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1. Candy Lane at the Library

Play in a life-sized version of everyone’s favorite childhood board game, collect candy, and make crafts. Surprise your children with a chat with Santa when they reach the finish. The Library’s Teen Advisory Board has transformed the area on the Library’s second floor into the giant game board (the space that will eventually become the new Children’s Center). Teens have recreated magical places along the multi-colored path complete with candy citizens of the fictitious realm. The game is open to the public between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

2. Hear the Lehigh University Philharmonic play the Nutcracker

The Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director Eugene Albulescu present The Music of Tchaikosky concert on Friday and Saturday, December 7 and 8 at 8 pm in Baker Hall featuring an all Tchaikovsky program including the waltz from the ballet The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker Suite and Symphony No. 6 in B minor, op. 74, Pathetique.

3. Bring in December with First Friday!timthumb

First Friday is a monthly celebration of arts and culture in the Southside Shopping and Arts District of Bethlehem and this month, there will be a toy drive for the holidays. After you make a donation, peruse the art galleries, unique boutiques, salons and shops, while enjoying food and wine samples, live music, and special deals. Enjoy happy hour, or grab dinner at one of the downtown restaurants for a full evening of fun.

4. Check out The Happy Elf, put on by Pennsylvania Youth Theatre

Eubie is the happiest elf at the North Pole. More than anything else, he longs to be a part of Santa’s sleigh team. Instead, he’s stuck checking the naughty-or-nice lists. But this Christmas Eve, he notices something strange: in the entire town of Bluesville, not a single person has been nice. So with a pinch of elfish magic, help from his friends, and his unending holiday spirit, Eubie sets off to turn all of those children from naughty to nice in just one day! Based on the beloved holiday song “The Happy Elf” by Grammy Award winner Harry Connick, Jr., The Happy Elf is a new holiday classic for the entire family. Click on the link for ticket information

5. Keep shopping at Chriskindlmarkt

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem showcases aisles of exquisite handmade works by the nations finest artisans, the heart-warming sounds of live Christmas music, delicious food and more. Be sure to stop by the glassblowing booth, where beautiful ornaments and decorations are always being made. You can even try your hand at making your own glass ornament, perfect for gift giving or the family’s Christmas Tree.