Things to Discover in Lehigh Valley, PA

November 2011

Halloween may be over, but you can still Stay & Investigate all year long with dozens of haunted sites in Lehigh Valley. Visit to read chilling tales and listen to hair-raising audio clips from ghost investigations throughout the region. Sometimes, the truth is scarier than fiction…

Arts & Culture

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the original pioneers of rock and roll when Chuck Berry rocks the State Theatre this Saturday, November 5. You might know this legendary singer/guitarist from hits such as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybelline” and “Rock & Roll Music.”

The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley has reopened after extensive renovations, both inside and out. The current exhibit is Shared Treasure: The Legacy of Samuel H. Kress, which honors the vision and philanthropy of Kress with 40 selections from the museum’s own collection in addition to borrowed works from other museums. Keep an eye out for Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic Exhibit, 1955 – the Present and Rock Through the Valley with us.


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.

The National Canal Museum in Easton is the only museum of its kind in the country that tells the story of the historic towpath canals that changed the industries of early America. Visitors will get the chance to lead their own canal boat through a miniature indoor canal and learn how the locks and inclines planes worked to help mules pull cargo weighing up to 100 tons!

Dining & Shopping

This year, do yourself a favor and avoid cramming all of your shopping into the last few weeks before the holidays. Lehigh Valley is home to plenty of malls, outlets and specialty stores that make the area an easy and convenient location to get the perfect gift. You’ll find the perfect present for the outdoor enthusiast in your life at L.L. Bean at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, or great deals on clothing and accessories when you visit one of the 100 outlets located within The Crossings Premium Outlets. A visit to the Lehigh Valley Mall will take care of everything in between.

Find out why Travel & Leisure Magazine lists Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt as one of the top holiday markets in the world. From mid-November through December 18, the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks will transform into a Christmas-themed wonderland, full of Christmas music, aisles of handmade works, ice sculpting and even a glassblowing booth where visitors can find decorative glass ornaments made right before their eyes. Single day passes for Christkindlmarkt are just $7 in advance (through 11/16) and $8 at the gate. Children 12 and under enter for free.

Fairs & Festivals

As part of Lehigh Valley Photography Month, SteelStacks and The Banana Factory will be hosting InVision Photo Festival from November 3 – 6 in Bethlehem. For four days, the cultural centers (located only a few blocks from each other) will be celebrating Fine Art Photography with exhibitions, workshops and presentations. Throughout the month of November, 41 different exhibits will be on display throughout Lehigh Valley.

Get your geek on at the Great Allentown Comic Convention! This year’s Comic Con will be held at Merchants Square Mall on November 19 & 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The convention will be filled with comic books, collectible toys & memorabilia, and even a few celebrities, including: Peter Mayhew, who you might know better as Chewbacca, and Robert Picardo, better known as the Doctor on “Star Trek: Voyager.”

Family Fun

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 25 – January 1.


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.


Mack Trucks have a long-standing history in Lehigh Valley, and at their new museum you’ll be able to view it for yourself. Inside the customer center in Allentown you’ll find trucks, engines and artifacts from their 100+ year history. Some highlights on a recent visit were Megatron from Transformers 3, a 1905 bus and huge tubes and trucks inside the sound testing room. The museum is open for tours on Monday, Wednesday & Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Outdoor Recreation

Lehigh Valley is home to dozens of parks, both large and small, and the fall is one of the most scenic times to visit. Whether you want to visit the historic Hugh Moore Park, take a stroll along the Lehigh Parkway, the views create a visual treat and a photographer’s dream. Runners and bikers will enjoy a ride through Bob Rodale Cycling & Fitness Park or along the scenic Lehigh Canal Towpath.


An abandoned quarry and beautiful fall leaves will set the stage for a unique shooting experience at Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays this month. With 17 different stages to choose from, the course is designed to entice beginners and challenge masters of the sport. There are options for advanced or beginner level difficulty at each station, and guided lessons are available for first-timers and novices. 12- & 20-gauge shotguns are available for rent, or if you would like, you’re more than welcome to bring your own.


Ski bums, rejoice! Snow will soon be on the ground and ski season is going to be here before you know it. If you’re as excited as I am, you’re already planning trips and weekend getaways to your favorite mountains. We have 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.

Wineries / Breweries

Enjoy delicious local wine varieties along the eight wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail during Nouveau Weekend, November 19 & 20. Following the French-inspired tradition of Nouveau, the two-day event involves previewing a sample of the recent fall harvest. Many of the wineries will provide food and wine pairings for visitors. While you’re there, grab some wine to take home as holiday gifts for the wine enthusiasts in your family. Stay current on Lehigh Valley Wine Trail events by following their blog.

This weekend is also the first time visitors are able to purchase their passports for March Madness; there’s a limited number available for purchase so get them while you can!