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.
Celebrate this season with a Magical Christmas tour!
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.
Be sure to download and print our 2017 Self Guided Christmas Tour brochure and enjoy the journey for yourself.
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 through the Palladian windows of 1741 on the Terrace.
Located centrally in the Lehigh Valley in Historic Downtown Bethlehem with a wide variety of women’s clothing, jewelry, purses, hats, scarves, wraps and special gifts. The Shoppe is the perfect spot, shopping for gifts for that special someone, this time of year!
Also located in The Shoppe is our unique Ice Cream Parlor as the new home to Penn State Creamery Ice Cream in the Lehigh Valley. This location is truly the best of two worlds! While browsing the accessories and clothing, enjoy a scoop or two of our 12 ice cream flavors.
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.
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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