Visit the place known by locals and visitors as Christmas City! Bethlehem, PA, is the perfect place to spend the winter holidays. With annual events, the famous Christkindlmarkt, and town-wide decorations, you’ll find plenty to see and do during the most wonderful time of the year! Discover the many ways you can celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, PA, below, as well as where to find the best accommodations in town!
Celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, PA
This Christmas market in Bethlehem, PA, has quickly gained a reputation as one of the best in the region. Christkindlmarkt was twice recognized by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of the best holiday markets, and it’s no wonder why! Every year, the market welcomes more than 150 artisans and vendors from all over the nation. You can preview the merchants before your visit on the Christmas City website.
Visitors shop for their Christmas gifts, watch unique demonstration like glassblowing, and participate in the holiday-themed events. Check the Christkindlmarkt calendar to see if you can catch any of the film showings, like “White Christmas,” “The Thin Man” or “It’s a Wonderful Life.” For a more interactive experience, head to one of the holiday quote-a-longs with films like “Elf,”
Die Hard” and “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” On select days throughout the market, you can enjoy merry performances by local schools, bands, and carolers. The 2019 Christkindlmarkt begins on Friday, November 22, and will run every weekend until December 22. Check the full schedule and purchase tickets to this excellent market!
Attend a Christmas Event
Aside from the special movie screenings and events at Christkindlmarkt, there are other fun Christmas-themed things to do in Bethlehem. The SteelStacks Gingerbread House Competition is always fun to see. Head to the Visitor Center at SteelStacks and check out the creations!
Another great attraction is the Trees of Historic Bethlehem exhibit. The Bethlehem Garden Club has meticulously decorated trees located in four historic sites around town. Each of these stunning trees is paired with a piece of local artwork. You can see the trees at 1810 Goundie House, Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem, and Single Sisters’ House.
Stay at Sayre Mansion
There’s no better place to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, PA, than Sayre Mansion! Our historic bed and breakfast is located in the center of town, just a short drive from the many wonderful events and markets. As a guest of Sayre Mansion, you’ll start each morning with a delicious breakfast served in our elegant dining room. You’ll then end each day in one of our beautiful guest rooms, like the Robert Sayre Library.
This two-room suite was once the library of the original owner of the mansion. Today, it features a king-size bed in a large bedroom and a separate sitting room that still contains the original vaulted ceiling and chandelier. You’ll also find two floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and an electric fireplace surrounded in marble. Whether you’re traveling to visit family in town or you’re on a romantic getaway with a loved one, Sayre Mansion is the perfect venue for your Christmas vacation.
Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.