BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The popular annual holiday market, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem presented by Univest Financial®, will return for its 29th year beginning Fri., Nov. 19, through Sun., Dec. 19. Every Friday evening from 6-8 p.m., for the first time in the event’s history, there will be complimentary entry thanks to the generosity of ArtsQuest’s partner T-Mobile.
During this year’s holiday experience folks can sip hot toddies and partake in German holiday fare, all while shopping at more than 167 retail and craft booths including Bethlehem’s own Donegal Square and premier German ornament manufacturer Käthe Wohlfahrt.
“Season’s Eatings” returning favorites will include German bratwurst, warm roasted almonds and strudel, hot coffee or cider and delicious poutine. Shoppers are invited to get into the “spirit” with a variety of seasonal offerings from Franklin Hill Vineyards, Eight Oaks Farm Distillery, Social Still and Vynecrest throughout their visit.
Stop by the Crayola Creativity Station with the whole family to make beautiful holiday-themed crafts or enjoy live ice-sculpture carving while more than 60 performers such as Corinne Mammana, Kendal Conrad, Olde Towne Carolers and South Side Brass, fill the market with music.
Named one of the top holiday markets in the world by Travel + Leisure and one of the top holiday markets in North America by USA TODAY’s 10Best Readers’ Choice competition, Christkindlmarkt is known for its unique holiday shopping experience featuring dozens of artisans offering thousands of unique, handmade gifts and holiday items.
The market will run Fri. – Sun. the first two weeks (Nov. 19 – 21, 26-28) and then Thurs. – Sun. the last three weeks (Dec. 2-5, 9-12 and 16-19). Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thurs. and Sun. and 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat. T-Mobile sponsored free entry will take place every Friday 6-8 p.m. Tickets for Christkindlmarkt are available on ChristmasCity.org or through the ArtsQuest Box Office at 610.332.3378.
ArtsQuest will continue to follow the latest CDC, state and local health and safety guidelines. Visit artsquest.org/safety for more information.