12 Best Instagrams From The Little Town Of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The city of 75,000 people has been known as Christmas City, USA since 1937.

1. Moravian stars are as much a symbol of the holiday as they are of the city itself.

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2. The city has two outdoor Christmas markets — Christkindlmarkt and Christmas City Village.

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3. More than 800 Christmas trees decorate street corners, light poles and plazas throughout Bethlehem.

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4. Moravian Book Shop is the oldest, continuously operating book store in the world.

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5. The first decorated Christmas tree in the United States was located in Bethlehem. Early settlers attached evergreen branches to a wooden pyramid in 1747.

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6. Bethlehem Steel provided steel for the Golden Gate Bridge, Madison Square Garden and the Chrysler Building.

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7. Bethlehem was founded by Moravian settlers on Christmas Eve 1741.

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8. More than 35,000 Christmas lights are used to decorate the Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Other decorations include wreaths, toy soldiers, nutcrackers, a nativity and a gingerbread model of the hotel.

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9. Doors and windows of downtown shops and restaurants are decorated to match a Christmas theme.

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10. Touchstone Theatre, a local professional theatre company, producers original characters and sketches for its annual “Christmas City Follies” each year.

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11. The innovative steel I-beam which allowed for vertical construction of skyscrapers and bridges was first produced at Bethlehem Steel.

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12. Just Born’s marshmallow Peeps are made in Bethlehem.

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