The small town of Bethlehem is approximately 11 miles south of Winder, in Barrow County. Bethlehem’s claim to fame is it’s name, which gives the post office workers a difficult job during the Christmas season. People come from all around to have their Christmas cards marked with the Bethlehem cancellation stamp. The annual Bethlehem Star Festival, arts and crafts festival in Bethlehem in December is a local favorite.
The population of Bethlehem is 600 and the town covers 2.2 square miles. Homes prices range from $60,000-$400,000 with the average home price of around $175,000.
Bethlehem’s shopping center, Barrow Crossing serves all of Barrow and parts of Oconee County. Stores include Target, Belk, T.J.Maxx, Publix, Staple’s, Pet Smart, a nail salon, hair salon, and several restaurants.