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14 Winter Getaways to Try This Year
Hanging With the Peeps - Bethlehem, PA

Washingtonian, December 2014

’Tis the season to whale-watch, eat oysters, and take a full-moon tour of a wolf sanctuary. At these 14 nearby destinations, you can do all that and much more.
By Judy Colbert, Andrea Poe, Joe Sugarman

14. Hanging With the Peeps

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is home to the Just Born factory, which produces some 5 million Peeps every day. So it’s no surprise the marshmallow confections are the theme of an annual Peepsfest, December 30 and 31. Live music, an African penguin, a dogsled team, arts and crafts, and a Peeps scavenger hunt are some of the activities, most of which are free. The highlight, though, is the New Year’s Eve drop of a 4½-foot-tall, 85-pound, brightly lit fiberglass-resin Peeps at 5:15 pm (early enough for children to enjoy), followed by fireworks. Known as the Christmas City, Bethlehem also offers horse-drawn carriage rides and other city tours. The Historic Hotel Bethlehem puts you within an easy walk to restaurants, boutiques, and the Moravian Book Shop, the oldest continuously running bookstore in the world (established 1745).