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Holiday Memories Start Here!

Joy-to-the-Arts.pngThe most wonderful time of the year…to enjoy the Arts and Culture of the Lehigh Valley! These festive months are full of chances to celebrate, creating memories to last a lifetime. Catch a holiday themed dance or theatre performance, listen to the songs of the season, shop handmade for cherished gifts, or create a holiday craft perfect for giving.

Here’s your guide to get into the spirit of the season with the Arts!

DANCE:

  • 12/9
    Let’s Go Nutz: excerpts from The Nutcracker with a jazz twist.rep-dance-nutcracker-image
    Repertory Dance Theatre
    Fri 7pm, Miller Symphony Hall
  • 12/10 & 12/11
    The Nutcracker: classic ballet performed to live music
    Repertory Dance Theatre
    Sat & Sun 2pm, Miller Symphony Hall
  • 12/17 & 12/18
    The Nutcracker: performed to live music
    Ballet Guild of the LV / PA Youth Ballet
    Sat 1 & 4pm, Sun 2pm, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University

EXHIBITIONS:

  • 12/2-12/23
    Holiday Art Mart: handmade items by local artisans
    The Art Establishment
    open during business hours
  • baum-school-holiday-show12/4
    Holiday Art Sale & Open House: various artists showcased
    Art Is Inn
    Sun 11am-4pm
  • 12/1-12/22
    Holiday Gift Gallery: unique, handcrafted items by regional artists and artisans
    Baum School of Art
    Reception: Thu 12/1, 6-8pm
  • 11/21/16-1/8/17
    Baby, It’s Cold Outside: collection of historic winter wear
    Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
  • 11/21/16-1/8/17
    Bethlehem’s Christmas, 1741: explores the historic first Christmas in Bethlehem
    Moravian Museum of Bethlehem
  • 11/21/16-2/12/17
    Historic Trees of Bethlehem: decorated trees inspired by popular Christmas carols, prepared by Bethlehem Garden Club
    Moravian Museum, Kemerer Museum, 1810 Goundie House, Luckenbach Mill
  • 12/9
    Deck the Halls – An American Celebration of Christmas, Part I: Candlelight tours of the Sigal Museum, Bachmann Publik House, and Mixsell-Illick Museumbethlehem-xmas
    Fri 6-8pm
  • 12/10
    Deck the Halls – An American Celebration of Christmas, Part II: 
    Candlelight tours of the Sigal Museum, Bachmann Publik House, and Mixsell-Illick Museum – each site is decorated appropriately
    Sat 1-4pm. $10; $5/ages 6-12; free/ages 5 & under
  • 12/15
    Spotlight Artist Talk/Ugly Holiday Sweater Party: Diane Hutchinson, don your ugliest sweater to win a prize
    Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
    Thurs 5-7pm. $10

KIDS & TEENS:

  • state-theatre-xmas12/1 & 12/2
    Broadway Christmas Wonderland: Santa takes you on a musical Christmas journey
    Thu & Fri 7pm, State Theatre Center for the Arts
    $60; $55
  • 12/3
    Show Stoppers: student performers present holiday music
    Arts Academy Charter Middle School
    Cedar Crest College, Tompkins Center
    Sat noon & 4pm
    $8 in advance; $10 at door
  • 12/18
    Holiday Marionettes & Elves: with Mock Turtle Marionettes
    Sun 1pm, America On Wheels
    event included in museum admission
  • 12/29
    Big Dipper New Year’s Eve Daytime Party: for children and adults
    Thu 11:30am-3:30pm, America On Wheels
    event included in museum admission

MEDIA ARTS:

  • Wonderful Life.jpgChristmas Classic Series:
    All movies: 1:30pm. $10; $8/seniors & students
    ArtsQuest, Steelstacks Campus
    12/1-12/3: White Christmas
    12/8-12/10: Miracle on 34th Street
    12/15-12/17: It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Holiday Quote-a-Long Series:
    All movies: 7:30pm. $10; $8/seniors & students
    ArtsQuest, Steelstacks Campus
    12/7: Bad Santa
    12/14Scrooged
    12/15-12/17: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation

MUSIC:

  • 12/2
    Elisabeth von Trapp & The Carolian Brass: granddaughter carries on the legacy of the Trapp Family Singers, with holiday classics
    Kutztown University, Schaeffer Auditorium
    Fri 7:30pm. $28; $14 students
  • 12/3
    Christmas Concert: choir celebrates its 33rd year
    Bach & Handel Chorale
    St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
    Sat noon & 3pm. $15; free under age 10
    PURCHASE TICKETS
  • 12/3
    A Moravian Christmas Experience: choir, organ & brass
    Central Moravian Church
    Sat 1:30pm. $10 suggested donation
  • 12/3Bel Canto Xmas.jpg
    Winter Concert
    Bel Canto Children’s Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem
    Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
    Sat 4pm. $12; $11 seniors & students
  • 12/3
    Holiday Recital
    Community Music School
    Miller Symphony Hall
    Sat 3pm. Free – will offering
  • 12/6
    Christmas Concert: Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass
    Central Moravian Church
    Tue 7:30pm
  • 12/9
    The Spirit of Christmas: The New York Tenors
    State Theatre Center for the Arts
    Fri 8pm. $69; $49; $39
  • 12/9
    Holiday Show: Chapin Family
    Musikfest Cafe, Steelstacks Campus
    Fri 7:30pm. $59; $49
  • 12/10
    Advent Choral Performance: traditional German and English carols
    Lehigh Valley Meistersingers
    Muhlenberg College, Egner Chapel
    Sat 4pmbach-choir-xmas
  • 12/10 & 12/11
    Christmas Oratorio, parts 4, 5 & 6
    Bach Choir of Bethlehem
    Sat 8pm, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown
    Sun 4pm, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem
    $37; $9 students
  • 12/11
    Because It’s Christmas! a variety of seasonal selections, some with instruments
    The Emmaus Chorale
    at Faith Presbyterian Church
    Sun 3pm. Free
  • 12/11
    Christmas Vespers
    Lehigh University Choral Arts
    Sun 4 & 8pm, Packer Memorial Church, Free
  • 12/11
    Tales Beneath a Northern Star: The Wizards of Winter band plays Trans Siberian Orchestra’s greatest hits
    State Theatre Center for the Arts
    Sun 4pm. $35; $29
  • 12/11
    Holiday Concert
    Parkland High School Chorale
    Neffs UCC
    Sun 7pm. Free
  • 12/11
    Christmas Concert
    Pioneer Band of Allentown
    Cedarbrook Nursing Home
    Sun 2pm. Free
  • 12/15
    Christmas Concert
    Pioneer Band of Allentown
    Phoebe Nursing Home
    Thur 6:45pm. Free
  • allentown band xmas.jpg12/16
    Christmas Concert: with the Lehigh Valley Men’s Chorale
    Allentown Band
    Northeast Middle School
    Fri 7:30pm. $10
  • 12/16
    Jay Smar, Coal & Christmas: local favorites and historic coal country songs
    Summit Hill Heritage Center
    Fri 7pm. $5 at the door
  • 12/16
    Winter Instrumental Concert
    Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts
    Fri 7pm
  • 12/17
    Christmas Concert
    Camerata Singers & Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra
    First Presbyterian Church of Allentown
    Sat 7:30pm. $15-$30, free students
  • 12/18
    Christmas Concert: Vox Philia choral ensemble
    The Arts at St. John’s
    St. John’s Lutheran Church
    Sun 4pm. Free – will offeringMiller Symphony xmas.jpg
  • 12/18
    Canadian Brass: Christmas Time is Here!
    Miller Symphony Hall
    Sun 7pm. $45; $35
  • 12/18
    Handel Messiah Sing-Along: soloists, organ, and audience participation
    Cathedral Church of the Nativity
    Sun 7pm. $10 suggested donation
  • 12/20
    A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols: organ, harp, flute, and choir in a beautiful telling of the Christmas story
    Cathedral Church of the Nativity
    Tue 7pm. $10 suggested donation
  • musikfest-cafe-xmas12/22
    Swingin’ the Holidays: Rob Stoneback Big Band
    Musikfest Cafe, Steelstacks Campus
    Thu 7:30pm. $22; $18
  • 12/25
    Organ Noels: music for the holidays
    Cathedral Church of the Nativity
    Sun 3pm. $10 suggested donation
  • 12/27
    Holiday Parrot Party: Jimmy & the Parrots
    Musikfest Cafe, Steelstacks Campus
    Tue 8pm. In advance: $12; $10 / Day of show: $15; $12
  • 12/31
    New Year’s Eve Spectacular: Red Elvises
    Musikfest Cafe, Steelstacks Campus
    Sat 9pm. In advance: $15- $89 / Day of show: $20-$99

SPECIAL EVENTS:

THEATRE:

  • 11/30-12/11
    The Homecoming: A Christmas Story: this play gave birth to the television series The Waltons
    Act 1 DeSales University
    Wed-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm; additional 2pm show, Sat 12/3. $27-$30
  • 12/1-12/18christmas city follies.jpg
    Christmas City Follies XVII: annual dose of jolly mischief, merry melodies, and holiday cheer
    Touchstone Theatre
    Thu-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm; addtl 2pm show on Sat 12/17. $25; $15/seniors and students
  • 12/2-12/17
    A Christmas Carol: 27th year tradition
    Civic Theatre of Allentown
    Thu & Fri 7:30pm; Sat 2 & 7:30pm (except 12/3, 7:30pm showing only); Sun 2pm. $23-$28
  • 12/8-12/17
    Down of a Thistle: comic melodrama about nine women snowbound in an Adirondack lodge on Christmas
    Crowded Kitchen Players
    Unicorn Theatre
    Thu & Fri 8pm; Sat 2pm. $18; $14/seniors; $10/students
  • 12/9-12/18
    The Santaland Diaries: one-man play telling the author’s experiences as an unemployed writer taking a job as an elf at Macy’s in NYC
    Civic Theatre of Allentown
    Thu-Sat 7:30pm; Sun 2pm. $23-$28

WORKSHOPS & CLASSES:

  • 12/3paper ornaments.jpg
    Colorful Fleece Scarf: learn no-sew technique to create a colorful fringed scarf
    Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites
    Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts
    Sat 11am-2pm. $12; free for ages 4-17
  • 12/7 & 12/14
    Cast Paper Ornaments: use recycled paper, paint and decorative materials to make holiday ornaments
    Banana Factory
    Wed 7-9pm. $50artix-ad-for-web
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