Santa’s coming to NEPA this weekend, and he’s bringing tons of holiday fun!
Santa’s schedule is jam-packed on Saturday. First, he’ll make an appearance at the Annual Santa Parade in downtown Scranton. Then, he’ll head over to the Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony at Public Square in Wilkes-Barre. The city will have holiday concerts and kid’s activities all day leading up to his arrival. For even more festive fun, go see Trans-Siberian Orchestra on Sunday at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. They’re holding two back-to-back shows that will rock your holiday season.
It’s never too early to get started on your holiday shopping, so head to this weekend’s craft fairs. You’ll find the perfect handmade gifts at the Artisans’ Marketplace at the Waverly Community House on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, 900 Rutter Ave. will host over 50 vendors at this month’s holiday-themed 900 Marketplace. And of course, you have to treat yourself. Sample your way through the Gertrude Hawk Chocolate Factory on Saturday. They’ll host tours and a tent sale all day.
Eat local this Thanksgiving! You can stock up on everything you need at NEPA’s indoor farmers’ markets. South Side Farmers Market in Scranton and the Monroe Farmers Market in Stroudsburg are open on Saturday morning.
Mark your calendars for:
Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony
Downtown Wilkes-Barre will be full of Christmas spirit this Saturday at the Annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Free activities like concerts, kid’s crafts, and story time with the Grinch start at 11:30 a.m. The parade marches down South Main Street to Public Square at 3:30 p.m. The afternoon ends with the tree lighting immediately following the parade.
Annual Santa Parade in Downtown Scranton
Floats, balloons, marching bands, and dance groups fill the streets of Scranton during the Annual Santa Parade. The parade route starts at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Spruce Streets and continues around Courthouse Square. The parade ends with an appearance from Santa himself. The festivities will kick off at 9 a.m.
Join the Waverly Community House for their 35th Annual Artisans’ Marketplace on Saturday and Sunday. Local artists will offer handmade ceramics, jewelry, baskets, glasswork, sculptures, woodwork, paintings, and more. It’s the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind gift (or to pick up something special for yourself). Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Fall Into The Holidays November 900 Marketplace
Get your holiday shopping done early at the Fall Into the Holidays Marketplace at 900 Rutter Ave. this Sunday. With 50 local vendors, you’re sure to find the perfect gifts! Check out handmade crafts, jewelry, treats, home décor, antiques, artwork, and more. It starts at 10 a.m.
Gertrude Hawk Factory Tour
The Gertrude Hawk Factory Tour is like Willy Wonka in real life. Okay, maybe there’s not a chocolate waterfall, but they do have tons of samples. The factory opens its doors for their annual open house on Saturday. Take a 35-minute tour of the facility and stock up on goodies at the tent sale. Tours start at 9 a.m.
South Side Farmers Market
Stock up on everything you need for Thanksgiving at South Side Farmers Market on Saturday. This indoor farmers market is open year-round and features local produce, meats, dairy, and baked goods. It starts at 10 a.m.
Monroe Farmers Market
Farmers’ markets aren’t just for summer! Check out the Monroe Farmers Market at their winter location at The Renegade Winery. Every Saturday, local vendors sell produce, dairy products, honey, baked goods, jams, jellies, syrups, wine, and soaps. Come fill your pantry with fresh food made right here in NEPA. The market starts at 9 a.m.
Rhythm & Wine Fundraiser
Kick off your weekend with the Rhythm & Wine Fundraiser at Vito’s Wine Cellar on Friday. Proceeds from the event benefit Catholic Social Services’ veterans’ housing programs. Dave Kuharchik, Kelly Byrne, and Haley Bianco from WBRE’s PA Live will be your hosts for a night of wine and live music. The event starts at 6:30 p.m.
A Winnie-The-Pooh Christmas Tail
Shawnee Playhouse brings the Hundred Acre Wood to life at A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail. This children’s theatre production follows Pooh and Piglet’s quest to find Eeyore’s missing tail. The show opens this weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday at 10 a.m. Shows continue every Friday and Saturday until December 22.