By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: Isn’t there a place in Pennsylvania that puts on a big Christmas bash?

A: Christmas like the American Thanksgiving is a special season that is celebrated across North America. But somehow, in a tiny Pennsylvania town appropriately named Bethlehem, busloads are lining up at the door of Christkindlmarkt.

Voted one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association, this unique Old World-style family marketplace modeled after the popular marketplaces in Germany showcases the best in handcrafts culled from the finest artisans around.

Choose from jewelry, handmade quilts and other one-of-a-kind gifts. Around here, you’ll discover a group of musicians performing Christmas music, and don’t be surprised if there’s a visit from jolly St. Nicholas himself. Even the great-grandchildren of the Von Trapps, that famous family portrayed by Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews in the film classic, “Sound of Music” will be performing traditional carols.

For more information, log onto In addition, the home of the famous Hershey Kiss chocolate in Hershey is currently celebrating the holiday season with its own special twist.

Over at the chocolate factory’s Christmas CandyLane, there are over 1 million colored lights decorating Hershey Park including a 50-foot Kissmas tree with the bite-sized chocolate ornaments adorning its branches.

There’s free admission to the park and if you’d like to stay overnight, currently there are resort packages available.

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