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Family Fun in December 2020

Please Note: Due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases throughout the Commonwealth, newly updated health and safety guidelines may affect local events. We advise you to confirm directly with event organizers prior to attending.

Spark Some Holiday Joy With Light Shows, Movie Marathons & Wintry Fun

December is the best time of the year to be a kid. You spend the whole month waiting in suspense, wondering what Santa’s going to leave under the tree (and dipping into that endless cookie supply). No matter what age, we could all use a little holiday magic, so load up the kids in the car and rekindle that Christmas wonder for yourself. We’ve rounded up some of NEPA’s most festive family events.

Jingle all the way to NEPA’s spectacular light displays, then kick back and watch some of your favorite holiday movies. Take the family to pick out a tree and build that epic gingerbread house. You’ll check all the boxes on your list of traditions, from baking cookies to ice skating.

And most of all, make sure to stay safe this holiday season. Before you head out, check the event details and read up about special safety precautions. Events will have limited spaces due to social distancing, so reservations may be required. Come prepared, wear a mask and make the most out of this wonderful time of the year.

Fun Events for the Whole Family:

  • Festival of Lights

    Daily Through December 31 (Excluding Christmas Eve)

    The Festival of Lights at Stone Hedge Golf Course in Tunkhannock is nothing short of Christmas magic. This massive drive-through light display is about 2.5 miles long. Snap some pictures in the photo op area or warm up at the socially distanced s’mores pits.

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  • Joy Through the Grove

    Daily Through January 3 (Excluding Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

    Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg is flipping the switch on their first-ever drive-through Christmas light display. Over 400 light-up pieces will turn the park and campground into a winter wonderland.

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  • Holiday Light Spectacular at Nay Aug Park

    Daily Through January 7

    Drive through Scranton’s Nay Aug Park for a stunning show of over 100 light displays. Visits from Santa, socially distanced hayrides and horse-drawn carriage rides will also be available on select dates. This event is free, although donations are accepted.

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  • 2nd Annual Light Up Campus

    Daily Through January 10

    Gather up the kids and take a drive through Marywood University’s Christmas display. Tune in to the college’s radio station at 91.7 for non-stop holiday tunes. This event is free and open to the public.

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  • Tall Pines Forest of Lights

    Every Wednesday – Sunday Through December 30 (Excluding Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

    Tall Pines Players Club in Friendsville has decked out the entire golf course for the holiday season. This drive-through display features over a mile of colorful lights and stunning winter scenes.

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  • Light the Night at Sugarloaf

    December 3 – 6, 10 – 13, 17 – 23 & 26 – 30

    Get in the holly jolly spirit at Sugarloaf Golf Club. Their first-ever walk-through holiday light display will make you feel like you’re in the North Pole.

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  • Twelve Movies of Christmas

    December 4 – 11

    Get cozy and watch some of your favorite Christmas movies at the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock. They’ll host free movie showings, including family favorites like Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, It’s a Wonderful Life and Polar Express. Reservations are highly recommended, and they’re required for It’s a Wonderful Life.

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  • Skate for Free

    December 5

    The Blue Ridge Figure Skating Club is holding a free learn-to-skate session at Revolution Ice Centre in Pittston. Kids ages three and up can come to learn the basics. Skate rentals are included, and pre-registration is required.

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  • Greater Carbondale YMCA Christmas Festival

    December 5

    The Greater Carbondale YMCA is planning a whole day of family activities like “Elf School,” open swim, Build-a-Bear Workshop, basket raffles and more. Spaces are limited for each activity, so call to pre-register.

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  • Old Time Christmas

    December 5 – 6 & 12 – 13

    Experience a rustic holiday season at Quiet Valley, an eighteenth-century farm in Stroudsburg. Take a candlelight tour as re-enactors bring Christmas traditions to life. There will also be carolers, a live barnyard nativity, refreshments and handmade gifts. Tickets are available online.

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  • Santa Christmas Tree Express

    Every Saturday & Sunday Through December 20

    Hop onboard a magical holiday train ride at the Stourbridge Line in Honesdale. The train takes you to a trackside Christmas tree farm, where you can pick the perfect tree and watch the crew load it onto the train. The kids can visit with Santa, and all ages can enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.

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  • Santa on the Trolley


    All aboard this annual holiday excursion at the Electric City Trolley Museum in Scranton. This year, Santa will visit the kids virtually. Reservations are required, so call ahead to reserve your seat.

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  • Kids’ Holiday Cookie Baking

    December 12

    Luzerne County Community College is holding a cooking class where kids will learn to make and decorate their own cookies (and taste-test them, of course!). This class is geared toward kids ages 11 – 14.

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  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    December 12 & 19

    The Ritz Theater in Scranton is showing the classic Peanuts special. Breakfast and lunch menus will be available from the Black Box Café. Santa will also be there to take socially distant “Elfie Selfies.”

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  • Fifth Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Display

    December 19

    Kids and families can enter their gingerbread creations for at the Bloomsburg Children’s Museum. Winners will be announced on December 19, and the houses will remain on display through January 2. Registration is available online.

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This month has even more holly jolly fun in store. For more events, check out our December Can’t Miss List.

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