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Bethlehem: Christmas City

Bethlehem: Christmas City

Experience the best of the "Christmas City" - Bethlehem, PA, including Christkindlemarkt! Photo Credit: Discover Lehigh Valley

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Trip Duration: 2 Days

Meals Included: $20 Food Voucher at Wind Creek

Tour Director: Yes 

Activity Level: Moderate


Highlights Include:


Wind Creek Bethlehem Casino

Wind Creek Bethlehem is built on the site of the historic Bethlehem Steel and incorporates many of the remaining historical elements of the famed plant. The centerpiece of the property is a visually and architecturally stunning casino with 3,000 slot machines and the latest in electronic games. Wind Creek also has table games. Poker, Roulette, Black Jack, Craps, Casino War, Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker, Mini Baccarat, Midi Baccarat, Let it Ride and more! Experience a vast array of cuisine including Emeril Lagasse's unique style of culinary excellence at Emeril's Chop House, Burgers & More by Emeril, Chopstick, Steelworks Buffet & Grill and The Market Gourmet Express. $40 Slot Free Play included.


Central Moravian Church Christmas Putz

The Christmas Putz is a retelling of the story of Christ’s birth through narration and music, while tiny lights illuminate each miniature scene.  Putz is from the German word “putzen” meaning to decorate.  The figures in Central’s Putz, many of them antiques of German origin, are displayed amidst live moss, driftwood and rocks.The building of a putz is unique to the Moravians and Bethlehem’s first settlers brought their figures with them when they settled here.  In later years, families would visit each others’ homes to view the putzes. Central’s Putz was first opened in 1937. Visit the Star and Candle Shoppe filled with many unique hand-crafted gifts and special Moravian items.


Moravian Museum of Bethlehem

The 1741 Gemeinhaus, Bethlehem's oldest building and a National Historic Landmark houses a museum that tells the stories of the Moravian founders. Opening the herringbone-patterned doors of this five-story log structure, the largest 18th century log building in the United States, reveals a place which served as home, school church and workplace during the community's earliest days. The museum complex also includes the 1752 Apothecary, or drug store, and the 1758 Nain-Schober House, the only remaining 18th century residence for Christianized American Indians in eastern Pennsylvania.


Bethlehem By Night Riding Tour

Sit back and experience the Christmas City on a trip back in time with our certified guide in period dress. Deemed "the best way to see Bethlehem" this tour includes a visit to the famous star atop South Mountain, a look at early and current local holiday traditions, and access to historic highlights in north and south Bethlehem.



Christkindlmarkt is a one-of-a-kind family event that brings the spirit of Bethlehem alive with the season. Twice recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure, this heart-warming holiday event features:- Aisles of handmade works by more than 150 of the nation's finest artisans.

- The ring-ting-tingling sounds of live Christmas music and jolly, old St. Nick's hearty laughter.

- Ice carving and glassblowing demonstrations, including the popular Hot Glass Experience: Glass Ornament sessions.

- Kathe Wohlfarht, offering handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and collectibles from Germany.


You're bound to work up an appetite as you shop your way through Christkindlmarkt and they've got you covered. Grab a bite to eat and then visit one of their two bars for a holiday cocktail to enjoy while you shop. To make it even easier for you to explore the entire festival, you can drop off your packages at their Package Check - think of it like a coat check, but for your bags... so you don't have to carry them around with you all day!


Need to Know:

Morovian Museum of Bethlehem is not handicapped accessible


Christkindlmarkt, is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. Please note, ArtsQuest is unable to provide or rent wheelchairs or walkers for our guests


Eyre has a select quantity of wheelchair accessible motorcoaches available; therefore, we suggest you contact a Travel Advisor to discuss any needs you may have before reserving your trip.

Tentative Pick ups:

Tentative Departure Times:
7:00am Silver Spring/Rockville @ Georgia Avenue Park & Ride
7:15am Silver Spring @ Leisure World Clubhouse II
8:00am Ellicott City @ Long Gate Park & Ride
9:00am Towson @ Cromwell Bridge Park & Ride

Day 1:

Travel to Bethlehem, PA
Lunch & free time on own in downtown Bethlehem
3:00pm Admission to Central Moravian Church; Christmas Putz located in the Christian Education Building
4:00pm Tour of the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem
5:00pm Bethlehem by Night Riding Tour
Check in for (1) Overnight at Wink Creek Bethlehem
Dinner on own

Day 2:

Breakfast on own
Check out of Wind Creek Bethlehem
11am - 2pm Visit Christkindlmarkt
Lunch on own
Travel Home

Tentaive Drop offs:

Tentative Return Times:
5:30pm Towson @ Cromwell Bridge Park & Ride
6:30pm Ellicott City @ Long Gate Park & Ride
7:15pm Silver Spring/Rockville @ Georgia Avenue Park & Ride
7:30pm Silver Spring @ Leisure World Clubhouse II

Wind Creek Bethlehem


Wind Creek features an Indoor Pool & Fitness Center along with several dining options including Emeril's Chop House, Burgers & More by Emeril, Chopstick, Steelworks Buffet & Grill, The Market Gourmet Express.


Guest rooms include coffeemaker, hairdryer, iron/board.


Gaming opportunities include Poker, Slots and Table Games. A Government issued ID is required in order to receive the package and required for check in.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Ellicott City Long Gate Park and Ride
Meadowbrook Ln, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Leisure World Leisure World - Club House II (Residents ONLY)
3300 N Leisure World Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20906
Silver Spg/Rockville, MD Georgia Ave Park & Ride
16000 Georgia Ave, Rockville, MD 20853
Towson, MD Cromwell Bridge Park & Ride
Cromwell Bridge Rd Towson, MD 21286
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