Lift Your Spirits in Lehigh Valley this Holiday Season

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Discover Lehigh Valley® shares holiday checklist of must-see events

Discover Lehigh Valley®, the destination marketing organization for promoting tourism in Lehigh and Northampton counties, invites local residents and visitors alike to explore and experience the holidays in Lehigh Valley this season. From award-winning theater productions and horse-drawn carriage rides, to expansive light displays and a giant PEEPS® Chick being lowered from the sky, Lehigh Valley is home to some unique and renowned holiday happenings.

“Since Bethlehem’s founding 275 years ago, our area has been deeply rooted in the hallmarks of the holiday season, offering events and sights that bring cheer to so many,” said Alicia Quinn, strategic brand manager for Discover Lehigh Valley. “Whether you’re strolling the aisles of Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, witnessing the calming glow of Easton’s Peace Candle or enjoying A Christmas Carol at The Civic Theatre, there is plenty to lift your spirits this season in Lehigh Valley.”

With the holidays quickly approaching, add these must-see events to your family’s checklist:

Holiday Sightseeing

  • The Easton Peace Candle – The largest non-wax candle in the U.S. is a symbol of unity that sits atop the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ monument in the city’s Centre Square. Enjoy the charm of the season with a collection of family-friendly events, including cookies with Mrs. Claus to candlelight tours and holiday shopping.
  • Historical “Christmas City” – Celebrating its 275th Anniversary, Bethlehem, Pa. is the place to be during the holidays as the historic community comes alive with festive cheer featuring horse drawn carriage rides, bus and walking tours and streets lined with twinkling lights.
  • Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem – At the heart of Christmas City is Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, a European-style holiday market with aisles of handmade works, live Christmas music, delicious food and more. Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem is open Thursday-Sunday till December 18.

Holiday Theatre Performances

  • The Miracle of Christmas at Pines Dinner Theater in Allentown – Don’t miss this heartwarming story of Clara, a young girl from New York City who has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Yet, once Clara visits relatives in Vermont, her Christmas vacation turns into an unforgettable adventure. Shows run Wednesday-Sunday till December 23.
  • A Christmas Carol at The Civic Theatre in Allentown – One of Lehigh Valley’s longest standing holiday traditions, A Christmas Carol, tells the classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation after he encounters the ghost of Christmas past, present and yet to come. Shows run until December 17.

Unique Light Displays

  • Lights in the Parkway – Drive through one of Allentown’s most beautiful parks as it is transformed into a winter wonderland filled with thousands of lights. The display runs through December 30.
  • Winter Lights Spectacular at Lehigh Valley Zoo – Featuring nearly one million, energy efficient lights and state-of-the-art musical light shows, Winter Lights Spectacular runs Thursday-Sunday till January 1.
  • Koziar’s Christmas Village – Award-winning Koziar’s Christmas Village dates back to 1948 when William M. Koziar decorated his home and dairy farm for his family’s enjoyment. Today, the countryside is transformed with more than one million Christmas lights reflecting off of a scenic lake. The display runs through January 1.

Holiday Family Fun

  • Allentown’s Holiday Train Exhibit at America on Wheels – Enjoy the sounds, lights and action of model trains with a visit to America on Wheels Museum. Visitors are encouraged to bring a new and unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program and help brighten a child’s holiday. The holiday train display runs Tuesday-Sunday until December 31.
  • PEEPSFEST® – Ring in the New Year at PEEPSFEST®, the two-day festival filled with family-friendly activities and the PEEPS® Chick Drop. Join the celebration as a 4.5-foot tall, 85-pound lit PEEPS® Chick descends at 5:15 p.m. on December 31.

For more information on how to lift your spirits this holiday season, visit LehighValleyHolidays.com or follow @LehighValleyPa on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Discover Lehigh Valley
Established in 1984, Discover Lehigh Valley® makes Lehigh and Northampton counties a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the region.

Discover Lehigh Valley’s official visitor website and blog, DiscoverLehighValley.com and LehighValleyInSite.com keeps locals and visitors abreast of all things happening in region. Visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, brochures and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Discover Lehigh Valley’s social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into one of the many visitor centers for additional information.

About Lehigh Valley, Pa.
Set amid gentle hills and charming country sides, Lehigh Valley, Pa. is home to Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, as well as dozens of small towns and picturesque boroughs.

The region is steeped in pre-Colonial, Early American and industrial history. Lehigh Valley has an impressive range of tourist attractions including nationally-recognized events like Musikfest, wineries and breweries, the Lehigh Valley Zoo, outdoor activities, world-class sporting events, 10 colleges and universities, and is home to America’s favorite brands such as Crayola®, PEEPS®, Mike & Ike®, Martin Guitars and Mack Trucks. The region offers a diverse array of memorable things to do and plenty of dining options to fit every budget and taste.

And, it’s easy to get to and around. Lehigh Valley is located approximately 60 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes west of New York City by car.

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