The city of Bethlehem, known as "Christmas City," was founded by members of The Moravian Church in 1741. The downtown area is home to many original structures from the 1700s and early 1800s including a water works, tannery and grain mill, as well as Moravian College. The Star of Bethlehem looks down over the city from atop South Mountain; lit year round, the star is 81 feet high and has 246 light bulbs. Today, Bethlehem is known for its many annual events including Musikfest in August, Celtic Classic in September, and Christkindlmarkt in November and December. Just Born makes its famous marshmallow Peeps® and Mike & Ike® candies here too. Shopping along Main Street and dining along "Restaurant Row" are highlights of any visit to Bethlehem. The city's Southside features eclectic restaurants, shops and art galleries, and the campus of Lehigh University, home to our very own North East Art Rock Festival.
[Taken from Lehigh Valley Online]