While a chartered yacht is a comfortable way to tour the seas, it can only navigate city streets with the help of hundreds of unhappy pack goats. Tour Bethlehem in terra firma style and comfort with today’s Groupon for a holiday bus tour or walking tour from Historic Bethlehem Partnership. Tours step off from the Historic Bethlehem Visitor’s Center. Choose between the following options:
- For $6, you get A Christmas City Stroll walking tour (up to a $12 value).
- For $6, you get a Bethlehem by Night holiday bus tour (up to a $12 value).
By preserving historical sites and collecting artifacts, Historic Bethlehem Partnership brings the town's history to life. A Christmas City Stroll is a 45-minute informative amble; a certified guide dressed in historical garb leads festive guests through Bethlehem's historic downtown district while illuminating the story of Bethlehem’s distinctive beginnings, clueing in visitors about the famous candles-in-every-window, and discussing the paparazzi-plagued Bethlehem Star. Foot-propelled sightseers will also be privy to Bethlehem’s Victorian and colonial architecture and National Historic Landmarks, including the 1741 Gemeinhaus, the town's oldest and sharpest-tongued building, which now houses a museum detailing early communal life in Bethlehem. The bus tour is thematically similar to the unwheeled walking tour and includes a trip to the star perched on the peak of South Mountain, explanations of early and current local holiday traditions, and access to must-sees in north and south Bethlehem.
Historic Bethlehem Partnership
Founded on Christmas Eve in 1741 by a small group of Moravian settlers and christened “Christmas City, USA” in 1937, Bethlehem shines a light on the past with year-round guided tours and museum exhibits. The 10.9-mile Heritage Trail snakes through 80 historic stops, including two National Historic Landmark and the National Historic Landmark Districts of Historic Moravian Bethlehem as well as Victorian-era homes. On historic walks, guides lead tour groups through the now-defunct site of Bethlehem Steel, the city’s oldest cemetery, and the 1762 Waterworks, known as the first municipally pumped water system in the country.
The Kemerer Museum Of Decorative Arts is one of only 15 of its kind in the country. And located inside the 1741 Gemeinhaus, the Moravian Museum of Bethlehem curates a collection of exhibits about the town’s settlers, including their missionary work, education system, and medical technique—a wealth of information that's earned the museum the title of Best Historic Spot on the Lehigh Valley’s Happening List.