Road Trip: Bethlehem Christmastown Festival
In this week's Road Trip: Close to Home, News 12 goes to a town in Connecticut that's known for its holiday spirit.
Many people actually come to Bethlehem to send out their Christmas cards due to a unique cachet stamp.
"They're actually rubber stamps with a fancy name and they were created around 1940 by then-Postmaster Earl Johnson, who wanted to send a Christmas card to the president," says Vera Rosa, a retired service clerk for the Bethlehem Post Office.
The Bethlehem Christmastown Festival also attracts people to the quaint New England town. George Murdock, a Christmastown Festival chairperson, says that the event is known for its giant Christmas tree lighting.
"It's approximately 85 feet tall, approximately 100 years old. It's the biggest illuminated tree in the area," he says.
Along with the lighting, the event has food and craft vendors, a train ride or hayride, musical entertainment - and of course Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.
The Christmastown festival will be held on the Bethlehem Green on Friday and Saturday.