Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce - Letter from the President


- Dave Dyson, Hampson Mowrer Kreitz Agency
BCC President
Main: 610-868-8507 • ddyson@hmk-ins.com

Christmas preparation is in full gear right now. With the Christmas City designation in its 75th year, we wanted to do something special to celebrate this milestone. Our tree lighting ceremony will be filled with surprises - none of which I am able to reveal today - but be sure to attend on Friday, November 23. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Payrow Plaza just outside on the steps of the Public Library. The Bethlehem Catholic High School Band will be playing, there will be a Christmas carol singing and FREE treats and hot chocolate. Headed by Natalie Miller, owner of Looper’s Grille and Bar, The Christmas tree lighting ceremony involves the entire community from the high school musicians to the elementary school children who decorate the Mayor’s Christmas Tree the week before the ceremony (and a few who actually flip the switch to turn on the lights). In addition, area businesses contribute free treats to attendees and sponsor the event. Natalie is assisted by Beverly Bradley from the Cops-n- Kids program and the Citizens Christmas City Committee.

Before and after the ceremony, be sure to go into the downtowns to take in the Christmas atmosphere. The Bethlehem downtowns will be decorated for the holiday season.Christmas music fills the air, there is an abundance of places to shop and dine, and for the second year in a row, we will have two German inspired Christmas markets: Christkindlmarkt at Steel Stacks and the DBA’s Christmas City Village in the Historic District Downtown. Ride the Christmas Trolley - for no charge - and you can experience all of Bethlehem’s Christmas offerings.

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