Bethlehem Continues To Boost Christmas Events

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton C...

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bethlehem keeps working to earn its Christmas City nickname.

The city may have more holiday events than ever this year: Christkindlmarkt is open for its 21st year, Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites is holding holiday tours and carriage rides for its 20th year and Center City’s Christmas City Village is returning for its third year.

The continued addition of holiday attractions has only helped existing events, operators said. Christkindlmarkt, a German-style holiday marketplace put on by ArtsQuest, had two of its three best years following the debut of the Downtown Bethlehem Association-organized Christmas City Village in 2011, ArtsQuest spokesman Mark Demko said.

Christmas City Village — an open-air German-style market also known as Weihnachtsmarkt — is adding another five huts for a total of 35 this year, Downtown Business Association Manager Kara Johnson said. And Historic Bethlehem is already ahead of schedule on pre-sale tour and carriage ride tickets, according to LoriAnn Wukitsch, the organization’s vice president and managing director.

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Lititz Leads In ‘Coolness’ In Online Contest Run By Budget Travel

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Lancaster County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Editor’s note:  We totally agree!!!

Brian Volpone walks a half-mile to work each day through the streets of Lititz.

He loves inhaling the warm chocolate smell emanating from Wilbur Chocolate.  He also enjoys looking at the town’s historic buildings and soaking in its family-friendly vibe.

Volpone, 46, thinks Lititz is “America’s Coolest Small Town.”  And so do a bunch of other folks, who are voting online in a national contest being hosted by Budget Travel on its website,

“It’s such a neat little place,” said the father of four, who works at Luthercare as a network administrator and is married to a Lititz native, Bev.

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