Take in the magic of the holiday season in ways only Lehigh Valley offers. Experience Bethlehem, the “Christmas City,” for a classic take on the most wonderful time of the year. From horse-drawn carriage rides to historical walking tours, you’re bound to experience charm around every corner.
But Bethlehem isn’t the only place that comes alive during the holiday season. Throughout the region, you’ll find traditional celebrations, unique theatrical performances, and family-friendly outings that are sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.
Make the most of the holidays by checking off this list of must-sees before the New Year rolls around.
2. Attend a tree lighting
Gather round with fellow community members as local towns celebrate their holiday tree lightings.
4. Go to the theatre
Start a new family tradition by seeing a performance of A Christmas Carol at the Civic Theatre of Allentown.
5. See the lights at the Zoo
Stroll through the grounds of the Lehigh Valley Zoo as you take in over a million of lights featured in Winter Light Spectacular.
6. Get Creative
Create a handmade gift for someone on your list. Shop local artisans and made in Lehigh Valley items.
7. Tour the Christmas City at night
Get an up-close view of the famous star of Bethlehem as it shines atop South Mountain as part of the Bethlehem by Night bus tour.
8. Drive through Lights in the Parkway
Hop in the car and enjoy a leisurely drive through Allentown’s Lights in the Parkway—you might even get a glimpse of the big guy in red!
9. See the Christmas Putz
Admire the Christmas Putz, a display that tells the story of the birth of Jesus, at the Edgeboro Moravian Church.
10. Live Advent Calendar
Head to the 1810 Goundie House nightly at 5:30 p.m. between Dec. 1-23 to experience the Live Advent Calendar. Each night, local businesses welcome guests with a special surprise.
11. Christmas City Follies
Enjoy a twist local holiday traditions as part of Touchstone Theatre’s Christmas City Follies, a one-of-a-kind variety show featuring stories from local performers.
12. Shop around the Peace Candle in Easto
Admire the Easton Peace Candle during the Easton Winter Village, thought to be the largest non-wax Christmas candle in the country. Each year, the structure shines brightly in the city’s Centre Square and is adorned with shopping huts and an ice-skating rink.
13. See the Nutcracker
Treat your little ballerina to a magical performance of the Nutcracker, hosted at local venues including Miller Symphony Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, or the State Theatre Center for the Arts.
14. Ride in a horse-drawn carriage
Take in the charm of Bethlehem during the holiday season as you ride in a horse-drawn carriage through the city’s historic district. The Bethlehem Carriage Company offers a number of options for couples or small groups.
15. See a Holiday Train Display
Choo choo! Make your way to the America On Wheels Museum to catch their annual Holiday Train Display. While you’re there, grab an old-fashioned ice cream soda from the HubCap Cafe.
16. Go to Koziar's
Make your way to Koziar’s Christmas Village, a family-owned attraction celebrating more than 70 years with more than a million lights on display.
18. Pip the Mouse
Little ones will love a visit with Pip the Mouse. Each season, the Liberty Bell Museum hosts performances of The Mouse Before Christmas, a holiday favorite for youngsters.
19. Shop Christmas Huts on Main
Shop for unique gifts for everyone on your list at the Christmas City Village, inspired by an authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt. The wooden huts line the south end of Bethlehem’s Main Street throughout the holiday season.
21. Have a pint of Christmas cheer
Cozy up with a seasonal beer. Rude Elf’s Reserve, a Belgian strong dark ale, from Fegley’s Brew Works is a favorite among locals!
22. Moravian Book Shop
Visit the Moravian Book Shop, the oldest continually operating bookstore in the country, and pick up a Bethlehem or Moravian Star to adorn your tree.
24. Indulge in homemade treats
Stock up on festive treats at local candy makers Josh Early and Premise Maid. From freshly made chocolates to caramels and more, you’ll find the perfect stocking stuffers for anyone with a sweet tooth!
25. Ring in the New Year at PEEPSFEST®
Ring in the New Year with the whole family. Each year, PEEPSFEST® is celebrated on Dec. 30-31 on the SteelStacks campus. Be sure to catch the PEEPS® drop in the early evening on Dec. 31 to commemorate the start of a new year.