Articles, activities for boomers & seniors
The Miracle of Christmas
Don’t miss this heartwarming story of Clara, a young girl from New York City who has forgotten the true meaning of Christmas. Forced to visit relatives in Vermont, Clara’s Christmas vacation turns into an unforgettable adventure. Featuring all your favorite carols, the Nativity and even Santa Claus, don’t miss “The Miracle of Christmas,” at the Pines Dinner Theater. For more info: pinesdinnertheatre.com/2014/elements/shows/17.html
Koziar’s Christmas Village
Koziar’s Christmas Village, Lehigh Valley
Driving through the darkened countryside and coming over that last hill on the unlit country road is like driving into a fairyland. You’ll find yourself in a dazzling valley set aglow with more than one million Christmas lights adorning buildings, gift barns, and the scenic landscape. A reflective lake is an added touch to mirror the magical wonderland.
782 Christmas Village Rd. Bernville.
For info: www.koziarschristmasvillage.com/home
Winter Lights Spectacular
Experience the magic of the holiday season as the Lehigh Valley Zoo is transformed into a winter wonderland where children can toss snowballs, have their photos taken in giant snow globes and enjoy milk and cookies with Santa. Featuring nearly one million energy conserving lights, state-of-the-art musical light shows, distinctly-themed display areas, popular holiday movies, cozy fire pits, a live reindeer and treat stations featuring seasonal favorites s’mores and hot chocolate and more! 5150 Game Preserve Rd., Schnecksville. For more info: lvzoo.org/
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem has delighted almost one million guests from near and far with its mix of unique gift ideas, old-world charm and holiday cheer. This dynamic festival celebrates the magic of the holidays with a five-week run that features more than 125 vendors each week. For more info:
Lights in the Parkway
Lights in the Parkway is a family favorite! This spectacular drive-through light display transforms more than a mile of one of Allentown’s most beautiful parks – the Lehigh Parkway – into a winter wonderland! Featuring dazzling displays with hundreds of thousands of brilliant lights, this attraction will truly brighten your holiday season! You can enjoy this holiday spectacular in the comfort of your own vehicle. Don’t forget to stop at the Gift Barn for some holiday shopping, or visit or synthetic ice skating rink up the street at Percy Ruhe Park! For more info:
Peace Candle Lighting
The time honored Lehigh Valley tradition returns to the Civic stage for a 27th year. This timeless and magnificent tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and his redemption has allowed thousands of children and adults to share the magic of the brilliant Charles Dickens with their “fellow passengers” on the road of humanity. In the words of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, every one.” 527 N. 19th St. Allentown PA civictheatre.com
Downtown Allentown Tree Lighting Ceremony
The Hamilton District Main Street Program in partnership with the City of Allentown and the Allentown Chamber of Commerce are proud to present The 2016 Downtown Allentown Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Festivities include musical performances, dance acts, horse-drawn carriage rides, face painting, a photo booth, and of course, appearances by Santa and Mrs. Clause. This is a free event and is open to the public.
Thursday, December 1st 4 p.m.-7:00 p.m. PPL Plaza, 800 block of Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18101
Edgeboro Moravian Church Christmas Putz and Christmas Room
A view of the Christmas Putz at Edgeboro Moravian Church in Bethlehem
At the Edgeboro Moravian Church Christmas Putz, visitors can experience a visual and audio presentation that tells the Christmas story of Christ’s birth. Nestled in live moss, figurines and props illuminate and narrate the story. There are toddler, children’s and adult versions of the story available for viewing. Visitors to the Putz can also visit the Christmas Room to purchase beautiful handmade items and traditional Moravian gifts, such as stars, mints, and beeswax candles. The Putz is open to the public on Thursday – Saturday from 6 – 8 p.m. and Sunday from 3 – 6 p.m. Call 610-866-8793 to schedule your group.
Old-Fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas
Dec 3, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Historic Troxell-Steckel Farm Museum, 4229 Reliance St., Whitehall. Travel back to the 1800s as the Steckel family prepares for Christmas! Enjoy holiday games, carols, baking, stories, and tree decorating. The Belsnickel (St. Nicholas in furs), will give treats. FREE to members, non-member adults $8, non-member children $3. Tours last about one hour. Last tour starts at 4:00 p.m. For more info: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org
Christmas at the George Taylor House
Get in the Christmas spirit early this year with an old fashioned Christmas at Catasauqua’s George Taylor House. The event will feature special holiday house tours, lighting of Catasauqua’s community Christmas tree, a Revolutionary War militia, festive carolers, crafts for good little kiddies, food and drink for all ages, and Santa Claus! The House will be specially decorated with Christmas trees and trim in every room, and will be staffed by guides who will share 18th century holiday traditions, customs, and stories during the tours. For info:
Macungie Holiday Celebration
This festive event includes family fun, food, music, displays, special events and activities throughout the Borough of Macungie, PA. Featuring: Victorian “Home for the Holidays” Open House & Artisans Show, two free performances of “Nutcracker Highlights,” holiday craft shows, baked goods & cookie sales, horse-drawn surrey rides through Macungie Memorial Park, Festival of Trees contest, farmers market vendors, gingerbread displays in barn at Kalmbach Memorial Park, and much more! Dec 10, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 510 E. Main St. Macungie, PA. macungie.pa.us