Friday, December 09, 2011

Bethlehem Christmas celebrations

Bethlehem and your adorable holiday traditions!! I love you.

No tickets required, no cost, no paid parking, lots of singing, REAL CAMELS, (no kidding!):
33rd Annual Live Bethlehem Christmas PageantDec 10 & 11, 2 p.m.
Bethlehem Rose Garden Band Shell, off Eighth Avenue between W. Broad Street and Union Blvd. Info: 610-865-0274

One of my favorite *new* traditions in Bethlehem is Saturday's luminaria night, in which thousands of area residents light luminaries (white bags with sand and a votive candle) along the front of their homes.
14th Annual Luminaria Night
The fundraiser benefits New Bethany Ministries.
December 10, after dark
All over the City of Bethlehem and some surrounding areas - drive around, you won't believe how beautiful it is.

Having volunteered at a mall gift wrap fundraising event on the day before Christmas Eve, I can tell you: December 17 may be too early to hold this event. Most men are unapologetically procrastinators. But this is a very festive idea.
Men's Shopping Night in Bethlehem's Two Downtowns
Dec 17 5pm-9pm
During this event, the stores and restaurants of Bethlehem’s Historic District and SouthSide offer discounts on merchandise, free gift wrapping, refreshments and drinks (beer and scotch are on the menu at several locations), as well as personal shoppers offering advice for men looking to pick up the perfect gift for loved ones!
Info: 610-751-4979

Bethlehem is beautiful at night, but for visitors who are unfamiliar with the area, you may miss some of the "good stuff" without a guide. Great for anyone with mobility issues or kids in the "sweet spot" - old enough to sit still, young enough not to be texting the whole time:
Bethlehem by Night Bus Tour
Tours depart from Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center at 505 Main St.
Info: 610-332-3378 or online
$12 for adults; $6 for ages 6-12; Ages 5 and under free
A guide in period dress takes you back in time on a 45-50 minute tour of the Christmas City. 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 marked the city's later entrepreneurial and industrial spirit.

Check out everything that's happening in the Christmas City here.

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