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Christmas Holiday Season in the Poconos

From Old Time Traditions to Wonderland Water Parks - The Poconos has it all!

Family traditions are at the core of our holiday season. Create a new tradition or continue an old one by visiting any one of these sparkling holiday destinations.  Go back to the time of Charles Dickens or enter a winter wonderland at one of the amazing water park destinations.  Old style tradition or new style tradition, it doesn’t matter. Remember, the greatest gifts you can give your loved ones are festive and fun-filled memories that they will treasure for a lifetime. Consider opting out of that chaotic visit to the mall and substituting in a fabulous holiday day trip or weekend in the Poconos.

Old Time Christmas Traditions

Historic Honesdale, PA offers up famous holiday hospitality during its annual Honesdale for the Holidays event on November 28th & 29th.  All stores will be open and decorated and the streets will be filled with good cheer and holiday music. Friday night is the Annual Santa Parade beginning at 6pm.  A free holiday shopper trolley will help you get around on Saturday from 10-5pm. And, keep a sharp eye out for a Santa, Rudolph and Frosty.

An Old Time Christmas Tour at the Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm in Stroudsburg, PA is steeped in warm, holiday traditions.  Stay cozy by the bonfire while you wait for your guides dressed in period clothing to take you on a journey back to the 1800’s.  On the tour you will see a Victorian family preparing for the holiday, the Christmas Putz, a homemade nativity and village scene that was a custom the Moravians began and was adopted by the Pennsylvania Germans then on to the living Nativity in the barn. End your tour with complimentary hot chocolate and cookies.  It’s a special event that takes place on the first two weekends in December-so book now!

Jim Thorpe’s Old Time Christmas in Jim Thorpe, PA will bring you back in time to the spirit of Christmas past. For the first two weekends in December can you enjoy the fanfare of old style pageantry.  The town is bursting with activities from train rides with Santa, historic district ghost walks, scavenger hunts, a gingerbread house contest, ugly Christmas sweater dance party, strolling carolers and musicians, 500 crèches on display and expanded shopping hours at 35 unique shops and galleries.  Be sure to look into the ticketed events every Friday and Saturday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House


Hawley Winterfest

This event filled weekend from December 11th – 13th is a well-known tradition in the region. The idyllic small town of Hawley, PA is nestled in the lake region of the Pocono Mountains and is the perfect backdrop for this special fest. There is everything from live music in the streets to a holiday theatre. Artists and authors mingle with residents and visitors alike. As you stroll through the village you will see ice carvings, gingerbread decorating, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday house tours and so much more!  And, don’t forget to get your Christmas tree for the perfect finish to a festive weekend.

Water Park Winter Wonderlands

Kalahari Water Park

This could be the ultimate holiday destination loaded with holiday cheer for all ages.  Beginning with spectacular buffets, fun family activities and wild water park thrills and it’s all in one convenient location! From an exterior light display that will take your breath away, to the fun and exciting adventures waiting inside the fully transformed waterpark complete with African Themed Holiday world. You have everything from sleigh rides, special character breakfasts, scavenger hunts, cookie decorating and much more.  A whole world of holiday fun awaits you and your family at Kalahari.

Great Wolf Lodge

From snow showers and twinkling lights in the Grand Lobby to gingerbread houses and enormous snowflakes, discover the world of Snowland! From November 28 – January 3, Great Wolf Lodge transforms into a proper North Woods winter wonderland complete with spectacular decorations, North Pole University activities and a life-size gingerbread house that you can dine in!

Ponder no more about fabulous ways to begin or continue family holiday traditions. The Poconos have an endless supply of festivities, music, lights and good cheer for all to enjoy.  See our calendar on for a more complete line up of holiday happenings. 

May Your Season be Merry & Bright!

 “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.” ~ W.T. Ellis

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