CHRISTKINDLMARKT BETHLEHEM CELEBRATES 20 YEARS
2012 Festival Features Sixth Weekend and More Artisans Than Ever
Bethlehem, PA—Over the past two decades, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem has delighted almost one million guests from near and far with its mix of unique gift ideas, old-world charm and holiday cheer. This year the festival will celebrate 20 years of holiday magic with a six-week run that features more than 125 vendors each week, the most in its history.
Recognized as one of the top holiday markets in the world by Travel + Leisure, Christkindlmarkt features aisles of exquisite, handmade works by the nation’s finest artisans; the heart-warming sounds of live holiday music; and delicious German and Austrian favorites such as bratwurst, German roasted almonds and strudel. The event, which takes place Thursdays-Sundays, Nov. 15-Dec. 23 (closed Thanksgiving Day), will include more than 200 different vendors during its six-week run, with artisans coming from 20 different states. From beautiful, handcrafted jewelry and hand-carved wooden Santas to stunning stained glass stars and hand-knit clothing, the event features thousands of holiday decorations and gift ideas perfect for every taste and budget.
New at Christkindlmarkt this year is Hidden Pines Farms, offering live Christmas trees, wreaths and swag for sale. Patrons will be able to stroll Hidden Pines’ rows of trees, selecting the perfect fir, spruce or pine for their home. Christkindlmarkt has also expanded its lineup of specialty food vendors, with Pennsylvania-pure maple syrup, locally produced honeys, freshly-baked artisan breads and more among the new items at the event this year.
Other highlights of Christkindlmarkt include Make Your Own Glass Ornament Sessions, where children and adults work hand-in-hand with talented glass artists to create beautiful, hand-blown ornaments; ice carvers creating sculptures using chainsaws, picks and blowtorches; and Breakfast with St. Nicholas, where children can meet and have their photos taken with the jolly, old man himself. Germany’s Käthe Wohlfarht, one of the most popular attractions at Christkindlmarkt, is also back with its amazing collection of handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and collectibles.
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem hours are Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Advance tickets, which are on sale now, are $7 for a daily pass (ages 12 and under are admitted free) and $16 for a season pass. Starting Nov. 15, admission is $8 for a daily pass and $18 for a season pass. Free parking for Christkindlmarkt is available adjacent to the venue, located at PNC Plaza at SteelStacks, 645 E. First St., Bethlehem.
For Christkindlmarkt tickets and information, please visit www.artsquest.org or call 610-332-3378.