Things to Discover in Lehigh Valley, PA

January 2012

Happy New Year! We’re celebrating some very exciting events here in Lehigh Valley in 2012 – The 200th anniversary of Lehigh County and the 250th Anniversary of the city of Allentown! Speaking of Allentown, the demolition has begun to make room for the new hockey arena, which will transform the area between 7th & 8th Streets along Hamilton into a four block entertainment zone for sports events, concerts and conventions. The arena is estimated to be finished by September 2013.

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 out Deals & Discounts page, created just you.

Arts & Culture

Jim Gaffigan’s clever, quiet style has made him one of the top five most successful touring comedians in the country today, and his CDs and DVDs have reached platinum sales. Luckily for you, he’ll be making an appearance at the State Theatre this month, performing twice on January 27. Get your tickets before this show sells out! Look him up on YouTube to get a preview of his comedic style.

Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock is a traveling exhibit from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, and it will be on display at the Zoellner Arts Center beginning January 25. Girls on Film covers photographer Anastasia Pantsios’s 40 years of shooting talented women of Rock ‘n’ Roll – from Tina Turner through Gwen Stefani.  It will rock Lehigh Valley with vibrant images of women rockers such as Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane, Joan Jett and Tina Turner as they performed during their rise to stardom. Before you visit, check for hours and information.


KEVA Build It Up, the newest exhibit at Da Vince Science Center, features an interactive visitor experience that allows the imagination to flourish in all ages. Visitors show off their designing and building skills using KEVA planks, the “building blocks of the future.” See a video of how these KEVA planks are used.

Dining & Shopping

It’s that time again; Restaurant Week in Downtown Allentown is back from January 9 – 15! Don’t miss your chance to dine at some of Allentown’s favorite restaurants with special lunch and dinner prix fixe menus. Restaurants featured during the week include Allentown Brew Works, Bada Bingg, Bayleaf, Café Central, Cosmopolitan, Island in the Sun, Made in Brazil, Pasta Alla Rosa and Sangria. Click here for more information and to check out some of the Restaurant Week menus.

Who doesn’t love chocolate? Okay, that was a rhetorical question … everybody does! Celebrate your love for chocolate with the Chocolate Lovers’ Soiree presented by Easton Main Street Initiative on January 28, from 7 – 10 p.m. You’ll enjoy a decadent evening of all things chocolate, so bring your sweet tooth to the Chocolate Lovers’ Soiree!

Fairs & Festivals

Emmaus’ 5th Annual SnowBlast Winter Festival will be taking place on February 3 from 5 – 9 p.m. 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.

Need to warm up a bit this winter? Get your ticket to the Souper Bowl III at SteelStacks, where you’ll be able to sample a variety of homemade soups made by chefs throughout the region. More than two dozen culinary professionals will be sampling their finest soup creations, with categories including vegetarian, ethnic, chowder, meat-based and even most original soups. Help crown the champion on January 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $25/person, 10 and under are free.

Family Fun

Your taste buds won’t want to miss Da Vinci Science Center’s delicious winter celebration of liquid nitrogen ice cream: Ice Cream Wars 4.0. Teams mix together ingredients to create unique ice cream flavors before adding liquid nitrogen as a freezing agent. Visitors get to judge and taste the flavors before choosing their favorite concoction. Ice Cream Wars 4.0 will be held on January 7 from noon – 4 p.m. Access is included with regular admission.

Everyone’s favorite Big Red Dog is coming to Allentown Symphony Hall this month for a musical performance the whole family will love! You’ll get to experience Clifford the Big Red Dog in a whole new light with plenty of fun music and choreography on January 14, from 1 – 4 p.m. Tickets range from $10-20. Check out the Symphony Hall’s list of other family friendly performances this season.


The Lehigh Valley Historical Society presents “Trains in the Lehigh Valley,” an exhibit featuring authentic photographs, artifacts, model trains and even hands-on activities offering something for everyone. Step back into an era when “Steam was King” and discover how the Lehigh Valley Railroad and other railroads shaped American infrastructure. Trains in the Lehigh Valley is free to members, $6 for non-member adults and $3 for children.


You might as well have some fun to go along with all this cold weather we’re having. We have great deals on ski packages for Bear Creek Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain that include lift tickets plus an overnight stay at one of our 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. The mountain has 21 total slopes, trails and parks on 86 ski-able acres.

Blue Mountain has 39 trails, featuring Pennsylvania’s highest vertical and 5 terrain parks for all abilities. Ride the region’s only high-speed 6 person lift and touch the sky at Blue Mountain Ski Area.


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. Here are just a few of the home games that stand out for the month of January:

Mens Basketball

Lehigh vs. Bucknell at Stabler Arena – 1/18 at 7 p.m.

Lehigh vs. Navy at Stabler Arena – 1/26 at 7 p.m.

Lafayette vs. Lehigh at Kirby Sports Center – 1/22 at 2 p.m.

Lafayette vs. American at Kirby Sports Center – 1/28 at 1 p.m.

Womens Basketball

Lehigh vs. Colgate at Stabler Arena – 1/14 at 2 p.m.

Lehigh vs. Lafayette at Stabler Arena – 1/21 at 7 p.m.

Lafayette vs. Navy at Kirby Sports Center – 1/07 at 3 p.m.

Lafayette vs. Holy Cross at Kirby Sports Center – 1/18 at 7 p.m.

Wineries / Breweries

Would you like to take your appreciation for finer wines to the next level? On Saturday, January 14 at 2 p.m., Clover Hill Winery will be hosting a 1 ½ hour Beginner Wine Tasting Class where you’ll learn how to taste and talk wine like a pro. Learn the basics of how to taste wine, to describe the subtleties and notes that you taste in each glass, and most importantly learn what style suites your tastes best. The cost is $25 per person, and tickets are required. Call 610-395-2468 for more information or find Clover Hill on facebook.