This December, Philadelphia will be expanding its world-class shopping credentials with the opening of the first Bloomingdale's Outlet Store in Philadelphia at Liberty Place, so why not pack an extra suitcase and hop across the pond to the City of Brotherly Love for a pre-Christmas shopping break? Alternatively, visit Macy's to take advantage of the tax-free shopping on all shoes and clothes, and in addition, all international visitors can enjoy a 10% discount off purchases.

Until 28 December 2015, the traditional European Christmas market with vendors in more than 60 wooden booths selling food, sweets and drinks returns to Love Park. Admission is free and attractions include a festive Käthe Wohlfahrt tent featuring popular Christmas gifts from Germany, including glass ornaments, music boxes and nutcrackers as well as a life-size advent calendar.

For those looking for locally-made gifts to take home, pay a visit to the new Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park, showcasing local artists, crafters, confectionaries and designers. Foodies should pay a special visit to the Artisan Bakery, which offers an array of gourmet treats including macaroons, chocolates, pretzels, mini doughnuts and steaming hot chocolate to keep visitors warm while shopping.