By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Mayor Nutter visited the vendors to close out the Christmas Village that popped up on JFK Plaza on Thanksgiving, with mostly German-based goods sold in little wooden huts through Christmas Eve.
It’s designed like European Christmas markets, with 60 vendors selling authentic goods, including German food “like bratwurst and potato pancakes, but also malt wine, a spiced hot wine that people really enjoy,” says the Christmas Village’s Thomas Bauer.
As Mayor Nutter walked by to say hello, Carl Ubel offered fresh roasted almonds, peanuts, hazelnuts, and German gingerbread — tastes from his native Nuremburg.
Bauer says many of the items are unique.
“There’s a lot of diversity; you will find international holiday and Christmas ornaments, as well as jewelry,” he explains.
Bauer also handed the mayor an ornament to add to the family collection.
The Christmas Village closes for the season Monday evening.