Celebrating its fifth year, Just Born Inc.'s PeepsFest at Bethlehem's SteelStacks will feature live penguins, sled dogs and several free family-fun activities on Dec. 30-31.
PeepsFest offers families two days packed with live music, art and Peeps-related programming at four SteelStacks locations—the ArtsQuest Center, Levitt Pavilion, Visitor Center and PBS39 Public Media and Education Center—making it the largest celebration in the festival's history.
The event culminates at 5:15 Dec. 31 with the dropping of a 4.5-foot, 85-pound lit Peeps Chick, along with a panoply of fireworks, to ring in the New Year.
The popular Peeps Diorama Competition featuring more than 100 dioramas created by area schoolchildren will be held this year at the PBS39 Education Center. There, all of the dioramas will be on display with, a winner announced at 3 p.m. Dec. 30. The grand-prize winner will be invited to help drop the Peeps Chick on New Year's Eve.
Among many new attractions for 2013 are PBS39 TV Studio Tours, a life-sized Coca Cola Ski Chalet made out of 12 packs with a Peep-ified roof, Lehigh Valley Zoo animals including South African penguins, Dutch Springs' dog-sled team, Allentown Symphony Hall's instrument instruction and other crafts and activities provided by many nonprofit organizations.
The New Year's Eve party will include live music by kid-friendly rock band Starfish at Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks at 4 p.m. Dec. 31.
Other festival highlights include:
PeepsFest is a great way for families to bring in the New Year. With many different events and activities for all ages, it's surely going to be an exciting event in the Bethlehem community.
Festival hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 30 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 31.
Admission is free, although a few activities require an admission ticket.
For more information, visit www.artsquest.org/peepsfest or call 610-332-3378.