Celebrate at the "North Pole of the North Country"!
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Kick off your Christmas season “hometown style” with a wholesome, homespun holiday festival the whole family will enjoy! Bethlehem means “house of bread” but you won’t need much bread to afford the no cost nostalgic events, games, entertainment and food on offer. Ringed by snow covered balsams and stunning views of Mt Washington and the Presidentials, breathe in the clear mountain air of the highest elevated town east of the Rockies while the quaint Main Street becomes an old-fashioned Winter Wonderland. Your days will be merry and bright as you join us in “lighting up the night” the North Country way!
Schedule of Free Events
10 am – 3 pm
Crafts and hand-made folk Christmas items, home-made treats and deli eats are on for sale at reasonable prices at this town tradition. (2057 Main Street)
Bethlehem Heritage Society
10 am – 2 pm
He’s a busy guy at this time of year but he’s made time for Bethlehem! Old or young, naughty or nice, everyone is welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him your Christmas list. While there, check out the amazing memoribilia collected over 4 generations as Bethlehem morphed from farmland to logging center to sought-after resort town. It’s an old-fashioned ho-ho-holiday treat! (2182 Main St)
Magical "Grant -a Wish" Tree
Bethlehem Town Hall
11 am – 2 pm
From Dec 6th-Dec 20th you can make for a “holly jolly Christmas” for underprivileged kids. Stop by the Wish Tree set up in the Town Hall and choose a tag that has a child’s age, gender and gift preference. Buy the gift and return to it to the tree, unwrapped, with the tag attached. It’s all you need to do to make one child’s Christmas a merry one! (Lobby of Town Hall, 2155 Main St)
Mrs. Claus Workshop
Bethlehem Public Library
11 am – 1 pm
For the younguns (or the young-at-heart), kids will enjoy stories by Mrs. Claus, crafts and cookie decorating.
(Bethlehem Library, 2245 Main Street)
Gnome Ornament Workshop
Love Yarn Shop
1 pm – 2 pm
Perfect for all ages, join the folks over at LYS (Love Yarn Shop) for a hands-on fiber arts workshop. Everyone will be able to make their own gnome ornaments.
(LYS, 2050 Main Street)
Ceramic Ornament Painting
42 Maple Art Center
2 pm – 4 pm
Bethlehem’s newest art center, 42 Maple, will be hosting families in making their own painted ceramic Christmas ornaments. Jose from Nitty Gritty Pottery will be your guide. (next to the Town Pool at 42 Maple Street)
Reading of the Names
Memory Tree & Veterans Tree
4 pm – 4:30 pm
Reading of the names (Directly Across Street from Town Hall, 2155 Main St)
Durrell Methodist Church
5 pm – 6:30 pm
Townfolk and visitors alike rejoice at this time-honored and delightful small town tradition of breaking bread together to ring in the holidays. Feast on simple, hearty food prepared by the congregants of one of the oldest churches in Bethlehem while celebrating the blessings of the holiday season. (Methodist Church, 2057 Main St)
Children & Pet Costume Parade
Main Street Bethlehem
5:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Bring your kids and pets. Parade lineup will be at Mascoma Savings Bank, along with Santa on the Polar Express train.
STARTING AT 6PM
(All events at Town Hall – 2155 Main Street)
Grand Tree Lighting
Entertainment (Singers, handbells, choirs)
Kids tractor rides at Heritage Society (2182 Main St)
Post Office After Hours
Join in on the time-honored tradition as people come from miles around to get their holiday cards and letters to Santa hand-stamped with a special “Bethlehem” postmark!