Bethlehem:  Discover a City That Shines Brighter Than Most

Founded by members of the Moravian community in 1741, Bethlehem is situated between Allentown and Easton. By 1758, 35 industries were located in Bethlehem, along with the original businesses set up by the Moravians; this area is now known as the Colonial Industrial Quarter and features the original water works, tannery and grain mill structures.

In 1899, with the organization of Bethlehem Steel Corp., the city became the center for heavy industry and trade; Bethlehem Steel most famously produced the steel for the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since the decline of the manufacturing industry in the 1970s and 1980s, this Lehigh Valley city has been transformed into a hub of fashionable and exciting dining, shopping and nightlife.

In the last decade, Bethlehem or “Christmas City” has experienced its own renaissance. The historic district, originally an area rich with the cultural traditions and religions of its many immigrants, is now home to the affectionately named “Restaurant Row” as well as art galleries and shops. The First Friday of every month shows off the best of the Southside district with music, entertainment and food at each of the eclectic shops and galleries participating in the First Friday Celebration.

Moravian College and Lehigh University are both in Bethlehem. Just Born makes its famous marshmallow Peeps® and Mike & Ike® candies here too.

Today, Bethlehem is known for its many annual events including Musikfest in August, Celtic Classic in September and Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem in November and December.

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Lehigh Valley Steelhawks

701 Hamilton St., Allentown, PA 18101

Carmike Cinemas Promenade 16

2805 Center Valley Pkwy, Center Valley, PA 18034

CORKED Wine Bar | Steakhouse

515 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Josh Early Candies – Bethlehem

3620 Nazareth Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18020

Hair by Eskandalo!

12 W. 4th St., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Lehigh University Art Galleries

420 East Packer Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Moravian Book Shop

428 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Lehigh Valley Phantoms

701 Hamilton St., Allentown, PA 18101

Pennsylvania Youth Theatre

Banana Factory25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015


25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Cleo’s Silversmith Studio & Gallery

21 East Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Si Lewen Art Museum at the IIRP

531 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Colonial Industrial Quarter

459 Old York Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA)

Lehigh Valley, PA

Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival

532 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

Dutch Springs

4733 Hanoverville Rd., Bethlehem, PA 18020

Steel Ice Center

320 E. First St., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Godfrey Daniels Music Listening Room

7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, PA 18015

La Petite Provence

519 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Saucon Valley Farmers Market

Water Street Park, Hellertown, PA 18055

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