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5 Things to Know About Christkindlmarkt 2011

Bethlehem's famed holiday market has a new location.

One of the world's best holiday markets opens Thursday, Nov. 17 and Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem has a few changes this year.

  1. The market's new location is 645 E. First St., in Bethlehem. Free parking is avaliable across the street.
  2. The market will be open for five weekends this season. Dates are Nov. 17-20, Nov. 25-27, Dec. 1-4, Dec. 8-11, Dec. 15-18. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
  3. You can check this list to see which crafters will be partiicpating each week.
  4. Discounted admission tickets can be purchased until Wednesday, Nov. 16. Regular admission is $8 for a daily pass or $15 for a season pass at the gate.
  5. Get more information to plan your visit by checking out the food, performers and retail vendors.
Dorothy Lindblad November 13, 2011 at 11:35 PM
Boooo! I'm so sad that they moved the festival out of downtown Bethlehem in order to promote the casino. Our family went every year -sometimes twice - in order to both go to the festival and walk up and down main street and shop. I think that we will just go to downtown Bethlehem this year, as the merchants will most likely be hurting from the Christkindlmarkt being relocated.
Rosemary B November 14, 2011 at 04:07 AM
Agree with you! I hope they don't hurt downtown Bethlehem to much. I would think the casino does not need much help attracting people. And are gamblers going to spend their money on crafts? Don't know...
Daryl Nerl (Editor) November 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM
I don't think "casino promotion" has anything to do with the move. For good or for bad, it has to do with the fact that ArtsQuest (the organization that puts on Christkindlmarkt) now has its own arts center and campus to promote and use in South Bethlehem.
Terri Simpson November 14, 2011 at 11:39 PM
Daryl, can you tell me why the location was changed seems kind of strange.
Daryl Nerl (Editor) November 15, 2011 at 12:08 AM
I thought I just did explain. ArtsQuest, which puts on Christkindlmarkt, has its own campus at SteelStacks where they now host events year-round. They see it as preferable and more advantageous to host the event what is now their own back yard.
Terri Simpson November 15, 2011 at 12:31 AM
Thanks for explaining " again" I did not read that.
MS November 15, 2011 at 02:49 PM
The BEST part of Christkindlmarkt is Santa! I say a little prayer every year that Santa is still there, THE santa...not just any Santa.....We have a book of every Santa picture from when the kids were babies....and it's just this one Santa in every picture.....He is the BEST santa

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