Get ready for the holidays and Christmas in the Pocono Mountains! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Poconos region of Pennsylvania is the perfect place to celebrate with family and friends. Our event calendar is full of festivities and seasonal cheer you won't want to miss.

Pocono resorts, restaurants, and downtowns are decking the halls for the month of December. Whether you want to take a photo with Santa, watch a magical tree lighting, shop for presents, climb aboard a winter train ride, or feast on delicious treats, you can choose your dream Christmas Village Poconos experience with festivals throughout the area! Read on for a complete list of holiday happenings and create your next yuletide tradition in the Poconos.

Traditional Favorites

Traditional Favorites

Christmas Wonderland at Walker's Tree Farm

Walker's Tree Farm
Dates: Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 24, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Varies by activity

The Walker's Tree Farm staff are ready to lend a hand to cut, haul, shake, drill, and bale the tree of your choice so it's all ready for your home. On select weekends, enjoy visits with Santa and a horse-drawn buggy.

Creches From Around the World - Shawnee Traditions

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Dates: Thursday, November 23, 2023 through Tuesday, January 2, 2024
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

It's the reason for the season: take a look at nativity scenes from all over the world displayed in The Shawnee Inn's Pearsall Room. No admission fee, but donations may be made.

Winter Village at Camelback Resort

Camelback Mountain
Dates: Fridays through Sundays, December 1-24, 2023
Time: Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Camelback's Kahuna Lagoon Wave Pool has been transformed into a festive outdoor winter village this year! Get cozy by the fire pit, discover an array of artisans, meet Santa, and enjoy entertainment and craft activities the little ones will love.

10th Annual Ugly Sweater Party

ShawneeCraft Brewing Company
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Unwind this holiday season at ShawneeCraft. Enjoy food, drink and live music. Dress to impress because a prize will be awarded for the ugliest sweater!

Ugly Sweater Party

Slopeside Pub & Grill
Dates: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free Adults Only 21+

Break out your most colorful and festive sweater to see if you can win one of the prizes at Blue Mountain Resort's Annual Ugly Sweater Party held in the Alpine Ballroom! Listen to live music, check out the food and drink specials, and more.

Small Town Festivals and Tree Lightings

Small Town Festivals and Tree Lightings

Christmas Tree Lighting & Firework Display

Blue Mountain Resort
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

Get ready to see the Summit Courtyard at Blue Mountain Resort sparkle during a tree lighting and fireworks display the whole family will love. Check out other upcoming seasonal festivities like the Gingerbread House Workshop, Holiday Vendor Village, ice carving, and more.

Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas

Downtown Jim Thorpe
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, December 2-17, 2023
Time: Varies by activity
Cost: Free; fees apply to some activities

Kick off the holiday season while strolling through charming downtown Jim Thorpe during the community's Christmas festival! Shop local businesses, galleries and boutiques, eat at unique restaurants and find one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones. Sign up for a Shop & Be Merry ticket while they last for exclusive discounts and a souvenir tote bag!

Pocono Lights Displays

Pocono Lights Displays

Poconos Lights

Poconos Park
Dates: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 23 through December 31, 2023
Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $24.99/per vehicle; $59.99/limo or van; $139.99/tour bus

Stay warm and cozy in your car as you drive through a sparkling new lights display at Poconos Park in Bushkill. Wind through a mile of merriment twinkling through the night! Poconos Lights will be open Thursdays through Sundays up to Christmas and nightly between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

Poconos Lights Nov 30

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Christmas Tram Tours

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Dates: Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 31, 2023
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $25/adults; $20/children (November 24 through December 12); $30/adults; $25/children (December 13-31)

There will be no shortage of twinkle lights at the historic Shawnee Inn on the shores of the Delaware River! Hop aboard your own personal heated Polar Express tram and follow the lighted trail to Santa's Workshop, where the jolly man himself will be there to greet you. Visitors can also enjoy holiday movies on a big screen, a fire-pit, carols, hot chocolate, cookies, and more. Don't forget to make your reservation online!

Belvin Family Christmas 2023

464 Cherry Lane Road in East Stroudsburg
Dates: Daily through Monday, January 1, 2024
Time: Sundays through Thursdays: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Donations accepted

Over 100,000 lights will twinkle along to 36 classic holiday songs at this renowned local lights show. Donations will benefit the Pocono Township Volunteer Fire Company 24.

Where to Meet Santa Claus

Where to Meet Santa Claus

Santa Claus Special

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 24 through December 24, 2023
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Call for pricing

All aboard in Jim Thorpe! Santa Claus will be riding with train passengers along the winding Lehigh River, the perfect opportunity for a holiday photo.

Honesdale Santa Christmas Tree Express

The Stourbridge Line
Dates: Dates vary between Friday, November 24 and Sunday, December 24, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $30/adult 13+; $25/children 3-12; free for children 2 & under (lap seat); additional cost for trees

Don't miss your chance to meet Santa and buy your Christmas tree all during a festive train ride. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa along with the panoramic winter scenery as you ride the rails in heated train cars.

Santa Pictures at Country Junction

Country Junction - World's Largest General Store
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, November 25 through December 17, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Call for photo pricing

Need a Santa photo for your Christmas card? The man himself will be at Country Junction every weekend this festive season. Stop by to share your wish list and do some shopping!

Breakfast with Santa

Skytop Lodge
Dates: Sundays, November 26 through December 17, 2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Cost: $45/adults; $35 children 5-12; 4 and under free; plus tax and gratuity

The big guy will be making a stop at Skytop Lodge every Sunday from November 26 through December 17 to check his naughty and nice list and hear your holiday wishes as you enjoy a delicious breakfast.

Breakfast with Santa - A Shawnee Tradition

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Dates: Saturdays, December 2-16, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cost: $20/adult; $12/children 3-11; 2 and under free. Tax and gratuity not included.

Start your Saturday with Santa Claus! He'll be listening to wish lists, taking photos and telling stories during breakfast in the Worthington Ballroom, one of many classic Christmas events at The Shawnee Inn.

Breakfast with Santa at Kalahari

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, December 2-17, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: $34.99/person

Whether you're staying overnight at Kalahari Resort or are local to the Poconos and looking to make memories during a holiday meal with Santa, this is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a weekend morning feast with Saint Nick! The little ones will love the hot cocoa station, while the adults can sip on a build-your-own Mimosa or Bloody Mary drink package.

Breakfast with Santa at Mountain View

Mountain View Vineyard Winery
Dates: Friday, December 22, 2023
Time: 9 a.m. to noon
Cost: $35/person

Just a few days before Christmas, Kris Kringle will be stopping by Mountain View Vineyard in Stroudsburg during their family breakfast buffet on the heated, covered porch at The Bistro. Soft drinks, wine, beer, and cocktails will be available for purchase.

Musical Performances

Musical Performances

A Christmas Story, The Musical

Shawnee Playhouse
Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 24 through December 23, 2023
Time: 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays; 2 p.m.on Sundays
Cost: $16-$56/person

Love this classic Christmas movie? Don't miss the musical adaptation performed at the historic Shawnee Playhouse! Relive your favorite film moments with ensemble numbers and a versatile score.

Rock This Town Orchestra Christmas Spectacular

Mauch Chunk Opera House
Date: Friday, December 15, 2023
Time: Doors: 7 p.m.; Show: 8 p.m.
Cost: $30/person

Join the swing revival with the only Brian Setzer Orchestra Tribute Band in the USA as they bring the holiday spirit to Jim Thorpe in a unique, high-energy Christmas spectacular featuring great songs, stage props, and visual effects.

Christmas with Christian

Sherman Stage at Renegade Winery
Date: Saturday, December 16, 2023
Time: Doors: 7 pm..; Showtime: 8 p.m.
Cost: $12/advance; $15/day of show

Stroudsburg's Sherman Theater brings Christian Power, known for his appearance on NBC's The Voice, and his talented full band to Renegade Winery for an evening of both iconic and unconventional holiday tunes from a variety of genres.

A White Christmas Cabaret

Mauch Chunk Museum & Cultural Center
Date: Saturday and Sunday, December 16-17, 2023
Time: 6 p.m. on Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday
Cost: $25/adults; $15/students

Inspired by both the classic movie and the musical, this evening will include performances of some of your favorite tunes from Irving Berlin's White Christmas. From the feather fans of "Sisters" to the charm of "Count Your Blessings," enjoy facts about the show, dancing, costumes, and a magical finale.

Holiday Dining

Holiday Dining

Jolly Jive - A Holiday Pop-Up Bar

Jive Bar & Lounge
Dates: Fridays and Saturdays, November 24 through December 30, 2023
Time: 5 p.m. to midnight
Cost: Free

Looking for holiday cocktails? Raise a glass to Rudolph as you enjoy a December drink at Milford's Jive Bar & Lounge, which will be wrapped in paper, tinsel, and lights.

Christmas Tea

The Settlers Inn
Dates: Thursdays, December 14, 21, and 28, 2023
Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $35/person plus tax and service

It's the perfect way to enjoy the beautiful decorations at The Settlers Inn! Savor a yuletide afternoon tea complete with freshly-brewed tea, finger sandwiches, and desserts.

Buche de Noel Baking Class

Hawley Silk Mill
Dates: Thursdays, December 21, 2023
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $100/person

Learn how to make a perfectly-rolled and decorated yule log cake and take it home to impress friends and family at your holiday party! This class will be held in the Boiler Room at Hawley Silk Mill. Call the Cocoon Coffeehouse and Bakery to reserve your spot.

Snow Globe Dining

Great Wolf Lodge
Date: Daily through Monday, January 8, 2024
Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $125/per ticket

Enter a magical snowflake world during this special dining experience at Great Wolf Lodge, complete with a 30-minute light show! Your personal snow globe will be fitted out with a hot cocoa bar, cookie decorating kit, and festive holiday treats, plus a keepsake ornament to take home.

Christmas Eve Dinner at Split Rock

Split Rock Resort
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2023
Time: 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Cost: $48/adults; $18/ages 5-12 plus tax and service

Be sure to come hungry to the dining room at Split Rock Resort for a Christmas Eve dinner buffet to remember! Choose your holiday favorites from the carving station to the side courses to the salad bar, kids station, and dessert table. There will also be a special buffet dinner available at Split Rock on Christmas Day!

Christmas Eve Buffet at The Frogtown Chophouse

The Frogtown Chophouse
Date: Sunday, December 24, 2023
Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $69.96/adults; $29.99/children; plus tax and gratuity

The Frogtown Chophouse will be serving up a delicious line-up on Christmas Eve, including a prime rib carving station, crispy chicken, crab & shrimp bisque, jalapeño whipped sweet potatoes, assorted desserts, and more. Don't forget to call ahead to make your reservation!

Christmas Buffet

The Buffet at Mount Airy
Date: Monday, December 25, 2023
Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $49.99/person adults only; plus tax and gratuity

Let Mount Airy Casino Resort take care of your Christmas Day cooking. Couples and adults can enjoy a feast of traditional favorites.

For more jolly happenings in the Pocono Mountains, browse our full holiday event calendar. Be sure to refer to each property's website to confirm any registration or reservations needed. Find special offers at our places to stay, so you can experience maximum holiday cheer. Be sure to check out other things to do during winter too!

It’s not too early to start making New Year’s plans! Stay tuned for more details on the blog later this month or get started browsing upcoming events and special offers right away. Whether you’re looking to dress up for a party or cozy up in a cabin for a peaceful night in, the Poconos is the place to be on December 31.

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