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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The Bach Choir of Bethlehem

440 Heckewelder Pl., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Greater Lehigh Valley Auto Show

124 Goodman Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

66 W. Church St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Banana Factory

25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Martin Luther & Coretta Scott King Memorial Project of Lehigh Valley

Martin Luther King Jr Dr. & Union St., Allentown, PA 18102

Lost River Caverns

726 Durham St., Hellertown, PA 18055

Artsy Diva Boutique

458 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Saucon Valley Farmers Market

Water Street Park
90 W. Water St., Hellertown, PA 18055

Moravian Book Shop

Multiple locations.

ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks

101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015

1758 Moravian Sun Inn

564 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Mock Turtle Marionette Theater

421 Second Ave., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Balanced Body Therapeutic Massage

Multiple locations.

Captured LV Escape Room

559 Main St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

Bethlehem Steel FC

150 Goodman Dr., Bethlehem, PA 18015


3301 Center Valley Pkwy, Center Valley, PA 18034

Sands Bethlehem Event Center

77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Touchstone Theatre

321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, PA 18015

Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA)

Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts

675 E. Broad St., Bethlehem, PA 18018

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