Photos: Christmas City Tree Lighting Ceremony

Hundreds descend on Payrow Plaza for Bethlehem's annual tree lighting tradition.


Hundreds of people came to Payrow Plaza Friday evening to get into the holiday spirit as Bethlehem’s official city Christmas Tree was lit in a festive ceremony presided over by Mayor John Callahan.

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The ceremony, which celebrated the 75th anniversary of Bethlehem promoting itself as “The Christmas City” by the Chamber of Commerce, also included music by the Bethlehem Catholic High School Band and the Liberty High School A Capella Choir.

Third-graders from Miller Heights Elementary School and St. Anne’s Elementary School joined Callahan at the podium to throw the switch that lit all the trees on Payrow Plaza.

The Christmas City Tree on Payrow Plaza was donated by Paul and Sandy Gillette of East Allen Township. The Hill-to-Hill Bridge Christmas Tree was donated by Bob and Carol Shear of Bethlehem Township, and the Mayor’s Christmas Tree on Payrow Plaza was donated by Bernard Spirk of Bethlehem Township.

clamb November 25, 2012 at 07:29 AM
Bethlehem is sad, we call it a Christmas city, we should be a shamed to say that, tons of trees not put up, only half of the Christmas decorations up, I know thing are tight up really! There are way more smaller towns with ten times greater things up for Christmas. I have seen 34 years of. Bethlehem trees and this is the saddest yet we should have the Christmas city name taken away really
Awrinka Zerick November 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM
That would be amazing to see , wish I was there but I cant reach there. I can understand your approach clamb.


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