the hub, RTalloni. Yes, I would recommend visiting a place like this. The nice thing about Peddler's Village is that's it's free to walk around and enjoy the sights. There are wonderful shops, of course, and lots to do.
RTalloni on December 10, 2014:
Thanks for sharing this little visit to the village with us. Due to a major home project, we're not doing much around here re Christmas this year. Maybe we need to take time to visit a place like this, though. :)