Eat, Shop and Be Merry at the Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops

PHILADELPHIA —December 2, 2009 — The Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops at Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) will host a variety of festive and fun events this holiday season.

Special gift tables will give passengers plenty of ideas for the holidays now through December 28, 7a.m.-10 p.m. in the B/C Connector and 7 a.m.-9 p.m. in the D/E Connector. Participating retail locations will showcase favorite gift items outside their storefronts.

Santa will stroll through PHL’s seven terminals to greet passengers young and old December 1-24 from 4-8 p.m., December 10-24 from 11a.m.-3 p.m. and December 18-24 (B/C Baggage claim only) from 3-6 p.m.

Carolers dressed in Victorian finery will perform traditional holiday songs throughout the airport on the following dates: December 8 from 6-9 p.m.; December 12 from 4-6 p.m.; December 13 from 5-7 p.m.; December 19 from 2-4 p.m.; December 20 from 3-5 p.m.; and December 23 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Starting December 1, the Food & Shops annual holiday gift wrap will be staffed with Liberty USO volunteers who will wrap gifts purchased from any airport retailer for free. The gift wrap station is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily through December 24, across from the Food Court located between concourses B and C.

The Food & Shops will present a $2,500 donation to the Liberty USO. The community may contribute to the Liberty USO by making donations at the USO office, Terminal A-East, or visiting them online at

“We are proud to support the Liberty USO and the services they provide to military families in our area,” said Clarence LeJeune, President of the Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops. “We look forward to the annual gift wrap and the other holiday activities and events to put our passengers in the holiday spirit.”

MarketPlace Philadelphia Management is the manager of the food and retail program throughout Philadelphia International Airport. The award-winning food and retail program consists of stores and eateries throughout all 7 terminals at Philadelphia International Airport. The airport features more than 160 in-line stores, restaurants and services, plus over 30 specialty retail units. MarketPlace Philadelphia Management is the local management company for MarketPlace Development, a Boston-based retail development firm that partners with airports and airlines to develop, lease, and manage airport retail programs. MarketPlace is an affiliate of New England Development a full service development company based in Newton, Massachusetts. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter at and become a fan on Facebook.