Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites

In association with the Smithsonian Institution


Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The gift that keeps on giving! Your purchase from Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites supports our mission to bring Bethlehem's history to life and to preserve our 20 historic sites, as well as support local artists. There's a uniquely Bethlehem gift for everyone on your list, so stop by and take a look at some of Gnomer the Christmas gnomes's picks for Christmas 2019.

All of these gifts can be purchased at our Visitor Center and Museum Store at 505 Main Street, open 10am-8pm Monday-Sunday from November 22 to December 30.

Moravian Stars

What says Christmas better than a Moravian star? Originated in Saxony, Germany as a geometry project for boys attending Moravian school, the Moravian Church adopted the star as a symbol of the birth of Christ. The stars are traditionally hung the first Sunday of Advent and remain until Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, on January 6.

Dan Fiore handcrafts glass stars right here in the Christmas City. Linda Ditalia is a Bethlehem native and enjoys making stars at her home in Fort Lauderdale.

Various colors and sizes, $17-$75

Scents of the Season

Fill your home with the smells of Christmas! Choose from Spiced Cranberry, Bayberry, Mrs. Goundie’s Christmas Kitchen, Moravian Christmas, or Burnside Greens, exclusive scents made for Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites. Want the warm glow of a candle to decorate your home but without the scent? Try a beeswax candle, traditionally used in the Moravian Christmas service.

Jar and tin candles are hand-poured by PA Soy Candle in Lebanon, PA. Beeswax candles are trimmed by hand by members of Edgeboro Moravian Church on Hamilton Avenue in Bethlehem.

Tins, $12; Jars, $18; Beeswax, $1.85; Star candle base, $1.25

Christmas Coffee

Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee – specifically our custom Jolly Blend from Monocacy Coffee. With notes of almond, chocolate, and strawberry, you won’t mind waking up early on Christmas morning with a cup of this coffee in your hands. Pair it with a Historic Bethlehem glass mug for the perfect office Secret Santa gift.

Monocacy Coffee Company prides itself on its ethically sourced coffee, trying to partner with area businesses as much as possible. Monocacy Coffee is based in Bethlehem and can be found at Lit Coffee Shop and Roastery on Third Street.

Monocacy Coffee Jolly Blend, $14.95; HBMS mug, $10

Spa at Home

Wash up with Apothecary 1752 soap this holiday season! A great hostess gift, choose from seasonal scents such as Christmas Wreath and Icicle Branches or grab a scent available year-round like Fresh Air, Rain, Kilts, Charcoal & White Clay; Shea, Cocoa & Mango Butter White Clay; or Water, Steel, Breeze Woad & White Clay. Pamper yourself with other Apothecary 1752 products like lip balm, facial bars, body lotion, and face masks.

Apothecary 1752 soaps, lotions, and balms are handmade in Bethlehem.

Soaps, $6.50; lip balms, $2; facial bars, $7; body lotion, $12; face masks, $10

Traditions Package

Enjoy all the holiday traditions Bethlehem has to offer! Your traditions package includes a tube of cookies, a beeswax candle and star base, and a Moravian paper star ornament. Have yourself a Christmas City holiday with the traditions package.

Cookies are made in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Moravian paper star ornaments are handcrafted by Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites volunteers. Beeswax candles are hand-trimmed by members of Edgeboro Moravian Church.

All items in the traditions package are available for purchase separately.

Traditions package, $10

Blacksmithing Class Gift Certificates

Take your experience beyond watching, and get into the soot with the Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Blacksmithing 101 course. Staged in our historical 1750 Smithy in the Colonial Industrial Quarter, watch, learn, and hone your skills with one of our professional blacksmiths using the same tools of the trade that were available in the colonial days. This course is designed to grow with the learner, building on skills learned from class to class.

Gift certificates are available!

Blacksmithing 101 Class, $110

PURSEonality Exhibit Combo Pass

See more than 500 handbags from the personal collection of Ilene Hochberg Wood! The exhibit is located at three sites: Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, and America On Wheels Museum in Allentown!

Displays at The Kemerer Museum will consider themes of design, innovation, materials, the personal stories of previous handbag owners and eccentric designers, and the local artist section will spotlight bags hand decorated by local artists invited to participate.

The Moravian Museum displays will focus on a selection of needlepoint handbags displayed alongside examples of needlepoint from our collection.

At the America On Wheels Museum display you can see a variety of handbags inspired by the automotive industry. Some examples feature cars as subject matter, while others are "travel bags" design to accommodate the needs of the mobile fashionista.

PURSEonality 3 site combo pass, $20

HBMS Membership

Stumped on what to get the person on your list who has everything? Gift a membership to Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites! Members receive free admission to our historic sites, invitations to exhibit previews and special members-only events, pre-sale tickets for popular tours and events, access to the HBMS library and archives, and 10% off purchases at our three museum stores. Your favorite history buff will enjoy the pride and satisfaction of helping support a National Historic Landmark District short-listed to be named a World Heritage Site.

Every family membership and above purchased in the month of December will be placed in a raffle to win a Michael Kors purse, hand-selected by Ilene Hochberg Wood.

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites membership, beginning at $50



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