Christmas Village officially opened in Love Park this weekend, and in a big way: organizers reported record attendance, with tens of thousands of visitors showing up to the annual outdoor German market to shop holiday gifts and décor, snack on gingerbread and German fare, and sip mulled wine and hot cocoa.

The Camden Catholic High School marching band was on hand to lead the way for the Christkind arriving in her carriage, and students from the Clearview Regional choir sang Christmas carols.

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The market is open in JFK Plaza (15th and Arch) — better known as Love Park — daily through December 27, except for Christmas day.

Click through the slideshow to see photos of the crowds, food and Christkind herself at opening weekend.