Region: Lehigh Valley
Known as the Christmas City, this Lehigh Valley city was originally settled by the Moravians, the oldest Protestant denomination in the world. The city got its name on Christmas Eve in 1741, when Count Zinzendorf of Saxony visited a two-room log house that housed both people and animals. Today, a huge electrical star shines nightly from the peak of South Mountain. Bethlehem's recent history has been inextricably linked with that of the Bethlehem Steel Company. Bethlehem is the home of Lehigh University; many community events and traditional entertainments make this diverse city a place to see year-round.