Christkindlmarkt in Lehigh Valley
Celebrate the seasons at this festive outdoor market at SteelStacks in Bethlehem
Fridays–Sundays: November 19–21, 26–28, 2021
Thursdays–Sundays: December 2–5, 9–12, 16–19, 2021
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More details for 2021 to come; See a recap of 2020 below:
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem returns for its 28th year with a reimagined outdoor format featuring 60 artisans and vendors every weekend, delicious food, St. Nicholas, and the return of popular German ornament manufacturer Käthe Wohlfahrt. Named one of the top holiday markets in the world by Travel + Leisure and one of the top holiday markets in North America by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice competition, the Bethlehem Christmas market is known for its unique holiday shopping experience featuring thousands of unique handmade gifts.
This year, there will be no large tents on SteelStacks’ PNC Plaza, but rather a spacious, new layout with artisans and artists’ huts spread across the SteelStacks campus. When the market opens in autumn, it will offer a fall festival flair, while November’s arrival will usher in a variety of holiday programming as it takes on the feel of an outdoor German market right here in the Christmas City, Bethlehem, PA.
Shopping & Experiences
From stunning fine art photos of the Christmas City to handmade Moravian glass stars, Christkindlmarkt 2020 will offer a one-of-a-kind shopping experience that focuses on handmade gifts crafted by local and regional artisans, as well as holiday décor and collectibles offered by some of the region’s top Christmas vendors. Artisans appearing at the market in October will feature autumn-themed gifts and home décor, while merchants taking part in November will offer a variety of fine art, gifts and collectibles perfect for the holidays.
Local favorites like Domaci, Donegal Square & McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub, and Eight Oaks Farm Distillery will be on hand selling their wares. Vendors will change regularly, making Christkindlmarkt a different experience every weekend.
Once the calendar flips to November, Christkindlmarkt will become decidedly "holiday" as the event celebrates St. Nicholas’ arrival on Sat., Nov. 7. The jolly, old man will be on hand for story times and socially distanced photos on Saturdays, while Sundays will feature new virtual “Cooking with St. Nicholas” events for families via Zoom.
Germany’s Käthe Wohlfahrt will be on hand for all eight weeks, marking its 21st straight year at the event. Renowned for its exquisite, handmade nutcrackers, incense smokers, pyramids, schwibbogens and wood, glass and pewter ornaments, the company offers more than 2,000 products, making it a popular destination for patrons.
As with past years, Christkindlmarkt will feature a variety of delicacies, including holiday fare like strudel, German bratwurst and Christmas cookies. Guests will find a variety of options at food trucks stationed near at the event’s entrance. While inside the grounds, patrons can visit the Christkindlmarkt Food Court featuring a special holiday-themed menu. People who purchase food will also be able to eat in the event’s Biergarten, offering a diverse array of beers, hot toddies, and other beverages.
Music: "Outdoor Dining and a Show"
Come November, Christkindlmarkt will offer a new “Outdoor Dining and a Show” experience, complete with a special holiday dining menu, on SteelStacks’ Air Products Town Square. Two different seating sessions (11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. and 1:45-4 p.m.) will be offered. Artists scheduled to perform include Dolcetto, Joy Ike and Craig Thatcher & Nyke Van Wyk. Parties who want to attend the “Outdoor Dining and a Show” events will need to make a separate advance reservation; complete details on the series will be announced in October.
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem presented by Univest Financial®, takes place at SteelStacks at 645 E. First St., Bethlehem. Patrons can park for free in the parking lots on First Street.
Christkindlmarkt Dates and Hours
Thurs.-Sun., Oct. 8-Nov. 6 (closed Thurs., Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving)
- Thursdays: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.)
- Fridays: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (last entry at 6:30 p.m.)
- Saturdays: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. (last entry at 6:30 p.m.)
- Sundays: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.)
Tickets & Admission (New Protocol for 2020)
Patrons will need to purchase tickets in advance for the date they wish to attend Christkindlmarkt. There will be no "any-day" general admissions. Due to state restrictions on crowd size, a limited number of tickets are available per day. Admission is not guaranteed to individuals who do not purchase tickets in advance. There will be an additional $4 in service and cleaning fees on tickets purchased at the door. Guests are expected to wear masks.
Admission prices: Thursdays: $9; Fridays: $10; Saturdays: $10; Sundays: $10.