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Historic Bethlehem

AT THE INTERSECTION OF HISTORIC AND HISTORY-MAKING

Just look around. From pre-colonial buildings to rooms where the Constitution was written, Bethlehem, Pa., is steeped in history. And while it was founded some 275 years ago, this town has reinvented itself over and over again. Today, there’s a booming arts district, high-end restaurants, quirky shops, and even a 90-foot star that’s kind of hard to miss.

A SMALL CITY WITH BIG HEART

Moravian’s two “campuses” book end a mile-stretch of Bethlehem’s Main Street, including a so-adorable-it-hurts block of Historic Bethlehem where well-priced vintage stores, art galleries, and local olive oil and chocolate purveyors share the street with inns and buildings that have roots as deep as our country’s humble beginning (more on that from the Historic Bethlehem Partnership, where Moravian College students have interned). Follow the blue placards for a walking history of the town. Pet the dozens of instagram-worthy dogs just hanging out while their owners dine al fresco. Grab a bagel at Johnny’s and peep the fancy Hotel Bethlehem patrons before class. Main Street is a huge reason why over 75,000 people call Bethlehem home—hopefully you will, too.

Bethlehem’s charm goes beyond one block. Across the bridge, Bethlehem’s South Side is an artist’s playground. See an outdoor concert at the amphitheater. Catch a sketch comedy show or a limited-release indie film at Artsquest. Walk along the Steel Stacks for a different view of Bethlehem’s rich history.

NEVER A DULL MOMENT

Bethlehem is a constantly-evolving blend of culture and commerce, progress and preservation. What does that mean for you? There’s always something to do. Walk out your door and you’ll accidentally stumble upon a street fair. Get your Baroque on at the annual Bach Festival. Bagpipe with the best of them at the Celtic Classic. And forget Coachella—fill yourself with fried food and fantastic (free) tunes at the truly epic nine-day Musikfest drawing a million visitors each August, one of the largest in the nation. Join the more than 5,000 people that descend upon our city for the College’s annual Christmas Vespers service in Central Moravian Church in December. Take a snowy carriage ride among the lit-up trees while you enjoy the holiday music that’s piped in throughout the streets. And if you can’t find your way home, look up into the mountains for the Bethlehem Star. Too much Christmas spirit? Never. We’re called the Christmas City for a reason.

LEHIGH VALLEY: THIRD BIGGEST POPULATION HUB IN PENNSYLVANIA

Need a break from Bethlehem? We’re right between Allentown and Easton. Together, we form the Lehigh Valley metropolitan area, home to nearly three-quarters of a million people and eight colleges and universities. Head over to DiscoverLehighValley.com for a wider look at what the Lehigh Valley has to offer.