Bethlehem Christmas Tree Toss Raises Money for Victims of Domestic Violence

Bethlehem, PA

As the “Christmas City”, Bethlehem has many traditions during this time of year.  One of the most bizarre has to be the annual Christmas Tree Toss held each year that pits the Chiefs of the Bethlehem and Bethlehem Township Police Departments in a head-to-head match to determine who can throw a Christmas tree further.  If that isn’t bizarre enough, there is a horse, a goat, bagpipes, live Irish music and lots of cheer.  All of this is done in good spirit and donations are made that benefit Turning Point of the Lehigh Valley, a safe place where victims of abuse can find shelter.

The event is organized by Pete Kearns, the owner of Meineke Car Car Center on Stefko Blvd. This year, the event starts at 2 PM on Saturday December 15th at Meineke Car Care Center on Stefko Blvd with a gathering and some music.  A small parade will travel north on Stefko Blvd to Jack Williams Tire.  Tradition dictates that the loser from last year must walk a horse that carries the winner.  Bethlehem was victorious last year, so Chief Pancoast will be walking the horse.

If you have a chance, stop by, throw a tree and make a donation to help the victims of domestic violence.

Chief Schiffer and Chief Pancoast at the 2011 Tree Toss

Four Leaf Clovers

The Four Leaf Clovers

Schiffer & Pancoast2

Pancoast Throw

Chief Pancoast Throws the Tree – 2011

Schiffer Throw

Chief Schiffer’s throw – 2011



The Pancoast Team had some shirts made for the 2011 event – It’s a good thing the bike cop won!


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