So Much More Than a Holiday Destination

Christkindlmarkt presented by Univest Bank & Trust Co. is a one-of-a-kind family event that brings the spirit of Bethlehem alive with the season. Twice recognized as one of the best holiday markets in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure, this heart-warming holiday event features:

  • Aisles of handmade works by more than 150 of the nation’s finest artisans.
  • The ring-ting-tingling sounds of live Christmas music and jolly, old St. Nick’s hearty laughter.
  • Ice carving and glassblowing demonstrations, including the popular Hot Glass Experience: Glass Ornament sessions.
  • Käthe Wohlfarht, offering handmade ornaments, nutcrackers and collectibles from Germany.
  • Breakfast with St. Nicholas (additional ticket required).

Christkindlmarkt 2018 season begins on Friday, November 16th and runs weekends until December 23rd! Click here to view the schedule.


Oktoberfest Brewers’ Village


Brewers’ Village presented by Weis Markets
Part of Oktoberfest presented by Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)

Dates: Oct. 12-13
Friday | 7 pm
Saturday | 1, 4 and 7 pm

Price: $25 in advance | $30 day of
| $20 in advance | $25 day of ArtsQuest Member
Venue: Musikfest Cafe presented by Yuengling at SteelStacks

From German-style marzens to autumn-inspired pumpkin ales, the hand-crafted beers of the Keystone State’s award-winning craft breweries take center stage as the Oktoberfest Brewers’ Village presented by Weis Markets returns for its fifth year. Guests enjoy a diverse array of Oktoberfest’s, limited-edition and seasonal offerings. All attendees receive a commemorative sampling mug and have the opportunity to meet the breweries’ staff and brewers, as well as enjoy the delicious food, fun and games of Oktoberfest, now in its eighth year.

Tickets for the two-hour tasting sessions, where attendees can sample more than 35 different beers, are $20 for ArtsQuest Members and $25 for the public in advance and are $25 for ArtsQuest Members and $30 for the public day of. Each passport will be good for one (1) 2-hour tasting and will include tastings for all of that days craft beers as well as a commemorative sampling mug. Designated driver tickets are also available for $10.

Age 21+ Event
Passports Now On Sale

Friday, October 12 | 7:00PM- 9:00PM
Saturday, October 13 | 1:00PM- 3:00PM (session 1)
Saturday, October 13 | 4:00PM- 6:00PM (session 2)
Saturday, October 13 | 7:00PM- 9:00PM (session 3)

Confirmed breweries include:

Angry Orchard, Breinigsville
D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., Pottsville
Hardball Cider, Bethlehem – New for 2018
Hop Hill Brewing, Bethlehem
HiJinx Brewing Company, Allentown
North Country Brewing Company, Slippery Rock
Rusty Rail Brewing Company, Mifflinburg – New for 2018
Salmon Pants Brewery, Allentown – New for 2018
Samuel Adams, Breinigsville
Seven Sirens Brewing Company, Bethlehem – New for 2018
Susquehanna Brewing Co., Pittston
The Colony Meadery, Allentown
The Lion Brewery, Wilkes-Barre
Tröegs Independent Brewing, Hershey
Wallenpaupack Brewing Company, Hawley – New for 2018
Weyerbacher Brewing, Easton
Yards Brewing Co., Philadelphia

Weis Markets


Harvest Festival


Visit Historic Downtown Bethlehem on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 11 AM – 8 PM to celebrate Harvest season at the 13th Annual Harvest Festival! Enjoy food and craft vendors, live music, the Biergarten, and soup, wine, and beer tastings trails. Our Harvest Festival Family Fun area makes this a fun event for the whole family!!

The event takes place on Main Street between Broad and Church Streets and at the Sun Inn Courtyard. This is a family and pet friendly event! Continue reading

Residents get city lifestyle in the suburbs at @MadisonFarmsPA


Ping-pong, billiards, a state-of-the-art fitness center, yoga room, media room, large-screen televisions and a lounge area with a fireplace and Wi-Fi, are just some of the amenities in the 7,500-square-foot clubhouse at Madison Farms in Bethlehem.

When the last of Sue and Brad Bennetch’s children moved out of their four-bedroom home in Bethlehem, they entertained the idea of looking for a smaller place. After putting it off for years, they finally decided that 2015 was the year to make it a reality.

The Bennetchs looked at several Ranch houses, apartments and active-adult communities, but they couldn’t find a home that offered the space, ease of movement and location that was right for them. That was when their search led them to Madison Farms in Bethlehem Township. Madison Farms offered modern apartments in elevator-serviced buildings, with a choice of layouts. Plus, it had an entire retail village of shops and restaurants just steps away from the apartments. They moved in a year ago this August.

“To call it love at first sight might sound like a cliché, but it was love at first sight,” Sue said. “We wanted two bedrooms, one floor, easy access and a place that was not too far from our family. We wanted a place we could enjoy rather than maintain and we found exactly what we were looking for.”


The luxury rental residences at Madison Farms feature spacious bedrooms, gourmet kitchens and open floor plans.

The Bennetchs’ enthusiasm for life at Madison Farms mirrors a national trend in real estate development.

A growing number of renters prefer to live near town centers, where their favorite local restaurant, grocery store and coffee shop are within a short walk. It’s a trend that has most notably spurred the revitalization of urban neighborhoods over the past few decades, everywhere from Brooklyn to downtown Allentown, but even suburban developers have taken note. Communities that combine residential space, retail and amenities are cited by residents as being more convenient, more fun and more social places to live.

Madison Farms has made a walkable lifestyle a central component of its design.

“One of the things I really like, is to see people outside walking all of the time,” said Noelle Nicolaou, who has been a Madison Farms resident for one year. “It’s nice to see people walking to shops or walking around with their dogs. And having a pet store, grocery store and nail salon right here is a huge plus. If I am cooking and I forget something, it literally takes me a minute to go to ShopRite and come right back.”


The developers of Madison Farms made walkable access to a variety of shops and restaurants a central component of its design.

Nicolaou, a native of Bethlehem, was looking to buy a home in the Lehigh Valley last year, but decided Madison Farms was a better fit for her lifestyle. The new-construction apartments she toured were modern and spacious, and single-family homes and townhomes are planned for the near future, so she could rent for a year or two and then have the option to buy in the same community.

Nicolaou is a hair stylist in downtown Bethlehem and has a 10-minute drive to work. The time she saves commuting she spends at the gym or the pool, grilling outside with her boyfriend or bonding with her 2-year-old Yorkshire Terrier, Sia.

“For me the main thing is that I am close to my family, I’m close to work and I can have my dog here,” she said. “Everything else the community offers is a huge plus.”

The rental residences at Madison Farms range from 790 square feet to 1,375 square feet of living space. Six floor plans are available, including one-bedroom, one-bath and two-bedroom, two-bath designs. All apartments include chef-inspired kitchens, gas ranges and top-of-the-line dishwashers and microwaves.

The leasing office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

For more information or to schedule a tour, call (610) 628-4063 or

Win VIP Tickets To #Musikfest With Trivia Contest

Looks like there is a pretty cool Musikfest giveaway going on right now on the Madison Farms Facebook page. The luxury apartment community is giving away a pair a VIP tickets to see The Avett Brothers close out this year’s Musikfest on August 14th on the Sands Steel Stage. These are the “Steel Terrace Tent” seats you see on both the right and left of the stage if you’ve been to a Musikfest main stage performance before, and the package includes dinner, drinks, and other perks.



Facebook followers are being asked three trivia questions about the history of Musikfest. Users who respond to the question earn a chance to win, with up to three entries per person possible. The winner will be selected randomly on Thursday, August 11th.


Click on image for official rules

The first question – “The first Musikfest in 1984 drew a crowd of more than 180,000 to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and featured performers such as this “American Pie” singer? – received 37 responses, which means that the odds of winning are actually pretty good. The second question is up now too and the contest organizers say one more will follow this week.

We’re already seeing a lot of #Musikfest fans having a good time out there. There are, of course, a lot of good free acts too. Even though it lasts 10 days, this festival always seems to go very fast. Who are you most looking forward to seeing this year?