Throughout the holiday season, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and the surrounding communities glow with trees decked out in lights and seasonal decor.
Special ceremonies mark the tree lightings that start as early as mid-November. From Hellertown’s Light Up Night and Nazareth’s Tree Lighting to the Tree and Bridge Lighting at Covered Bridge Park in South Whitehall Township, locals and visitors alike gather to celebrate as switches are flipped to illuminate the towering firs.
These occasions are often celebrated with seasonal drinks and food, festive sing-alongs, and appearances from Santa Claus or Saint Nicholas himself.
But the fun doesn’t stop around the tree. For more unique options, consider heading to Easton for the sing along, “Let There Be Peace on Earth” at the lighting of the Peace Candle in Centre Square or to Koziar’s Christmas Village to marvel at the twinkling lights or take in the shimmering winter wonderland at Lights in the Parkway in Allentown. The holiday festivities are nearly limitless, especially when in Bethlehem, the Christmas City.
Read on for our list of tree lighting celebrations in Lehigh Valley, arranged chronologically. And after the fun, consider dinner at your favorite restaurant to warm up and review Christmas shopping lists!
Christmas Tree Lighting at Lehigh Valley Mall
Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5 - 7:30 p.m.
Lehigh Valley Mall, Elevator Court, 250 Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall
Come out to enjoy live performances, Santa, local restaurant food and beverage samplings, and more. Consider a donation to Toys for Tots.
Christmas City Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, November 23, 2018 beginning at 4:30 p.m.
Payrow Plaza, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem
Full of holiday spirit all yearlong, Bethlehem’s Christmas City kicks things off with multiple live performances, community song, free hot chocolate and cookies, and a visit from Santa. The tree lighting tradition takes place around 5:10 p.m. More info.
Hellertown Light Up Night
Friday, November 23, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Dimmick Park, 570 Durham St., Hellertown
Come out for trolley rides, children activities, adult beverage bar, hot chocolate and cookies, food, movies on the big screen, pictures with Santa, Disney® Princesses, and more. Bring a non-perishable item or canned good for under the tree.
Promenade Shops Holiday Tree Lighting
Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley
Enjoy live, holiday music while waiting for Santa to help light the tree. This event is free. Make a night of it, and enjoy dinner at Torre or Melt. More info.
Make 7th Street Sparkle at Christmas
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m.
St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 417 N. Seventh St., Allentown
Enjoy caroling, cookies, hot cocoa, hot cider, hot dogs, and photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus. Event is free for the public.
Faith Church Community Tree Lighting
Friday, November 30, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m.
6528 Hamilton Blvd., Lower Macungie
Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, ice sculptor, photo booth, rock climbing wall, kids craft tent, kiddie train ride, cookies, and more. Event is free for the public.
Hanover Township Tree Light Ceremony
Friday, November 30, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Hanover Township Community Center, 3660 Jacksonville Rd., Bethlehem
What more can you ask for? Santa, hot chocolate bar, live reindeer, horse-drawn carriage rides through a illuminated path, arts/crafts, choirs, indoor snowball fight, and more. Event is free.
Allentown West Park’s Annual Tree Lighting in the Park
Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Park located between Linden & Turner Sts. and 15th & West Sts., Allentown
Make edible ornaments for West Park furry and feathered friends at the Church of the Mediator (1620 W. Turner St., Allentown). Then help trim the West Park tree with the edible ornaments and accompanied with musical performances and refreshments. There is no cost to participate.
Tree and Bridge Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Covered Bridge Park, Covered Bridge Lane & Wehr Mill Rd., South Whitehall Township
Covered Bridge Park will twinkle for the holidays. Come decorate the covered bridge, Corner Mill House, and holiday tree, all while enjoying family activities, s’mores stations, dance performances, and live entertainment.
Emmaus’ Old-Fashioned Christmas
Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Triangle Park, Main St., Emmaus
Celebrate the holiday season with the reading of Christmas stories, live music, and a visit from Santa.
Christmas in Kutztown Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 1, 2018 from noon - 6 p.m.
200 block of Main St., Kutztown
Christmas in Kutztown features a variety of holiday activities, including breakfast with Santa, Santa’s workshop, musical performances, train rides, The Mayor’s Christmas Movie, and arts and crafts.
Alburtis Holiday Festival & Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 2, 2018 beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Alburtis Fire Company, 328 S. Main St., Alburtis
Family day out in Alburtis. Get photos with Santa, enjoy hot food, a basket raffle, live performances, and more. Tree lighting ceremony and contest announcements will be at 5:30 p.m.
Bath Area Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 2, 2018 beginning at 6 p.m.
Monocacy Creek Park, Bath
Spend an evening with the Bath Area Community Choir as Santa arrives by fire truck to the Park. Other activities include horse-drawn carriage rides.
Catasauqua Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 4 - 7 p.m.
George Taylor House, 35 S. Front St., Catasauqua
Families can kick off the holiday season with caroling, crafts for children, Santa, George Taylor House guided tours, hot chocolate, and cookies. Santa arrives for the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.
Forks Township Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 4:30 - 7 p.m.
Forks Township Municipal Complex, 1606 Sullivan Trail, Easton
Join the Forks Township Parks and Recreation for holiday activity stations and Santa’s workshop. Santa will arrive for the tree lighting at 7 p.m.
Downtown Allentown Tree Lighting Celebration
Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 4 - 6:30 p.m.
PPL Plaza, 800 block of Hamilton St., Allentown
Christmas magic takes over the 800 block of Hamilton Street to welcome the season. Festivities include live musical performances, dance acts, horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s activities such as face painting, gifts for children, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free to the public. More info.
Annual Nazareth Tree Lighting
Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 7 - 8 p.m.
Bring the kids to come see Santa and Mrs. Claus. Kids will enjoy receiving gifts, as well as live, holiday music.
Slatington Tree Lighting
Friday, December 7, 2018 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Slatington Memorial Park, 509 Main St., Slatington
Make an evening of it with caroling, hot chocolate and cookies and Santa’s arrival.
Palmer Township Annual Tree Lighting
Saturday, December 15, 2018 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 4100 Green Pond Rd., Palmer Heights
Be on time for Santa’s arrival at 6:15 p.m. via a Palmer Fire Truck. There will also be live performances, refreshments and family-fun activities.
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