Bethlehem gears up for holiday season

November 7, 2013 by  

Shoppers in Bethlehem do not have long to wait before the return of Christkindlmarkt, an annual marketplace with a European theme held in the city’s SteelStacks.

Once it opens, shoppers will have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts and holiday decorations, such as handmade Santa Clauses and custom jewelry. The market will also offer German and Austrian gourmet food and desserts.

A special feature of this year’s market will be the life-sized playhouses, designed and built by Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Architects Institute of America. Instead of being sold at the market, the playhouses will be part of a charity auction, proceeds from which will go to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley.

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem could use brochure printers to attract new visitors, with printed items highlighting the events held at the market, such as ornament decorating and a breakfast with St. Nicholas on November 30, December 7, and 14. Along with the market, the SteelStacks will be hosting a number of holiday-themed events in November and December, and the venue will screen popular holiday movies and offer live music events.

The market will be open Thursdays through Sundays from November 21 until December 31, with the exception of Thanksgiving. Admission to the market is $8 for people over the age of 13 and $4 for those under 12. Children under five are free. People can also purchase a season pass for $18 for those over 13 or $8 for under-12s.