January 2013


Arts & Culture | Attractions | Dining & Shopping | Fairs & Festivals | Family Fun
Ski, Board & Tube | Heritage | Outdoor Recreation | Sports | Wineries & Breweries

Happy New Year! We’re excited to begin 2013 with a January full of fun events that won’t leave you out in the cold. From Souper Bowl IV at SteelStacks to the area’s premier ski, snowboard and tubing slopes at Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Ski Area, Lehigh Valley is your spot for winter fun.

The end of January also brings us Bethlehem’s Restaurant Week, with fixed-price special menus that will encourage you to start 2013 off by trying something new!

If you’re looking for more events throughout the month, make sure to visit our events calendar. As always, we welcome you to find us on facebook and Twitter to keep in touch.

There are some great things happening in Lehigh Valley, and with that comes plenty of great ways to save! Don’t forget to visit our Deals & Discounts page, created just for you.

Arts & Culture

Miller Symphony Hall may have a new name (it was formerly Allentown Symphony Hall) however, its reputation for quality, breathtaking performances continues unabated in January with two great shows.

The Count of Monte Cristo

On January 17, National Theatre Live visits the Queen City for “The Count of Monte Cristo.”  A leader of men, a captain at nineteen, and a hopeless romantic-Alexandre Dumas’s classic tale comes to life in a theatrical adventure for family audiences.

Alfie Boe

Also, on January 29, the impressive tenor, Alfie Boe, will perform during his 2013 U.S. Tour. His performance will highlight his diverse collection of classical, folk, popular recordings, and latest releases, leaving his audience wanting more!

Alfie Boe, who won a Tony Award for his work as Rodolfo in the Broadway revival of Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème, played the role of Jean Valjean in Les Misérables at The Queens Theatre in London and was also seen in Cameron Mackintosh’s 25th Anniversary celebration of the show at London’s 02 Arena. He is a regular performer with London’s English National Opera, where he has played Nadir in The Pearl Fishers, and was seen at the Royal Opera House in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette.


America On Wheels

There’s something about old classic cars that brings out the wonder in nearly everyone. The exhibit “American Classics of the 1930s” showcases nine beautiful, world class vehicles. Two of the vehicles are from the Richard H. Driehaus Collection at Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage. This includes a 1937 812 Cord and 1937 Chrysler Imperial Convertible.

“We have secured an outstanding array of vehicles for the exhibit. The cars of the 1930s not only saw a leap forward in technical design but the styling was distinctive and imaginative,” says museum Executive Director, Linda Merkel.

Lehigh Valley Zoo

The Lehigh Valley Zoo is open year-round and the winter may even be the most exciting time to visit. According to Zoo officials, almost all of the animals are visible in their exhibits year-round, and they are generally more active, exhibiting behaviors rarely seen in the spring and summer.

We recently named our Top 5 Lehigh Valley Zoo Animals and you may be surprised who made Number 1.

Dining & Shopping

Bethlehem Restaurant Week

If you somehow didn’t visit Bethlehem during the holiday season, visiting during Restaurant Week should make up for it.

From January 27 through February 3, thirty-two restaurants in Bethlehem will offer fixed menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Instead, diners may simply visit their favorite participating restaurants throughout the week to enjoy the special prix fixe breakfast, lunch or dinner menus. It is strongly recommended that diners make reservations in advance. To make a reservation, diners should contact restaurants directly.

If you are dining in Historic Bethlehem, there is public parking available in two garages: Walnut Street (33 W. Walnut St. , Bethlehem, Pa, 18018) or North Street (75 W. North St., Bethlehem, Pa, 18018). On street parking may also be available–Meters only need to be fed until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Fairs & Festivals

Emmaus SnowBlast

Emmaus’ 6th Annual SnowBlast Winter Festival will be taking place on February 1-2. This free event will include an ice sculpture demonstration, an art show and sale, food, entertainment and the SnowBlast Ice Bar. Many of the downtown merchants will also be holding in-store events and sales that you won’t want to miss.

Family Fun


Artventures at The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is a great way to spend an artful afternoon with the family! Just drop in to enjoy their popular themed art projects, art puzzles and books for children, in-gallery art activities, and much more. Museum educators and volunteers are always available to help you and your family achieve maximum fun. No registration is required.

Artventures is part of Free Sundays at the Museum and takes place January 27 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Bodies Revealed

The world-renowned Bodies Revealed exhibit continues at The Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown through February 10. The exhibit – which has been seen by more than 15 million people of all ages – provides visitors a mesmerizing three-dimensional tour of the human body that otherwise is available only to medical professionals and students. It also inspires appreciation for the human body as an intricately-developed machine that is more complex and wondrous than all of the computers and gadgets surrounding humanity every day.

Bodies Revealed features 12 authentic full-body human specimens and is arranged in a series of sections highlighting the human body’s major systems – beginning with the skeletal system then proceeding through the muscular, nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, urinary, and reproductive systems. The bodies are complimented by presentation cases of related organs, both healthy and diseased, that provide a detailed look into each system’s elements.


Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Ski Area

Lehigh Valley hotels have great deals on ski packages for Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Ski Area that include lift tickets plus an overnight stay 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 six person lift and touch the sky at Blue Mountain Ski Area.


Playtimes Past

Children probably woke up to Play Stations, Xboxes and all sorts of new and shiny gadgets this past holiday season. Toys in the past were much more simple, but not any less fun. Playtimes Past, the winter 2012-2013 exhibit at the Sigal Museum will enchant visitors of all ages with toys, games, puppets, and other amusements produced prior to electronic toys and gadgets.

State Theatre Center for the Arts

On Sunday January 13, The Pipes and Drums of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, and The Band of Scots Guards bring their legendary pipes, drums and highland dancers to the State Theatre Center for the Arts stage. Featuring bagpipes, traditional military marches, drum solos, Celtic dancing and beloved songs, this event promises a spectacular evening of pageantry and excitement for the entire family.

Outdoor Recreation

Skirmish USA

On January 19-21, celebrate half-price weekend at Skirmish USA where entry is  only $14.95 per person for a day of playing paintball.


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.

Experience the excitement of Division I basketball right here in Lehigh Valley. With both Lehigh University and Lafayette College competing in the highest NCAA division, you’re sure to catch a few games that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Wineries / Breweries

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 the eight wineries each weekend.