9 Shopping Days 'Til Christmas: Your Week

Time is running out to enjoy holiday themed events in the Historic Downtown.

The Bethlehem By Night Bus Tour offered by Historic Bethlehem. (Patch File Photo)
The Bethlehem By Night Bus Tour offered by Historic Bethlehem. (Patch File Photo)

There are only nine shopping days left until Christmas. For those of us who haven’t finished—or perhaps even started—those are some rather serious words.

Time is also running out to enjoy all the special events there are to enjoy in the Historic Downtown as the big day approaches. Those include:

  • The Bethlehem Live Advent Calendar unveils a live Christmas treat from the front door of the 1810 Goundie House at 505 Main St. at 5:30 p.m. sharp every day through Dec. 23. In years past, those treats have included special performances, holiday sweets and other gifts.
  • The Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites will continue to offer its seasonal holiday tours, which include the Christmas City Stroll, Scenic Horsedrawn Carriage Rides, the Bethlehem by Night Bus Tour and the holiday version of the Rise & Fall of Bethlehem Steel. For more information on tour times or to purchase tickets, contact the Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center at 505 Main St., call 1-800-360-TOUR or view this website: www.historicbethlehem.org.

Here’s what else is going on in Bethlehem this week:

  • City Council is scheduled to meet for the last time in 2013 at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The agenda will most certainly include the final adoption of a 2014 budget.
  • The talented students of the Lehigh Valley Charter School for the Arts will present Shakespeare’s Hamlet for a five-day run beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the school’s black box theater, 675 E. Broad St. For ticket information go to: www.CharterArts.org
  • A cruiserweight bout between two former world champion fighters, Glen Johnson and Bobby Gunn, is the main attraction in a night of boxing at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are from $50 to $200.
  • Celebrate the holidays with some old-time swing music with The Rob Stoneback Big Band, which will be on the Musikfest Café stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $20 and $15.


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