Affectionately known as the “Christmas City,” Bethlehem is the place to visit during the holidays. Be prepared to have your group taken back to yesteryear when times were much simpler and streets were definitely less crowed. Be sure your group visits:
Bethlehem By Night Bus Tour This 50-minute tour takes you back in time as you tour Bethlehem by bus with a guide dressed in period clothing. Tour highlights include the unique religious heritage of the town under the guiding influence of its early Moravian founders and the progression of power and innovation that marks the city’s later entrepreneurial and industrial spirit. This is a great way to see the sites while being immersed in Bethlehem’s quiet beauty. More information can be found by visiting HistoricBethlehem.org.
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem Presented by ArtsQuest™ Over the past two decades, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem has delighted almost one million guests from near and far with its mix of unique gift ideas, old-world charm and holiday cheer. More information on the Bethlehem Traditions bus tour or Christkindlmarkt can be found by visiting ArtsQuest.org.
Christmas City Village This authentic German Weihnachtsmarkt is located in the heart of Bethlehem’s historic downtown shopping district along Main Street. Visit 35 wooden huts dressed for the holidays and filled with Christmas gift ideas. Enjoy bratwurst with sauerkraut, and warm up with a hot beverage, including the popular hot mulled wine from Germany called Gluhwein. More information can be found by visiting ChristmasCity.org.
Moravian Museum The 1741 Gemeinhaus, Bethlehem’s oldest building and a National Historic Landmark, houses a museum that tells the stories of the Moravian founders. Opening the herringbone-patterned doors of this fi ve-story log structure, the largest 18th-century log building in the United States, reveals a place that served as home, school, church and workplace during the community’s earliest days. More information can be found by visiting HistoricBethlehem.org.
Josh Early Candies No Lehigh Valley tour would be complete without the sweet experience of Josh Early Candies, a local chocolate-making legend. To date, its master candy makers continue to use the same batch recipes developed in the early 1900s. More information can be found by visiting JoshEarlyCandies.com.
Putz at the Edgeboro Moravian Church The word “putz” is taken from the German word “putzen,” meaning to arrange a decoration. Moravians use this name for Christmas scenes they make in their homes. Early Moravians would prepare these displays and then go “putzing” to view fellow Moravian displays. Be sure to have your group take the time to visit the putz at Edgeboro Moravian Church. More information can be found by visiting EdgeboroMoravian.org.