Historic Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
Local Phone: 610-625-5000 www.hotelbethlehem.com Hotel Bethlehem Lobby Image Hotel Bethlehem Logo

Christmas in the Christmas City

Join us this holiday season and experience the highly anticipated Christmas at Hotel Bethlehem. This renowned annual tradition is full of charm and wonder the entire family can enjoy.

Historic Hotel Bethlehem, located in historic downtown Bethlehem, PA, boasts a spectacular display of over 35,000 Christmas lights, a multitude of uniquely decorated Christmas trees, 36 wreaths, six 7ft Toy Soldiers, two life size Nutcrackers and a gingerbread house modeled after the hotel. We invite you to rediscover your childhood wonderment, and unwrap a memorable holiday experience that your family will cherish for years to come.

Descriptions below reflect 2021 Christmas offerings. Check back later for 2022’s events!

Christmas City Village – Downtown Bethlehem

While visiting Bethlehem, join us for all of the wonderful Christmas activities happening in Downtown Bethlehem!

Starting in November, will be the Christmas Huts on Main! November 11th through December 26th will be beautifully decorated, festive open air huts along South Main Street and in the Colonial Industrial Quarter filled with unique holiday gift ideas!

To learn more about the happenings in Downtown Bethlehem visit their website here.

Live Advent Calendar

Get in the Spirit with the Historic Bethlehem Live Advent Calendar, the ONLY one of its kind in the country! The Live Advent Calendar is fun for parents and children alike. The calendar will kick off its 15th year on December 1st, and will take place nightly at 5:30 PM until December 23rd.

To learn more about the ONLY Live Advent Calendar in the Country, click here.



Bethlehem by Night Bus Tours

Explore the history & traditions of the Christmas City with guides in period dress.  Roll back in time and learn of the early traditions of our city.  This wonderful tour includes a visit to our famous Star of Bethlehem atop South Mountain.                    $20 Adults / $15 Children

To purchase tickets and see availability, please visit their website

Christmas City Stroll

Discover the story of Bethlehem’s unique beginning in 1741 by strolling through beautiful Historic Downtown Bethlehem with a certified guide in period dress. Learn the tales of a candle-in-every-window along with the renowned Bethlehem Star. $15 Adults/$9 Children

To purchase tickets and see availability, please visit their website

Trees of Historic Bethlehem

This self guided tour showcases more than 26 trees on display across five historic sites, the Trees of Historic Bethlehem is a time-honored tradition in the Christmas City. This year, each tree is decorated by member of the Bethlehem Garden club, themed to Classic Christmas movies such as It’s a Wonderful Live, The Grinch and A Christmas Carol. Also included in your ticket is the one-of-a-kind Holiday Putz Trail in Historic Bethlehem!
Multi-Site Pass: $25 / One Site Pass $12 / Children $9

To purchase tickets and see availability, please visit their website

Hotel Bethlehem Christmas

Christmas decorations at the Hotel Bethlehem January 16, 2017

Holiday House Tour

The Bethlehem Historic District Association’s Holiday House Tour returns to our fair city for the 10th time on December 11th from 10 am-4 pm. Ten unique Historic District homes, as well as other distinctive sites within the Historic District, will be featured.

If you’d like purchase tickets, please visit their website

Christmas in the Quarter

The Historic Colonial Industrial Quarter is the perfect setting for holiday festivities. Enjoy that classic Christmas feel with lights lining the historic buildings and fun for the whole family. Activities include pop-up shopping, Walking Tours, Christmas kids zone, a preview of Trees of Historic Bethlehem, a winter art exhibition from the Lehigh Art Alliance, Colonial Blacksmith demonstrations, and live music. Whether you’re looking for a festive spot to lounge and enjoy music with a cup of cocoa, or you’re still on the hunt for the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift, you’ll find your holiday spirit here!

To learn more about the Christmas Happenings in Historic Bethlehem, please visit their website


Twice recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure this heart warming holiday event features: Handmade works by more than 50 of the nations’s finest artisans, beautiful sounds of live Christmas music and jolly Old St. Nick’s hearty laughter, Kathe Wohlfahrt offering handmade ornaments, nutcrackers & collectibles from Germany and much more festive fun! The market will be open November 19th through December 19th. Tickets go on sale early November!

To learn more, please visit their website

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Carriage Ride

Christmas City Carriage Rides

These cozy, serene horse-drawn carriage rides through our beautiful Historic Moravian Bethlehem, a National Historic Landmark District. It is the perfect way to enjoy the lights, sights and sounds of the Christmas City with your family.  Make this your annual Christmas tradition! tickets are limited and sell out quickly, so reserve yours early!

Visit their website to learn more and reserve your timed ticket.

Horse-Drawn Trolley Rides

Journey through Bethlehem’s beautiful downtown and enjoy the lights, sights, and sounds of Church Street, Main Street, and Market Street on a cozy horse-drawn trolley!

Visit their website to learn more and reserve your timed ticket.

Our Hotel Decorations are Truly Magical!

For Registered Overnight Guests staying with us – be sure to take a tour of Christmas Decorations this season!

Start off in the main lobby, built in 1922 in the midst of the “Roaring Twenties”. Take a journey back in time as your explore the Corinthian columns and replicas of the original lighting fixtures hung overhead. Swing by The Tap Room, festive with holiday spirit and oversized lighted ornaments, a nice pause for a Hot Toddy before continuing on your way to the Lobby level.

Continue to the Mural Ballroom, named for the outstanding murals painted in 1936 by famed American artist, George Gray. Tell the story of Bethlehem from the walking purchase of William Penn into the industrial age. Be surrounded by a glistening fifteen foot tree and wreaths emulating the Christmas spirit. Enjoy the aromas and splendor of our on-site restaurant, 1741 On the Terrace, as you make your way through our “Christmas in the Garden” themed room. Recently restored to replicate the original solarium concept of 1922, this room offers a fantastic view of the National Historic Landmark District that is truly breathtaking.

Lastly, take a stroll to the second floor mezzanine overlooking the lobby and the grand marble staircase. You’ll have a fantastic view, not only of the merry holiday crowd, but also the outstanding hand painted nativity display over the main entrance. Wrap up your tour on your way to our Grand Ballroom, to experience the festive wreaths, garland and another fifteen foot Christmas tree to compliment the opulent and historic space.

Christmas Decorated Ballroom
Gingerbread Hotel Bethlehem

Christmas Tin with Hotel Bethlehem

The Shoppe at Hotel Bethlehem

Don’t forget this year’s collector’s edition ornament, available each year for purchase in The Shoppe at Hotel Bethlehem. This year’s ornament captures the spectacular view of Historic Bethlehem on Main Street, the front of Hotel Bethlehem and a beautiful horse-drawn carriage ride.

Available in The Shoppe is our Annual Commemorative Christmas Tin! Where 3 businesses work together to produce a memorable gift that everyone will love this Christmas season. Bazzini peppermint bark fills the inside of the tin which features a custom water painting on the outside by local artist, Mary Jane Lahr! It truly captures the spirit of Christmas in Bethlehem. The painting this year features the beautiful arch windows of the Hotel and how lovely they look at Christmas time.

We also feature our “One-of-a-Kind” Historic Hotel Bethlehem ornament sold year round that was designed exclusively for the Hotel. It is a 3-dimensional ornament featuring the Hotel Bethlehem and our community on the back. This is the perfect gift for a family member, friend or to have hanging in your own home!

Stop by the Shoppe this Christmas Season, and find the perfect gift for anyone.

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Weddings & Events

Restored to its original 1922 grandeur, Hotel Bethlehem is the perfect venue for your wedding reception, banquet or private party and special event.

Floor-to-ceiling palladium windows, painted murals and beautiful balconies provide an elegant 1920’s décor for the perfect wedding, banquet or an unforgettable special event.

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worth noting

Named #1 Best Historic Hotel in the U.S. by USA Today 10BEST
Located on one of the Top 10 Main Streets in the country according to USA Today

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Historic Hotel Bethlehem Book

A glossy 120 page coffee table book celebrates nearly 200 years of hospitality on the site of Bethlehem’s first house in 1741. The book features photographs taken by Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Robin Hood.

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