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Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem Trip Guide

Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem presented by Univest Bank & Trust Co. 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 presented by Univest Bank & Trust Co.! 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 – 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 the United 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.

Ride the Free Christmas City Trolley

To experience all of Bethlehem’s historic holiday events and attractions!

Sponsored by Historic Hotel Bethlehem and ArtsQuest

Christmas City Trolley Schedule: Nov. 16- Dec. 23

  • First trolley runs Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.
  • A second trolley runs Saturday, noon – 6 p.m. & Sunday (November 25-December 16 only), noon – 5 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)

Christkindlmarkt Package Check

Glass Tent, Daily | 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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, 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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Breakfast with St. Nicholas

Dec. 1, 8 & 15 | 9 a.m.

Presented by Giant Food Stores
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: $18.95 for ages 10 and older; $15.95 for ages 3-9; $9.95 for ages 2 and under.

December 1 – Buy Tickets

December 8 – Buy Tickets

December 15 – Buy Tickets

Christkindlmarkt Hot Glass Experience: Ornament OR Candycane

Christkindlmarkt Glass TentCheck website for dates and times

Presented by the ArtsQuest Glass Studio
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: $55 per 20-minute time slot (includes admission to Christkindlmarkt)

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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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2nd Annual Fa-la-la-la-lympics

Dec. 8

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 will time will tell!
FREE

Crayola Creativity Station with the Banana Factory Arts Center

Daily

Presented by Crayola & ArtsQuest
Stop by the Crayola Creativity Station at Christkindlmarkt to enjoy some hands-on family fun and free kids crafts with the Banana Factory Arts Center.

Free Holiday Kids Crafts with the Banana Factory Arts Center

Crayola Creativity Station at Christkindlmarkt, Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Spend some time as a family making beautiful holiday themed crafts with one of our professional teaching artists! Crafts include Holiday Bell Totas, Origami Animal Envelopes, Artic Wolf Magnets, Snowflake Necklaces and more! Crafts rotate each weekend so there is always something new to make.

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