Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Live Advent Calendar

501 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

The only one of its kind in the country! Visitors of the Historic Downtown Bethlehem will enjoy the 14th Annual one-of-a-kind tradition.

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

Join us at the 1810 Goundie House, 501 Main Street, for the nation's only “Live Advent Calendar"

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.

How can you participate?

  • Visitors gather outside the door of the Goundie House
  • 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!

Photo Credit to Nancy Swolensky

Live Advent Calendar Schedule

December 1: Zoellner Arts Center
December 2:
Moravian College
December 3: Historic Hotel Bethlehem
December 4: Aardvark Sports Shop
December 5: East Stroudsburg University
December 6: Bethlehem Food Co-Op
December 7: Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites
December 8: Santoro's Franks & Chili
December 9: Edge Restaurant
December 10: Mama Nina's
December 11: American Heart Association
December 12: Christmas City Ornaments Shoppe
December 13: Lehigh Valley with Love
December 14: Domaci
December 15: Hand Cut Crystal
December 16: RCN
December 17: Bethlehem Brew Works
December 18: Hyatt Place Bethlehem
December 19: Franklin Hill Vinyards
December 20: Bethlehem House Gallery
December 21: Donegal Square
December 22: McCarthy's Red Stag Pub
December 23: Every Ribbon Counts

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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