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Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem Trip Guide

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

Free public parking for Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem and SteelStacks is available adjacent to Christkindlmarkt, located at PNC Plaza at SteelStacks, 645 East First Street.

Limited parking for persons with disabilities is also available. 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 or the Riverport parking garage – 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 presented by Univest Financial! 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!

Stop by the United States Postal Service giant blue mail box, where you can flat-rate ship gifts right at Christkindlmarkt!

Restrooms

Restrooms are available in the Visitor Center at SteelStacks presented by St. Luke’s University Health Network, 711 E. 1st Street as well as at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way.

Ride the Free Christmas City Trolley

Enjoy everything the Christmas City has to offer by taking a ride on our free Christmas City Trolley! The trolley runs every 20-30 minutes and will shuttle you between the Historic District and the SouthSide Arts District.

Presented by Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce

Christmas City Trolley Schedule: Nov. 15- Dec. 22

  • First trolley runs Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.
  • A second trolley runs Saturday only, noon – 6 p.m.

Trolley stops include:

  • Walnut Street Parking Garage
  • Main Street/Christmas City Village (stops at Sun Inn and Moravian Book Shop)
  • Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem and SteelStacks
  • Mechanic Street near New Street (at the exit from the 3rd Street parking lot)

Christmas at SteelStacks

While you’re at Christkindlmarkt presented by Univest Financial, make sure to visit the rest of the SteelStacks campus, where you’ll be immersed in a wonderland of the sights and sounds of Christmas. Every night from Nov. 22-Dec. 31, you can walk the campus, draped with holiday lights and 1930s era decorations straight out of a bedtime story.

At the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, we invite you to come in from the cold and indulge in our warm winter menu, featuring a variety of hot beverages, delicious food and decadent desserts, while taking a peek at some unique presents available for sale at the Stacks Shop. Guests can also catch a Christmas Classic matinee in the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas or visit the Musikfest Café presented by Yuengling for a unique concert and dining experience, available throughout the season (see SteelStacks.org for performance schedules).

United States Postal Service “Big Blue Box”

Located near the Christmas tree, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 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

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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.

Ice Sculpting Demonstrations

Daily

Don’t miss the 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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3rd Annual Fa-la-la-la-lympics

Dec. 7

Presented by 100.7 WLEV
Watch in awe as contest winners compete head-to-head in our silly little reindeer games! Who can untangle Christmas lights the fastest? Who will be this year’s candy cane wreath ring toss winner? It’s cold – why are we doing this outside? Only time will tell!
FREE

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