The bells will ring: the holidays are here!
From music and hot chocolate to special St. Nick tours, there is plenty of Christmas cheer for everyone.
Below are some of the best bets:
Stroudsburg town center Christmas tree lighting
Kick off the holiday season with the annual tree lighting with live music, refreshments and a special visit from Santa Claus via the Stroudsburg Fire Department.
When: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday
Info: Courthouse Square, 600 Main St., Stroudsburg, fb.me/e/1LyK5W1MQ
Elf the Musical
Based on the Christmas movie, this comical and heartwarming performance follows Buddy the Elf on his quest to connect with his family and discover his true identity.
When: 8 p.m. Nov. 26 to Dec. 19
Cost: $ 16- $ 29
Info: 552 River Road, Shawnee on Delaware, 570-421-5093, shawneeplayhouse.org/tickets
Middle Smithfield Tree Lighting
Kick off the holidays with a free tree-lighting event starting with music from the East Stroudsburg High School North choir and free hot chocolate from BSA Troop 87 outside the community and culture center.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a special appearance (courtesy of the Marshalls Creek Fire Company) to help light the tree, followed by a fireworks display.
St. Nick and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos inside the community center until 7:30 p.m.
Food donations (canned goods, non-perishable items) for Bushkill Outreach will be collected during the event. Girl Scout Troop 52299 will also be collecting socks, hats, gloves, and the township will also be collecting toys for the Bushkill Volunteer Fire Company’s Christopher Luna Giving Tree through December 13.
When: 6 p.m. Saturday
Info: Echo Lake Park, 5206 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg, 570-223-8920
Santa Claus Special
All aboard this panoramic train with Santa Claus et Cie.
Relax and unwind in a vintage coach built in the early 1900s and pulled by diesel engines.
The narrated round-trip trip follows the Lehigh River over bridges, through Glen Onoko, and into Lehigh Gorge State Park.
When: Train departure at 10:30 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm from Friday to Sunday
Cost: Call for prices
Info: 1, rue Susquehanna, Jim Thorpe, lgsry.com/regular-programme
Celebrate the holiday season on November 26 with the Honesdale Santa Parade and tree lighting at Honesdale’s Central Park. The parade will depart at 6 p.m., descend Main Street, and end in Central Park with tree and star lighting. Father Christmas will also be there to welcome the children.
Christmas by candlelight
The Settlers Inn’s annual holiday celebration includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a horse-drawn carriage ride, dinner and dessert.
Live music Friday and Saturday with The Bradley Bunch, Sunday features seasonal music.
When: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 3 – 5
Cost: $ 115 per person.
Info: 4 main avenue, Hawley, 570-226-2993, SettlersInn.com
Christmas painting night
Budding artists looking to immerse themselves in the Christmas spirit can head to KC Peppers Bar & Grill, 182 Ski Run Road, Honesdale, to change up and create a festive piece of art.
When: The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 8.
Cost: $ 35 per person and includes all painting materials and a drink. 25 places are available and participants must confirm their attendance by visiting the event page on Facebook.
Winterfest Craft Fair
Held during the annual Hawley Winterfest, gift shoppers are encouraged to stop by the Winterfest Artisan Fair which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on December 11 and 12 at Hawley Silk Mill, 8 Silk Mill Drive in Hawley.
Shop at a jury-selected arts and crafts market hosted by Art on the Edge at Hawley Silk Mill.
Additional information is available by clicking here. The full list of Winterfest events is available here.
Old town carolers
Enjoy vacation standards interpreted by the Olde Towne Carolers at the Patio in the Promenade Shops in Saucon Valley. The Olde Towne Carolers “perform holiday music spanning generations and cultural differences, from old German Christmas carols and classic Christmas carols to 20th century hits.”
When: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 4 – 18 and 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 24 Dec.
Cost: To free
Info: 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley, bit.ly/3cxqxRa
West End Festival of Lights and Kris Kringle
Weekend Entertainment: Craft Market, Festival of Lights, Warming Stations along the Trail, Live Christmas Shows, Food Vendors, Rides, Games, and Kris Kringle Tours.
Festival of Lights and boiler rooms every other evening.
Lights, food and vendors will be on site for four weekends starting Friday. Lights and food only on weekdays. Stop to stroll around this dazzling Christmas light show set to music and warm up by one of their fireplaces /
Cost: $ 6 per person (free for children under three)
When: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday until December 23
Info: West End Fair Association, 570, chemin Fairground, Gilbert, carboncountyfair.com/kris-kringle-fest
Keep the music alive!
The Pocono Concert Chorale chamber ensemble will present “Keep the Music Alive!” Â»Sunday December 5th at 2:30 pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Free entry.
Led by James Maroney, the 13-voice a cappella choir is made up of members of the Pocono Concert Choir who seek to keep the community performing arts active amid the pandemic. Among the varied selections of the group, there will be several for the holidays. The concert will also feature prominent local musicians performing solos: organist Michael Capone, pianist Ruth Kochera, classical guitarist Jeffrey Gibbons and soprano Tara Nylander.
When: 2:30 p.m. Dec. 5
Info: 575 Main Street, Stroudsburg, fpcstroudsburg.org