Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Live Advent Calendar

Goundie House door decorated with Christmas greenery

The only one of its kind in the country! Visitors of the Historic Downtown Bethlehem will enjoy the 16th Annual one-of-a-kind tradition.

December 1 - 23 at 5:30pm every day!

Hosted by the merchants of the Downtown Bethlehem Association (DBA), a council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites.

Live Advent Calendar Schedule

2021 Schedule

December 1 – Aardvark Sports Shop

December 2 – East Stroudsburg University

December 3 – Franklin Hill Vineyards

December 4 – Lehigh Valley With Love

December 5 – American Cancer Society

December 6 – Musselman Jewelers

December 7 – Historic Hotel Bethlehem

December 8 – Moravian University

December 9 – Bethlehem Food Co-Op

December 10 – Donegal Square/Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar

December 11 – Hand Cut Crystal/Bethlehem Christmas Shoppe

December 12 – Christmas City Spirits

December 13 – Grandpa Joe’s Candy Shop

December 14 – Edge Restaurant

December 15 – Fig Magazine

December 16 –  Brownstone Design Studio

December 17 – Donegal Square/Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar

December 18 – Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

December 19 – Zoellner Arts  Center – Lehigh University

December 20 – RCN

December 21 – Edge Restaurant

December 22 – Bethlehem Parking Authority

December 23 –  Downtown Bethlehem Association

How can you participate?

  • Visitors gather outside the door of the Goundie House at 5:30 pm
  • At the time of the presentation, a selected visitor will be asked to walk up to the door and knock
  • When the door is opened, a special guest from a local business or organization will appear and distribute treats among the crowd

The idea of the “Live Advent Calendar” is from the tradition of Advent Calendars or Christmas Countdown Calendars for children and families during the holidays.  With a traditional calendar, there is a set number of “doors” to open each day as Christmas draws near.  Traditional calendars provide a treat or verbiage each day.

The Historic DBA Advent Calendar will be life-sized with a special person to hand out the treat daily at 5:30pm.  Each day will be a different local business featuring surprise entertainment.

Not familiar with the Live Advent Calendar in Bethlehem? Missed a night of the door? No Worries! Check our videos here!

Goundie House on Main Street by Nancy Swolensky
Photo Credit to Nancy Swolensky

For More Information

Call the Visitor Center at 1-800-360-TOUR to learn more or stop by the 1810 Goundie House at 5:30 to find out in person!


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