Nestled among the rolling hills of eastern Pennsylvania, Bethlehem was founded on Christmas Eve in 1741 by members of the Moravian Church. Today, the city continues to be a major draw during the holiday season with Christkindlmarkt. Bethlehem has emerged as not only a holiday season destination, but also as a great place to live, work and play year round.
Bethlehem real estate delivers many lifestyle opportunities, ranging from rural Bethlehem Township, to suburban Upper Saucon and Lower Saucon to urban Bethlehem and Hellertown. The Bethlehem area offers:
- a walking historic downtown district with great boutique shopping
- a hip and revitalized Southside packed with artist studios, the Sands hotel-casino, SteelStacks and world-class shopping, dining and entertainment
- the suburban lifestyle of New York City bedroom communities
- pastoral living in the rural areas surrounding Bethlehem.
Every summer, Bethlehem becomes a music-lover’s paradise during Musikfest –a ten-day long musical festival considered the nation’s largest – which attracts upwards of one million people. On the heels of Musikfest, the Celtic Classic festival transforms Bethlehem every fall with a celebration of Celtic games and heritage.
Sports & Entertainment
More fun can be had at Coca Cola Park, a state-of-the-art baseball stadium and home of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Entertainment and cultural venues such as SteelStacks have sprung up, attracting world-class entertainers to the Valley. Historic downtown Bethlehem features a wide array of boutiques, spas and nightclubs, while the Southside offers First Fridays for retail shops, restaurants and galleries with discounts, refreshments, new gallery openings and more.
But Bethlehem isn’t just about shopping and entertainment – outdoors-oriented folks can fully enjoy Bethlehem’s 39 parks, walking and biking trails as well as many other outdoor activities across the Lehigh Valley.
Bethlehem Quick Facts:
Population (2010): 75,000 (118,000 including Bethlehem Township)
Land Area: 19.10 square miles
Nearby Communities & Areas: Hellertown, Lower Saucon, Upper Saucon, Coopersburg, Bethlehem Township
Geography: Located approximately 60 miles from Philadelphia and 82 miles from New York City.
The city is generally divided into four areas: Center City/Downtown Historic District, North
Bethlehem, South Bethlehem, and West Bethlehem.
School District: The Bethlehem Area School District (http://www.beth.k12.pa.us/) has 16 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 2 high schools and is the 4th largest school district in the state of Pennsylvania.
Things to Do in Bethlehem
- Zoellner Arts Center
- Burnside Plantation
- Banana Factory
- Musikfest Café
- Godfrey Daniels
- Moravian Museum
- Sands Casino