Things to Do This Week In the Lehigh Valley!
73 Things to Do This Week in the Valley | December 2 - December 8, 2022
What is there to do in the Lehigh Valley this weekend? Check out these events happening in Easton, Allentown, Bethlehem and beyond.
Friday, December 2 - December 3, 2022 | 12 PM. Two talented song-and-dance men (Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye) team up after the war to become one of the hottest acts in show business. One winter, they join forces with a sister act (Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen) and trek to Vermont for a white Christmas.
Christmas Pajama Party at Skeggy’s Axe House
Friday, December 2, 2022 | 2 at 5 p.m. Wear your pajamas to axe throw at Skeggy’s. Use code PAJAMAS for $5 off your axe throwing experience. The event includes a holiday scavenger hunt for prizes!
Winter Wreathmaking Workshop
Friday, December 2, 2022 | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Join us at Folino Estate Winery for a Winter Wreathmaking Workshop with Women2Women! The instructional class includes: Wreath and all materials, Glass of wine, Light bites, 10% voucher valid day of event. Click HERE for tickets.
Friday, December 2, 2022 | 7 PM. Ted Donatelli (The Aardvarks), Steve Placotaris (Truth & Soul), and Lee LaBar (Hattrick) make up the 3 piece acoustic band, Rock Steady. Covering rock and soft rock from the 70’s and 80’s. America, Little River Band, Boston, The Bee Gees…plus a good diet of AM Gold. Lotsa harmonies.
Magical Mystery Doors
Friday, December 2, 2022 | 7:30 PM. Magical Mystery Doors is a tribute act that blends and layers the music of three legendary bands to create something new and unique for music fans everywhere.
We're Good, You're Great
Friday, December 8, 2022 | 8 PM. We’re Good, You’re Great is a quick witted, fully improvised show focusing on the humor found through a labyrinth of audience informed characters and comedic situations.
Lehigh University Philharmonic
Friday, December 2 - December 3, 2022 | 8 PM. Director Paul Salerni conducts his orchestral piece A Time to Mourn, a Time to Dance, alongside Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. and Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring Eugene Albulescu as piano soloist.
Breakfast with St. Nick
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 8:15 AM. ‘Tis the season for all things jolly! Families are invited to celebrate the holidays with the festive tradition of Breakfast with St. Nicholas at Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem this season.
Kid's Adventure Day
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 10 AM to 3 PM. Head to America On Wheels in Allentown for a Kid's Adventure Day! Kids will enjoy a Museum Scavenger Hunt, 26 ft. racing ramp, and Kid's Garage and Restoration Center. It is sure to be fun for the entire family.
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 10 AM to 5 PM. Santa, S.T.E.A.M., and sweet treats! Get into the holiday spirit at the National Museum of Industrial History for the 2nd Annual Winter Welcome.
Children's Planting Workshop
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 10 AM to 12 PM. Bring your kids to Sterner's Stems to play in some dirt! Choose an animal planter and a small houseplant for $15!
Holiday Cheers Trail in Emmaus
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 12 PM to 5 PM. Join Emmaus Main Street Partners for their annual Cheers Trail. Sample tasty cocktails and bonus bites from local businesses on the Triangle. Tickets are $25 and available here.
BAPL Book Sale
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 12 PM to 8 PM. Stock up on some stocking stuffers. It's the last Bethlehem Area Public Library Book Sale of the year! The Bethlehem Area Public Library book sale holds its final sale of 2022 on November 30 & December 3. This sale is held at the Church Street location and features over 20,000 books as well as many DVDs, CDs, and vinyl records -- most priced at just one dollar. At this sale, there will be a special display of holiday books, movies, and music to get you ready for the holiday season.
Winter Wonders Student Art Show
Saturday, December 3 - December 17, 2022 | 12 PM to 6 PM. Over 100 student works of art from Easton Area School District exploring the wonders of winter will be displayed in the third floor art gallery. Come, celebrate all things winter.
Disco Ball Succulent Workshop
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 1 PM. Sterner’s Stems is hosting two make-your-own succulent disco ball ornament workshops this week. Tickets include one Disco Ball and your first beer, wine, or soda. Find them at Bell Hall on Saturday, December 3 and Blended by Brü Daddy’s on Tuesday, December 6. Tickets are $35–$40.
Black Diamond Model Train Open House
Saturday, December 3, 2022 - February 5, 2023 | 1 PM to 4 PM. Founded in 1965, Black Diamond Society of Model Engineers celebrates 55 years of model railroading! Featured will be 2 floors of sleek passenger and powerful freight trains in continuous operation. See and try out the upgraded capabilities of train operation via mobile apps.
Saturday, December 3 - December 4, 2022 | 2 PM. Excitement is in the air as Repertory Dance Theatre kicks off its 35th production of The Nutcracker on stage at Miller Symphony Hall in downtown Allentown. Get into the true holiday spirit and treat your family to the most magical gift for all ages.
Downtown Allentown Tree Lighting Celebration
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 4 PM to 7 PM. The Downtown Allentown Business Alliance in partnership with the City of Allentown are proud to present the 2022 Downtown Allentown Tree Lighting Celebration in the Arts Park located at 20 N. 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18101.
Tree and Bridge Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 5 PM to 8 PM. Join the ceremony at Covered Bridge Park decorating the covered bridge, corner mill house, and holiday tree.
Old Fashioned Christmas
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 6 PM. Join Emmaus Main Street Partners for one of the best, most festive days in the Borough for the annual tree lighting.
Stefanie Johnson Trio
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 7 PM. Singer-songwriter Stefanie Johnson’s professional musical experience is varied and significant. Her style ranges from a soaring pop artist to rock singer with a slight country timbre as well.
Annual Old-Time Christmas
Saturday, December 3 - December 11, 2022. More than any other holiday, Christmas celebrations center on the traditions of families and heritage. Begin a new tradition with your family this year with a visit to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, where the Christmas customs of the past are brought to life.
The Magic of John Westford
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 7 PM to 9 PM. The Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley proudly presents John Westford is an American illusionist, quick-witted improvisational humorist, film actor, and the master mind behind some of his own original illusions. This dynamic entertainer has dazzled audiences in theaters nationwide, on live national television and on cruise ships all over the world!
Cracking Up in the Valley
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 8 PM. Join ArtsQuest for a fun and fabulous masquerade ball theme. Wear your best masquerade mask (or purchase one at the event).
Ryan Pelton - An Elvis Christmas Show
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 8 PM. Ryan Pelton is an international, award-winning, Elvis tribute artist, actor, and singer/songwriter. He often refers to himself as the “Forest Gump” of the ETA world and claims to have been blessed with an extraordinary amount of dumb luck.
Saturday, December 3, 2022 | 9:45 PM. In SEEDS, a family reunion over Christmas reignites long-simmering tensions and rekindles dangerous sexual affairs. But, as buried secrets are revealed, a mysterious killer begins murdering the perverse family members one by one in increasingly sadistic ways...
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 10 AM to 5 PM. Predator Day returns to Skirmish Paintball. The hunt is on! He’s back and he is stronger, smarter, and deadlier than before. Are you up for the challenge? If so, tell your referees and they will let you and your friends play co-op in the Predator’s territory.
Sweet Surprise Day
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 12 PM to 2:30 PM. Sweet Surprise Day at America On Wheels in Allentown. Frost and decorate inverted sugar cones creating a Holiday tree forest. Reservations suggested.
Live Music Sundays! with Dolcetto Trio
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 1 - 4 PM. Presented By: Folino Estate
Wreath Workshop at Nurture Nature Center
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 2–4 p.m. There are still spots available for Nurture Nature Center’s winter wreath workshop. Reserve your spot for $35 here.
Choral Arts at Lehigh: Christmas Vespers
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 4 PM and 8 PM. Lehigh University Choral Arts presents its annual Christmas gift to the community. Steven Sametz and Sun Min Lee are the directors.
North Catasauqua's Annual Tree Lighting
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 6 PM. Join the Borough of North Catasauqua for the Annual Tree Lighting at North Catasauqua Park.
Neil Young: Harvest Time
Sunday, December 4, 2022 | 6:30 PM. Created between January and September 1971, this docu-film takes us on an intimate journey to Young’s farm in Northern California for the ‘Harvest Barn’ sessions, to London for an iconic performance with the London Symphony Orchestra and to Nashville where the then 20 something Neil Young worked on various tracks of this signature album.
Paint Like Bob Ross
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | 6:30 PM. Come #paintlikebobross with certified Bob Ross Instructor, Christine Unger. This class follows a step-by-step approach just like the Master himself used on his half hour PBS shows. You will just need to provide a roll of paper towels for class- all other supplies and 3 hours of instruction are included! Don't forget to BYO snacks & drinks.
The Jazz Improvisation Experience
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 7 PM. Jazz is a conversational music language. Every performance is unique and engaging. This is a truly American art from includes: Swing, Latin, Funk and Blues: there is something for everyone!
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 7:30 PM. Hailing from Providence, Rhode Island, the American alternative rock-folk band Deer Tick, is built on rock, blues and country.
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 7:30 PM. After accidentally falling into Santa Claus' gift sack, a human baby is raised at the North Pole, growing up to believe he is an elf. Due to his large size, the "elf" causes chaos in Santa's workshop, forcing Kris Kringle to send him on a mission to find his human roots.
Meet Me in St. Louis: Part of Christmas Classic Matinees & Judy Garland at 100
Thursday, December 8 - December 10, 2022 | 12 PM. Judy Garland and Margaret O'Brien star in this heartwarming tale of the emotional trauma the colorful members of an early 20th century St. Louis family experience when they learn their father has been transferred--and they will have to move to New York. Based on the short stories of Sally Benson.
Livingston Taylor & Karla Bonoff - Home For The Holidays
Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 6:30 PM. Karla Bonoff and Livingston Taylor come "Home for the Holidays" with a seasonally spiced show that will remind you of what a wonderful time of the year it is.
Pet Photos with Santa
Thursday, December 8 - December 15, 2022 | 3 PM to 7 PM. The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley are offering pet photos with Santa inside the stone gazebo in Town Square presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network this holiday season!
Open Mic Night
- Böser Geist Brewery | Monday, December 5, 2022 | 6 PM View Event
- Black & Blue | Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 2022 | 7-10 p.m. View Event
- SteelStacks Open Mic Night | Thursday, December 8, 2022 | 7 PM View Event
Recurring Holiday Events
'Twas the Night Before Christmas Train
Friday, December 2 - December 23, 2022 | 7 PM. Join Colebrookdale Railroad in your pajamas, sip complimentary hot cocoa, and and enjoy a Christmas cookie as you hear 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Enjoy Christmas music, the comfort of Edwardian-era cars, and look for lights as the Secret Valley rolls past your window. Rumor has it Santa himself may appear with a gift for every child. The Christmas train ride is approximately a two-hour round trip, departing and arriving back in Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
Friday, December 2 - December 18, 2022. Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem returns for its 30th year with its traditional artisans and vendors, delicious food, St. Nicholas, and the return of popular German ornament manufacturer Käthe Wohlfahrt.
Christmas Carriage Rides in Historic Bethlehem
Friday, December 2 - January 8, 2023 | 2 PM to 9 PM. Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through Historic Bethlehem. Rides depart from the corner of Church & Main St. (in front of Central Moravian Church).
Christmas City Follies
Friday, December 2 - December 18, 2022. A fan-favorite holiday show filled with music, merriment, seasonal joy, and festive hijinx. Spike that eggnog, sharpen those candy canes, and wake up from that long winter’s nap because you don’t want to miss this (family-friendly!) vaudevillian variety show of the most wonderful time of the year!
Christmas City Stroll
Friday, December 2 - January 8, 2022 | 1 PM to 6 PM. Experience "The Christmas City" on a walking tour of one of America's National Historic Landmark Districts with certified guides in period dress leading you through centuries of Bethlehem's rich history.
Christmas City Village
Friday, December 2 - December 24, 2022 | 11 AM to 8 PM. Experience Bethlehem’s Christmas City Village and Christmas Hut on Main. Visit charming, holiday-themed wooden huts that are filled with unique holiday gift ideas. This event is free and open to the public!
Christmas in Color
Friday, December 2, 2022 - January 1, 2023. Dorney Park's drive-thru animated Christmas Light Display (Christmas in Color) is a new magical experience. Drive through millions of lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music you’ll hear right through your radio.
Holiday Putz Trail
Friday, December 2, 2022 - January 8, 2023 | 11 AM to 6 PM. The Holiday Putz Trail returns to two historic sites, the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem and the Single Sisters’ House. A Putz is a traditional Moravian Christmas decoration used around Christmas time.
Holiday Train Exhibit
Friday, December 2 - December 30, 2022. Enjoy the sounds, lights, and action of many model trains stationed around the Museum's galleries! Fun for children and adults of all ages! America On Wheels Museum is a Toys for Tots drop-off site. Bring a new, unwrapped toy and it will be placed on the special truck for delivery to children in need.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Friday, December 2 - Sunday, November 27, & Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Witness the beauty of Bethlehem's downtown National Historic Landmark District with a Christmas carriage ride by horses. These cozy, serene horse-drawn carriage rides through beautiful downtown North Bethlehem are the perfect way to enjoy the lights, sights, and sounds of Christmas City with your family and friends!
Koziar's Christmas Village
Friday, December 2 - January 1, 2023. Koziar's Christmas Village provides the greatest Christmas display in the U.S., located just outside Lehigh Valley, Pa. Driving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. Suddenly, you find yourself in a dazzling valley set aglow with more Christmas lights than you have ever seen before. Adding to the magnificent beauty is the spectacular reflection of those thousands and thousands of lights in the lake situated directly in front of the main house.
Lights in the Parkway Party Bus
Friday, December 2 - December 17, 2022 | 5 PM to 8 PM. Go on a VIP ride through Lights in the Parkway! You’ll be picked up outside of Blended on the ArtsWalk at your selected time. Once you’re done cruising through Lights in the Parkway, you’ll be dropped back off at Blended.
Lights in the Parkway
Friday, December 2- December 31, 2022 | 5:30 PM to 10 PM. Dazzling animated LED displays are part of this glowing show. These larger-than-life light spectaculars join traditional favorites set to music, transforming more than a mile of one of Allentown’s most beautiful parks, Lehigh Parkway, into a winter wonderland.
Live Advent Calendar
Friday, December 2 - December 23, 2022 | 5:30 PM. Get in the spirit with the Historic Bethlehem Live Advent Calendar in downtown Bethlehem, PA! The only one of its kind in the country, the Live Advent Calendar is fun for parents and children alike.
Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas Puppet Show
Friday, December 2 - December 31, 2022. It's a local holiday tradition, A Pennsylvania German Christmas Tree and putz with area historic buildings as featured exhibits during the holidays.
Winter Light Spectacular
Friday, December 2 - December 31, 2022 | 5 PM to 10 PM. Bundle up and enjoy the beauty of nature as you stroll through tree-lined paths lit up by over 1.2 million twinkling lights and themed animated displays. Warm up next to the cozy outdoor fire pits, while enjoying hot cocoa and Stuffed Puffs® Classic Milk Chocolate Filled Marshmallow s’mores easier. Don’t forget the camera to capture the children’s delight when they encounter Santa, Anna, Elsa, Belle, and Cinderella!
Winter Village in Historic Easton
Friday, December 2 - December 18, 2022. Shop & Ice Skate at the City of Easton's outdoor, family-friendly winter event, the Easton Winter Village every Friday from 4-8 p.m.; Saturday from 12-8 p.m.; and Sundays 12-6 p.m. Experience downtown Easton at this family-friendly holiday event.
A Christmas Carol
Friday, December 2 - December 17, 2022. The classic Lehigh Valley holiday tradition returns to the Civic stage, A Christmas Carol. This timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption has inspired literally thousands of children and adults to travel with Scrooge as “fellow passengers” on the road to humanity.
Annual Moravian Christmas Putz
Friday, December 2 - January 8, 2023 | 1 PM to 4 PM. Building a putz is a Moravian tradition that reaches back to the mid-18th century. A putz is an elaborate miniature display that tells the Christmas story. The putz is made up of hundreds of small figures and can be elaborate or simple.
InVision Juried Exhibition
Friday, December 2 - January 8, 2023 | 12 PM. ArtsQuest is hosting its 13th annual InVision program in the Fall of 2022. InVision is a premier photo-based art program that is designed to foster excitement and dialogue between a diverse group of participants interested in the process of creating art.
The Ice Rink at SteelStacks presented by Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital
Friday, December 2 - December 28, 2022. In partnership with Rink Management Services Corporation, The Ice Rink at SteelStacks will feature fresh ice maintained throughout the day to deliver an outdoor skating experience like no other across the Lehigh Valley. Throughout the season the rink will be packed with events for all ages, including birthday parties, themed nights, sporting events and more.
At the Stroke of Midnight
Friday, December 2 - December 23, 2022 | 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM. Back by popular demand, don't miss the Christmas show that the Times News described as "the best original music and Christmas show in years." It's At the Stroke of Midnight, a heart-warming Christmas Tale. When William, an overworked clockmaker becomes overwhelmed with Christmas orders, it will take a miracle to help him find the true meaning of Christmas.
Photos with Santa
Friday, December 2 - December 24, 2022. The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley is providing photos with Santa inside the stone gazebo in Town Square presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network this holiday season! Professional photos will be taken with care by Dan’s Camera City; packages start at $27.
Olde Towne Carolers
Saturday, December 3- December 24, 2022. Olde Towne Carolers will take the stage at The Patio presented by Allegiant this holiday season at The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley! Each performance is unique and remembered for years to come. The Olde Towne Carolers perform holiday music spanning generations and cultural divides, from old German carols and classic Christmas songs to 20th century hits.
Santa Train Rides
Saturday, December 3 - December 18, 2022. Enjoy a leisurely ride on either the coach, open air car, or one of the cabooses with a stop at the "NORTH POLE" (a picnic grove) where all the boys and girls can meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus to tell them what they want for Christmas and have their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Santa's Polar Bear Express
Saturday, December 3 - December 24, 2022. Join Santa on a magical adventure into Christmas past on one of the most beautiful train journeys in the United States! Sip complimentary Hot Cocoa and enjoy Christmas cookies as the Secret Valley passes by your frosted window. Some trains even offer the opportunity to sing your favorite carols. On all Polar Bear Express Trains, Santa brings a gift for every child, and every child has an opportunity to give their Christmas letter to him (they even provide the crayons!) The Victorian charm of their heated coaches makes Christmas memories to last a lifetime.
Trees of Historic Bethlehem
Saturday, December 3 - January 8, 2023 | 11 AM to 6 PM. Catch a glimpse of the Trees of Historic Bethlehem, a time-honored tradition displaying over 28 trees across four historic sites. This year, each tree is decorated by members of the Bethlehem Garden Club to reference timeless games, including Checkers, Clue, and Scrabble!
Hot Chocolate Trains
Saturday, December 3 - December 17, 2022 | 7 PM. Take an evening trip with Allentown and Auburn Railroad and be joined by Santa! Upon return to the station, Santa will read the Night Before Christmas and passengers are welcome to hot chocolate and a cookie included with your ticket.
Photos with Santa Claus
Saturday, December 3 - December 23, 2022 | 12 PM. Silver Solutions Photography LLC are happy to be providing a fun family experience again this year with Santa Claus at the South Mall Allentown.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides
Sunday, December 4 - December 23, 2022. The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley partnered with Saucon Valley Carriage to offer guests pre-scheduled, private horse-drawn carriage rides around the shopping center this holiday season!