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Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem Trip Guide

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem takes place in four large, heated tents on PNC Plaza at SteelStacks.

Free parking is available on campus and handicap parking is available as well. All parking on campus is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you’re looking for an adventure and you’re up for a short walk, check out the city’s new parking garage on New St, in between 3rd and 4th – from there you can explore the SouthSide Arts District on your way to SteelStacks (just head towards the old Bethlehem Steel blast furnaces).

Shopping at Christkindlmarkt

Make sure you visit all four tents at Christkindlmarkt! A list of participating merchants is available here, but a list doesn’t do them justice. Make sure you give yourself enough time to stop by all the booths!

We’ve also got some delicious eats and drinks available to keep you fueled and ready to shop!

And, to make it even easier for you to explore the entire festival, you can drop off your packages at our Package Check presented by the United States Postal Service – think of it like a coat check, but for your bags… so you don’t have to carry them around with you all day!

New this year – stop by theUnited States Postal Service giant blue mail box, where you can flat-rate ship gifts right at Christkindlmarkt!

Restrooms

Indoor restrooms are available in the Visitor Center at SteelStacks presented by St. Luke’s University Health Network, as well as at the ArtsQuest Center, First Street and Founders Way.

Christkindlmarkt Package Check

Glass Tent, Daily | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sponsored by United States Postal Service
Make your shopping experience a breeze this year with our new package check. Enjoy hands-free shopping while you dine, watch performances and check out all the artists.
FREE

United States Postal Service “Big Blue Box”

Located near the Christmas tree, Daily, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sponsored by United States Postal Service
Ship your gift purchases right from Christkindlmarkt to family and friends! The “Big Blue Box” offers convenient postal services including flat-rate shipping, stamps, etc.
Cost: Varies by service

Visit USPS.com

Breakfast with St. Nicholas

Dec. 2, 9 & 16 | 9 a.m.

Presented by ArtsQuest
Children and their families are invited to enjoy a fun-filled morning featuring jolly, old St. Nicholas. Enjoy a delicious hot breakfast, photo with St. Nick and admission to Christkindlmarkt. Goody bags and arts & crafts presented by Crayola are also included!
Tickets: $16.95 for ages 10 and older; $13.95 for ages 2-10; $8.95 for ages 2 and under.

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Christkindlmarkt Hot Glass Experience: Blown Glass Ornament

Christkindlmarkt Glass TentCheck website for dates and times

Presented by ArtsQuest
Start your glass-making adventure by doing a Hot Glass Experience. With the guidance of one of our artists, you’ll work one-on one to create your own glass holiday ornament. Each session takes 20 minutes. Ages 6 and up are welcome. No experience necessary.
Tickets: $50 per 20-minute time slot

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Käthe Wohlfarht

Daily

An annual highlight, Germany’s Käthe Wohlfarht is back with an all-new display packed with quality, handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and collectibles.

Visit Käthe Wohlfarht
Ice Sculpting Demonstrations

Daily

Ever wish you could recreate that epic scene where Edward Scissorhands makes snow fall over the city for Kim to see down below? If so, you can’t miss Sculpted Ice Works in the Christkindlmarkt Courtyard, where artists turn blocks of ice into beautiful sculptures using chainsaws, picks and blowtorches, causing tiny flecks of snow to dance through the air.

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Crayola Creativity Station with the Banana Factory Arts Center

Daily

Stop by the Crayola Creativity Station at Christkindlmarkt to enjoy some hands-on family fun.

Banana Factory Arts Center

Saturdays & Sundays, 12 – 4 p.m.

Join professional teaching artists from the Banana Factory Arts Center to make your own unique holiday creation that will be perfect as a family keepsake or to give as a gift. With pop-up holiday cards, paper snowflake “quilts,” ornaments and snowmen, there will be lots of projects to inspire creativity in artists of any age.

“Drop While you Shop” Creative Workshops!

Dec. 2, 9 & 16, 1 – 2 p.m.

New this year, drop your children off to participate in fun, hands-on workshops while you shop! For ages 4 and up. Workshops include cast paper tiles, mason jar snow globes, wooden snowman necklaces and snowflake suncatchers. Visit our website, bananafactory.org, for more information and to register. Space is limited to 20 children.

Banana Factory Artist Gallery

Give the gift of handmade art from artists at The Banana Factory Arts Center this holiday season. The artist booth includes work from Erin Anderson, Virginia Abbott, Melissa Perhamus, Lara Bly-Allaik, Judy Reinford and artists from the ArtsQuest Glass Studio. Items range from one of a kind jewelry to paintings and relief-sculpted ornaments to photography and hand-made and designed apparel. There is truly something for everyone!

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