A Merry Christmas Tradition

The SouthSide Christmas Tree Trail begins on the last Saturday of November with the SouthSide Bethlehem Tree Lighting Ceremony, and lasts the whole holiday season! It is an annual competition that challenges the local businesses to decorate their own Christmas trees in unique and creative ways.

Visitors are invited to walk the trail and vote for their favorite tree while dining and holiday shopping. The business whose tree captures the most votes will win bragging rights for the year, and the visitors who complete the trail will be entered to win a $100 dollar gift card prize.

Voting for the 2022 Christmas Tree Trail begins on November 26 and closes on December 17.

The winning tree and giftcard winner will be announced Monday, December 19.

2022 SouthSide Tree Lighting Ceremony 


Saturday, November 26

Small Business Saturday



The Barrio Stage at Touchstone Theatre

321 E 4th St. Bethlehem


Schedule: 5:00-6:00 PM

This year’s Christmas tree will be hosted by Touchstone Theatre on their outdoor Barrio Stage which faces the South Bethlehem Greenway.

Musician and singer Dave Fry will open the event with festive holiday music.

Cast members from Touchstone Theatre will follow with a preview performance of their 23rd annual “Christmas City Follies” show.

One of the SouthSide’s premier breakfast and lunch locations, Roasted, will be onsite serving hot cocoa and treats during the event.

After the Tree Lighting Ceremony, all attendees are invited to walk the 2022 SouthSide Christmas Tree Trail, shop, dine, and vote for their favorite Christmas Tree display!


Live Music:

6:30-9:30 PM

Nick Cerniglia  at Five Maidens Cider Company.

327 Polk St. Bethlehem


9:00 PM-12:00 AM

Laurel Canyon at F&A Grog House

117 E 3rd St. Bethlehem


6:30 PM-8:30 PM

Tea For Two at Dinky's Ice Cream Parlor & Grill

312 E 3rd St. Bethlehem