Christmas City Village, an open-air holiday market, opens today for its second season in Historic Downtown Bethlehem.
The market is modeled on a German tradition known as a Weinachstmarkt (pronounced Vy-naukst-mart) and consists of 30 vendors selling handcrafted and unique items out of wooden huts, which were built by students at Bethlehem Area Vocational Technical School.
Most of the huts will be located near in the Sun Inn Courtyard, however, some will also be located farther south near the 1750 Smithy and the Historic Hotel Bethlehem.
Christmas City Village is separate and distinct from Bethlehem's long-running Christkindlmarkt, which moved from under the Hill-to-Hill Bridge to the SouthSide SteelStacks campus in 2011. Christkindlmarkt is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Admission is free. The hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of December.
Among the items you will be able to find at the market:
- Handmade nutcrackers
- Wooden ornaments
- Fresh wreaths
- Artisan cheeses
- Vegan & gluten-free holiday cookies
- Handmade soaps
- Moravian stars
- Handmade candles