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CHRISTKINDLMARKT BETHLEHEM KICKS OFF 5-WEEK HOLIDAY RUN NOV. 20 AT STEELSTACKS
November 3, 2014
Advance tickets on sale now for 22nd annual event, which will feature 100 vendors, special 50th anniversary collectibles from Käthe Wohlfahrt and more
BETHLEHEM, PA–Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, the popular holiday marketplace that takes place at PNC Plaza at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, is set to return for its 22nd year, with 100 artisans and vendors, a special 50th anniversary celebration by Käthe Wohlfahrt and more. Discounted advance tickets for the event, which takes place Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 20-Dec. 21, are on sale now at www.christmascity.org and 610-332-3378.
Recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure, Christkindlmarkt is a delightful family event that features aisles of exquisite, handmade works by the nation’s finest artisans, the heartwarming sounds of live Christmas music, delicious German and Austrian food, and more. This year, dozens of vendors and artisans will visit the marketplace each weekend, with artists coming from as far away as North Carolina, Georgia, Indiana and Illinois. Among the thousands of holiday gift ideas guest will discover are beautiful glass art, handmade jewelry, wheel-thrown pottery, gourmet foods and hand-crafted candles, to name just a few. Approximately 135 different vendors will attend the market over its five-week run, with nearly 20 percent of them appearing at the event for the first time.
One of the highlights of Christkindlmarkt 2014 is the return of Käthe Wohlfahrt, which is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. In honor of the special occasion, the renowned German ornament and nutcracker maker is featuring a handful of special 50th Anniversary collectibles and ornaments, all available only in very limited quantities. Other new attractions include the first limited-edition Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem collectible from Rich Connolly, the popular local artist known for his hand-painted chalkware figurines created with century-old antique candy molds; as well as the opportunity for guests to work with the glass artists at the Glassblowing Tent powered by Think Energy to create their own Stamped Glass Bethlehem Star, the perfect souvenir of their visit to the Christmas City.
Families attending Christkindlmarkt will also enjoy the ice sculpting demonstrations, giant playhouses created by area architects, and visits with the market’s authentic German St. Nicholas. Plus, the popular “Breakfast with St. Nick” is back Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 and 13 at 9 a.m. During the events, which sell out each year, children and their families enjoy a delicious hot breakfast, goodie bag and arts & crafts, as well as a photos with the jolly, old man himself.
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem is made possible thanks to the support of partners such as Adams Outdoor Advertising of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem Sausage Werke, Capital BlueCross, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of the Lehigh Valley, Edwards Business Systems, Fiat of the Lehigh Valley, Highmark Blue Shield, Lehigh Valley International Airport, People First Federal Credit Union, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Think Energy and UGI Utilities, as well as media partners 999 The Hawk, B104, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications, viamedia, WFMZ and 100.7 WLEV.
Christkindlmarkt hours are Thurs., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving), Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Advance tickets are $8 for ages 13 and older, $4 for ages 6-12, and admission is free for ages 5 and under. Advance season passes are $16 for ages 13 and older, and $8 for ages 6-12;
Tickets for Breakfast with St. Nick are $14.95 for ages 11 and older; $11.95 for ages 2-10, and $6.95 for ages under 2.
New this year is the Christkindlmarkt/Bethlehem: The Christmas City Movie combo ticket, which includes admission to the “Bethlehem: The Christmas City” film, highlighting Bethlehem’s rich history from its founding by the Moravians in 1741 through the present day. For complete Christkindlmarkt information, as well as tickets and season passes, visit www.christmascity.org or call 610-332-3378.