Bethlehem’s Christmas City Village and Its Happy Holiday Huts
December 6th, 2012 posted by George Wacker
An older couple is bundled up with their scarves double wrapped around their necks. It’s chilly and brisk as they look at the fanciful knitted animal hats at Girlfriend’s Boutique’s hut. They try them on and laugh for a second before moseying down past more huts, each time stopping to see what’s inside, to say hello, to enjoy their day.
The couple, like many others on this early December morning, are probably Christmas shopping. However, they are doing so at local vendors, at their own pace, and in one of the most beautiful locales possible.
The Christmas City Village in downtown Bethlehem isn’t your ordinary Christmas shopping destination, nor is it your ordinary “craft fair” type event, either. More than 30 huts dot the area adjacent to The Sun Inn and behind it, in The Sun Inn Courtyard. Made in the image of a German Weihnachtsmarkt, the quaint, strolling feel to the event is in direct contrast to the hustle and bustle in some other more “commercialized” stores during the holiday season.
There is no rush. You’re encouraged to stop and smell the Scentsy.
There will be a collection of different unique vendors each weekend. Each weekend will bring in a different variety, so be sure to visit the Village to see what is being offered each weekend.
From wood carvings to soap, from wreaths to pottery, from decorations to linens, each hut has it’s own personality. The Christmas City Village is nearly everything that is “right” about shopping during the holidays during a time where people are becoming more and more estranged from big box stores.
So, stop down this holiday season and enjoy the local wares, demonstrations and hot mulled wine.
We forgot to mention the hot mulled wine. (See a full list of vendors below the gallery)
2012 Christmas City Village Vendors
Brian Bruno – Baked Goods
Beth Rice – Doll Clothes and Table Runners
Artists at Heart – Pottery, Woodworking and Jewelry
Norbert Varga – PhilaDing – All Natural Gluten Free and Vegan Cookies and Brownies and Traditional Scottish Scones
Pure Nut and Seed Oils and Dried Wild Mushrooms
Ronetta Krause – Jewelry
Dakota Prairie Designs – Home Décor
A Natural Alternative – Handmade Soaps
Girlfriends Boutique -Knitted Animal Hats and Mittens
Cathy Woolway – Jewelry, Mittens and Hats
Judy April – Star Lanterns
Irene Fallheier – German Imports
Yolkstar Designs – Russian Imports
Babanona – Traditional Pastries
Diane McAllister – Pottery and Herb Wraps
Barbara Saslo – Assorted Christmas Gifts
Nica Art – Pottery and Wooden Bowls
Wendy Overdorf – Decorative Gourds
Whisker Biscuits, Inc. – Dog Treats
Bake Door Bake Shop – Bratwurst, Gluhwein and Desserts
Jackie Coleman – Iron Bottle Toppers
Susan Grant – Wearable Art from Vintage Textiles
Mary Mulder – Simple Soup Mixes
Linda Gardner – Glass Home Accessories
Gloria Glendhill – Summer Sox
Jack Seigfried – Polymer Clay Figurines
Tammy and Asaf Rubino – Jewelry
Sentsy – Wickless Candles
Lisa and Louis Strauss – Leather Goods
Mary Campagna – Photo Greeting Cards
East End Foodies – Gourmet Food
Igor Kuligan – Folk Art
Brent Tracey – Organic Maple Products
This article mentions the following partners:
Bethlehem Marketing Council / Downtown Business Association, 1758 Moravian Sun Inn