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Arrive in Historic Bethlehem on your first shopping stop, Christmas City Village, an open-air Christmas market, nestled in the heart of the Historic Shopping District in Bethlehem. Fashioned after the traditional German Weihnachtsmarkt (pronounced vy-naukts-markt), the Christmas City Village features 20 wooden huts, where vendors will sell a variety of holiday crafts and gifts. Enjoy traditional German fare, or hot mulled wine, as you meander through a market that boasts no admission fee!


Every Thursday, Friday & Saturday during the month of December, the Historic Hotel Bethlehem hosts a special Christmas lunch buffet with seatings from 11:00am-1:30pm. The buffet will consist of soup, a salad bar, several entrées, sides and a dessert display. Light Entertainment is also included.


Walk over to the Bethlehem Public Library to play life sized Candy Land. Play in this 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. Purchase family tickets (up to 4 children) for $14.07 at the Main Library.


Take a ride on the free Christmas City Trolley over to the South Side to continue your shopping at Christkindlmarkt, recognized by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the top holiday markets in the world, 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. Shop, snack, rest and listen to life performances on the main stage.


Walk up to Molly’s Irish Pub for a hearty meal and to catch up on all the sporting events you missed today on their multiple big screens. They’ve got a stellar, gut-busting appetizer menu and traditional Irish fare as well as standard pub favorites for their dinner menu. For the house special, try a Molly’s burger, medium-rare with fries instead of chips.


Stroll down to Zoellner Arts Center to hear the Lehigh Philharmonic play an all-Tschaikovsky concert, including holiday favorites like The Sleeping Beauty Waltz and The Nutcracker Suite. It promises to be a wonderful concert, tickets for adults are $18 and students are free.


Safe travels home, with a lot of shopping crossed off of your Christmas list and the dance of the sugar plum fairies playing in your head.