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The World is Coming to Bethlehem – Are You In the Know?

Did you know… Historic Moravian Bethlehem, our National Historic Landmark District, preserves some of the most important structures and sites relating to the Moravians in the New World and is significant as an outstanding example of Moravian architecture and town planning.

The Visitor’s Guide to Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Bethlehem

Bethlehem is the Christmas City, but on St. Patrick’s Day we “go green” with fun activities for everyone! Get downtown March 14th – March 17th to celebrate (whether you are Irish or not).

100 Concerts with The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

Since 1898, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem has been a vital and dynamic part of the city’s – and the region’s – cultural landscape. The annual Bethlehem Bach Festival is the heart of the season but the Choir performs year round, including in schools and in the community – no tickets required. 

Visit Bethlehem – We Got It!

As a lifetime Bethlehem resident and owner of local business Caroltalks, I know that small businesses are essential elements to any thriving town. That is why my team and I work with our clients to assist them in building their presence. Bethlehem has so much to offer, and as a local, I’ve got the answer […]

The Early Moravian Marriage Lot System

In the early 1700s, within the Moravian community, the choosing of a wife or husband was done by casting Lots – a draw of chance to leave the decision up to God, who was held as infallible. In this way, the Moravians allowed their devotion to Christ and their Faith to guide these major life […]

Add a Twist to Your Next Company Retreat

Escape rooms are a new form of live, interactive entertainment that has been taking the whole world by storm. These games challenge teams of 2-10 players to “escape” a thematic room within 60 minutes. Each game has a story line, goal, or objective that players must complete by solving clues, riddles, and puzzles that they […]

Bethlehem’s Hidden Gem: The D&L Canal Towpath Trail at Sand Island

If you have lived in Bethlehem or the Lehigh Valley for any amount of time, odds are you are familiar with Sand Island and the Canal Towpath near the Lehigh River. It may have been for a leisurely stroll with a four-legged friend, an easy jog on a Sunday morning, or perhaps for a concert […]

2018 Places to Go and People to Meet in Downtown Bethlehem

Looking for a date night out? You should check out Bethlehem – no, it’s not just the Christmas City or the place where Jesus was born. It’s a bustling town with over 65,000 residents, where you can find a lot of restaurants, shopping, night life and history all within walking distance of each other. So […]

Bethlehem PRIDE

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month (LGBT Pride Month) is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Memorials are held during this month for those members of the […]

6 Vendors You Do Not Want to Miss at Bethlehem Vegfest

You do not want to miss the tasty food and treats at this year’s VegFest! Sandwiches, burgers, chimichangas, frozen banana sundaes, pastries, and more at VegFest taking place on July 14th from 11 am to 6 pm.

Enjoy Mother’s Day Weekend in Downtown Bethlehem

As Spring finally arrives in Bethlehem, so does a very special day of the year: Mother’s Day! There are plenty of ways to show your mom your appreciation for the countless meals, support, and love she has given you.

3 Things to Do in Historic Bethlehem this Spring

Fed up with this miserable weather? Yearning for sunny skies and flower blossoms? While the weather can’t seem to make up its mind, here are 3 fun things to do in Historic Bethlehem that will brighten your day!

Powerful Women: A Bethlehem Tradition

Throughout the month of March, the achievements of women are recognized nationwide. This celebration is of great importance to the Downtown Bethlehem area, since influential women formed the roots of our historic town hundreds of years ago.

Hotel Bethlehem & Bethlehem Steel

Historic Hotel Bethlehem and Bethlehem Steel were intertwined since the inception of the hotel in 1921 until Bethlehem Steel’s waning days in 1999 as the number two steelmaker in the US.

Plan Your 2018 in Downtown Bethlehem

By Lauren Bertucci When the town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania comes to mind it is generally associated with the Holiday season. Considering we are “The Christmas City,” this does not come as a bug surprise!

Blend the Old and New at Musselman Jewelers, the Oldest in Bethlehem

Bethlehem is a historical city. It was already historical even 150 years ago! There are many city blocks, especially near the Moravian Central Church at Main and Church streets, where there’s more history than you could take in a day. It’s that blend of history and progress, including making our loved city a destination for […]

Try out This New Trend, That is Not Your Average Outing!

Escape rooms originated as computer games, where players would work their way through a maze of clues and riddles in a quest for freedom. Over the last 10 years, the experience has become live. Families, friends, and corporations worldwide are now volunteering to be locked in themed rooms in a race against time. In this […]

Is Cupping Therapy Your Cup of Tea?

by Sam Reichgott, LMT If you already know about cupping therapy, you don’t need me to conjure images of Michael Phelps at the Rio 2016 Olympics, covered with purple dots. But if you’re new to cupping, the marks on Phelps, other athletes, or Justin Bieber might be all you’ve seen of this ancient therapeutic modality. […]

Bach in Bethlehem

Some Lehigh Valley residents may not know J.S. Bach’s music was performed for the very first time in this country in Bethlehem at Central Moravian Church, starting with the Mass in B Minor in 1900 and the Christmas Oratorio in 1901.

Bethlehem – Pa Celtic Cultural Hub

Even though Pennsylvania is considered an enclave of Moravian and PA Dutch heritage – the first settlers to the Lehigh Valley and Bethlehem, in particular, were Scots Irish.  That first wave of emigrants pre-dates the 1742 Moravians and arrived in 1728 to build the Craig settlement in Northampton County. The pioneering spirit of the Scotch […]

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