All things Winter/Christmas/Holidays are off and running here in The Christmas City.
No holiday visit to Bethlehem would be complete without visiting Christkindlmarkt . Now in its 21st season this massive yet cozy craft, art, food and entertainment festival is a must do for any visitor to my fair city. There are over 125 vendors, an amazing Santa Claus and lots of tasty food and free music. The event runs Thursdays-Sundays now through the end of the year. If you have some young ones in your life treat them to breakfast with Santa.
When you've had your fill of Christkindlmarkt wander out to Third Street - hang a right and explore all the unique shops and restaurants in one of Bethlehem's two downtown's.
Then head north, cross the Lehigh River and explore Bethlehem's historic center city downtown where the shops, restaurants and museums on and around Main Street are waiting for you. This year there will be 35 huts on Main Street and around the historic Sun Inn that will offer interesting crafts, food and art. The Huts are open Friday-Sunday through the holidays but the shops are open everyday. Don't forget to head up Broad Street you don't want to miss those places.
The historic residential area just East of of Main Street is an amazing neighborhood to walk around and after the sun goes down it is magical this time of year. If you're too tired to walk around, hitch a ride on of the horse and carriage rides around the hood.
The good folks at Artsquest and The Downtown Bethlehem Association are offering a free shuttle between Christkindlmarkt and Main Street
There is never a bad time to visit Bethlehem you will always find something going on but Winter and the Christmas holidays is a magical time to visit out town.
Let me know when you're coming - I'll let you buy me a drink or something.