Believe it or not, it’s time to start looking forward to the holiday season in Lehigh Valley. Doesn’t it seem like summer was just a few weeks ago? Recognized by Travel and Leisure Magazine 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.
Be sure to stop by the glassblowing booth, where beautiful ornaments and decorations are always being made. You can even try your hand at making your own glass ornament, perfect for gift giving or the family’s Christmas tree. The event runs Thursdays through Sundays from November 15 – December 23.
Christmas with the von Trapp Children
This holiday season, don’t miss the world-renowned von Trapp Children as they return to Bethlehem for a very limited engagement! Join Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin — the great-grandchildren of Maria and Baron von Trapp of The Sound of Music — as they continue the von Trapps’ love of singing beautiful songs at the ArtsQuest Center™ at SteelStacks™ November 15 – 17.
Just as The Sound of Music captivated the world, these talented, young singers will capture your heart as they perform timeless holiday classics, favorites from the world-famous musical and some of the most beloved folk and Broadway tunes of all time.
Searching for Timeless Moments – Photography Exhibition
Northampton Community College presents photography by Anthony and Florence Rodale and sponsored in collaboration with InVision Photography Festival and Lehigh Valley Photography Month. The opening reception will be held on November 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. All art exhibits and receptions are held in the gallery of Communications Hall.
The gallery is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed on Sundays. For more information, please call 610-861-5062.
American Classics of the 1930s at America On Wheels Museum
Shift into a new gear at the American Classics of the 1930s exhibit, which will pull into the West Gallery at America On Wheels Museum. This exhibit will be open to the public November 9 – 11 and will showcase nine beautiful, world class vehicles from the 1930s. 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.
Other vehicles include: 1932 Auburn model 8-100 speedster, 1932 Lincoln model 244B KB Coupe of which only 23 were produced, 1930 Franklin Series 147 Sport Runabout with a spirit of St. Louis hood ornament, 1931 Cadillac V-12 Fleetwood Roadster of which only 91 were produced, some locally in Fleetwood, Pa., 1930 Packard 740 Sport Phaeton with a blue and orange color combination and which the owner takes on the road frequently, 1933 Buick 33-88C Convertible Phaeton of which 124 were produced, and a 1936 Pierce Arrow V-12 Coupe.
Stay & Investigate
Halloween may be over, but you can still Stay & Investigate all year long with dozens of haunted sites in Lehigh Valley. Visit LehighValleyHaunt.com to read chilling tales and listen to hair-raising audio clips from ghost investigations throughout the region. Sometimes, the truth is scarier than fiction …
We would like to thank author Ken Biddle, for his kind permission in allowing us to use some of his research found in Haunted Lehigh Valley in our marketing materials. Visit ParaInvestigator.org for more on Ken and his works, and please make certain to investigate our featured haunts.
Twelve Shops of Christmas Tour
The Twelve Shops of Christmas Tour has something for everyone—home, garden & gift shops, primitive and country décor housed in a restored barn, handcrafted furniture, gifts, crafts, an orchard, a tea room, gourmet food, jewelry, handbags & fashion accessories, sweet treats to delight everyone, a favorite local tourist attraction and much more.
The Christmas tour is held November 30 – December 8 concentrated in a 20-mile stretch including the towns of Hellertown, Bethlehem and Easton. If you follow the detailed path you will never travel more than 10 minutes between places and most are closer together. Ticket booklets are $7 each and contain the name, address and description of each business, a map, the coupons and the tree-stamping game. $1 per ticket will be donated to the Third Street Alliance.
Sam Adams Beer and Decadent Chocolate Tasting
Beer and chocolate? You betcha. During this delicious two-hour tasting adventure on November 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Allentown’s Sam Adams Grille in Lehigh Valley, a knowledgeable food & beer pro will introduce you to eight craft beers and a delicious assortment of chocolate. Located merely footsteps from where the beer was born at Boston Beer’s famous Sam Adams Brewery, you can enjoy some of the freshest beer you’ve ever tasted. An owner of City Food Tours and beer connoisseur, Eric Matzke, will share some fun facts about how beer is made, the stories behind each of the eight brews you taste and pairing suggestions.
But this isn’t just about beer! This event will highlight one of beer’s favorite sweets–chocolate. Not only are beer and chocolate a dynamic duo, but it is also a cutting edge pairing! Your host will share the inside scoop on how chocolate is made and tips on what to look for in the finest examples as you sample cocoa beans, cocoa butter and cocoa nibs. For even more information click here.
It may be chilly outside, but the music inside the ArtsQuest Center will be red hot as SteelStacks hosts some of the nation’s best bands for two days of nonstop jamming. This is a must attend event for anyone who is into jam bands and a great way to ease into the holiday season. The SteelJam Festival runs from November 9 – 10.
Koziar’s Christmas Village
Experience the wonder of the holiday season at Koziar’s Christmas Village. Koziar’s provides quite possibly the greatest Christmas display in the U.S., located just outside Lehigh Valley, Pa. Driving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. Suddenly you find yourself in a dazzling valley set aglow with more Christmas lights than you have ever seen before. Adding to the magnificent beauty is the spectacular reflection of those thousands and thousands of lights in the lake situated directly in front of the main house.
This family owned Christmas attraction dates back to 1948 when William M. Koziar began decorating his home and dairy farm for the pleasure that he, his wife, and four children derived from it. It has continued to grow for more than 60 years and has become one of the most famous Christmas attractions in the USA. It has received many awards in its long history including “Best Outdoor Display in the World” and the “Award of Excellence as one of the Top Ten Travel Attractions in Pennsylvania.”
Hours: November 10 – Thanksgiving: Friday: 6 – 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving – January 1: Monday – Friday: 6 – 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
“Pip the Mouse” – A Holiday Tradition
In 1962, the stage and puppets for “Pip the Mouse: the Mouse Before Christmas” were purchased by Max Hess, Jr. for his department store in Allentown. Pip the Mouse’s home is now inside the Liberty Bell Shrine Museum, where they have restored the original stage and audio soundtrack and have presented the traditional “Pip the Mouse” puppet show to thousands of visitors during the holiday season each year. Don’t miss your chance to see Pip this holiday season, as he will be at the Liberty Bell Shrine Museum from November 23 – December 29.
Bodies Revealed Exhibition comes to Da Vinci Science Center
The world-renowned Bodies Revealed exhibition is making its stunning first appearance in Lehigh Valley. It began October 5 and is open daily through mid-February. Presented locally by St. Luke’s University Health Network: The Bodies Revealed exhibition – 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.
Forget the hustle and bustle of the malls on Black Friday and play some golf!
The Black Friday 4-Person Scramble at Wedgewood Golf Course is set for November 23 at 10 a.m.
Contact the pro shop at (610) 797-4551 for further details.
Also, we’re getting into the last few weeks of the season to get a few good rounds of golf in before the weather gets colder, the fairways become less forgiving, and you have even more excuses as to why your chip bounced right over the green. Hone up your skills before the season is through at one of Lehigh Valley’s challenging golf courses.
Make it a weekend and stay overnight to maximize your green times. We’ve got seven featured courses to choose from in our Stay & Play golf packages, with a wide range in difficulty, slope and par.
*Due to the recent inclement weather, some courses may have limited access. For the most recent information, please contact the individual course before you make your plans.
Bethlehem by Night
Sit back and enjoy a visit to Christmas City as Historic Bethlehem Partnership takes you on a ride-along with the Bethlehem by Night bus tour. Key stops include a visit to the iconic Bethlehem Star atop South Mountain, explanations of lesser known holiday traditions both past and present and access to important locations throughout the city. Tours are available beginning November 25 through December 30.
“A Christmas Carol”
Civic’s “A Christmas Carol” has become a Lehigh Valley tradition. Celebrate the holiday season with Civic Theatre as everyone’s favorite holiday show returns for its 23rd annual production! Tens of thousands of people from Lehigh Valley and beyond have come to catch the spirit of the season as Charles Dickens’ legendary characters come to life on Civic’s stage. This timeless show warms your heart as it engages you with such sentiments as compassion, gratitude, selflessness, and acceptance.
- Every day from November 30, 2012 – December 1, 2012 (7 – 9:30 p.m.)
- Every day from December 6 – 7 (7 – 9:30 p.m.)
- Every day from December 8 – 9 (2 – 4:30 p.m.)
- Every day from Dec 13 – 15 (7 – 9:30 p.m.)
- Dec 15, 2012 (2 – 4:30 p.m.)
Skirmish USA in Albrightsville has three promotions during November that are sure to get you out, locked and loaded. On November 12, in honor of Veterans Day, Skirmish will offer free play to any active military member with a valid ID.
On November 23, if you have your own paintball gun, you play for half price. And, on November 30, everyone gets a chance to play paintball for half price, or $14.95 per person!For more information or to make a reservation: 800-SKIRMISH (754-7647)
The annual Lehigh versus Lafayette football game takes place on November 17 at Lehigh’s Goodman Stadium. What could probably be described as the biggest football game of the year in Lehigh Valley, students, families and alumni descend on the area to see who comes out on top!
Most local restaurants are very busy this weekend, so we recommend making reservations in advance!
Nouveau Weekend on the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail
The weekend of Nov. 17 – 18 is the earliest chance to sample the first vintages of the new harvest. Nouveau wines are light, fruity and semi-dry to dry red wines. It’s also a great opportunity to purchase wines for the upcoming holiday season to give as gifts or to drink at dinner. Also, the March Madness passports go on sale this weekend. Get them before they sell out!