Coming Events by Date

Information subject to change.

Onward to a Winter Fun-derland!

With weathermen forecasting a wintery-mix of sensational snow; there’s a bunch of options to compliment days on the slopes. Whether shaking off the cold for a spell and taking in spectacular shopping and dining destinations, or favoring the frost with continued outdoor options; one thing is certain, there’s no seasonal slow for the Poconos!

Sunday, December 21: Santa Claus visits Pocono Bazaar Flea Market, Marshalls Creek, (570) 223-8640, www.poconobazaar.com. Bring the little ones for a visit with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 17th-18th with December 27th rounding it off: Sculpted Ice Works presents Christmas Frozen in Ice, Lakeville, (570) 226-6246, www.sculptediceworks.com. Walk through a show freezer filled with spectacularly “cool” displays created by skilled carving craftsmen. Admission is $12 for adults with children $8.

Friday, December 19 and Saturday, December 20, then Daily starting December 21st to 30th: The Inn at Pocono Manor Magical Fireside Christmas, Pocono Manor, (800) 233-8150 ext 7601, www.poconomanor.com.  Awaken you senses with the popular holiday time featuring, horse and wagon rides, craft and ornament making, face painting, cookie decorating and so much more including the chance for little ones to take time to tell Santa their list! Cost is $5 per person. December 19 hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. with December 20’s noon to 8 p.m. Daily hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 20: Santa Train treks into Historic Dansbury Depot Festivities, East Stroudsburg, www.eastburgalliance.com. All aboard as festivities await from a holiday train ride with departure times at 10:30 a.m. or 1:15 p.m. to a Tree Lighting Ceremony wrapping up this popular attraction. Enjoy mingling with Kris Kringle/Santa as he greets all with gifts for children under 12 traveling through Brodhead Creek Valley to Cresco. Ticket pricing and more info is available online.

Saturday, December 20 and Sunday, December 21: Santa’s Winterfest at Country Junction, Lehighton, (610) 377-5050, www.countryjunction.com. Making the “Most Wonderful Memories” there’ll be opportunities for pictures with Santa for all-literally! With pets welcome as well! Dress up your little princesses to come see costumed characters Elsa & Anna! Check out their ad on page 31 for some cool savings!

Sunday, December 21: Santa Claus visits Pocono Bazaar Flea Market, Marshalls Creek, (570) 223-8640, www.poconobazaar.com. Bring the little ones for a visit with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sunday, December 21: Sunday Brunch with Santa at Big A Grillehouse, Stroudsburg, (570) 223-1700. Reservations are required to set your seat aside with Santa so call today!

Friday through Sunday, December 19 then through December 23: Franklin Lions Festival of Lights Returns! Lehighton, www.FranklinTwpLions.com. A virtual “Christmas City” awaits as Phifer Ice Dam Park overflows with thousands of twinkling lights ready to immerse you in the holiday spirit! Admission is $5 for adults with kids ages 4 to 12 $2. Don’t forget to bundle up as this is an outdoor tour!

Ongoing: Now to December 20: Holiday Mansion Tours at Grey Towers, Milford, (570) 296-9630, www.greytowers.org. Enjoy a guided tour of all three decorated floors in this popular historic landmark 1p.m. and 3 p.m. daily with special hours on the 20th from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $8 adults and $7 seniors.

Ongoing: Now to December 23: Coolbaugh Township Volunteer Fire Company Christmas Tree Sale, Tobyhanna. Offering #1 Douglas Fir #1 Frazier Fir and #1 Colorado Blues with proceeds benefitting the fire company. Fridays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. with Mondays 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ongoing: Now to December 24: Holiday Shopping at Mountain View Vineyards, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053, www.mountainviewvineyard.com. A seriously awesome sip and stop shopping experience is ready to add some spirit to a day of gift finding with unique baskets and more!

Ongoing: Now through Wednesday, December 24: A Christmas Shop in the Christmas Spirit at The Briar Patch, Thornhurst, (570) 842-8072, www.briarpatchthornhurst.com. What a wonderful time of the year…Shopping Season! With wreaths, folk art, primitive crafts and more this is one stop you won’t want to miss! Checkout the website for hours.

Friday, December 26 to Saturday, December 27: Kid’s Kabaret at Shawnee Playhouse, Shawnee on Delaware, (570) 421-5093. www.theshawneeplayhouse.com. An indoor option to witness the talents of today’s youth ages 4 to 17 as they entertain all with song and dance! Shows are at 7 p.m. Cost $10.

Monday, December 29 and Tuesday, December 30: Winter Fun Days at Kettle Creek Environmental Education Center, Stroudsburg, (570) 629-3061, www.mcconservation.org. Join environmental educators at the EE Center for some fun winter activities. Call for details.

Tuesday, December 30: Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge at Camelback, Tannersville, (570) 629-1661, www.skicamelback.com. Enjoy the sights at this free event open to all. Must have a lift ticket or season pass with release form signed to race. There’ll be games, prizes and more all day in the base area. Fun starts at 11 a.m.

Wednesday, December 31: First Night Scranton, Downtown Scranton, www.visitnepa.org.  Celebrate from 6 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. with music, magic and so much more with this popular stop considered “North East Pa.’s premier New Years Eve event.”

Wednesday, December 31: New Year’s Eve Snow Tubing Extravaganza at Fernwood, Bushkill, (888) 337-6966 press 1. Snow tubing with a DJ, barbeque and fireworks! Tubing sessions run from 6-9 p.m. and 9-11 p.m. with music at 9 p.m. and fireworks after 11 p.m. Cost is $40 per person and includes $10 food voucher.

Saturday, January 3 and Sunday, January 4: Cross Country Skiing, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Enjoy the winter woods with beginner ski lessons. Learn the basics of cross country skiing with practice on an old logging road loop. Skis, poles and boots are provided. Saturday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $20 adult and $10 child. Register with shoe size to guarantee a spot.

Sunday, January 4: Christmas Bird Count, Pocono Environmental Education Center, Dingmans Ferry, (570) 828-2319, www.peec.org. Rise and shine at 8 a.m. for the National Audubon Society’s 115th annual Christmas Bird Count! The longest running Citizen Science survey in the world providing data on population trends. Register from home for your surrounding area or select a different part of the count circle. Pre-registration required with newbies paired up with an experienced birder.

Tuesday, January 6: Learn a Snow Sport Day at Shawnee Mountain, East Stroudsburg, (570) 421-7231 ext210, www.shawneemt.com. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shawnee is offering 100 introductory learn to ski packages that include lift tickets, a lesson and rental for $25. Proceeds benefit Bushkill Outreach. Reservations required.

Ongoing: Now to January 7: Holiday Light Show at Nay Aug Park, Scranton, www.visitnepa.org. Enjoy an evening of spectacular illumination from 5 to 9 p.m.

Ongoing: Fridays: Friday Happy Hour, Mountain View Vineyard, Winery and Distillery, 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053, www.mountainviewvineyard.com. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Enjoy $1 off a glass of your favorite wine, savor a signature drink, and indulge in complimentary snacks! Featured items vary. Ages 21+ only. See website for details.

Ongoing: Saturdays and Sundays: Vineyard & Distillery Tours, Mountain View Vineyard, Winery & Distillery, 5866 Neola Road, Stroudsburg, (570) 619-0053,  www.mountainveiwvineyard.com. Saturdays and Sundays. Vineyard Tours at 1 p.m. & Distillery Tours at 2 p.m. Mountain View Vineyard, Join Randy & Linda as they talk about MV’s history, how the wine is made and the types of grapes that grow in our area. MV’s Winery and Distillery is one of only two winery-distilleries in the state! So take a tour of the facilities and see how your favorite wine and spirits are made! Ages 21+ only.

Ongoing: Free Brewery Tours and Beer Tastings, Barley Creek BrewingCompany, Sullivan Trail and Camelback Road, Tannersville, (570) 629-9399, www.barleycreek.com. Free brewery tours are offered every day at 12:30 p.m. See the tanks and mills at the brewpub and learn how great beer is made! Tours are followed by free tastings of assorted Barley Creek brews. All ages welcome for tours; tastings restricted to participants 21 and older. Group tours by appointment.

Ongoing: Candle Making Demonstrations,  House of Candles, Route 715, Henryville, (570) 629-1953, www.houseofcandles.com. See candles made at the Oldest Candle Shop of the Poconos! Dip your own “wax hand” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. See website for details.

Keep an eye on this site for frequent updates & features as the fun’s just begun for your next Pocono Mountains adventure!