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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

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Get the Christmas Spirit

Sparkling white lights adorn trees in the Historic Moravian District and beautiful, LED colored lights have been placed in the trees in the South Side Arts District. A live Advent Calendar involves a Downtown merchant coming out the door of the historic Goundie House on Main Street at 5:30 PM each night with a treat for whoever is waiting.

Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites has Christmas-themed walking tours, bus tours and carriage rides. Costumed guides will lead the way to their museums that are decorated as they would have been when the Moravians first walked through these streets in the 1700s and 1800s. 

TOURS

Ride the Free Christmas City Trolley

Enjoy everything the Christmas City has to offer by taking a ride on our free Christmas City Trolley! 

Christmas City Stroll 2019

Experience “The Christmas City” on a walking tour of one of America’s National Historic Landmark Districts from November 22 – December 30.

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides 2019

From November 22 – December 31, witness the beauty of Bethlehem’s downtown National Historic Landmark District with a Christmas carriage ride. Price: $72.50 per carriage.

Trees of Historic Bethlehem 2019

From November 22 – January 12, experience the fashion of Christmas Couture with Trees of Historic Bethlehem, beautifully adorned and decorated by the Bethlehem Garden Club!

Historic Hotel Bethlehem Self-Guided Tour

From November 25, 2019 – January 14, 2019, enjoy a free, self-guided tour of Historic Hotel Bethlehem’s spectacular Christmas display throughout the entire hotel from 8 AM – 9 PM!

Bethlehem By Night Bus Tour 2019

From November 29 – December 30, sit back and experience the Christmas City on a trip back in time with Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites’ certified guide in period dress.

Give the Christmas Spirit

GET THE CHRISTMAS CITY TROLLEY

Sponsored by Historic Hotel Bethlehem & ArtsQuest

Bethlehem offers two wonderful, festive Christmas venues for all of your holiday shopping needs. Huts on Main is located in the heart of our Historic District at the South End of Main Street and Christkindlmarkt is located at the ArtsQuest Steel Stacks Campus.   

We offer a complimentary trolley service each Friday and Saturday from 11 AM -8 PM and Sunday from 12 PM – 6 PM. A second trolley will also be running on each Saturday from 12 PM – 6 PM and each Sunday from 12 PM – 5 PM (from November 25 – December 16). This trolley runs every 20 – 30 minutes and will shuttle you between the Historic District and the SouthSide Arts District.

There are convenient stops available at: The Moravian Book Shop on Main Street, The Sun Inn on Main Street, The Walnut Street Parking Garage, Mechanic Street near New Street (at the exit from the 3rd Street parking lot), and Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem and Steel Stacks.

SPOTLIGHT EVENTS

Free Holiday Parking 2019

Spread the cheer, FREE parking is here! Enjoy free TWO hour parking on Saturdays this holiday season, courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network.

12 Days of Giveaways

12 Days of Christmas? How about 12 days of unique giveaways?! From December 1st – December 12th, there will be daily special giveaways from local businesses and organizations.

Santa’s Haus: Free Pictures with Santa

Visit Historic Downtown Bethlehem and capture free photos with Santa! Take your own pictures in Santa’s Haus on November 30, December 7, 8, 14 and 21.

Christkindlmarkt 2019

Christkindlmarkt is a one-of-a-kind family event that brings the spirit of Bethlehem alive with the Christmas season.

Christmas Huts on Main 2019

Visit charming, holiday-themed wooden huts that are filled with unique holiday gift ideas!

Historic Downtown Bethlehem Window Decorating Competition 2019

“Get Downtown” and “Get in the Spirit” as you walk along Main St. and Broad St. for this year’s Historic Downtown Bethlehem Window Decorating Competition!

Christmas City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony 2019

Kick off the 2019 Christmas season at the Christmas City’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at Payrow Plaza!

Holiday Wassail Open House 2019

Immediately following the City of Bethlehem tree lighting, on November 29, follow the jingling bells rung by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites’ Docents on Main up New Street to the Kemerer Museum and join in the wassailing merriment. 

Holiday Putz Trail 2019

Travel down Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites’ Holiday Putz Trail and see the Nativity story like never before from November 29 – January 12!

Clash of the Carols 2019

New to Historic Downtown Bethlehem for 2019, we are hosting our first ever singing holiday a cappella competition: Clash of the Carols!

Live Advent Calendar 2019

Get in the Spirit with the Historic Bethlehem Live Advent Calendar! The ONLY one of its kind in the country, the Live Advent Calendar is fun for parents and children alike.

54th Annual Community Advent Breakfast

The Citizens Christmas City Committee is excited to host their 54th Annual Community Advent Breakfast on Saturday, December 7th from 8:30 – 10:00AM .

PERFORMANCES

German-English Advent Singstunde in the Chapel 2019

Join us for our annual German-English Advent Singstunde in the beautiful Old Chapel of Central Church in Bethlehem December 3 from 7 – 8 PM!

Christmas City Follies XX

It’s the landmark twentieth year of our beloved Follies – will it be the most XX-citing one yet?

A Musical Christmas Extravaganza 2019

Enjoy an 80 minute Musical Christmas Extravaganza in the Sanctuary on Saturday, December 7 at 1:30 p.m. with the Mainstreet Brass, the Central Church Choir, and the glorious pipe organ.

The Sofa Kings’ New Years Eve Party 2019

Ring in the New Year with one of SteelStacks’ favorite party bands! The Sofa Kings are a high energy ten-piece band from Southeastern Pennsylvania that is taking the Delaware Valley by storm!

The Nutcracker 2019

Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. presents its Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and guest artists in the 51st annual production of the holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker”, at Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center in December.

To learn more about the Downtown Bethlehem Association