Surrounded by elaborately decorated Christmas trees, jolly holiday music, leisurely strolls by horse and carriage, and holiday markets stuffed with artisan goods, you may have a feeling that you might be in the North Pole, but there’s just as good a chance that you’re in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley area, which becomes a Christmas epicenter during December.
“Whether visitors are experiencing the holiday spirit in Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton or the dozens of picturesque boroughs that make up the Lehigh Valley, the holidays are special thanks to the small-town charm and age-old traditions that truly exemplify the region,” said Alicia Quinn, strategic brand manager for Discover Lehigh Valley.
In today’s world full of crisp, black and white modernity, people are relishing speakeasy-style venues — equipped with jazz music, secret doors and vintage attire — more than ever before.
Although many bars and restaurants have dressed themselves up to be of the 1920s Great Gatsby era, Hotel Bethlehem, a historic hotel in downtown Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is the real deal — and they are celebrating the era through a slew of Roaring ’20s events throughout April.
The month’s events will culminate on Friday, April 28 with the hotel’s second annual Roaring ’20s Ball, where guests are invited to dress in a ’20s theme to enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Michael Adams with a cocktail hour and open bar from 6 to 11 p.m. in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom while they listen and dance to the Hot Club of Philadelphia, a well-known jazz band, and watch the MagnoliaSadies, known for their authentic performances of ‘20s-style dancing.
April’s 1920s-themed events at Hotel Bethlehem will culminate with the second annual Roaring ’20s Ball on Friday, April 28. (Courtesy of Hotel Bethlehem)