It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Pocono Mountains is the perfect place to celebrate! Our event calendar is full of holiday 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 Christmas presents or feast on delicious treats, we’ve got something for everyone! Read on for a complete list of holiday happenings, and create your next family tradition in the Poconos.

Santa Pictures at Country Junction

Country Junction - World's Largest General Store
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, November 21 through December 19, 2021
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!



Shawnee Traditions - Creches from around the World

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Dates: Thursday, November 25 through Sunday, January 2, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Free

It's the reason for the season: take a look at beautiful nativity scenes from all over the world displayed in The Shawnee Inn's Pearsall Room during Shawnee Traditions - Creches From Around the World. No admission fee, but donations may be made to Hands-On Disaster Relief.



Downtown Stroudsburg Christmas Tree Lighting

Downtown Stroudsburg
Date: Friday, November 26, 2021
Time: 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Get into the Christmas spirit in with the annual Downtown Stroudsburg Christmas Tre Lighting! See the sparkling evergreen in Courthouse Square, treat yourself to a hot chocolate and scope out the Black Friday sales on Main Street.



Winter Wonderland

Downtown Honesdale
Dates: Friday and Saturday, November 26-27, 2021
Time: Varies; Tree Lighting on Friday at 7 p.m.
Cost: Free

It's only fitting that the original "Winter Wonderland" has its own Winter Wonderland celebration named after the classic tune! Richard Smith was inspired by his hometown of Honesdale when he wrote about those lanes of glistening snow. The Santa Parade steps off on Friday at 6 p.m., ending in Central Park for the tree lighting. The festive spirit continues on Saturday, with great shopping at local stores.


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The Greater Honesdale Partnership invites you to come to “Winter Wonderland”. Kick off the event with a tree lighting…


Kris Kringle Fest

West End Fairgrounds
Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 26 through December 19, 2021
Time: Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Weekends: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost: $6/person; under 3 are free

Carbon County Fair will be hosting Kris Kringle Fest this year! Meet the man in red, take a sleigh ride, walk through the holiday lights display, browse crafters, food vendors and more.



Santa Claus Special

Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway
Dates: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 26 through December 19, 2021
Time: 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Call for pricing

All aboard in Jim Thorpe! Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be riding with train passengers along the winding Lehigh River during the Santa Claus Special.



Santa Christmas Tree Express

The Stourbridge Line
Dates: Thursday, November 26 and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 27 through December 24, 2021
Time: Varies by day
Cost: $25/adult 13+; $15/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 from a train ride on the Honesdale Santa Christmas Tree Express. Enjoy complimentary hot cocoa along with the panoramic winter scenery as you ride the rails in heated train cars. The Stourbridge Line also runs the Hawley Santa Christmas Tree Express on Saturdays and Sundays!



Breakfast with Santa

Skytop Lodge
Dates: Sundays, November 28 through December 19, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $45/adults; $25 children 5-12; 4 and under free; plus tax and gratuity

What's better than a big holiday breakfast buffet? Breakfast with Santa of course! The big guy will be making a stop at Skytop Lodge every Sunday from November 28 through December 19 to check his naughty and nice list and hear your holiday wishes.



Belvin Family Christmas 2021

Cherry Lane Road in East Stroudsburg
Dates: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 through Saturday, January 1, 2022
Time: Sunday through Thursday: 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Donations accepted to benefit Pocono Mountains United Way

Over 180,00 lights will twinkle to 36 classic Christmas songs. Come out to see this extraordinary display, and make a donation to a good cause.



Lights at the Lake

Mauch Chunk Lake Park
Dates: December 3-4, 10-12, 17-19, 23, 26, 2021 and January 2, 2022
Time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: $20/car

Stay warm and cozy in your car as you drive through a sparkling lights display hosted by Raising the House on the shores of Mauch Chunk Lake. Be sure to visit the website to get your tickets in advance.



Hawley Winterfest

Downtown Hawley
Dates:  Friday, December 3 through Sunday, December 12, 2021
Time: Varies by day
Cost: Free

From a Winterfest Beer Tour to The Cookie Walk to holiday specials at local shops, the sparkling small town of Hawley will be aglow during their Winterfest celebration. See a performance at the Ritz Company Playhouse, go on a holiday tour at the Dorflinger Glass Museum and much more.


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Hawley Winterfest is a wonderful way to start your holiday celebrations. The town is aglow with fun festivities and twinkling…


Candlelight Christmas Dinner

The Settlers Inn
Dates: Friday through Sunday, December 3-5, 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost: $115/person plus tax and gratuity

Enjoy an elegant night out, and dine by candlelight in the beautifully-decorated Settlers Inn Dining Room. For three enchanting evenings, the Candlelight Christmas Dinner will feature a farm-to-table menu, music and holiday classics. Reservations are required.



Carbon County Black Forest Krampusnacht

Jim Thorpe
Dates: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Step back in time, and experience the Black Forest Krampusnacht in Jim Thorpe's Kemmerer Park with Carbon Chamber and Economic Development. Enjoy a beer garden, local vendors live polka band and more. 



Pocono Organics Winter Wonderland Festival

Pocono Organics
Dates: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Don't miss the opportunity to taste the special holiday menu during the second annual Pocono Organics Winter Wonderland Festival. You'll also find kids' activities, vendor booths, a meet and greet with Santa and more.



Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas

Downtown Jim Thorpe
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, December 4-19, 2021
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 Olde Time Christmas! Shop local businesses including over 40 galleries and boutiques, eat at unique restaurants and coffees hops and find one-of-a-kind gifts for loved ones.



Christmas Concert

Episcopal Parish of St. Mark & St. John
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $15/person; children 10 and under free

If you've been longing to listen to the sounds of the season, make plans to head to a Christmas Concert in beautiful Jim Thorpe. The Bach and Handel Chorale will be giving a festive performance.



Shawnee Traditions - Breakfast with Santa

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Dates: Saturdays, December 4-18, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cost: $18.95/adult; $10.95/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 this Shawnee Tradition, one of many classic Christmas events returning to The Shawnee In this year.



Milford's Annual Tree Lighting

Downtown Milford
Date: Saturday, December 4, 2021
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Sip on hot chocolate and sing holiday carols during Milford's Annual Tree Lighting at the Community House. Stroll through the picturesque streets as you wait for the lighting of the tree and Santa's arrival.



31st Quiet Valley Old Time Christmas

Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, December 4-12, 2021
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $12/adults; $6/children 3-12

Step back in time, and learn about past holiday traditions and heritage on a 19th century farm during the 31st Quiet Valley Old Time Christmas. Bundle up for a lantern-lit tour, and witness costumed re-enactors preparing for the season.



Holiday Bows and Boughts

Pocono Environmental Education Center
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: $20/wreath

Create your own holiday decorations with PEEC during Holiday Bows and Boughs! Materials are provided for you to make wreaths, swags and table decor, and you can also bring your own supplies. Music, snacks and drinks are also included.



Change: The Musical

Sherman Theater
Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, December 11-19, 2021
Time: 7 p.m. on Saturdays; 2 p.m. on Sundays
Cost: $10 to $20/person

All ages will love this hilarious Christmas performance at Stroudsburg's historic Sherman Theater. Book your tickets now for Change: The Musical!



Winterfest Brunch

The Settlers Inn
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, December 11-12, 2021
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $44/person, plus tax and gratuity

Dine at The Settlers Inn to enjoy a tasty and festive meal. Winterfest Brunch features a delicious seasonal menu with live holiday music entertainment. Call for reservations.



Breakfast with Santa at Silver Birches

Silver Birches Resort
Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Cost: $20/person; $12 children 3-12; 2 and under free; plus tax and gratuity

He's making a list...he's checking it twice...Santa Claus is coming to Silver Birches Resort on the shores of Lake Wallenpaupack! Book your Breakfast with Santa and enjoy gingerbread house decorating as well.



Lights in Lansford

Downtown Lansford
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021through Sunday, January 2, 2022
Time: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Walk through the illuminated light tunnel and check out the life-size snow globe in the park. Lights in Lansford provides perfect backdrops for a seasonal photo shoot.



8th Annual Ugly Sweater Party

ShawneeCraft Brewing Company
Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021
Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost: Free

Unwind this holiday season at the 8th Annual Ugly Sweater Party at ShawneeCraft. Enjoy food, drink and live music. Dress to impress because a prize will be awarded for the ugliest sweater!



Holiday Tea - A Shawnee Tradition

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021
Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $25/adults; $20/seniors 65+; $15 children 5-11; plus tax and gratuity

Cozy up by the fireside for Holiday Tea - A Shawnee Traditions. A nice pot of tea will go perfectly with finger sandwiches, freshly-baked tea breads, plus scones and clotted cream. There will be carols and Christmas stories too!



Shawnee's Christmas Buffet

The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort
Date: Saturday, December 25, 2021
Time: noon to 4 p.m.
Cost: $39/adults; $34/seniors 65+; $29/youth 12-16;$2/year for children 2-11; plus 6% tax and 20% gratuity

The culinary team at The Shawnee Inn will be preparing a fantastic Christmas Day Buffet, complete with carving station and all your favorite traditional holiday dishes.



Winter Holiday Feast

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions
Date: Saturday, December 25, 2021
Time: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cost: $59.99/adult 13+; $29.99/children 4-12; 3 and under free

Come hungry to the Winter Holiday Feast in the beautiful Kilamanjaro Ballroom. Let the Kalahari chefs prepare you and your family a spectacular Christmas Day buffet.



For more jolly happenings in the Pocono Mountains, browse our holiday event calendar. Be sure to refer to each property's website to confirm any registration 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 next week, 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.

Happy Holidays from the Pocono Mountains!


Ring in the new year in the Poconos! Whether you’re looking to dress up and dance the night away or keep it casual with the family, the Pocono Mountains is the place to be on December 31.