Holidays, here we come! The Christmas season has officially arrived, and with it a transformation of the Lehigh Valley. Our surrounding cities and towns are abuzz with holiday offerings, seasonal specials, and festivities for the whole family.
First on our list of places to be this season is Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem, just minutes from Haven Ridge. The aptly-named town, known affectionately as “The Christmas City”, hosts one of the most authentic Christmas markets in the country.
Christkindlmarkt at the SteelStacks in Bethlehem returns for its 22nd year this year. This family event features over 100 artisans and vendors, each offering unique, handmade holiday gift ideas. From glass-blown artwork and handmade jewelry to gourmet foods and wheel-thrown pottery, you’ll find something for everyone from places all over the country, as far as North Carolina, Georgia, India and Illinois.
Beyond offering a haven for holiday shoppers, the festival presents festive entertainment for all ages, including ice-sculpting demonstrations, visits and photos with St. Nicholas himself, and giant handmade playhouses for children to explore.
Hungry shoppers can take a bite into the Christmas season with a slew of tasty treats, ranging from stuffed pretzels and home-style kettle corn to caramel dipped fresh fruits and savory barbeque bites.
Nearly twenty percent of this year’s vendors are new to Christkindlmarkt, a welcome sign of the festival’s growth year after year. So whether you’re an annual attendee or a new resident at Haven Ridge exploring for the first time, be sure to give Bethlehem’s holiday market a visit this year!
Christkindlmarkt is open Thursday – Sunday, now through December 21st.
For more details and hours of operation, visit http://www.christmascity.org.