The Bethlehem Live Advent calendar is the only one of its kind in the country! Visitors to Historic Downtown Bethlehem will enjoy the 6th Annual one-of-a-kind tradition in 2012! Beginning on December 1st at 5 p.m., the “Live Advent Calendar” will open at the 1810 Goundie House at 505 Main Street.

The merchants of the Downtown Bethlehem Association (in conjunction with Historic Bethlehem Partnership (HBP) will provide a special treat to the visitors every day at 5 p.m.! Crowds of up to 300 gather for the 10 minute program, so get there early! The program will run through December 23, 2012.

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 open it. 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. 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 traditional colonial design of the décor on the door to the Goundie House is due to the creative talent and generosity of Mary Cabbott Butler, owner of Ostara at 521 Main Street. Charlene Donchez Mowers, Historic Bethlehem’s executive director is generously allowing the DBA to use the door to Bethlehem’s first brick house as the site of the Live Advent Calendar.

Here’s the schedule of this year’s vendors!

Saturday, December 1 – Lehigh University
Sunday, December 2 – Chris Bowen – town brewer
Monday, December 3 – YOUniversity of Music & Arts
Tuesday, December 4 – Roey’s Paintbox Parties
Wednesday, December 5 – Stations Café
Thursday, December 6 – Visitor’s Center
Friday, December 7 – Hotel Bethlehem
Saturday, December 8 – Lehigh Valley Zoo
Sunday, December 9 – Moravian Book Shop
Monday, December 10 – Godfrey Daniels
Tuesday, December 11 – Krisann Albanese LLC
Wednesday, December 12 – American Hairlines
Thursday, December 13 – Bethlehem Brew Works
Friday, December 14 – Celtic Cultural Alliance
Saturday, December 15 – Girlfriends Boutique
Sunday, December 16 – Station’s Café
Monday, December 17 – McCarthy’s Tea Room
Tuesday, December 18 – Melting Pot
Wednesday, December 19 – Bethlehem Area Library
Thursday, December 20 – Franklin Hill Vineyards
Friday, December 21 – Donegal Square
Saturday, December 22 – Ostara
Sunday, December 23 – McCarthy’s Tea Room
Monday, December 24 – Fun-Nominal Events