5 of the Most Festive Holiday Events in the Poconos

During Christmastime, the Pocono Mountains transform into something straight out of a Hallmark movie. The region boasts small town charm, old-fashioned celebrations and bushels of hospitality. The days and weeks leading up to the holidays are chock-full of concerts, crafts, cocoa and carriage rides. We’ve compiled five of the most festive holiday events in the Poconos. Take a look at the many ways to get in the Christmas spirit, then take a trip over the river and through the woods for an unforgettable holiday getaway to Silver Birches Resort.

Hawley Winterfest

December 3-12
One of the most popular holiday events in the Poconos, nearly every business rolls out the red carpet to welcome visitors with activities day and night during this celebration. There are over 50 events planned over the course of two weeks. Highlights include a Christmas Harp contest with Erin Hill, Historic Walking Tour and Beer Tour.

Here at Silver Birches breakfast with Santa is always a favorite at The Waterfront. This year you can also decorate a gingerbread house. Browse the offerings at the Holiday Artisans’ Fair at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday and Sunday. While you’re there, visit the Sculpted Ice Bar at Cocoon Coffeehouse and Bakery and order a specialty cocktail. Glass- wine.bar.kitchen will get Winterfest Rockin’ with live music by John Curtin. Winterfest Brunch at The Settlers Inn is a festive combination of decadent holiday fare and traditional music.

Honesdale Winter Wonderland

November 26 and 27
The town that served as the inspiration for the classic Christmas Carol, “Winter Wonderland,” kicks off the holiday season with a two-day event centered around its idyllic Main Street. Many of the small businesses host open houses and special events. Many of the businesses offer specials on November 27 to coincide with Small Business Saturday. There will also be winter wagon rides, chainsaw carving and blacksmith demonstrations and a visit from Santa Claus. The traditional star and tree lighting will take place on Friday night following the Santa Parade.

Jim Thorpe Old Time Christmas

Courtesy Jim Thorpe Old Time Christmas Facebook

Weekends in December
Victorian architecture, strolling carolers in costume, fresh garland decorations- downtown Jim Thorpe transforms into a Dickens village for the celebration. Happening over three weekends in December, festivities include train rides with Santa, specials and events at over 50 shops, galleries and boutiques, free family events and live entertainment. A Christmas Tree lighting in Josiah White Park signals the beginning of the season. Beloved annual events include a gingerbread house display, church tours, Christmas Tree contest and living nativity.

Courtesy Quiet Valley LIving Historical Farm Facebook

Old Time Christmas at Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm

December4-5 and 11-12
The customs and traditions of bygone eras come to life over two weekends at this working farm in Stroudsburg. Visit with a Victorian family preparing for an 1890s holiday. See the live barnyard nativity. Hear tales of 19th century farm life. Be entertained by schoolhouse carolers. Anticipate the arrival of Belschnikel, the Santa Claus of Pennsylvania German folklore. Browse the gift shop overflowing with handcrafted treasure.

Bethel Woods Peace, Love & Lights

Courtesy Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Facebook Page

November 19-January 2
Journey along a 1.7 mile drive through a holiday light display. Set on the campus of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, NY the magical display has several theme areas including New York, NY and Holidays Around the World. The self-guided tour is open daily.

Home Away from Home for the Holidays

Silver Birches Resort

After a day decking the halls at the most festive holiday events in the Poconos, tuck in to a Deluxe King lakefront room. Curl up beside the electric fireplace and soak in the serenity of a getaway to Silver Birches Resort. Savor a meal of water-inspired foods or innovative twists on classic dishes at The Dock on Wallenpaupack– the resort’s restaurant. Take some time to enjoy the season. Check availability and book your holiday getaway today.