Celebrate all of your favorite holiday traditions… and maybe even start some new ones!
All is merry and bright at NEPA’s small-town Christmas festivals. Christmas in Montrose is an entire weekend of free children’s activities, movies, live entertainment, craft fairs, and horse and carriage rides. On Saturday, Berwick Area Winterfest features family activities, live music, and the opening of the Christmas Boulevard, a mile-long light display stretching down Market Street.
You can’t help but feel nostalgic at this time of year. Public Square in Wilkes-Barre will be decked out in Christmas cheer at the Old-Fashioned Holiday Market on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, Santa is coming to town on the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Santa Train, which makes stops in six NEPA communities. Quiet Valley Farm brings historic holiday traditions to life at the Old Time Christmas tours on Saturday and Sunday.
The holidays are all about the spirit of giving, so lend a hand to a local charity this weekend! On Friday night, Wisecrackers Comedy Club is hosting a fundraiser show for Candy’s Place, a cancer wellness center. Join Cooper’s Seafood House for Firkin Friday, where they’ll tap a cask to benefit the Library Research Prize at the University of Scranton. Bring some Christmas joy to local children this Saturday at the ‘Tis the Season for Giving fundraiser at Moose Lodge 1207 in West Pittston. They’ll collect new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.
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Christmas in Montrose
Montrose is a small town, but they’re big on holiday spirit. This weekend is full of holiday activities like horse-drawn carriage rides, children’s crafts, free movie showings, variety shows, and craft fairs throughout town. Saturday’s schedule includes special events like the Jingle Bell 5K and visits from Santa and his reindeer. While you’re in town, visit the local shops to pick up the perfect gifts. Activities start at 8 a.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Berwick Area Winterfest
Berwick Area Winterfest features free events throughout town, like children’s crafts, live music, ice sculpting, horse and carriage rides, marshmallow roasting, and more. Don’t forget to stop by the local shops for special holiday deals. Santa will light the tree in St. Charles Park and open the Christmas Boulevard, a mile-long lights display on Market Street. The fun starts at 4 p.m.
Old-Fashioned Holiday Market on Public Square
The Old-Fashioned Holiday Market is a classic Christmas celebration at Wilkes-Barre’s Public Square. They’ll have tons of craft vendors to help you finish your holiday shopping. Take a horse and carriage ride around town and check out the living nativity. Proceeds benefit CASA of Luzerne County and Wyoming Valley Children’s Association. The market opens at 11 a.m.
Lackawanna Heritage Valley Santa Train
Forget the sleigh and reindeer—Santa is coming to town on the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Santa Train! On Saturday, the historic train will stop in Carbondale, Archbald, Jessup, Olyphant, Dickson City, and Scranton. At each station, the kids will meet Santa and enjoy holiday goodies. All activities are free. The train makes its first stop in Carbondale at 10:30 a.m. and finishes the day at Steamtown National Historic Site at 3 p.m.
Old Time Christmas at Quiet Valley Farm
Come see how families prepared for the holidays back in the 1800s. Quiet Valley Farm will bring historic holiday traditions to life at their Old Time Christmas tours on Saturday and Sunday. They’ll also have storytelling, carolers, and a live nativity in the barn. Tours start at 3 p.m. If you can’t make it this weekend, they’ll offer more tours on December 8 and 9.
Candy's Place Wisecrackers Comedy Fundraiser
Enjoy a night of side-splitting fun at Wisecrackers Comedy Club, all while helping a great cause! On Friday, a portion of ticket sales will benefit Candy’s Place, a cancer wellness center in Forty Fort. Mike Eagan is headlining, with John Iavarone as the feature and Kirk Griffiths as emcee. The show starts at 9 a.m.
'Tis the Season for Giving
Christmas is all about the kids. Help out local children at the ‘Tis the Season for Giving event at Moose Lodge 1207 in West Pittston. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy or a $10 donation for Toys for Tots. They’ll also have live music by Flaxy Morgan and a basket raffle to benefit Little Eric’s Foundation, which helps fight pediatric brain and childhood cancer. The event starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Candlelight Christmas Dinner
One of the best parts of the holidays is the food! The Settlers Inn in Hawley is preparing a farm-to-table feast for their Candlelight Christmas Dinner. The evening starts with drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a horse and carriage ride. At dinnertime, choose from their decadent menu and enjoy live music. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Please call for reservations.
Midtown Village Holiday Pop-Up Shops
Check off everyone on your holiday shopping list at the Midtown Village Holiday Pop-Up Shops. Over a dozen local crafters, artists, and retailers will set up booths at the Midtown Village shopping district in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The shops open at 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon on Sunday. The market continues every weekend until Christmas.