Christmas is a big deal in Bethlehem

This year, Bethlehem marks the 75th anniversary of its designation as “Christmas City.” This designation was introduced in 1938 as a marketing effort by the Chamber of Commerce.

On behalf of the Citizens of the City of Bethlehem, it gives me much pleasure to welcome you to our historical City, of which we are justly proud. It is our sincere wish that you will enjoy the many places of interest as designated by this guide pamphlet and that your visit will be one which you will recall with many pleasant memories.

The above quote comes from a website created by the current Downtown Bethlehem Association. On this link, one can find a digital copy of the guide pamphlet mentioned in Mayor Pfeifle’s quote. In this 8-page pamphlet, readers can quickly learn a bit more about the Christmas City history, Bethlehem history, Cultural Centers [of 1938], Points of Interest [many of which remain today], facts & figures of 1938 City data, and regional information. The last bit of interest is the interpretation of the City of Bethlehem Seal; no doubt the makings for a fine trivia question. Check out this page for other fun facts.

In the next two weeks, if our readers have a moment to steal away from the last week of classes or the business of life, there’s plenty of holiday atmosphere to soak in.

The local shopping district is all decked out with a holiday theme. Shoppers can vote on their favorite door for a chance to win a $1,000 gift certificate to all of the Doors of Bethlehem participants (north and south side merchants!)

Starting this Saturday, the Live Advent Calendar returns after a fabulous series last year.

Now that the inlaid star is complete on Main street, take a quick trip over the river and through the woods… (oops, sorry – that holiday is over).

If you have any questions about Bethlehem Christmas traditions, please let us know. We’ll be happy to dig up (or make up!) the answers.

What the heck… we’ll start with one question for our readers.

Why are the lights on the north side white, and the south side multi-colored? Submit your answers in the comments below. (Be nice. Santa reads our blog, too!)