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

Christmas in the Christmas City

Join us this holiday season and experience the highly anticipated Christmas at Historic 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.

Christmas City Village

Ends December 24

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! Open November 18th through December 18th. The huts are festively decorated and filled with unique holiday ideas.

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

Live Advent Calendar

Ends December 23

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 16th year on December 1st, and will take place nightly at 5:30 PM until December 23rd.

Learn more about the ONLY Live Advent Calendar in the Country – click here.



Bethlehem by Night Bus Tours

Ends December 30

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.                    $25 Adults / $20 Children

Please visit their website to purchase tickets and see availability.

Christmas City Stroll

Ends January 7

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. $17 Adults/$11 Children

To purchase tickets and see availability, please visit their website

Trees of Historic Bethlehem

Ends January 7

This self guided tour showcases more than 28 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 Timeless Games including Scrabble, Checkers and Clue.

Also included in your ticket is the one-of-a-kind Holiday Putz Trail in Historic Bethlehem! The word “Putz” means “to decorate” or “to embellish”. These miniature replicas depict various settings of the Nativity Story through the use of ornate and hand-crafted figurines.

Multi-Site Pass: $25 / One Site Pass $12

Visit their website to view availability and purchase your tickets.

Trees of BEthlehem


Ends December 17

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 18th and run weekends through December 18th. Tickets go on sale early November!

To learn more, please visit their website

Holiday Decor

Carriage Ride

Horse-drawn 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.

Our Hotel Decorations are Truly Magical!

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

The Lobby

Built in 1922 in the midst of the Roaring 20s, the opulent lobby of the Hotel walks you back through time where you’re greeted with Moravian Stars. Exact replicas of the original lighting fixtures hang overhead as you take in the views. The striking architecture of the hotel inspired a Classic holiday design as our new golden nutcrackers line our lobby, where every corner has a touch of Christmas fantasy. Enjoy the Tap Room with its walls adorned by its many celebrity photographs of distinguished former guests. Twinkling lights, crystals and greenery make it the coziest spot on Main Street to share in holiday cheer! 

Mural Ballroom

Continue to the Mural Ballroom, named for the outstanding murals painted for the hotel in 1936 by famed American artist and veteran, George Gray – the murals tell the story of Bethlehem from the walking purchase of William Penn to the industrial age.

1741 on the Terrace

Embrace the breathtaking natural views of Historic Moravian Bethlehem – a National Historic Landmark District – and the Bethlehem Star through the iconic floor-to-ceiling Palladian windows in 1741 on the Terrace. Frosted greenery, succulents & woodland animals make this space feel natural & inviting. The three mischievous elves have returned again this year to decorate the trees – they’ll be on their best behavior with our family of nesting owls, keeping watch!

Mezzanine & Grand Ballroom

Lastly, make your way to the second floor using the grand marble staircase or elevator, and you’ll overlook the entire lobby. Capture a birds-eye view of the bustling, merry holiday crowd below with the iconic Nativity scene and Moravian Star within sight atop the entrance of the Hotel. 

Wrap up your tour on your way to our Grand Ballroom, to experience the festive wreaths, garland, 15’ tall Christmas tree, and premier golden cherubs to complement this opulent historic room and memorable season.

The main lobby of Historic Hotel Bethlehem decorated for the Christmas season
Gingerbread Hotel Bethlehem

ChristmasTins – TheShoppe2023

The Shoppe at Hotel Bethlehem

The Limited Edition 2023 Commemorative Christmas Tin is now available for the Christmas Season! The tin is a collaboration between three local businesses that make the perfect Christmas gift for anyone! The artwork is created by local artist Mary Jane Lahr, and the tin is filled with peppermint bark candy, provided by A.L. Bazzini Co. Also available is our collectible Christmas Ornament, with artwork by Mary Jane Lahr and hand-painted by Austrian painter Peter Preiss, truly capturing the spirit of Christmas in Bethlehem! These unique gifts are sold exclusively in The Shoppe the Hotel’s Lower Lobby. 

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!


2023 self guided christmas tours

Enjoy a Classic Christmas with the Star of Bethlehem. View the brochure by clicking the + icon in the bottom left corner.


Wedding Pictures

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 Palladian 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 is affiliated with Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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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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