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Bethlehem’s rich history and deep connection to Christmas are undeniably intertwined. In 1741, on Christmas Eve, a group of Moravians singing a hymn christened the town “Bethlehem,” forever etching the holiday spirit into its identity. This connection extends to the first documented decorated Christmas tree in America and the city’s official nickname, “Christmas City USA,” established in 1937. Today, both sides of the Lehigh River shimmer with festive cheer, boasting vibrant Christmas markets overflowing with handcrafted goods, delectable treats, and local vendors. It’s a true testament to the community spirit and dedication of numerous organizations working tirelessly to ensure a magical Christmas experience for residents and visitors alike.

Experience Northside Christmas