Walk through this winter wonderland of Christmas carol-inspired Trees of Historic Bethlehem, beautifully decorated by the Bethlehem Garden Club. Running from November 18, 2016 – January 15, 2017, this exhibition will be on display at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts (427 North New Street), Moravian Museum of Bethlehem (66 West Church Street), Single Sisters’ House (50 West Church Street), 1869 Luckenbach Mill (459 Old York Road), and 1810 Goundie House (501 Main Street).
Dispersed across five historic sites, Trees of Historic Bethlehem will transport visitors to a world where Christmas carols come to life. Thanks to the hard work of over 50 volunteers from the Bethlehem Garden Club, each themed tree personifies its contemporary carol or historic hymn.
Represented songs include “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “We Three Kings,” “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” “Nutcracker Suite,” “What Child Is This,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” as well as notable favorites like “Jingle Bells,” “Let it snow, Let it snow,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” and “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” and more.
Guests will be charmed by a gorgeous assortment of splendid decorations consisting of iridescent ornaments, beeswax candles, nutcrackers, pearl clusters, vintage lace, Santas, nativity figures, grapevine wreaths and stars, Scherenschnitte ornament hangers, Victorian cornucopias and nosegays, and more.
View all of these dazzling trees and vote for your favorite! Enjoy the annual tree display as part of your family’s holiday tradition, or start a new tradition this 2016.
Don’t miss the Anniversary Holiday Putz Trail. From German term meaning “to decorate” or “to embellish,” a Putz is a traditional Moravian decoration used around Christmas time that features ornate figurines, animals, and building scenes to tell the Nativity Story. Putz Trail locations include: the Moravian Museum, 66 West Church Street; the 1810 Goundie House, 501 Main Street; and the Single Sisters’ House, 50 West Church Street.
Immediately following the City of Bethlehem Tree Lighting Ceremony in Payrow Plaza, take a short stroll down New Street and join the first annual Holiday Wassail Tree Lighting Open House on Friday, November 25 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm at the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts, Moravian Museum, and Single Sisters’ House. See the expertly decorated Trees of Historic Bethlehem display as well as costumed docents, including Annie Kemerer, who will share stories of Bethlehem’s past and live musical performances that highlight this year’s Christmas carol decoration theme. Light refreshments will be offered.
Make this Christmas your biggest yet by celebrating the holiday season during the 275th milestone anniversary of the 1741 Gemeinhaus and the City of Bethlehem with Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites’ dazzling Trees of Historic Bethlehem exhibition. Trees of Historic Bethlehem is sponsored by The Morning Call.
Admission price to Trees of Historic Bethlehem for all 5 sites is $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 4-17 and includes the Anniversary Holiday Putz Trail. Admission to the Holiday Wassail Tree Lighting Open House is a suggested donation of $5.
All proceeds from this event help Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites to maintain 20 historic landmarks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.