Shoppers head to Christmas Village ahead of anticipated winter storm

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — The forecast may account for a busy shopping day on Wednesday as last-minute shoppers try not to get soaked on Thursday and Friday.

“The weather is fabulous today. I know tomorrow is going to be really, really bad,” said Joyce Gailliard of Cheltenham, Pennsylvania.

Many people downtown said they were doing their Christmas shopping today because of the expected weather.

“We don’t get out in the rain with a little one,” said Chad Habecker of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania.

Some vendors at Christmas Village said they could board in the next two days.

“I think we’re going to close tomorrow and hopefully Saturday will be a nice day and we can catch up,” said Edgar Villegas, manager at Woops, French Macaroons.

“Good weather is definitely important to us because also the rain means fewer people, fewer shoppers and with that we can’t take our clothes out either, so it’s a bit difficult when the weather is bad,” said Ashley Rorabaugh, assistant at Cirese C. Skin Therapy.

But for today, shoppers said they really wanted to shop outside in Center City.

“I love these activities around the holiday season and they have nice gifts to get for loved ones,” said James Lee of Newark, Delaware.

“It’s definitely great, I like that these are local providers. I think for the most part it’s great to be able to give back to our community,” said Ayanna Oglesby of Overbrook, Pennsylvania.

Some buyers we spoke to said the weather also helps them not to procrastinate.

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