Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Christmas Season Activities & Hours

Join us for exciting new Christmas season activities that will become your new holiday tradition!

Christmas season starts on November 19, 2021!

Christmas Site & Tour Hours

Our sites will be closed on the following days: 
November 25, Thanksgiving Day; December 24, Christmas Eve; December 25, Christmas Day;
December 31, New Years Eve; and January 1, New Years Day.

Bethlehem By Night Bus Tour

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults: $15
  • Children: $9

Visitor Center, 505 Main Street

November: Friday - Sunday beginning November 19
December: Thursday - Sunday
Week of Christmas: Tours will be offered Monday - Thursday, December 20 - 23, Sunday, December 26, and Friday, December 31.
5 pm, 6 pm, and 7 pm

Deemed "the best way to see Bethlehem," this bus tour explores the history & traditions of Bethlehem with guides in period dress. Sit back and experience the Christmas City on a trip back in time with our certified costumed guide. This tour includes a visit to the famous star atop South Mountain, a look at early and current local holiday traditions, and access to historic highlights in north and south Bethlehem.

Holiday House Tour

The Bethlehem Historic District Association’s Holiday House Tour returns to our fair city for the 10th time on December 11th from 10 am-4 pm. Ten unique Historic District homes, as well as other distinctive sites within the Historic District, will be featured.

If you are new to our special community, this event is the BHDA's largest fundraiser. Proceeds have provided the BHDA with the ability to support the BHDA’s mission to preserve and restore original architectural features and landscapes within our community.

This year your $35 ticket will not only support the BHDA, but they will also help fund a grant program for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites' Shutter Restoration Program and their efforts at obtaining World Heritage Site status.

Christmas City Stroll

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults: $15
  • Children: $9

505 Main Street

November: Friday - Sunday beginning Friday, November 19
December: Thursday - Sunday from December 2 - December 19; and Wednesday, December 22, Thursday December 23, and Sunday, December 26.
1 pm, 3 pm, 6 pm

Take a walk through beautiful downtown Historic Bethlehem with our certified guide in period dress. Discover the story of Bethlehem's unique beginning in 1741, the tales of a candle-in-every-window, and the renowned Bethlehem Star.

If you have a great experience on the Christmas City Stroll tour, our tour docents appreciate tips!

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Ticket Prices:

  • $75 per carriage - each private carriage holds up to (4) adults and (2) children on laps

Main Street in front of Central Moravian Church

November: Friday - Sunday beginning November 19
December: Thursday - Sunday from December 2 - December 19; and Wednesday, December 22, Thursday, December 23, and Sunday - Friday, December 26 - 31
Note: we will not be offering carriage rides on Saturday, December 4.
Carriages run every 20 minutes between 3 and 9 pm

These cozy, serene horse-drawn carriage rides through Bethlehem's beautiful downtown are the perfect way to enjoy the lights, sights, and sounds of Christmas City with your family and friends.

Historic Bethlehem Live Advent Calendar


December 1-23 at 5:30 pm

The only one of its kind in the country! Visitors of the Historic Downtown Bethlehem will enjoy the annual one-of-a-kind tradition.

This year, the Live Advent Calendar will be held virtually with videos each night. Click below for schedule and links to watch live!

Trees of Historic Bethlehem

Ticket Prices:

  • Multi-Site Pass: $25
  • One Site Pass: $12
  • Children: $9

November 19, 2021 - January 9, 2022
Thursday - Sunday
11 am - 6 pm

With over 26 trees on display across five historic sites, the Trees of Historic Bethlehem display is a time-honored tradition in Bethlehem. This year each tree is decorated by members of the Bethlehem Garden Club to reference a classic holiday movie including favorites such as It's a Wonderful Life, The Grinch, and A Christmas Carol.

Visitor Center & Museum Store


505 Main Street

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Learn more about our offerings: Historic Bethlehem Tours

1810 Goundie House

501 Main Street

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Shop the beautiful home decor and accessories from Marche Maison Vintage Market at the 1810 Goundie House market!

*Please call 1-800-360-TOUR to schedule an appointment.

Moravian Museum
of Bethlehem

66 W. Church Street

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*Please call 1-800-360-TOUR to schedule an appointment.

1750 Smithy

Smithy © Paul S. Bartholomew 012911004

Main Street, Adjacent to Historic Hotel Bethlehem

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Learn all about colonial-era smithing in Blacksmithing 101.
To register, call 1-800-360-TOUR.

The Smithy and the Blacksmith Program are being funded in whole or in part with funding received through the County of Northampton's Hotel Tax Program.

Group Tours

Appointment Tours:

Tours may be scheduled by appointment outside of regular operating hours. 24 hours notice is requested for all appointments. Minimum charge of $36 to schedule an appointment tour for non-members. Member appointments are free. Please call 1-800-360-TOUR with questions or to schedule.

2020 Sponsors

Thank you to our 2020 Historic Holidays Sponsors!

Electrical & Lighting Sponsor

Outdoor Seating & Heating Sponsor

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