If you’re celebrating Christmas in Bethlehem, PA, be sure to stop by our most famous and festive market: Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem. This iconic attraction draws visitors to the area every year looking for that perfect gift or souvenir. Aside from the many goods sold by the local vendors, there’s a wide range of holiday events and tours available. Don’t miss out on celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in our beautiful city!
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Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, PA
The History of Christkindlmarkts
So what exactly is the deal with this Christmas market in Bethlehem, PA? And why is the name so impossible to pronounce? The word “christkindlmarkt” is the German term for “Christmas market” or “Christmas fair.” This tradition of holiday fairs dates back to the late Middle Ages. It is held today in honor of the original Moravian settlers who established themselves in Lehigh Valley and christened this area “Bethlehem.” These settlers believed that men and women should be given the same education, all people should work for a common goal to better the community and did not allow prejudice based on race, gender, or ethnicity. What better time than the Christmas season to remember and celebrate our town’s origins?
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, PA
The 2019 Christkindlmarkt will be held every weekend from November 22 to December 23. You will have to purchase a ticket to browse the Christkindlmarkt. The cost of admission does not include any extra tours or events that you are planning to attend.
Aside from the many vendors selling cute crafts and gorgeous gifts, there are a few interactive elements to Christkindlmarkt. First, there are typically fun carriage and walking tours available that will help you get to know the downtown historic district. Visit the glass-blowing table to watch some artistry at work. You may even get the chance to design your own piece! Finally, be sure to attend any of the movie screenings in town during your visit. From It’s a Wonderful Life to Die Hard, catch all the classic Christmas movies at these weekly screenings.
Stay at Sayre Mansion
There’s no better bed and breakfast in Christmas City than Sayre Mansion. Our historic inn is located just eight minutes from the Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem and is even closer to the historic downtown district which houses the famous Moravian Book Shop and the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts.
When you’re ready to turn in for the night, return to the cozy comforts of Room 24, a sunny room that features a sitting nook overlooking the inn’s front lawns. It has floor-to-ceiling windows, a vibrant red antique loveseat, a writing desk, and a comfortable queen bed.
Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.