By Alicia Roberts

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — As COVID cases continue to surge, many are trying to balance their holiday plans with safety. Those in Philadelphia are balancing out their Christmas needs by opting for the outdoor experience.

Shoppers at the Christmas Village told CBS3 it’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit while also being COVID aware as new cases continue to rise.

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Fifth-grader Bolor Bavarerdene was celebrating the fresh air – and her birthday.

“I get to see everything because normally I’m stuck inside because of quarantine,” she said.

She wasn’t the only one marking the day

“[It’s] his first Christmas and his first time in Philly,” Caldwell resident Jessica Hollingsworth said about her young son.

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Kirby Hollingsworth added, “It’s nice to be able to bring him here knowing he can’t be vaccinated yet.”

Many used the outdoor shopping destination as a chance to catch up on last-minute shopping. With Christmas now less than a week away and new cases surging, Getting everything checked off the list safely is key.

“If this was inside, I’d probably be worried,” Cirese Clindinin, owner of Cirese C. Skin Therapy, said.

“It’s hard for me because I have little ones at home, so I am taking all the precautions,” customer Annie Swider said.

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Many experts are urging people to get tested before family gatherings to curb the spread.

Alicia Roberts