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Philadelphia International Airport & the Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops

Offer Unique Holiday Fun for Travelers
PHILADELPHIA — December 9, 2008

This December, Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) and the Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops will give passengers plenty of ways to celebrate the season, with everything from carolers and photos with Santa to free gift wrap and a visit from Philadelphia’s own Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross.

Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops’ annual holiday gift wrap will run from December 1 through 24 and benefits the Liberty USO.  Liberty USO volunteers will wrap gifts purchased from any airport retailer for free.  The gift wrap station will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily across from the Food Court located between concourses B and C.

Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops will make a $5,000 donation to the Liberty USO.  Travelers may also contribute to the Liberty USO by making donations at the USO office, Concourse A East, or visiting them online at www.libertyuso.org.  

Santa will delight children both young and old as he visits the airport on the following dates:

  • Santa will stroll throughout PHL’s seven concourses and pose for photos December 1-24 from 4-8 p.m. and December 10-24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Santa will stroll through baggage claim and pose for photos December 18-24 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Free holiday-themed entertainment will be available each day on the B/C connector stage by the food court, and roaming Victorian carolers will sing throughout PHL:

  • December 13 from 1-3 p.m.
  • December 14 from 4-6 p.m.
  • December 20 and 21 from 3-5p.m.
  • Dec 22 and 23 from 4-6 p.m.

Ben Franklin and his new bride, Betsy Ross, will make a special appearance on December 23. The beloved Philadelphia duo will spread holiday cheer (and candy canes) to PHL passengers from 1-4 p.m. in the B/C Connector and the new D/E Connector.

“During the hectic holiday travel season, it’s great to offer our passengers events to put them in a festive mood,” said Anna DiGregorio, Director of Marketing of the Philadelphia Marketplace Food & Shops. “We’re also proud to once again support the Liberty USO through our annual gift wrap.”

ABOUT LIBERTY USO

For more than six decades, the United Service Organizations (USO) of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey, Inc. or "Liberty USO," has served the needs of America´s active duty, National Guard and reserve military personnel and their families throughout Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey. Liberty USO is a chartered affiliate of World USO, a congressionally chartered, nonprofit organization and not a government agency. Liberty USO is supported solely through voluntary contributions and receives no government funding. The USO´s Mission worldwide is to enhance the quality of life of the U.S. Armed Forces personnel and their families worldwide and to create a cooperative relationship between U.S. military communities and involved or supporting civilian communities.  For more information, visit www.libertyuso.org.

ABOUT MARKETPLACE PHILADELPHIA MANAGEMENT LLC

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 Terminals A–West through F. 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. For more information, visit www.philamarketplace.com.