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February 18, 2011
Hotel Bethlehem Dazzles at Christmas

Bethlehem, Pa., (December 20, 2010) Dennis Costello, General Manager of the Historic Hotel Bethlehem launched the hotel’s yearly “Commence Christmas” project in early November.  With the planning meetings actually beginning in October, the hefty task of decorating the historic hotel is set in motion with two professional designers supervising and organizing the set-up along with the hotel’s engineering staff, all during the midnight hours as to not disturb the hotel’s guests.

“Guests travel thousands of miles to experience Christmas in Bethlehem, so we work very hard at making sure every visit is memorable” says Costello.  For a number of years the hotel has employed designers Gary Burger and Robert Averill to coordinate the decorating project as well as design the elaborate displays.  Their designs are structured to highlight the beautiful architectural features of the hotel. The project necessitates 600 hours of preparation by designers and engineering staff. “We use more than forty thousand lights, incorporate 24 different trees, 36 wreaths, 6 life size toy soldiers, a hand painted nativity scene, a gingerbread house, and over 100 yards of garland swags” says Costello. 

The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is located in Bethlehem, PA, in the center of the Lehigh Valley, minutes from Lehigh University and Moravian College and just a few minutes drive from the Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE). We are conveniently situated in the heart of Bethlehem’s nationally registered historic district surrounded by an array of quaint shops and colonial museums. Embrace our lovely hotel, built in the opulent “roaring twenties” at the direction of steel baron Charles M. Schwab.  Experience world-class service, extensive banquet and meeting facilities, charming guest accommodations and exquisite cuisine, all on a site that has been warmly welcoming guests since 1741.  The Historic Hotel Bethlehem is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and listed on the Department of Interior’s National Park Service National Register.

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