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Our Christmas City activities will become your new holiday tradition!

Vintage Sled Historic Bethelehem by Nancy Swolensky

Kick-off your Christmas City visit with a picture in front of our Vintage Sled! This tangible piece of history is the perfect backdrop for festive photos (please do not climb in sled) and is located at the pottery wall near the Smithy on Main St. Special thanks to our friend Connie at Brownstone Designs for this incredible piece and to Nancy Swolensky for her stunning photograph!

Christmas Activities & Tours

Christmas tickets sell out quick - act fast and  become a member for early ticket access to ALL activities: BECOME A MEMBER

ALL DATES ARE FINAL AND TICKET SALES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE

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

Walking tours are limited to 20 visitors.

Trees of Historic Bethlehem

Catch a glimpse of the Trees of Historic Bethlehem, a time-honored tradition displaying over 28 trees across four historic sites. This year, each tree is decorated by members of the Bethlehem Garden Club to reference timeless games, including Checkers, Clue, and Scrabble

Tours are offered from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM through the following dates:

November 18 - November 20

November 25 - November 27

December 1 - December 4

December 8 - December 11 

December 15 - December 23

December 26 - December 31

January 2, 2023

January 5, 2023 - January 8, 2023

Ticket Prices:

  • Multi-Site Pass: Adults-$25 | Kids-$14
  • One Site Pass: $12

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

Witness the beauty of Bethlehem's downtown National Historic Landmark District with a Christmas carriage ride.

Enjoy a holiday tradition for locals and guests alike. These cozy, serene horse-drawn carriage rides through beautiful downtown North Bethlehem are the perfect way to enjoy the lights, sights, and sounds of Christmas City with your family and friends!

The 8-person carriages load at the Central Moravian Church.

4-person horse-drawn carriage rides are privately reserved for up to 4 adults and 2 children on laps.

The 4-person carriages load at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and the Central Moravian Church.

Tickets to carriage rides are non-refundable, and all dates and times are final.

Carriage Rides that leave from the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts run every 20 minutes between 4:00 and 9:00 PM. Carriage Rides that leave from the Central Moravian Church run every 20 minutes between 3:00 and 9:00 PM. All carriages have a break from 6-6:20 PM.

Ticket Prices:

  • 4-person carriage rides: $90
  • 8-person carriage rides: $120
Couple on a carriage ride in Historic Bethlehem

Christmas City Stroll

Designed especially for the Christmas season, this tour focuses on cherished traditions: a candle-in-every-window, bees wax candles, the renowned Star of Bethlehem and Moravian Star, the community Putz and more set among Bethlehem's exquisite Victorian and colonial architecture and two National Historic Landmarks: the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the Bethlehem Waterworks.

Tours are offered at 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM, or 6:00 PM through the following dates:

November 18 - November 20

November 25 - December 23

December 26 - December 31

January 2, 2023 

January 5, 2023 - January 8, 2023

Ticket Prices:

  • Adults: $17 per person (groups of 20 per guide)
  • Children under 8: $11 per child

Enjoyed your tour? Our wonderful tour docents appreciate tips!

Christmas City Stroll

Holiday Putz Trail

We are excited to present our Holiday Putz Trail, a collection of displays at two of our historic sites! A Putz is a traditional Moravian Christmas decoration used around Christmas time. The word comes from the German term, which means “to decorate” or “to embellish.” These miniature replicas depict various settings of the Nativity story through the use of ornate, hand-crafted figurines. Each set may feature animals, buildings, and amazing details to recreate the holiest of scenes. This year, the Historic Bethlehem Putz displays feature hand-crafted models of the buildings that make up the Moravian Landmark District.

Admission is included with Trees of Historic Bethlehem ticket!

Event is offered from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM through the following dates:

November 18 - November 20

November 25 - November 28

December 1 - December 2

December 8 - December 9

December 15 - December 16

December 19 - December 22

December 26 - December 31

January 2, 2023

January 5, 2023 - January 8, 2023

Putz trail

Bethlehem By Night MotorCoach Tour

Deemed "the best way to see Bethlehem," our motorcoach tour explores the history & traditions of Bethlehem. Sit back and experience Christmas City on a trip back in time with our certified guide in period dress. 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. 

Tour departs at 5:00 PM,  6:00 PM, or 7:00 PM through the following dates:

November 18 - November 20

November 25 - November 27

December 1 - December 4

December 8 - December 11

December 15 - December 23

December 26 - December 30

Ticket Prices:

  • $25
Bethlehem By Night

Historic Bethlehem Live Advent Calendar

FREE Event! 

The only one of its kind in the country! Visitors of the Historic Downtown Bethlehem will enjoy the annual one-of-a-kind tradition, featuring free entertainment and local businesses. Event is held at 501 Main Street.

Each night from December 1 - December 23 at 5:30 PM

Live Advent calendar logo

Wassail Party

Following the annual City of Bethlehem tree lighting, follow the sounds of jingling bells up to the Kemerer Museum and join in our wassailing merriment. Admire the dazzlingly decorated trees of Historic Bethlehem. This year, each ornament was carefully chosen by the Bethlehem Garden Club to personify the chosen decoration theme.

See the lighting of the Trees of Historic Bethlehem, officially kicking off the exhibit. Hear some of Bethlehem’s storied past from costumed docents stationed throughout the Kemerer Museum, including Annie Kemerer, founder of the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts. Lend an ear to festive holiday tunes to get in the holiday spirit. Light refreshments will be offered at this family-friendly event.

Event runs from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM on 11/18/22

Site Locations & Hours

Snow on the Goundie House and Visitor Center

505 Main Street

December:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 10 am - 6 pm
  • Thursday-Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm

January:

  • Closed Mondays
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 am - 5 pm
  • Thursday-Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

Learn more about our offerings: Historic Bethlehem Tours

1810 Goundie House

Goundie House door decorated with Christmas greenery
Marche Maison Logo

501 Main Street

December:

  • Monday-Wednesday: 10 am - 6 pm
  • Thursday-Sunday: 10 am - 8 pm

January:

  • Closed Mondays
  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 am - 5 pm
  • Thursday-Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm

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

Moravian Museum
of Bethlehem

Moravian Museum at night

66 W. Church Street

December:

  • Thursday-Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
  • 12/20-12/23: 11 am - 6 pm
  • 12/27-12/30: 11 am - 6 pm

January:

  • Thursday-Sunday January 6-9, 11 am - 6 pm
  • Starting January 15, Saturdays/Sundays, 1-4pm

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts

Kemerer Museum in the snow

427 N. New Street

December:

  • Thursday-Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
  • 12/20-12/23: 11 am - 6 pm
  • 12/27-12/30: 11 am - 6 pm

January:

  • Thursday-Sunday January 6-9, 11 am - 6 pm
  • Starting January 15, Saturdays/Sundays, 1-4pm

1869 Luckenbach Mill

Luckenbach Mill at night with luminaries

459 Old York Road

December:

  • Thursday-Sunday: 11 am - 6 pm
  • 12/20-12/23: 11 am - 6 pm
  • 12/27-12/30: 11 am - 6 pm

January:

  • Thursday-Sunday January 6-9, 11 am - 6 pm
  • Starting January 15, Saturdays/Sundays, 1-4pm

1750 Smithy

Smithy © Paul S. Bartholomew 012911004

Main Street, Adjacent to Historic Hotel Bethlehem

November:

  • Friday-Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm

December:

  • Thursday-Sunday: 11 am - 5 pm
  • 12/20-12/23: 11 am - 5 pm

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. 48 hours notice is requested for all appointments. Minimum charge of $80 to schedule an appointment tour for non-members. Member appointments are free. Please call 1-800-360-TOUR with questions or to schedule.

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