Happy Holidays from Discover Lehigh Valley!

Lehigh Valley is a special area throughout the entire year, but during the holidays the region is transformed into a magical wonderland. Come and celebrate your holidays with us this year, and make sure to check out some of the featured events this season while making your holiday plans.

  • Winter Lights Spectacular

    Every Sun.. from Nov 11 – Jan 1, 2017 (All Day)
    Every Sat.. from Nov 11 – Jan 1, 2017 (All Day)
    Every Wed.. from Nov 11 – Jan 1, 2017 (All Day)
    Every Fri.. from Nov 11 – Jan 1, 2017 (All Day)
    Every Thu.. from Nov 11 – Jan 1, 2017 (All Day)

    5150 Game Preserve Rd., Schnecksville

    Winter Lights Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo (1)Experience the magic of the holiday season as the Lehigh Valley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland where children can toss ‘snowballs,’ have their photos taken in giant snow globes, and enjoy milk and cookies with Santa. The annual event will be open Wednesdays – Sundays, November 11 through January 1, excluding Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

  • Christmas City Stroll

    Every day from Nov 14 – Jan 8, 2017 (All Day)

    Bethlehem

    Holiday Paul S. Bartholomew V712201007Take a walk through beautiful downtown Historic Bethlehem with a certified guide in period dress. Discover the  story of Bethlehem’s unique beginning in 1741, the tales of a candle-in-every-window, and the renowned Bethlehem  Star. Historic highlights include Bethlehem’s exquisite Victorian and colonial architecture, including two National Historic Landmarks, the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Bethlehem Waterworks. $12 per adult, $6 per child. Call 1-800-360-TOUR for details and hours.

  • Christmas City Village

    Every Sun.. from Nov 18 – Dec 18, 2016 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
    Every Sat.. from Nov 18 – Dec 18, 2016 (11:00 am – 8:00 pm)
    Every Fri.. from Nov 18 – Dec 18, 2016 (11:00 am – 8:00 pm)

    556 Main St., Bethlehem

    Live Like a Local - Bethlehem Christmas City VillageChristmas City Village is a free authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt, located in the heart of Historic Downtown Bethlehem. Visit charming wooden huts, dressed for the holidays and filled with unique holiday gift ideas. The event runs weekends from November 18 through December 18.

    A portion of the village is located at 556 Main Street, Bethlehem at the Sun Inn Courtyard and another portion is located at the South end of Main Street, between Historic Hotel Bethlehem and the Moravian Book Shop.

  • Rodale Institute Farm to Family Thanksgiving

    Nov 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

    611 Siegfriedale Rd, Kutztown

    The holidays can be stressful enough without having to worry about providing your family with a wholesome organic Thanksgiving meal. Let the Rodale Institute source the ingredients for you!

    Order a farm-fresh feast, featuring a certified organic turkey (14-16 lbs), organic vegetables and herbs, a healthy cookbook, and a special gift. A vegetarian option is also available.

    To place your order, call 610-683-1475 or email gro.etutitsnieladornull@ylleK.eiluJ.

    All orders must be placed by November 17 and be picked up at the Rodale Institute Garden Store on November 22.

    Price: $150; $100.00 (vegetarian option)

  • Bethlehem by Night Bus Tour

    Every Sun.. from Nov 26 – Dec 30, 2016 (All Day)
    Every Sat.. from Nov 26 – Dec 30, 2016 (All Day)
    Every Fri.. from Nov 26 – Dec 30, 2016 (All Day)
    Every Thu.. from Nov 26 – Dec 30, 2016 (All Day)

    Sit back and experience the Christmas City by bus. The tour includes a visit to the famous star atop South Mountain, a look at early and current local holiday traditions, and access to historic highlights in north and south Bethlehem. $18 for adults, $9 for children. Visit their website for details.

  • Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

    Every Thu.. from Nov 26 – Dec 31, 2016 (3:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
    Every Sun.. from Nov 26 – Dec 31, 2016 (3:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
    Every Sat.. from Nov 26 – Dec 31, 2016 (3:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
    Every Fri.. from Nov 26 – Dec 31, 2016 (3:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

    Horse-drawn Carriage Rides- Credit Ang Caggiano 009Enjoy a holiday tradition for locals and guests alike. These cozy, serene horse-drawn carriage rides through beautiful downtown North Bethlehem are the perfect way to enjoy the lights, sights, and sounds of Christmas City. The cost of a carriage ride is $60 and seats up to 4 people. Visit their website for details.

  • Koziar's Christmas Village

    Every Sun.. from Nov 5 – Jan 1, 2017 (5:30 pm – 9:00 pm)
    Every Sat.. from Nov 5 – Jan 1, 2017 (5:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
    Every Fri.. from Nov 5 – Jan 1, 2017 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
    Every day from Nov 28 – Jan 1, 2017 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

    782 Christmas Village Rd., Bernville

    Koziar's Christmas Village, Lehigh ValleyDriving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. You’ll find yourself in a dazzling valley set aglow with more than one million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift barns, and the scenic landscape. A reflective lake is an added touch to mirror the magical wonderland.

  • Christmas City Follies

    Every day from Dec 1 – Dec 18, 2016 (All Day)

    Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem

    CCFollies333Christmas City Follies has truly become a Lehigh Valley holiday tradition.  From its humble beginnings in the Ice House, Follies has never ceased to amuse, amaze or… reimagine itself.  Each year Touchstone’s resident Ensemble and its Affiliate Artists and Apprentices take on the Christmas City and the holiday we are named for producing a multitude of memorable characters and sketches that have weaved their way into the audience members holiday memories and traditions. Catch a show this season December 1 – 18.

  • A Christmas Carol

    Every day from Dec 2 – Dec 3, 2016 (7:30 pm – 10:00 pm)
    Dec 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Every day from Dec 8 – Dec 10, 2016 (7:30 pm – 10:00 pm)
    Dec 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Dec 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Every day from Dec 15 – Dec 17, 2016 (7:30 pm – 10:00 pm)
    Dec 17, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    527 N. 19th Street, Allentown
    Adapted from Charles Dickens by William Sanders and Sharon Glassman
    The time honored Lehigh Valley tradition returns to the Civic stage for a 27th year. This timeless and magnificent tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption has allowed thousands of children and adults to share the magic of the brilliant Charles Dickens with their “fellow passengers” on the road of humanity. In the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, every one.”

     

  • Holiday Open House

    Dec 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    510 Sycamore St., Nazareth

    Join us as Martin Guitar welcomes visitors to our Museum and Visitor Center in celebration of the Holiday season. Holiday music provided by local guitarist, Craig Thatcher, violinist, Nyke VanWyk and organist, Craig Kastelnik. Self-guided tour in a specified area of the factory will be available. Santa will be present to greet our guests and the gift shop will be open for your holiday shopping needs.

  • Macungie Holiday

    Dec 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    510 E. Main Street, Macungie

    MACUNGIE HOLIDAY includes family fun, food, music, displays, special events and activities throughout the Borough of Macungie, PA. Featuring: Victorian “Home for the Holidays” Open House & Artisans Show, two free performances of “Nutcracker Highlights,” Holiday Craft Shows, Baked Goods & Cookie Sales, Horse drawn surrey rides through Macungie Memorial Park; Festival of Trees contest, Farmers Market Vendors, Gingerbread Displays in Barn at Kalmbach Memorial Park, Breakfast with Santa, Borough-wide Scavenger Hunt with great prizes, special activities at many Macungie businesses, train displays, kids crafts, music, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus in their outdoor sleigh; “Jasper The Bear” Mascot & “Frosty The Snowman” Mascot, strolling entertainment, free mini bus to most venues, free parking, and much more!

  • Bach Choir Christmas Concert

    Dec 10, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, Allentown

    We’ll perform Bach’s glorious Christmas Oratorio, Parts 4, 5 and 6. Travel with the kings, led by the star in the east and warned in a dream to escape the wrath
    of Herod.
    Performances in Bethlehem and Allentown.

  • Bach Choir Christmas Concert

    Dec 11, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, Bethlehem

    Christmas Concerts
    We’ll perform Bach’s glorious Christmas Oratorio, Parts 4, 5 and 6. Travel with the kings, led by the star in the east and warned in a dream to escape the wrath
    of Herod.
    Performances in Bethlehem and Allentown

  • Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis

    Dec 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    Sands Bethlehem Event Center, 77 Sands Boulevard, Bethlehem

    Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller and the industry’s largest independent record label, American Gramaphone, announced that his annual Christmas concert tour will begin on November 15th, 2016. Two traveling ensembles will hold performances across the country.

    Grammy Award​winner Chip Davis will direct and co­produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment. The show features classic Christmas hits from Mannheim Steamroller all with dazzling multimedia effects in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.

    This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of the Christmas Tour.​The group’s first Christmas album, M​annheim Steamroller Christmas,​was released in 1994 a​nd t​hat an album r​evolutionized the Holiday Season music category.

    In addition to being a holiday tradition for many families, the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour regularly attracts repeat attendance from multi­generational guests and is one of the longest running tours in the music industry. This year’s tour includes many of the performances in a PBS special broadcast airing this year, “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40 Live” featuring the group’s legendary concert.

    Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 28 million in the Christmas genre.​Their holiday albums have become synonymous with Christmas and consistently occupy top spots on Billboard’s Seasonal Charts every year.

  • Christkindlmarkt

    Every day from Nov 18 – Nov 20, 2016 (All Day)
    Every day from Nov 25 – Nov 27, 2016 (All Day)
    Every day from Dec 1 – Dec 4, 2016 (All Day)
    Every day from Dec 8 – Dec 11, 2016 (All Day)
    Every day from Dec 15 – Dec 18, 2016 (All Day)

    101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

    Christkindlmarkt (16)Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem has delighted almost one million guests from near and far with its mix of unique gift ideas, old-world charm and holiday cheer. This dynamic festival celebrates the magic of the holidays with a five-week run that features more than 125 vendors each week.

  • National Ugly Sweater Day at America On Wheels Museum – Buy ONE Admissions Get ONE FREE

    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    5 North Front Street, Allentown

    National Ugly Sweater Day – Buy ONE Admissions Get ONE FREE

Christmas City

Year Round

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Christened “Bethlehem” on Christmas Eve 1741, Bethlehem is a city rich in tradition and celebrations. From the majestic history of the Historic Moravian Bethlehem District to the post-industrial revitalization of the Bethlehem Steel plant into an arts and cultural campus, the Christmas City has something for everyone, all year long. Follow the Bethlehem star to the Christmas City this year for your holiday celebrations!