Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Holiday Wassail Open House

Celebrate the season by joining us at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts 3rd annual tree lighting ceremony.

Friday, November 29, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Immediately following the City of Bethlehem tree lighting, follow the jingling bells rung by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites’ Docents on Main up New Street to the Kemerer Museum and join in the wassailing merriment.

Admire the dazzlingly decorated Trees of Historic Bethlehem, each ornament carefully chosen by the Bethlehem Garden Club to reflect the theme of a paired artwork from our collection.

At 5:30 pm, see the lighting of the Trees of Historic Bethlehem, officially kicking off the Trees of Historic Bethlehem 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.

Cost: Suggested donation of $3

How to Visit

Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
427 North New Street
Bethlehem, PA 18104



A short walk from Payrow Plaza, cross Church Street and the museum is on the left, just before you reach God's Acre Cemetery.


A suggested donation of $3. Become a member for free admission to all of our historic sites year round, or give the gift of membership and introduce your friends and family to all Historic Bethlehem has to offer!

Schedule of Activities

The whole family will enjoy fun crafts, delicious refreshments, and more!

5:00 pm Doors Open, Galleries open for self guided tours

5:30 pm Official Welcome, Tree Lighting

Bring your imagination - the Once Upon a Treehouse Dollhouse room will be open for our youngest visitors to dress up and play!


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