Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
press photos by Dennis GlewDavid Adams, who is selling ornaments he made from recycled Christmas trees, sports a hat he decorated for himself. press photos by Dennis GlewDavid Adams, who is selling ornaments he made from recycled Christmas trees, sports a hat he decorated for himself.
Nativity scenes come alive when candles are lighted around their base. As the warm air from the candles rises, it turns the propeller at the top of the display, causing the different elements – animals in the manger, Magi bearing gifts, and the Holy Family – to move gently into view. These beautiful examples of German craftsmanship are available in the Käthe Wohlfahrt display stands. Nativity scenes come alive when candles are lighted around their base. As the warm air from the candles rises, it turns the propeller at the top of the display, causing the different elements – animals in the manger, Magi bearing gifts, and the Holy Family – to move gently into view. These beautiful examples of German craftsmanship are available in the Käthe Wohlfahrt display stands.
Nutcrackers of every size and shape are an eye-catching display of the skill and humor of the Bavarian craftsmen. Nutcrackers of every size and shape are an eye-catching display of the skill and humor of the Bavarian craftsmen.
Betty Gerhart, of York, PA, who visits Christkindlmarkt every year, admires one of the Käthe Wohlfahrt displays. Betty Gerhart, of York, PA, who visits Christkindlmarkt every year, admires one of the Käthe Wohlfahrt displays.
Karen Balsamo, from Macungie, offers samples of assorted wines from Vynecrest Vineyards. Karen Balsamo, from Macungie, offers samples of assorted wines from Vynecrest Vineyards.
Displays from over 200 vendors offer a huge range of merchandise for Christmas giving. Displays from over 200 vendors offer a huge range of merchandise for Christmas giving.
PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWEverything Wendy Jones sells, from frogs to wolves, makes the sound of its species, from tiny croaks to loud howls. PRESS PHOTOS BY DENNIS GLEWEverything Wendy Jones sells, from frogs to wolves, makes the sound of its species, from tiny croaks to loud howls.
H. Dennis Christie has been making ornamental glass for 35 years at the Christie Glass Works Studio. H. Dennis Christie has been making ornamental glass for 35 years at the Christie Glass Works Studio.
The Stroopie Company supports refugees starting new lives in Lancaster by providing them with meaningful employment making delicious cookies. The Stroopie Company supports refugees starting new lives in Lancaster by providing them with meaningful employment making delicious cookies.
Brian Toseland, a professional glassblower, steadies a Christmas ball as Laura Ford of Delaware gets ready to finish blowing it. Jeff Waterhouse, center, assists. Brian Toseland, a professional glassblower, steadies a Christmas ball as Laura Ford of Delaware gets ready to finish blowing it. Jeff Waterhouse, center, assists.
Kara Hartzell entertains visitors with traditional Christmas carols. Kara Hartzell entertains visitors with traditional Christmas carols.
A Christmas-themed food court offers a wide range of selections. A Christmas-themed food court offers a wide range of selections.

Christkindlmarkt rings in another holiday season

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 by Dorothy Glew Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

With the busy holiday season upon us, shoppers hoping to start Christmas early headed to the four enormous heated tents at SteelStacks known as ArtsQuest’s Christkindlmarkt Nov. 16, the day it opened. There they found a huge collection of goods to choose from, including, but not limited to, apparel for people of all ages, toys, jewelry, dolls and doll clothes, soaps and lotions, wine, candy, and all manner of decorative objects. As in previous years, visitors pored over Käthe Wohlfahrt’s huge collection of beautifully crafted wooden hand-painted Christmas ornaments, including creche scenes, Christmas tree ornaments and cuckoo clocks.

In addition to shopping, visitors viewed Christmas tree ornaments being made, an activity called the Glass Experience. In addition, Santa Claus was on hand ready to greet young visitors. Attendees who worked up an appetite while shopping headed for the tent where they could get a variety of American, German, and international foods. While they ate, some enjoyed music provided by a variety of entertainers, including a performer who sang Christmas songs and accompanied herself on the guitar. On Dec. 14, visitors can enjoy the performance of The Swing Time Dolls, who will present their “Dolled Up Christmas” show. In addition, there is ice sculpting, and each Saturday, starting on Nov. 24, there will be spirits and wine tasting at 4 and 6 p.m.

Christkindlmarkt will continue the following dates: Nov. 29 to Dec. 2, Dec. 6 to 9, 13 to 16, and 20 to 23. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Sundays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.