13 Joyful and Healthy Things to Do This Week in the lehigh valley (12/11–12/17)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

The craze of the holidays is hitting us all hard and when you live around or in the Christmas City, it's bound to be a part of your schedule (even if you haven't penciled it in)! Here are a few local event highlights this week to help you feel festive and fulfilled. Mark your calendars and put yourself in control of your own holiday spirit! 

MONDAY

Pre-Holiday Stress Buster Drumming at Living Room Yoga (7:30pm-11:30pm/ $10)
Join Lehigh Valley Drum Circle for some meditative drumming, focused breathing, and guided imagery and start your week playfully and stress-free. If the flow hits you and you want more, check out their other drum circle events throughout the month. More info and registration here.

TUESDAY

Drink ‘n’ Draw at Steel Stacks (7pm-10pm/ Free)
Grab a cocktail to keep warm and come sketch to your heart’s content at Steel Stacks for their monthly drink & draw event. This month’s will be holiday themed and includes live model sketching time. Free to join, but find out more about the group here.

WEDNESDAY

Asanas, Bubbles & Chocolate at Barreform (7pm-8:30pm/ $18)
Enjoy the ABCs of the season with a yoga flow from Laurel at Barreform in Bethlehem and ending with chocolate and bubbles. Not a bad way to spend a midweek evening! While you’re there, check out the other amazing Pilates, reformer, and barre classes this studio offers. More info and sign up here.

THURSDAY

Canvas & Cocktails at Triple Sun Spirits (6:30pm-9pm/ $25)
Homemade gifts can be some of the most meaningful ones out there, so get your drink on from some of the delicious tipples from Triple Sun in Emmaus and let Kristina from Paint of Mind guide you through painting a snowy barn scene. Get your creative juices flowing—even if it’ll never end up on someone’s fridge. More info and tickets here.

Allentown Public Library Used Book Bag Sale (10am-7pm/ $5)
APL has the readers on your holiday shopping lists in mind this year—not to mention your wallet! Purchase a brown bag from the library for $5 and fill it to the brim with assorted titles from the APL collection. All proceeds benefit the library; can’t go wrong there! More info here.

FRIDAY

Healthy Happy Hour at Greenmouth with Local FolkPunk Artist (5pm-6:30pm/ Free)
Hit up Greenmouth’s Healthy Happy Hour with special guest, Bronze for Birdy, a passionate FolkPunk, baritone, ukulelist, songstress, and local artist. Come out for some good tunes and great samples (and discounts!). More info here.

SATURDAY

Jazz in the Christmas City (8pm-11pm/ Free)
Spice up your trip down to the South Side by stopping by Steel Stacks for some live piano and jazz vocals. Whether you’re stopping by on the way to or from Christkindlmarkt or just in need of a relaxing evening, grab a drink and check out local jazz artists inside the ArtsQuest building. More info here.

All Level Holiday Open House at Blue Lotus, Nazareth (9am / Free)
Blue Lotus’s new location is open to the public with a morning including an all level yoga class, refreshments, and a drawing for a month of unlimited classes. Registration is required and can be done through phone or at the studio. More info here.

SUNDAY

Lit Pop Up Holiday Mart (10am-3pm/ Free)
Get some more gifts off your list and browse the collection of ceramics, jewelry, artwork, and more from local artists that Lit will have on display. And, of course, while you’re there, be sure to sample some coffee or a seriously delicious baked good from Lit’s masterful kitchen.

‘Tis the season for Salutations! This Sunday is the day for yoga events, so we’re including a number of them for your choosing. Namaste on, Live Well-ers.

Yoga & Bruch at Easton Public Market (8am-9:30am/ $18)
With Easton Yoga & Greenmouth Table. Register through Easton Public Market.

Pints & Poses at the Tap Room at Weyerbacher Brewing (10am-11am/ $20)
Ticket price includes class, beer cocktail, and some snacks. Grab tickets here.

Yoga at Lost Tavern Brewery (10:30am/ $20) 
Yoga lead by Chris MoDavis Yoga, pint of your choice, and a full 30 minutes to hang out before normal business hours begin. Sign up to save your spot at the taproom on Main Street in Hellertown. 

Detox-Retox Yoga at Eight Oaks Distillery (11am-12pm/ $20)
Enjoy a hatha flow class, specialty cocktail, and light snacks. Grab tickets here.

*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash.