Holiday Music, Holiday Food, and Some Not-So-Traditional Holiday Fun
Celebrate NEPA’s holiday season all December long.
Bust out those ugly sweaters, people. We’ve got tons of holiday-themed fun coming your way. And we need to get to it before you’ve had too much of grandpa’s famous eggnog.
Despite our busy schedules, it’s almost certain that we’ll make time to ride the Santa Train. We’ll wake up early and get to one of our beautiful parks for a chilly, morning hike. And when it gets a little too cold, we’ll definitely be checking out the aquarium, the indoor trampoline park, and, if we behave ourselves, maybe the indoor golf simulator.
Don’t let the hustle of the holiday season get you tied up in knots. Take a deep breath. You’ve got time to unwind, and we’ve got all of NEPA’s hottest events. You might even say, we’re just perfect for each other.
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Shop Local at NEPA's Holiday Markets
All Month Long
Get a handle on that ever-growing holiday shopping list with our round-up of local holiday markets. Find it all from handmade crafts, jewelry and clothing to kitchen items and culinary treats.
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Festival of Lights
Friday, November 22 through Tuesday, December 31
Load up the car and get to Stonhedge Golf Course in Tunkhannock for one of the biggest, most incredible, drive-thru holiday lights displays in the region. The gorgeous golf course transforms into a true winter wonderland all month long.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
Wednesday, December 4
Watch as a classic holiday favorite comes to life on stage at Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby Center. Join brave Rudolph, Yukon Cornelius, Hermey the Elf, Santa and all of their friends as they bring this beloved tale to life through song.
Always Patsy -- A Country Christmas
Tuesday, December 3
Enjoy a holiday-themed musical tribute to one of Country Music’s most legendary singers. The enchanted evening will cycle through Patsy Cline favorites like “Crazy,” and “I Fall to Pieces,” alongside holiday classics.
Candlelight Christmas at The Settlers Inn
Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 8
Snag a reservation for this unforgettable holiday farm-to-table feast. The prix fixe menu includes passed hors d’ oeuvres, seasonal drinks, a seasonal dinner and a horse and carriage ride.
Old Fashioned Christmas at Eckley
Saturday, December 7 & Sunday, December 8
Celebrate the season with old-fashioned carolers, hot cocoa, and tons of long-forgotten holiday traditions. The popular, historical patch town delights with 19th century storytellers, games and true living history exhibits.
Reindeer Run 5K and Family Fun Run
Saturday, December 7
Lace up your running shoes, pull on your best ugly sweater and head to Tunkhannock for this annual run to benefit the United Way. Race day will include a 5K and a more relaxed Fun Run.
Holiday Art + Music Fest
Sunday, December 8
Stop by Susquehanna Brewing Company for an inside look at the brewery, a little live music and lots of local art and craft vendors. Oh, and did we mention plenty of tasty beers.
Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical
Thursday, December 12
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the lives of Santa’s most famous Scout Elves in this premier live stage performance. The musical features an original story, songs, unbelievable sets and plenty of holiday cheer.
Chase Rice AM/PM 2019 tour
Friday, December 13
Stroudsburg’s famous Sherman theater hosts the rising country star for a one-night only, all ages show. Don’t miss the Billboard chart topper and his edgy, energetic brand of country.
Friday, December 13 & Saturday, December 14
Experience a traditional, small town Christmas at this popular weekend festival in Hawley. Enjoy carriage rides, entertainment, historic tours, Santa, plenty of food and drink and dozens of downtown shops.
The Naughty List Drag Show
Saturday, December 14
East Stroudsburg’s Pocono Palace Resort plays host to this eclectic collection of dazzling entertainers. The wild drag performances include renditions of holiday favorites and even a few unique mixes.
Blue Ridge Figure Skating Holiday Exhibition
Sunday, December 15
Get a look at some incredible local talent at this figure skating exhibition hosted by Pittston’s Revolution Ice Centre. The programs include soloists, ensembles and an exciting basket raffle.
Thursday, December 19
Catch the legendary modern songwriter at Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby Center. The artist brings his heartfelt brand of American folk and country music to the stage for one unforgettable night.
The Wizards of Winter
Friday, December 20
Embark on a rockin’ musical journey inside a snow globe at Jim Thorpe’s famous Penn’s Peak. The Lehigh Valley-based ensemble brings together musicians from some of rock n roll’s most iconic bands for a spectacular holiday performance.
Holiday Movie Marathon
Saturday, December 21 through Monday, December 23
Scranton’s Ritz Theater throws it back to the era of $1 matinees during this Holiday Movie Marathon. Enjoy a weekend full of Christmas classics on the big screen at one of NEPA’s iconic theaters.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Hike
Sunday, December 22
Gear up for a chilly, winter hike at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Kempton. Enjoy a guided hike to the scenic North Lookout, then warm up with a hot chocolate at the Mountain Bookstore. Wear an ugly sweater and have your trail fee waived.
Cask for a Cause – Firkin Friday
Friday, December 27
Raise a glass. Try a new beer, and help a great cause. Get to Cooper’s Seafood House & Ship’s Pub in Scranton for this popular beer-centric fundraising event. Enjoy food and drink specials, 50/50, raffles and more.
Saturday, December 28
Build the world of your dreams at the Lackawanna County Children’s Library. Participants aged 10-18 can build, explore and share their creations at this popular gaming event. Registration is required.
New Year’s Eve Celebrations
Tuesday, December 31
Get dressed up and ring in 2020 in style at one of NEPA’s awesome New Year’s Eve events. From wild, themed parties to dinner, dancing and live music, you’ll find it all on this list of incredible year end celebrations.
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