HOLIDAY HAPPENINGS 11-22
To Monday, Jan. 15
SteelStacks Outdoor Ice Rink, presented by Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital. The rink will be larger than last year. There will be a food and beverage area at the rink. SteelStacks campus, 101 Founders Way.
Wednesday, Nov. 23 to Monday, Nov. 27
Camp Groundhog, ages six to 12. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gym, games, arts and crafts, more. Cost. BTCC, 2900 Farmersville Rd. Call 610-332-1500 or visit bethlehemtownship/btcc for information and registration.
Friday, Nov. 24
Citizens Christmas City Committee for the 2023 Christmas City Tree Lighting Ceremony, 4:30 p.m. at Bethlehem’s Payrow Plaza, City Hall and Main Library area. Holiday entertainment and activities; guest appearance by Santa Claus, tree lighting (four third graders from Marvine ES will “assist” the mayor). Central Moravian Church Putz (“Putz” means “to decorate” or “to embellish”). Touchstone Theatre performance at 5 p.m.
Miniature replicas depict various settings of the Nativity Story. Story, music, handcrafted figurines. 1 to 7 p.m. East side of Campus Green nestled between the Sisters’ House on Main Street and God’s Acre on Market Street. Visit centralmoravianchurch.org/seasons/christmas-putz/
Star and Candle Craft and Bake Shoppe: Traditional Moravian crafts, beeswax candles, glass sculpture, church CD’s and books, handcrafted manger scenes, traditional Moravian stars and candles, folded paper stars, crafts, homemade cookies by baker Tom Tenges and snacks.
Across the hall from the Putz; east side of Campus Green between the Sisters’ House on Main Street and God’s Acre on Market Street. 1 to 5 p.m. Visit www.centralmoravianchurch.org/seasons/star-and-candle-shoppe
Shop With A Cop – Colonial Regional Police Department Christmas holiday program, Dec. 2. Benefits children within the two municipalities whose families have faced hardship during the year. Donations accepted until Nov. 24.
Send checks payable to Colonial Regional Police Department, att: Wanda Stackhouse, 248 Brodhead Road, Suite 1; or visit colonialregionalpd.org; or call 610-861-4820.
CRPD thanks Lehigh Valley Restaurant Group – Red Robin, which donated $1,000 collected in August for local charities. CRPD, one of the a recipients, will apply these funds to the “Shop With A Cop.”
Hellertown-Lower Saucon Light Up the Night, 4 to 8 p.m. Morris J. Dimmick Park, 570 Durham St., Hellertown. Family activities, live reindeer, holiday craft market, food, caroling, choirs, bands, ice carving demonstration and holiday characters. Free hot chocolate, coffee, cider and cookies. Pledge to the flag: 6:40 p.m.; welcome, invocation and tree lighting: 6:45 p.m.; Santa arrives: 7:10 p.m. For a list of activities and performers, visit Hellertown-Lower Saucon Chamber Facebook page.
Friday, Nov. 24 to Sunday, Nov. 26
Christkindlmarkt: Handmade works by more than 50 artisans, live Christmas music, jolly Old St. Nick, Kathe Wohlfahrt offering handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and collectibles from Germany. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Dec. 17. Free admission on Fridays: 5 to 8 p.m. SteelStacks campus, 101 Founders Way. Tickets, information: christmascity.org/christkindlmarkt/
The Star & Candle Shoppe opens, 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 24, across hall from the Putz, lower level of the C.E. building, Central Moravian Church. Traditional Moravian stars and candles, homemade cookies, candy and snacks by baker Tom Tenge; hand knit items for everyone, including adorable baby sweaters and hats by Becky Lepore; matted or framed photography from resident photographer Linda Wickmann; paper stars and framed Scherenschnitte type pictures; two sizes of lighted Moravian stars; and gift-boxed Christmas Eve beeswax candles.
Also open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 25 and noon to 5 p.m., Nov. 26. Rest of season: 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Last day is Dec. 17. Visit centralmoravianchurch.org/seasons/star-and-candle-shoppe/
Thursday, Nov. 24 t0 Friday, Dec. 22
Central Moravian Church Putz (“Putz” means “to decorate” or “to embellish”). Miniature replicas depict various settings of the Nativity story. Story, music, handcrafted figurines. Hours are Thursdays and Fridays 1 to 7 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. After Christmas, the Putz is open daily from 1 to 5 p.m. through Dec. 31. East side of Campus Green nestled between the Sisters’ House on Main Street and God’s Acre on Market Street. Visit centralmoravianchurch.org/seasons/christmas-putz/
Saturday, Nov. 25
Open House, Lehigh and Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museum, 705 Linden St. 1 to 5 p.m. Information: call 610-868-7101 or email email@example.com or visit lkvmodelrailroad.com/open-houses
Historic Bethlehem Museum and Sites Turkey Trot 5K. Best Pet Costume Contest, 8:30 a.m. Anthem performed by the Liberty HS Hurriquettes, 8:45 a.m.; runners or competitive walkers start, 9 a.m.; fun walkers start, 9:10 a.m. 459 Old York Rd. Visit historicbethlehem.org/experience/historic-turkey-trot-5k-run-fun-walk/
Southside Christmas Tree Lighting, Touchstone Theatre performance, 5 p.m. New Street across from the Greenway entrance.
Saturday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Nov. 26
Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers, 902 E. Macada Road. 1 to 4 p.m. Cost; 12 and under free (you are welcome to bring a stepstool for children). For additional dates and information, visit www.bdsme.org or call 610-867-2591.
Saturday, Nov. 26
Live Bethlehem Christmas Pageant rehearsal, 2 p.m. Costumes provided; volunteers needed. Information: call David at 610-865-0274. Bethlehem Rose Garden bandshell, Eighth Avenue and Broad street. Visit Facebook: Bethlehem Live NativityPageant; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, Nov. 28
Deadline to purchase kits from block captains for Luminaria Night on Dec. 9. One Luminaria kit ($10 donation) consists of 10 white paper bags, 10 votive candles and 10 cups of sand. If you saved sand from last year, a kit without sand is still a $10 donation to New Bethany. Methods of payment include checks, PayPal, Venmo, credit card and cash. Also available until Dec. 9 at select locations including New Bethany Office, 333 W. Fourth St., Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Moravian Bookshop, 428 Main St., during business hours. Visit newbethany.org/event/luminaria-night-2023/
Wednesday, Nov. 29
NCC Student Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Room 605, Fowler Center, 511 E. Third St. Visit news.northampton.edu/event/holiday-bazaar-at-fowler/
Johann Valentin Haidt’s painting, “Nativity of Christ”: discovered and purchased by the Archives in 2020, and then conserved. Conservator Steven Erisoty will speak about the conservation treatment, its challenges and the discoveries he made. Graphic designer and artist Heather Reinert will look at the artistic elements of the painting and uncover parallels with other early-modern artists and their work. Moravian archivist Paul Peucker will speak about the discovery and validation of the painting. Live and streamed for the public at 4 p.m. Registration required. Visit moravianchurcharchives.org/event/presentation-discovering-the-nativity/
Nov. 30 to Dec. 3
Christkindlmarkt: Handmade works by more than 50 artisans, live Christmas music, jolly Old St. Nick, Kathe Wohlfahrt offering handmade ornaments, nutcrackers & collectibles from Germany and more. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through Dec. 17. Free admission Fridays: 5 to 8 p.m. Steel Stacks campus, 101 Founders Way Tickets, information: christmascity.org/christkindlmarkt/
Nov. 30 to Dec. 17
Star and Candle Craft and Bake Shoppe: Traditional Moravian crafts, beeswax candles, glass sculpture, church CDs and books, handcrafted manger scenes, traditional Moravian stars and candles, folded paper stars, crafts, homemade cookies by baker Tom Tenges and snacks. Across the hall from the Central Putz (east side of Campus Green and nestled between the Sisters’ House on Main Street and God’s Acre on Market Street). 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Visitcentralmoravianchurch.org/seasons/star-and-candle-shoppe/
Nov. 30 to Dec. 23
Central Moravian Church Putz, Miniature replicas depict various settings of the Nativity Story. Story, music, handcrafted figurines. 1 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays; 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Christmas Eve; Christmas Day. East side of Campus Green nestled between the Sisters’ House on Main Street and God’s Acre on Market Street. Visitcentralmoravianchurch.org/seasons/christmas-putz/
Friday, Dec. 1 to Friday, Dec. 22
Christmas City Follies XXIV: sketches, characters, music, merriment and a pinch of festive high jinks. Shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays; additional performance at 8 p.m. Dec. 20. Cost; pay-what-you-will at the door on Thursdays. Touchstone Black Box Theatre, Tickets: Call 610-867-1689 or online at touchstone.org
Touchstone Theatre will perform at the Northside Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Payrow Plaza and the Southside Christmas Tree Lighting at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25 on New Street across from the Greenway entrance. Additional performance at the
Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays Dec. 1 to 23
Downtown Bethlehem Association Live Advent Calendar. Free, family-friendly event, 5:30 p.m. ‘til December 23. Historic District shops, restaurants, community organizations host 10-15 minute programs with a special treat at Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center & 1810 Goundie House, 505 Main St. For information, visit www.visithistoricbethlehem.com/
Saturday, Dec. 2
Shop With A Cop: Colonial Regional Police Department Christmas Holiday program in conjunction with Chick-fil-A, Red Robin and Walmart. Benefits children within our two municipalities whose families have faced hardship during the year. Volunteer officers and a Santa helper will pick up children in a police cruiser and take them to breakfast, go shopping for presents for their families and one for themselves, wrap presents and have lunch.
Stuff the Bus: Bethlehem Area School District’s transportation department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for ‘Toys for Tots” and nonperishable food items and personal hygiene supplies to benefit local nonprofit organizations. Donations drop off hours: 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. Nov. 24, 25, 26 and Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 24 at the yellow school bus, Bethlehem Square parking lot, Linden Street/Route 191. Buses will be at SteelStacks, near Christkindlmarkt, 101 Founders Way, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Nov. 18, 19, 24 and Dec. 1, 8, 16 and 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. through Dec. 15. Look for the yellow school bus at each location.
Citizens Christmas City Committee’s 55 Annual Advent Breakfast. Speaker: Charlene Donchez Mowers. 8:30 a.m. Moravian Village of Bethlehem, 526 Wood St. Tickets: https://allevents.in/bethlehem/the-55th-annual-community-advent-breakfast/200025658910834 or email email@example.com
Cops ’n Kids: The Return of Santa’s Helpers (from Liberty HS) read “Snowman At Christmas by Caralyn Buehner. Make a craft. Enjoy an holiday surprise. Ages three and up. 10 a.m. to noon. Reading Room at the Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St. Must register; email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-861-5526. General information: visit www.lvcopsnkidslv.org
Story time with Santa. Read stories with Santa, have a snack; make crafts with Santa’s elves. 10 a.m. to noon. Visit www.visithistoricbethlehem.com/events/series/storytime-with-santa/ to register.
Central Moravian Church Busy Workers’ Christmas gifts and wreath sale. Benigna Auditorium, Christian Education Building, 40 W. Church St. Proceeds benefit charities from Bethlehem to Tanzania, Nepal and Start Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Palestine and Ukraine. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.centralmoravianchurch.org
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites Holiday Dinner and Auction: dining, cocktails and auctions featuring beautiful art, unique items, and more. 6:30 p.m. Arts Quest Center, Steel Stacks, 101 Founders Way. Information, tickets: www.historicbethlehem.org/experience/holiday-dinner-and-auction
Saturdays, Dec. 2, 9 and Sundays, Dec. 3, 10
Annual Railroad Days open house, 1 to 4 p.m. Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers, 902 E Macada Rd. Cost; 12 and under free (you are welcome to bring a step stool for children). For additional dates and information, visit www.bdsme.org or call 610-867-2591.
Sunday, Dec. 3
Central Moravian Church Advent and Christmas Concert with the Main Street Brass. 1:30 p.m. Visit www.centralmoravianchurch.org
Winter Concert of The Bel Canto Youth Chorus, Christmas music and conveys messages of Peace and Unity. 4 p.m. Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 321 Wyandotte St. Information, tickets: https://bach.org/belcanto/
Central Moravian Church Busy Workers’ Christmas Gifts and Wreath Sale. Benigna Auditorium, Christian Education building, 40 W. Church St. All proceeds benefit many charitable causes from Bethlehem to Tanzania, Nepal and Star Mountain Rehabilitation Center in Palestine and Ukraine. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.centralmoravianchurch.org/
Tuesday, Dec. 5
Moravian Singstunde (singing) of Advent hymns and carols in English and German. Free will offering. 73 W. Church St. 7 to 8 p.m. Visit www.centralmoravianchurch.org
Thursday, Dec. 7
First day of Hannukah / Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights and the Feast of Dedication.
Thursday, Dec. 7 to Sunday, December 10
Christkindlmarkt: Handmade works by more than 50 artisans, live Christmas music, jolly Old St. Nick, Kathe Wohlfahrt offering handmade ornaments, nutcrackers & collectibles from Germany and more. Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays through December 17. Free admission Fridays: 5 to 8 p.m. Steel Stacks campus, 101 Founders Way Tickets, information: www.christmascity.org/christkindlmarkt/
Saturday, Dec. 9
“Little Russian Days” Christmas Bazaar: holiday shopping, ethnic foods including potato pancakes, halushki, borscht, pelmeni,(eat in or take out) and bake sale, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, 980 Bridle Path Rd. Visit www.stnicholasoca.org/events
Breakfast With Santa: Two sessions: 9 to 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to noon. Cost. One adult per child ticket encouraged. Hanover Township Community Center, 3660 Jacksonville Road, 18017. Must register: visit htcc.activityreg.com
Holy Ghost German Market. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Msgr. Reginald S. Billinger Memorial Hall, 417 Carlton Ave.
LEPOCO Peace Center’s 64th Walk the 10 mile Road of Peace Pilgrimage from Nazareth to Bethlehem. All ages. Symbolic of the journey of Mary Joseph. 10:45 a.m. Meet in parking lot, 529 E. Broad St. Information and to register, visit www.peacewalk.org or call Lehigh Conference of Churches, 610-433-6421, ext. 6422.
Luminaria Night. Starts at dusk. One Luminaria Kit ($10 donation) consists of ten white paper bags, ten votive candles, and ten cups of sand. If you saved sand from last year, a kit without sand is still a $10 donation to New Bethany. Methods of payment include checks, PayPal, Venmo, credit card, and cash. Until Nov. 28 (from block captains) or Dec. 9 at select locations including New Bethany Office, 333 W. Fourth St., Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Moravian Bookshop, 428 Main St., during business hours. Visit https://newbethany.org/event/luminaria-night-2023/LIBRARY NOTES