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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 11th Annual one-of-a-kind tradition.

December 1, 2016 - December 23, 2016

Join us everyday from December 1-23 at 5:30 p.m. at the 1810 Goundie House, 501 Main Street, for the “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 12 – Artsy Diva Boutique
December 13 – Moravian College
December 14 – Bone Appetit Barkery
December 15 – Imagevolution
December 16 – Sahl Communications, Inc.
December 17 – Musselman Jewelers
December 18 – Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem
December 19 – RCN
December 20 – Historic Hotel Bethlehem
December 21 – The Colony Meadery at the Book Shop
December 22 – Apollo Grill
December 23 – McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar

Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Live Advent Calendar Activities

December 1

Kick off the Live Advent Calendar with a performance by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the oldest American Bach Choir. To get you into the holiday spirit, they will be signing three holiday songs, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” a traditional English tune, “Once He Came in Blessing,” a beautiful Moravian Christmas carol - perfect for the 275th anniversary, and “Ding Dong! Merrily on High,” a festive French song. Enjoy listening to this historic choir and receive a gift from Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites!

December 6

Join Historic Bethlehem in the Live Advent Calendar with a performance by the MacKay Pipe Band, a Lehigh Valley bagpipe band. Formed in the late 1970's by Lee Lightle, the members of this organization celebrate their love of Scottish and Irish music in an noncompetitive environment. Guests will receive a tasty treat from Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites!

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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