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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these unique Lehigh Valley events

Bethlehem's Chocolate Trail returns Saturday.
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Bethlehem’s Chocolate Trail returns Saturday.
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The holiday of love is quickly approaching, and the Lehigh Valley has no shortage of unique opportunities to showcase that love with family, friends or that special someone.

Whatever your situation may be, we have you covered with a list of 15 events that can help you find, grow or appreciate love exactly where you are right now.

Let’s get into it!

(Events are listed in sequential order)

All of February: Sayre Mansion

One of the top historical locations in the valley, Sayre Mansion, is offering a month-long special for couples that allows them to add a romantic special to any stay. If you book a room any time in February, you can add a cheese board ($39), charcuterie board ($49), one dozen roses ($79) and/or six chocolate covered strawberries ($29) to your booking and indulge in some delicious treats.

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Bethlehem's Sayre Mansion will host a "socially distanced traditional English tea," featuring fresh brewed tea, delicate finger sandwiches, scones and decadent desserts, 2-4 p.m. Thursdays beginning Jan. 7 and continuing through March 25.
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Sayre Mansion is offering special Valentine’s Day add-ons during the month of February. (Ryan Kneller/첥Ƶ)

Saturday, Feb. 3: Valentine Cookie Decorating Class with Well Hello Cookie

The Downtown Allentown Market is hosting a class to decorate cookies from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3. The $50 ticket includes everything you’ll need to decorate your six cookies and a complimentary drink at Bar 1838. If you can’t make this event, there will be an adult-only class at 7:30 p.m. the following Saturday or a kids class on Sunday, Feb. 11; each of those will be in Trexlertown.

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Sunday, Feb. 4: Valentine’s Glassterspieces

Check out this opportunity to create a unique and beautiful masterpiece out of glass (hence the name) with help from talented instructors every step of the way. At Canvas & Cabernet in Walnutport, you can paint, sip and enjoy a memorable day together from noon to 2 p.m. The store is also hosting a painting class for couples ($55) or singles ($30) at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13.

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Friday, Feb. 9: Galentine’s Day Event

This one’s for the girls out there. Wax N Scent Studio is hosting a special Galentine’s Day Event from 6-9 p.m. Reservations are required but the three-hour event includes a night of candle-making, painting, wine and chocolates with your friends. See the link below for more information on a great night out with your girls. Tickets are $65 per person.

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Friday, Feb. 9: Valentine’s Sip & Make at Quakertown Farmers Market

If you’re closer to Quakertown and want another way to drink some wine and create something unique, head to the Quakertown Farmers Market! A $25 ticket purchase allows you to enjoy two glasses of wine from Mountain Lake Winery and create your own mix of bath salts at the same time. The event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and could be an awesome way to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit.

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Saturday, Feb. 10: Cupid’s Chase 5K

If Valentine’s Day gets you in the spirit to go run at 10 a.m., the Cupid’s Chase 5K is exactly where you need to be. SteelStacks will be hosting this year’s run and all funds will go directly to Community Options Inc., a charity that supports people with disabilities. Your $45 registration includes a T-shirt, finisher medal, drawstring bag and personalized bib. Sign up now!

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People run in the Cupid's Chase 5K fundraiser to help to help make difference in the lives of people with disabilities at St. Paul Lutheran Church Saturday morning.
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People run in the Cupid’s Chase 5K fundraiser in 2017. (Amy Shortell / 첥Ƶ)

Saturday, Feb. 10: Valentine’s Swing Dancing Class

Once you freshen up from the 5K, you can head to Blended in Allentown to celebrate your achievement with a swing dancing class with your significant other. Ceviche’s Quarter will be in charge of the music and whether you’re an expert or beginner, you’ll be in charge of the dancing. This completely free class is open to all so reservations are encouraged, but not required.

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Saturday Feb. 10 & Saturday Feb. 17: Historic Downtown Bethlehem Chocolate Trail

The Historic District in Downtown Bethlehem is offering a Willy Wonka kind of experience with the annual Chocolate Trail on back-to-back Saturdays sandwiching Valentine’s Day. What better way is there to appreciate your loved one than devouring chocolates together? A $40 ticket per person allows you to do just that at a chosen time slot between noon and 5 p.m.

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Saturday Feb. 10 & Friday, Feb. 16: Comedic events by Marina Franklin and Tanael (TJ) Joachim

Is Valentine’s Day more of a time that you need a laugh than a celebration? Marina Franklin and TJ Joachim will have you covered at SteelStacks on two separate dates. Franklin will bring her comedic experience 8 p.m. Feb. 10 while Joachim performs at 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Each event will be held at ArtsQuest with more details available at the SteelStacks website below.

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Sunday, Feb. 11: Valentine’s Day Family Workshop

Surround yourself with the love of your entire family at AR Workshop in Bethlehem as you build lasting Valentine’s Day crafts together from 4-6 p.m. While only two people are allowed per project, instructors will be there to walk you through it as you compete or collaborate with other members of your family. Even better, you’re allowed to choose your project when you register for a DIY experience starting at $39.

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Monday, Feb. 12-Friday, Feb. 16: Valentine Tango for Couples and Singles

Who said it takes two to tango? At Amber Connection in Emmaus, book a one-hour class with dance instructions, a light snack-delicatessen, Polish chocolate, flowers, a glass of wine and champagne. There are classes for individuals ($55) and couples ($95), so anyone can enjoy this special offer the entire week of Valentine’s Day.

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Wednesday, Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Dinner Party at Vault 634

Chef Antonio Santiago will provide a delicious five-course meal for you and your significant other in the majestic Vault 634 building this Valentine’s Day. A $125 ticket includes gratuity, a welcome beverage and a choice of a glass of red or white wine with your dinner. This three-hour event will be one of the most romantic places in the Lehigh Valley this Valentine’s Day, so be sure to register now before it is too late!

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Wednesday Feb. 14-Sunday Feb. 18: Valentine’s Day Week Carriage Rides in Bethlehem, PA

Have you always dreamed of enjoying a carriage with your soulmate? You have the opportunity to do so this Valentine’s Week at bethlehemcarriage.com. Spots are selling out fast, so head over to their website before it’s too late! You can travel with up to four people for $89 and navigate the historic area of Downtown Bethlehem on a romantic journey with people you love.

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Emily Mitchell of Crystal View Carriage Services, of New Ringgold, Pa. and Harry, 9, (rider left) and Kane, 11, both Dapple Grey Percheron horses walk towards Main Street about to offer horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown historic Bethlehem on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. "Yesterday we had to cancel the rides. Bitter cold and wind chill affects them. The heat bothers them more then the cold does" she said of the duo of horses. The carriage service has offered rides through the historic city for about 4 years. Many families with small children and couple are drawn to the carriage rides. "We also do a lot of proposals too." Emily added.
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In this 2016 photo, Emily Mitchell of Crystal View Carriage Services, of New Ringgold, Pa. and Harry, 9, (rider left) and Kane, 11, both Dapple Grey Percheron horses walk toward Main Street about to offer horse-drawn carriage rides through downtown historic Bethlehem. The carriage rides are a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. (April Gamiz / 첥Ƶ)

Thursday, Feb. 15: Music Bingo: Valentine’s Night

Rather than spending money, the Downtown Allentown Market gives you the opportunity to win prizes and spend time with your loved ones for free on the night following Valentine’s Day. A night of Music Bingo from 6-8 p.m. is completely free and a cute way to enjoy the company of your significant other and/or friends with some nostalgic music and games.

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Saturday, Feb. 17: Rubix Kube: The 80’s Strikeback Show

Speaking of good music and a bit of nostalgia, Rubix Kube brings you “The Eighties Strike Back Show” at the Musikfest Café on Saturday, Feb. 17. It might not have the romance of a candlelit dinner, but perhaps these big hits will bring you back to an unforgettable time in your love life. Regardless, the night promises to bring good music, good food and an entertaining way to spend your Saturday night.

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Derek Bast is a freelance writer who can be found on Twitter/X at @derek_bast or reached via email at derekbast11@gmail.com.

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