We bid farewell to 2012 on a celebratory note! It’s time to look forward to the holiday season, New Year’s celebrations, and a bunch of resolutions we hope to keep.
If one of your resolutions is to start the New Year with fun, excitement and quality family time, look no further than Lehigh Valley. After all, the area is home to The Christmas City, the world’s largest Peace Candle and tons of holiday themed attractions and events. If you’re looking for more of the everyday events during this month, check out our events calendar. If you’re interested in more holiday-themed events, we’ve made a link on our website dedicated to some of those top things to do this month in Lehigh Valley.
Don’t miss annual favorite, “The Nutcracker,” performed by Repertory Dance Theatre with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score performed live by the Allentown Symphony Orchestra on December 8 & 9. Fun activities, special treats and a chance to mingle with the dancers will take place at the “Land of the Sweets Party” following the Saturday matinee.
A Christmas Carol
The Civic Theatre’s annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” has become a Lehigh Valley tradition. Don’t miss Charles Dickens’ Classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation after he encounters the ghost of Christmas past, present and yet to come through December 15.
ArtsQuest’s™ popular holiday marketplace returns for its 20th year in 2012! Recognized by Travel + Leisure® as one of the top holiday markets in the world, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem showcases aisles of exquisite handmade works by the nation’s finest artisans, the heart-warming sounds of live Christmas music, delicious food and more.
On December 8, The Bach Choir and Bach Festival Orchestra are joined by the Bel Canto Children’s Chorus, in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s Saint Nicholas, a cantata in nine scenes depicting the life, faith and miracles of the beloved Saint Nicolas whose generosity to those in need became the model for Santa Claus and Bach’s Magnificat. The concert, held at First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, ends with a traditional carol sing along.
Christmas in Nazareth
Enjoy a day of shopping, eating and family fun during Christmas in Nazareth on December 15. Families will enjoy an afternoon filled with activities for all ages. Enjoy a live nativity with animals at Moravian Hall Square, make an ornament with C. F. Martin & Co. out of guitar sound holes at the Old Martin Homestead, and meet Santa Claus at the Memorial Library for Nazareth and vicinity!
Moravian Book Shop
The Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem is a great place to buy books and gifts for everyone in your family this season. You’ll feel at ease shopping in their cozy and charming book store and gift gallery. Selections aren’t just limited to books; you’ll find music, home decor and fun games and gifts for everyone on your list.
The Crayola Store
When shopping for creative gifts for the kids this season, why not go right to the source? At The Crayola Store in Easton you’ll find all the hottest new items to let your little artist express their creativity at the most colorful store in the world.
Josh Early Candies
At Josh Early Candies, you’ll find all sorts of sweet and delicious treats, all handmade right here in Lehigh Valley. Find out for yourself why they were voted Best in the Valley for the past 14 years.
New Year’s Packages
We have a variety of New Year’s Eve packages throughout Lehigh Valley. No matter where you plan to ring in the New Year, we have a package that will fit you!
Join us in the city of Allentown as it wraps up its 250th celebrations where it all began last year, on New Year’s Eve. Outdoor festivities will include fire dancers, ice carving and carriage rides, accompanied by plenty of musical entertainment. Just before midnight, there will be a countdown and bell drop at the corner of 9th & Hamilton Streets.
Celebrate the coming of 2013 with one of America’s favorite candies, the marshmallow PEEPS® at PEEPSFEST® December 30-31. Guests will enjoy live music, arts & crafts, movies, s’more making, photos with the PEEPS® Chick and much more! Highlights include the PEEPS® Family Disco Party in the Musikfest Café, character breakfast featuring the PEEPS® Chick and other area mascots, and a family-friendly New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31.
The Cupcake Bowl
Bakeries from throughout the region are coming together for a sweet, new special event, The Cupcake Bowl, designed to raise money to support arts education programming for area young people. The event, which is open to the public, will take place Dec. 29, 12:30-2:30 p.m., at the ArtsQuest™ Center at SteelStacks™, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets, which are $20 for ArtsQuest™ members and $25 for public, will be available at www.artsquest.org and 610-332-3378.
The Crayola Experience
Head to The Crayola Experience™ for the New Year’s Eve Family Celebration, where you’re gonna party like it’s … 2012! From 2 – 9 p.m., there will be loads of arts & crafts, entertainment and activities for the whole family, building up to the big event when we count down as the Crayola Crayon drops at 8 p.m. to celebrate the New Year. Tickets are $19 per person in advance or $25 per person if you want to include the delicious kid-inspired cuisine catered by Sagra Bistro.
Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Ski Area
We have great deals on ski packages for Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Ski Area that include lift tickets plus an overnight stay at one of their featured hotels with breakfast to get you fully charged for when you hit the slopes this winter.
Bear Creek Mountain Resort is a family-friendly resort featuring skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing. It has 21 total slopes, trails and parks on 86 ski-able acres.
Blue Mountain Ski Area has 39 trails, featuring Pennsylvania’s highest vertical and five terrain parks for all abilities. Ride the region’s only high-speed 6 person lift and touch the sky at Blue Mountain Ski Area.
Christened with its name 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 and be sure to visit Christmas City Village on Main Street where multiple vendors are on hand in individual huts to recreate an old time Christmas feel.
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
Don’t miss your chance to experience an old-fashioned Christmas at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm on December 8 & 9. Guides dressed in old-time clothing lead visitors by candlelight through the farm, stopping at various points along the way including a rustic cabin, a miniature village and even a living Nativity scene complete with animals.
Lights in the Parkway
Allentown’s 17th annual Lights in the Parkway display is a great way to recapture the joy of the holidays that you felt when you were a kid. The magical lights and display along the Little Lehigh Parkway illuminate at night to create a winter wonderland. Take a short tour by horse drawn carriage or with your own four wheels. Allentown has also released a Lights in the Parkway app for your iPad! Tickets are $6 in advance or $8 at the gate.
Koziar’s Christmas Village
Koziar’s Christmas Village is as close to a winter wonderland as you can get, filled with over half a million Christmas lights covering buildings, barns and all sorts of holiday landscapes adjacent to a beautiful lake reflecting the stunning lights. The Koziar family has been adding new features to this outdoor wonderland for more than 60 years.
Bundle up and skate a few laps around the rink at Steel Ice Center. Ice skating is a great activity that the whole family will enjoy on one of their two NHL-sized rinks. When you’ve had your fun, take a stroll over to Artsquest Center™ at SteelStacks™ to see what holiday programming they have. You’re sure to find something fun to do every day of the year.
Keep up with the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail happenings by following their blog, Taste of the Trail. You’ll find new and current information on all of the eight family-owned wineries, as well as any specials and deals that individual wineries are offering. Passports to March Madness are now on sale at the wineries so get yours before they sell out! Passports will grant access to different wine and food pairings at each of the eight wineries each weekend.