Bethlehem Pilgrimage

Since 1938, thousands have made the pilgrimage to Bethlehem, Connecticut, to mail their holiday cards. Bring your stack to the post office for a special stamp (December 1-30, 2018) and then savor the area’s other old-fashioned pleasures all winter long.

1-2 days

  • Holidays
  • Winter

  • Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Bethlehem Vineyards
  • Christmas Tree Shopping
  • Bellamy Ferriday House

Little Town of Bethlehem

Get your cards postmarked at the Bethlehem Post Office and then head to The Abbey of Regina Laudis, which displays an exquisite 18th-century Neapolitan crèche. The Abbey was founded in 1947 and has been the subject of films and television specials.

Bethlehem Vineyard & Winery, LLC, Bethlehem

Bethlehem Vineyards

The first two weekends in December, get into the holiday spirit, literally, with a trip to Bethlehem Vineyards. The labels on their wines, such as Christmas Town Red or Cayuga White, depict local artwork, artists and themes that promote the town's people, heritage and designation as the “Christmas Town.” 

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Christmas Tree Shopping

Get the whole family into the holiday spirit. You can find cut-your-own Christmas tree, or buy one freshly cut, wrapped and ready to go, at local family farms throughout the Litchfield Hills. Not to mention tractor rides, hot chocolate, holiday shops and more. In nearby Woodbury, stop by Busy Acres Tree Farm. Then, spend the night in a nearby inn or bed & breakfast. 

Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem

Bellamy Ferriday House

This Bethlehem Connecticut landmark house and garden property, The Bellamy-Ferriday House, really gets into the Christmas spirit, with holiday decorations, events, wreath-making workshops and more.