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.

  • Koziar's Christmas Village

    Every day from Nov. 1 – Jan. 1, 2015 (5:30 pm – 9:00 pm)

    782 Christmas Village Rd, Bernville

    Christmas Village celebrating its 67th anniversary in 2014, has received many awards, including best outdoor Christmas Display in the World (Display World magazine). A trip through Koziar’s Christmas Village is, in the words of the song, like “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”

    Nov. 1st to Thanksgiving Friday 6-9pm, Sat. 5:30-9:30pm, Sun. 5:30-9pm
    Thanksgiving thru Jan. 1st Mon.-Fri. 6-9pm, Sat. 5-9:30pm, Sun. 5-9pm

  • Winter Light Spectacular at Lehigh Valley Zoo Presented by Christmas Decor

    Every Wed.. from Nov. 15 – Jan. 8, 2015 (5:30 pm – 10:00 pm)
    Every Thu.. from Nov. 20 – Jan. 8, 2015 (5:30 pm – 10:00 pm)
    Every Fri.. from Nov. 21 – Jan. 9, 2015 (5:30 pm – 10:00 pm)
    Every Sat.. from Nov. 22 – Jan. 10, 2015 (5:30 pm – 10:00 pm)
    Every Sun.. from Nov. 23 – Jan. 4, 2015 (5:30 pm – 10:00 pm)

    5150 Game Preserve Rd, Schnecksville

    zoo-winterExperience the magic of the holiday season as 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.

    Bundle up and enjoy the beauty of nature as you stroll through tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights and themed animated displays. Warm up next to the cozy outdoor fire pits while enjoying hot cocoa, s’mores, and Zoo café fare. Don’t forget the camera to capture the children’s delight when they encounter Santa’s elves, The Grinch, and special visits from Elsa, Olaf, Tuxster and friends.

    Wednesday through Sunday

    Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

    Price:
    General Admission Price: $14 Adults; $8 Children (ages 2-11)
    Zoo Members: $4 Adults; $3 Children (ages 2-11)
    Children under two are FREE!
    (Admission price may not be combined with any other discount offers.)

    While you may spot a few night owls during Winter Light Spectacular, most of our residents will be off-exhibit to catch some zzz’s.

  • Exhibit "Celebrate Like the Dickens - A Story, a Play, a Tradition: 25 Years at Civic Theatre"

    Every day from Nov. 26 – Jan. 3, 2015 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

    622 West Hamilton Street, Allentown

    Take a look back at the past 25 years of Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” We have props, costumes, memorabilia, and many pictures of past performances. It is a must see for this Lehigh Valley tradition!

  • 2014 Holiday Train Exhibit

    Every day from Nov. 28 – Jan. 2, 2015 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)

    5 North Front Street, Allentown

    Enjoy the sounds, lights and action of many model trains stationed around the museum’s galleries. Fun for adults and kids of all ages! AOW is a Toys for Tots drop site. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and it will be placed on the Mack Truck for delivery to children in need.

    NOVEMBER
    November 28 11am – The Comedy Magic of Joseph Keppel.
    (Reservations Suggested – 610.432.4200 x 14)
    November 29 Chick-fil-A (Lehigh Valley Mall) Kids Meal Coupons to the First 100 Children

    November 30 1pm – 3pm – Miss Tanya Face Painting
    DECEMBER
    December 4 Seniors FREE 62 & Over

    December 6 12:30pm – 3pm – Christmas Carols with a Hillbilly Twist by the Cracked Walnuts

    December 7 11am & 1pm – Star of the Day event productions PRESENTS “The Little Engine That Could” (Reservations Suggested – 610.432.4200 x 14)

    December 11 3pm – 8pm – Scout/Community Day – Wear your uniforms and children 12 & Under FREE
    5pm – 8pm – Santa on Site – Hot Cocoa, Cookies, Christmas Songs & Games with SANTA

    December 13 11am – Award Winning International Storyteller Speaker & Author Kristin Pedemonti unpacks her heart and shares Traditional & True stories from her adventures around the world. YES, she will probably bring her Big Wheel and YES you can ride it, too! (Reservations Suggested– 610.432.4200 x 14)

    December 14 Noon-4pm – Model Train Scavenger Hunt & Steam Engine Demo. Outside (Weather permitting)
    1pm – 3pm – Sweet Surprise Day in the HubCap Café. Frost and decorate inverted sugar cones to create a Christmas tree forest. (Reservations Suggested – 610.432.4200 x 14)

    December 20 11am – Mock Turtle Marionette Theatre Christmas Puppet Show. Christmas Elf Workshop to follow. (Reservations Suggested – 610.432.4200 x 14

    December 21 1pm – Ice Cream Demonstration by Ice Cream Lab – Reservations Suggested 610-432-4200 x 14

    December 26 11am – 12:30pm – Balloon Artist Fun presented by Balloon Artist Cindy Zona of Balloon Works by The Party Girls

    December 27 Buy ONE Get ONE Admission FREE (BOG))

    December 28 12:30pm – 3pm – Big Dipper New Year’s Eve Daytime Party for the whole family (Reservations Suggested – 610-432-4200 x 14).

    January 2, 2015 Little Wheeler Day – All children invited to design their own white wall tire with chocolate donuts & frosting.

  • Free
    Star & Candle Shoppe

    Every day from Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, 2014 (1:00 pm – 7:00 pm)

    Central Moravian Church Christian Education Building, 40 W. Church St., Bethlehem

    Star & Candle Shoppe at Central Moravian Church features stars of all sizes made from paper, ribbon, plastic and glass. Also hand-made beeswax candles, Christmas ornaments, Santas, nutcrackers, Christmas attic treasures, quilts, jewelry, note cards, delicious edibles….something for everyone on your list.
    Between Nov. 28 and Dec. 23rd:

    Hours: Thursdays and Fridays: 1 – 7 p.m.
    Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Sundays: 1 -5 p.m.
    Closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25
    Dec. 26-31: Hours 1 – 5 p.m. daily. Proceeds benefit charities.

  • Historic Downtown Carriage Rides

    Every day from Nov. 28 – Dec. 31, 2014 (3:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

    505 Main Street, Bethlehem

    Carriage Rides through Historic Downtown Bethlehem

    Thursday-Sunday 3pm-9pm every 20 minutes
    November 28th through December 31st (no tours Thursday, December 25th)

    $55 per carriage (holds up to 4 adults)
    Buy tickets at 505 Main Street, Bethlehem
    Carriage leaves from intersection of Main and Church streets

  • Bethlehem By Night Bus Tour

    Every day from Nov. 28 – Dec. 30, 2014 (5:00 pm – 7:00 pm)

    505 Main Street, Bethlehem

    Sit back and experience the Christmas City on a trip back in time with our certified guide in period dress. Deemed “the best way to see Bethlehem” this 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.

    Thursday-Saturday 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm
    Sunday 4pm, 5pm, and 6pm
    November 28th through December 30th (no tours Thursday, December 25th)

    Tickets are $15 per person and $8 for children 12 and under
    Buy tickets at 505 Main Street, Bethlehem

  • Lights in the Parkway

    Every day from Nov. 28 – Dec. 28, 2014 (5:30 pm – 10:00 pm)

    1700 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Allentown

    parkwayAllentown’s 19th season of Lights in the Parkway opens Friday, November 28 at 5:30pm in Lehigh Parkway. This drive-through light display covers more than a mile of one of Allentown’s most beautiful parks (Lehigh Parkway) and features lighted trees, light tunnels and animated displays. “Lights” has become an annual tradition for many families throughout the Lehigh Valley and beyond (many people visit from out of state to experience this unique display). While building on the success of past years, this season promises to shine even brighter than before.

  • Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas

    Every day from Nov. 29 – Jan. 3, 2015 (12:30 pm – 2:30 pm)

    622 West Hamilton Street, Allentown

    Watch the silly antics of Pip the Mouse as he helps Santa deliver his presents on time.

    Showtimes are Monday – Saturday at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

    On Sunday, December 14, the museum will be open with free shows for all at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

    Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for children.

  • Christmas City Stroll - Candlelight Walking Tour

    Every day from Nov. 29 – Dec. 28, 2014 (4:00 pm – 4:45 pm)

    505 Main Street, Bethlehem

    The best way to experience the magic of Bethlehem during the holidays

    Talk a walk through beautiful downtown Historic Bethlehem with our 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. The tour route is part of Bethlehem’s National Historic Landmark District, named so by the Secretary of the Interior in 2012.

    Saturday, November 29th and Sunday November 30th at 4pm
    Wednesday-Sunday, December 3rd-28th at 4pm
    No tours Thursday, December 25th

    Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under (children under 3 free)
    Buy tickets and leave from 505 Main Street, Bethlehem

  • Gift Wrap Booth at the Outlets at the Sands

    Every day from Dec. 6 – Dec. 24, 2014 (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

    77 Sands Blvd, Bethlehem

    WE NEED YOU!
    HELP CAMELOT WRAP THINGS UP AT OUTLETS AT THE SANDS on the weekends in December and the weekdays leading up to Christmas.
    PROCEEDS BENEFIT CAMELOT FOR CHILDREN, INC.

    Shifts are about 4 hours.

    Please talk to your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers. You can make this a fun time to spread Holiday cheer while you wrap presents to raise funds to keep the Magic going here at Camelot for Children, Inc.

    Remember to tell everyone you know that they can get their gifts beautifully wrapped and support Camelot by visiting the gift wrapping booth.

    There are many dates and shifts available and Camelot is so grateful for your help.

    Thank you!

  • Photos with the REAL Mr. & Mrs. Santa A. Claus

    Every day from Dec. 12 – Dec. 23, 2014 (11:00 am – 8:00 pm)

    593 Main Street, Lower level, Bethlehem

    Join us the Christmas Season for Photos with the REAL Mr. & Mrs. Santa A. Claus in Historic Bethlehem, PA!

    Friendly pets welcome too!

    Main Street Commons – Lower Level – Same building as Bethlehem Brew Works and next to Bone Appetit Bakery!

    Hours of Operation:
    December 12 & 13 from 11am – 8pm
    December 14 from Noon – 5pm
    December 19 & 20 from 11am – 8pm
    December 21 through 23 from Noon – 5pm

    Merry Christmas!

  • HUNTERDON HILLS PLAYHOUSE DINNER THEATRE PRESENTS: A Branson Country Christmas

    Dec 27, 2014 at 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

    88 Route 173 West, Hampton

    A NEW COUNTRY MUSIC CHRISTMAS SHOW STARRING THE TIM GILLIS BAND. Tim and the gang have added plenty of holiday cheer into the mix of this original concert-style variety show. Expect the best in live country music from some of the best musicians around and plenty of Christmas classics. Join us for a wonderful lunch and one-of-a-kind entertainment for audiences of all ages!!1

  • Dolly & Me: Dollhouse Christmas

    Dec 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, 427 N. New Street, Bethlehem

    The Christmas City embraces literacy and the magic of the holiday! Share the wonder of family and the imagination with your doll friend at the Kemerer Museum while you enjoy a wholesome story and visit the dolls in the Once upon a Tree House room! Hear the story of Rosy, her dollhouse, and a fairy guest who comes to visit. Hear the story read by the museum’s namesake, Annie Kemerer and take a photograph with her!

    All Dolly & Me and Hunt for History Kids Club programs are free for two kids with one adult Pass Into History admission. Reservations are suggested; please call 610-691-6055 or 1-800-360-TOUR. For more information on these programs or our other events, please visit us at HistoricBethlehem.org.

  • A Winter's Tale

    Every Fri.. from Dec. 5 – Dec. 19, 2014 (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
    Every Sat.. from Dec. 6 – Dec. 20, 2014 (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
    Every Sun.. from Dec. 7 – Dec. 21, 2014 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
    Dec 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    Dec 28, 2014 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Every day from Jan. 2 – Jan. 3, 2015 (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
    Jan 4, 2015 at 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    427 N New St, Bethlehem

    If Jack Frost is nipping at your nose then embrace the chill at our newest exhibition, “A Winter’s Tale.” Opening November 21, learn how famed artists Gustav Grunewald, Emil Gelhaar and Antonio Martino played with the hues and tones of this season in a fine assortment of snow capped landscape paintings. Feel the sublime power of the snowy season as their art transforms the world into a winter wonderland. The paintings will be contrasted with examples of three dimensional objects often associated with the winter season, such as skating and sleigh rides. So as the temperatures begin to drop you’ll know it’s time to brave the cold and visit our latest exhibition.

  • Cupcake Bowl

    Dec 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

    Musikfest Cafe, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

    Reigning People’s Choice winner The Bakery Nook of Coplay, along with Best Cake winner Amy’s Sweets & Treats of Whitehall and Best Cupcake winner Trixie’s Treats of Allentown, are among the participants announced for the 2014 Cupcake Bowl at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem. Tickets for the event, set for Dec. 27, 12:30-2:30 p.m., are on sale now at www.artsquest.org and 610-332-3378.
    Participants confirmed so far for the 2014 Cupcake Bowl are listed below; the rest of the participants will be announced later this fall.
    Amy’s Sweets and Treats – Allentown
    The Bakery Nook – Allentown
    Delightful Designs, LLC – Allentown
    Erika’s Delicious Sweets – Skippack, PA
    Iron Lakes Country Club – Allentown
    Kyms Creations Bakery – Allentown
    Lehigh Catering – Bethlehem
    The Pirate Cupcake Truck – Milford, NJ
    Trixie’s Treats – Allentown

    At the Cupcake Bowl, attendees can sample a variety of delicious and beautifully decorated gourmet cupcakes while casting their votes for their favorites to determine the People’s Choice winner. A judging panel of local celebrities will decide the winners for Best Frosting, Best Cake, Best Decoration and Best Overall Taste. Proceeds from the Cupcake Bowl go to support the nonprofit ArtsQuest’s Arts Education Programming Fund, which provides quality arts and education programs for area students.

  • HUNTERDON HILLS PLAYHOUSE DINNER THEATRE PRESENTS: A Branson Country Christmas

    Dec 29, 2014 at 11:00 am – 3:30 pm

    88 Route 173 West, Hampton

    A NEW COUNTRY MUSIC CHRISTMAS SHOW STARRING THE TIM GILLIS BAND. Tim and the gang have added plenty of holiday cheer into the mix of this original country concert-style variety show. Expect the best in live country music from some of the best musicians around and plenty of Christmas classics. Join us for a wonderful lunch and one-of-a-kind entertainment for audiences of all ages!!1

  • 6th Annual Peepsfest

    Dec 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Dec 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm – 5:30 pm

    101 Founders Way

    — Family fun is in large supply at PEEPSFEST™, the annual two-day New Year’s Eve festival at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Each year, fans arrive from all over the country to enjoy family-friendly activities and watch the drop of the 4.5-foot tall, 85-pound lit PEEPS® Chick at 5:15 p.m. on Dec. 31st to commemorate the beginning of a sweet new year.

    Taking place on Dec. 30th and Dec. 31st, some of the newest PEEPSFEST™ attractions for 2014 include live music by kids rock band, We Kids Rock, at the Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks before the PEEPS® Chick drop on Dec. 31st, Lehigh Valley Phantoms hockey shootout with appearances by the Phantoms’ mascot meLVin, appearances by Bethlehem Mounted Police Horses Pharoah and Raven on Dec. 31st, and expanded Dutch Springs’ kids activities including Rub a Dub Dub-Scuba in a Tub.

    “Each year we look forward to celebrating the new year and the fun surrounding our beloved PEEPS® brand with families from near and far,” said Matt Pye, Just Born Quality Confections Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “We are excited to work with ArtsQuest to continue to make PEEPSFEST™ the premier New Year’s Eve Family celebration.”

  • New Year's Eve Gala at Woodstone

    Dec 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm – 11:55 am

    3777 Dogwood Rd, Danielsville

    Join us at Woodstone Country Club for the biggest New Year’s Gala in the area! Enjoy open premium bar all night, plus a wide variety of dinner selections including carving stations and warm water lobster skewers. You can see the whole menu at www.woodstonegolf.com under the Shows and Events tab.
    The night starts at 7pm and ends at Midnight with an amazing fireworks display to ring in the new year.

    Call 610-760-2777 ext. 200 to reserve your tickets today!

  • Wise Crackers New Years Eve Shows

    Dec 31, 2014 at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

    1550 MacArthur Blvd, Whitehall

    Wise Crackers Comedy Club is celebrating New Years Eve with Two great Shows located at The Ramada Inn- 1550 MacArthur Blvd- Whitehall- 7:00 – $20.00 includes Champagne Toast 10:00 – $25.00 includes Champagne toast, noise makers, 1:00am Buffet and more.

    Room packages Available:

    New Years Eve Comedy Club Room Package
    Overnight Room for Two: Standard Room: $149.99* ~ Jacuzzi Suite: $249.99*
    Includes 2 Comedy Club tickets,Party Favors, Champagne Toast at Midnight,
    Appetizer Buffet at 1:00am, and Morning Continental Breakfast.

    Two Hour Open bar wristbands available from 10:00pm-12:00pm
    for an Additional $25.00pp
    (INCLUDES DRAFT BEERS, HOUSE WINES, AND HOUSE BRAND COCKTAILS)

    Call for reservations
    610-439-1037
    **Plus 10% tax ~ Subject to Availability/Double Occupancy

    Comedians- Bill Campbell voted Boston’s Best Comedian, Larry XL and Corey Alexander

  • The Red Elvises' New Year's Eve Spectacular

    Dec 31, 2014 at 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm

    101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

    If Igor and Red Elvises aren’t in the middle of a tour, they are getting ready for the next one – this traveling rokenrol party is constantly in motion and consistently evolving. Singer, songwriter, guitarist and showman extraordinaire Igor Yuzov is perpetually globetrotting and in the process he has found scores of wildly talented, entertaining performers to bring into the fold.

    Red Elvises started as a Russian group, playing what they dubbed “Siberian Surf Rock”. Since then the band has included musicians from all over the world including United States, Israel, Kazakhstan, Puerto Rico and Bulgaria – to name just a few. Everyone who performs with them for any length of time brings something different both energetically and musically. At various times shows have included keyboards, accordions, sax, clarinet, trumpet, flute, banjo, mandolin, tuba, ukulele and more. Old and new fans alike can expect to be surprised at shows again and again, however the roots of Red Elvises remain the same: Igor’s unique brand of humor combined with guitar based rock’n’roll that makes audiences want to sing, dance, scream and shout.

  • Comedy Club NYE Room Package at The Ramada Inn

    Dec 31, 2014 at 10:00 pm – Jan 1, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    1500 Macarthur Rd, Whitehall

    Ramada Inn and Wisecrackers is proud to bring back again this year our Comedy NYE room package.

    Overnight Room for Two
    * 2 Comedy Show Tickets
    December 31st, 2014 (7pm and 10pm shows)
    * 2 Hour Open Bar
    Available 10:00PM-Midnight- Includes Draft Beer, House Wines and House Brand Cocktails
    * Party Favors
    * Champagne Toast at Midnight
    * Appetizer Buffet at 1:00AM
    * Morning Continental Breakfast
    Standard Room – $149.99 Plus 10% tax – Jacuzzi Suite: $249.99 plus 10% tax.

    Book your tickets now! Hotel rooms will sell out fast! End 2014 laughing and bring the New Year in Smiling!

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!