Coming to the Pocono Mountains next month, and don't know what to do? Don't fret: we've got lots of activities for leisure seekers and snow lovers to enjoy!

December means winter has arrived, and with that comes holiday festivities, family activities and snow. With plenty of options for things to do in the Poconos, you'll have to narrow down your itinerary to decide what to try first! Read on for 10 activities you can experience in the Pocono Mountains before the end of the year.

Holiday Events

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with family and friends in the Pocono Mountains. Holiday events kick off late November and continue throughout December. Whether you want to explore decorated towns, marvel at a Poconos lights display, or meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Get into the festive spirit during Hawley Winterfest or Jim Thorpe's Olde Time Christmas. Turn on your favorite Christmas tunes and enjoy a sparkling evening at Lights at the Lake or the West End Festival of Lights. From Creches From Around The World to an Ugly Sweater Party, enjoy a variety of yuletide traditions on the grounds of the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort.

Delicious Dining

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a tasty meal next month! Dine in or order takeout or delivery at family restaurants, brew pubs and farm to table eateries that locally source and produce ingredients to help create amazing dishes.

Bailey’s Rib and Steakhouse and Gresham's Chophouse offer atmosphere and menu options for all. Slopeside Pub & Grill and Roadies Restaurant and Bar provide appetizing meals with breathtaking scenic overlooks.

Poconos chefs use flair and creativity to produce delicious dishes. There are several local farm to table restaurants, and the Pocono Mountains' downtowns are a great spot to relax at one of the…

Local Shopping

'Tis the season to go shopping! Explore what craft and specialty shops have to offer, or find a bargain at an outlet store. Here in Pennsylvania, there is no sales tax on clothing. Go ahead, splurge a little. You’re on vacation, after all!

The Pocono Premium Outlets in Tannersville features 100 designer and name brand stores with daily savings. Discover unique gifts at boutiques like Stagbrook Gifts in Cresco or Earthly Treasures in Milford.

Some enjoy the thrill of the hunt at a flea market, art gallery, or antique shop. Others prefer browsing in boutiques, craft and specialty shops.

Winter Spa Visit

What better way to warm up this winter than with a spa visit or healing and yoga session? Relax and get in some well-deserved rest this season in the Pocono Mountains. Choose from a wide range of treatments and therapies, from facials and salon services to hot stone massages and body wraps.

Turn your attention inward at the brand new Magnolia Inn & Wellness Center, offering innovative, healing and relaxing day treatments. Whether you're just coming in for a massage or are taking the whole weekend to unwind, discover ultimate pampering in a peaceful countryside setting at French Manor Inn & Spa.

Escape Rooms

Think you've got what it takes to solve the mystery? Grab the gang, and head to an escape room this December! Follow a series of themed clues to try and get out in just 60 minutes. Trust us, you'll want to experience this if you haven't already.

Put your teamwork and communications skills to the test at Escape It or Trap Door Escape Room in your race against time in one of five rooms. Work together to unravel the puzzle in one of four rooms at Klues Escape Room or try to navigate through a series of three rooms at The Wrath of Anubis.

Put your team to the test at an escape room in the Pocono Mountains! Work together to solve themed puzzles and break free before the clock runs out.

Shooting Range

Step out of your comfort zone, and try something different this season. Stop by a shooting range to learn firearms education, safety and training. While shooting at the gun range, friendly instructors assist in teaching best practices.

During the winter, Sunset Hill Shooting Range is open Thursdays through Mondays. Families with children at least 13 years of age and beginners are always welcome to come learn.

  • 2282 Route 314
  • (570) 629-3981

Enjoy a unique Pocono Mountains experience at Sunset Hill Shooting Range! From friends and families to organizations and corporate retreats, Sunset’s rental gallery is a great opportunity to safely…

Casino Nightlife

Step onto the magnificent, 65,144-square-foot gaming floor of Mount Airy Casino Resort this December. The casino offers over 1,800 slots featuring favorites like Wheel of Fortune and Blazin 7’s. If you prefer live action, try your luck at 80 game tables including Blackjack, Craps and more. Always remember to gamble responsibly.

Working up an appetite? Casino dining provides a plethora of tasty options from Italian fine dining to Pan-Asian cuisine.

  • 312 Woodland Road
  • (570) 243-4800

The casino resort features a mix of more than 1,800 of the latest slot machines and hottest table games. With over 70 tables, every type of player is sure to be satisfied. The beautiful…

Pocono Beverage Trail

If you haven't tried the region's craft beverages, make sure you take time for a trip along the Pocono Beverage Trail before the end of the year, and don't forget to sign up for the new, free Pocono Beverage Trail digital passport. Microbreweries are located across the region, each bringing their own distinct flavors. Seasonal stouts and crisp pilsners await! Scenic wineries and distilleries are open year-round as well.

Pocono Brewery Company in Swiftwater serves beers by the glass, flight and growler as well as wood-fired pizza. Try Appalachian spring-fed distilled spirits and award-winning vintages at the Sorrenti Family Estate Winery and Distillery in Saylorsburg.

The Pocono Beverage Trail is a craft beverage lover's dream. It's a beer trail, a wine trail, and spirits trail in one. Craft your adventure as you explore the best wineries, breweries, and…

Snow Tubing

Cue the snowflakes, it’s time to fly down the mountainside! Snow tubing is the easiest way to conquer the slopes. Suitable for just about everyone, you're sure to have a good time. All six Pocono ski resorts offer snow tubing on premises, with magic carpets for effortless transportation back to the top of the hill.

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain - Snow Tubing offers 500 feet of tube-thrills. Hit the lanes after dark at Camelback Mountain or Blue Mountain Resort to slide over the snow accompanied by neon lights and music.

Horseback Riding

Bundle up and enjoy the crisp, winter season while horseback riding. Bushkill Riding Stables is open year-round and offers a relaxing ride through the woods. Outfitters across the region welcome beginners.

With a little help from mother nature, sleigh rides are also available in the Poconos. Happy Trails Stables offers horse-drawn sleigh rides through the freshly fallen snow. Participate in an old-fashioned custom through the region’s beauteous, winter wonderland.

Feel the winter air on your face and enjoy the natural scenery of the Pocono Mountains as you ride horseback in our beautiful region.

Want to experience even more in the Pocono Mountains? Check out our winter page for additional resources as you plan your trip. Ski and snow activities will start in December, so be sure to keep an eye on the area's snow conditions.