Holiday Craft/Vendor Fair & Festive Fun Day at Bloom
Support your local artisans and small businesses this holiday season! An awesome lineup of local artisans and small businesses are ready to share their beautiful work with you at this fun, festive event at Bloom!

There is no fee to come shop the event! For any children wanting to play, there is a special discount of just $5 per child to play that day! There will be free holiday make-and-take crafts for the kids, hot cocoa and festive treats in the cafe, and, from 12-2, free face painting by Kimberly and live music with Ruth Kochera on keyboard taking your musical requests and playing all your favorite holiday tunes! At noon, The Bloom Troupe will be presenting a special skit they have been working on in class!

December 1st @ 11am – 3pm
Bloom Waldessori Play Space

2018 Christmas Gathering- a Tricky Tray Event
Get into the Christmas spirit by joining us at this Tricky Tray event, where you will have the opportunity to win beautiful gift baskets while enjoying Hors d’Oeuvres & Christmas music! Admission is $15, which includes refreshments and 25 raffle tickets. Additional tickets can be purchased at $10 for 25 tickets. Premium baskets will have special tickets, which can be purchased for $2 each, or 3 for $5.

December 1st @ 2 – 4pm
Barrett Paradise Friendly Library

Family Class: Clay Gingerbread House
Make beautiful CLAY Gingerbread House with Step by Step instructions by Kelly and Jason. The roof, sides and base will be pre-cut. You have fun assembling, and adding ALL the decorations. Making them from raw clay. Don’t worry, we’ll show you how. This is a FAMILY class… the price includes ALL the materials and fees for everyone to participate!!! OR make one house per person!
$40 per Gingerbread House made. We need to pre-cut the clay and need a final count ahead of class. RSVP by 11/30 please.

December 2nd @ 3 – 5pm
Poke-A-Nose Pottery

Christmas in Mount Pocono
Santa Claus comes to town, arriving at The Casino Theatre on a fire truck to visit with children young and old. Free cocoa and cookies for everyone as you wait for a chance to tell Santa what you want for Christmas … if you’ve been a good girl or boy.

December 2nd @ 1 – 4pm
Casino Theatre & Village Malt Shoppe

Stroudsburg Ladies’ Night Out
Visit Historic Downtown Stroudsburg for a Holiday Ladies’ Night Out Evening! Art galleries, shopping, delicious local food, and, of course, LOTS of wine! Many businesses hold sales for that evening only, plus drink specials and even demonstrations and hands-on events!

December 6th @ 5 – 8pm
Downtown Stroudsburg

Family Movie- A Charlie Brown Christmas
Join us for Christmas cookies, cocoa, and a screening of the holiday classic, A Charlie Brown Christmas. After the movie we will make our own mini Christmas trees. Please call or visit the library to reserve your spot.

December 6th @ 6pm
Barrett Paradise Friendly Library

Kids Kabaret
Entertaining for the whole family, a talented cast of kids bring the music of the hollydaze to the stage! Open seating, no tickets required.

December 6th – 13th @ 7pm
Recurring weekly on Thursday
Shawnee Playhouse

Fresh Greens Wreath Making Party
Come join the fun and make your own Greens Wreath. Enjoy delicious refreshments with a glass of wine or Lavender Lemonade. Need to do some Holiday Shopping? Receive 20% off your entire purchase (not including consignment or food items). Bring your friends.

December 7th @ 6 – 9pm
Ross & Ross Nursery, Inc.

Dive in Movie: Elf!
Float in and relax with some Holiday Cheer while watching ELF on the big screen.

December 7th @ 6:30 – 8:30pm
Pocono Family YMCA

Hawley Winterfest
Come out to Hawley Winterfest 2018 for an event-filled weekend sure to get you in the holiday spirit! Tour historic homes decorated for the holiday season, listen to carols by the internationally acclaimed Virgin Consort, enjoy memorable culinary experiences and jazz performances, see ice-carving demonstrations, shop around town, and take the beer tour.

December 7th – 9th
Downtown Hawley

Candy House Construction
Bring the whole family and join us for a fun afternoon of sweet construction. The library will provide the supplies; all you need to bring is a plate and your imagination!
Finished Gingerbread houses can be left on display in the library and library patrons will vote for their favorites. Registration is required for this program. Please call or visit the library to sign up. Family Program, ages 1-12

December 8th @ 2:30pm
Barrett Paradise Friendly Library

Santa WinterFest Flyer
All aboard…The WinterFest Flyer! The Stourbridge Line is running during the Hawley WinterFest activities. Join Santa on the train as he greets the children, poses for cell phone pictures, and gives a present to each child. Take a break from the cold for this 45-minute round-trip train ride along the Lackawaxen River. This trip will be packed with good friends this holiday season! Please pre-purchase your tickets online to guarantee your seats, or pay cash at the station for this special event.

December 8th – 9th @ 11am; 1pm; 3pm
The Stourbridge Line

28th Annual Old Time Christmas
Join Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm for the 28th Annual Old Time Christmas. More than any other holiday, Christmas celebrations center on the traditions of family and heritage. Begin a new tradition with your family this year with a visit to Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm, where the Christmas customs of the past are brought to life. From the lantern-lit tour of the 19th century farm to complimentary hot chocolate and cookies, Old Time Christmas is sure to become a favorite holiday tradition for many years to come. Public tours are continuous and groups form every 15 minutes. The last tour starts at 7pm. Please call for group rates and reservations.

Now – December 9th
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Saturday @ 3 – 7pm
Quiet Valley Living Historical Farm

Shawnee Traditions – Breakfast with Santa
Children of all ages can experience the holiday tradition of having Breakfast with Santa at The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort. Santa Claus will be at the historic Inn from 9-11am to listen to wish lists, participate in fun holiday activities, tell stories, and feast on a fantastic holiday breakfast buffet. For reservations, call 800-SHAWNEE (742-9633).

Now – December 15th
Recurring weekly on Saturday @ 9 – 11am
The Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Family Swim Fridays
Family Swim Friday is time for the entire family to swim and enjoy the pool. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Swim diapers are required for those not potty-trained and life jackets are available if needed. Groups of I0 or more please call in advance at 570-426-1512 at least one week to ensure adequate staffing.

Now – December 21st (except 11/23)
Stroud Region Open Space & Recreation Commission

The Nutcracker Ballet
The Nutcracker is a holiday fairy tale presented by C&K Dance Theater about a young girl, Clara, and her very favorite Christmas. After everyone is asleep, Clara slips downstairs to play with her Nutcracker. She eventually falls asleep and, with a little help from Herr Drosselmeir, her magical dreams begin.

Now – December 21st
Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
The Shawee Playhouse

Santa Pictures
Get in the Holiday spirit! Bring the family out to Country Junction every Saturday and Sunday until December 23rd and have their pictures taken with Santa.

Now – December 22nd
Saturdays 10am – 6pm; Sundays 10am – 5pm
Country Junction

A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail
Bring the kids and enjoy this children’s classic. Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, is miserable, for it seems that he lost his tail. His good friends, Pooh and Piglet, organize a search full of fun, excitement, and delightful songs!

Now – December 22nd
Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday @ 10am
The Shawnee Playhouse

Magical Fireside Christmas
Join Pocono Manor for this wonderful holiday tradition. Feel the magic of Christmas as you awaken your senses with the sweet smell of roasting marshmallows and the warmth of the fire. Enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, craft making, letters to Santa, cookie decorating, a life-size gingerbread house, and much more. Opening date: Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22 from 2-6pm.

Now – December 23rd
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
Pocono Manor Resort and Spa

The Harry Packer Mansion: “The Nutcracker”
Holiday Displays Tour
Bring your family and your “Spirit of Wonder and Imagination” as you tour the historic parlours of the Harry Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe in true holiday style. Enjoy gorgeous displays inspired by a different scene from “The Nutcracker Suite” in each room. After touring these beautiful rooms, stop by the Harry Packer Mansion’s Libation’s Lounge which will be featuring a special Nutcracker inspired cocktail menu. Adults can enjoy the Sugar Plum Fairy and The Nutcracker, while children can enjoy the Clara and Fritz.

Now – December 23rd
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday
The Harry Packer Mansion Inn

Breakfast with Santa
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus… Join Skytop Lodge for Breakfast with Santa! Sunday mornings will be filled with a bountiful breakfast buffet, as well as holiday music, and not only a visit from the big guy himself, but a ride in a horse-drawn sleigh! Be sure to bring your wish list with you, as Santa’s elves will be collecting them to bring back to the North Pole!

Now – December 23rd
Recurring weekly on Sunday @ 8:30 – 10:30am
Skytop Lodge

Winter Lights Spectacular
Bundle up and enjoy the beauty of nature as you stroll through tree-lined paths lit up by over 1.1 million twinkling lights and themed animated displays! Warm up next to the cozy outdoor fire pits while enjoying hot cocoa and s’mores. Don’t forget the camera to capture the children’s delight when they encounter Santa, The Grinch, Woody, Buzz, Elsa, Princess Belle, Olaf, Minions, and friends!

Now – December 30th
Lehigh Valley Zoo

Paint with Santa
Paint Holiday Pottery, Meet Santa, Decorate Cookies with Milk and of course Picture Opportunities!!
RSVP is a must for this Popular Event. Choose 10:30am or 5:30pm. Limited seats in each session.
RSVP with Ticket Link and non-refundable deposit.

December 9th @ 10 – 5:30pm
Poke-A-Nose Pottery

Christmas Campfire
Get cozy by the lake at Silver Birches for s’mores, hot chocolate (kid & adult version), and music. Free s’mores to kids 12 & under.

December 9th @ 12 – 3pm
Silver Birches Resort

Holiday Brunch with Santa & Show
Join us on Sunday to enjoy a brunch with Santa at The Waterfront at Silver Birches part of Hawley Winterfest!

December 9th @ 11am – 4pm
Silver Birches Resort

Gingerbread House Workshop
Join Blue Mountain for the 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Workshop! Families and friends are invited to come out to make gingerbread houses and get in the holiday spirit. Guests can enjoy live acoustic Christmas music and meet Santa Claus. Children 12 & under will receive a gift from Santa. Limited space available.

December 9th @ 11am – 2pm
Blue Mountain Resort

Winter Ecology Hike
Learn how different plants and animals survive the winter. Attend a hike and experience PEEC in the wintertime. All ages welcome.

December 9th @ 10am – 12pm
Pocono Environmental Education Center

Girls’ Night Out at Ross & Ross
Come join us for Girls’ Night. Take part in after-hours shopping and enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments. Plus, take 20% off your entire purchase. (Does not include consignment or food items.) You won’t want to miss the fun!

December 12th @ 4pm
Ross & Ross Nursery, Inc.

Workshop: Parent/Child Felted Playscape @ Bloom Waldessori Play Space
Create your very own wet felted mini playscape, complete with a peg doll playmate for endless creative fun! In this workshop, children and their adult caregivers will work together to take colorful raw wool and transform it into a two-dimensional, handmade felted piece that you will design together. It will include both land and water elements in design. Learn the basics of wet felting while creating your own unique felted playscape. You will also make a simple, yet adorable, peg doll playmate to accompany your child on imaginative adventures together! This set will be a keepsake that you can treasure for years to come! Ages: 3 and up, with caregiver. Instructor: Dena Pheonix Carl.

December 12th @ 10am – 12:30pm
Bloom Waldessori Play Space

Rockin’ Holidays w/ Mrs. Claus
It’s back! Mrs. Claus & Jingles the Elf will read Christmas stories and sing songs. Make a craft, and have a glow-in-the-dark (but not too dark) holiday dance party! All ages are welcome. Registration is required and begins Monday, December 3rd. To register, call 570-421-0800 ext. 305.

December 12th @ 10 – 11:30am
Eastern Monroe Public Library – Hughes Main Library

East Stroudsburg Winterfest & Downtown Tree Lighting
Head to Dansbury Depot for their annual Winterfest and Holiday Tree Lighting. Enjoy live music, art displays, vendors, crafts, and more! Get in the holiday spirit!

December 15th
Eastburg Community Alliance

Pocono Mountain Regional EMS Breakfast with Santa
Join Santa and his elves for breakfast, crafts, Tricky Tray, 50/50, even a goodie bag for the kids from Santa in this family friendly indoor event. Menu includes: Pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee & tea. Adults $5 with Kids 12 & Under FREE. Grab a holiday photo with Santa for just $5! Proceeds benefit Pocono Mountain Regional EMS YOUR nonprofit ambulance resource.

December 15th @ 9am – 12pm
Pocono Mountain Carnival Grounds
20 Murray Street, Mount Pocono, PA

Breakfast, Photos & Crafts with Santa
Join us for a fun morning with Santa, Breakfast consisting of scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage coffee, tea and juice will be served from 9 AM till noon. There will be crafts from 9:30 AM till noon and Santa will then be taking pictures from 11 AM till Noon. Pet photos can be taken from 12:30 PM till 1:00 PM. Children over 6 – Adult $6, Children 2 – 6 $4
Children under 2 are free. Suggested donation of $5 for pictures. Please call to reserve a seat 570-629-1252 or

December 15th @ 9am – 12pm
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary
2176 RT 715, Reeders, PA

Workshop: Parent/Child Felted Soap @ Bloom Waldessori Play Space

Learn how to make your very own felted soaps and have fun doing it! In this workshop, children and their adult caregivers will learn how to take colorful, raw wool and watch it transform before their eyes into a built-in washcloth around the soap. This process creates a unique masterpiece that is both decorative and useful. Once you learn this awesome skill, you can easily make more felted soaps at home to give to friends or family for the holidays or any other special occasion! Ages: 3 and up, with caregiver. Instructor: Dena Pheonix Carl. Fee: $30 includes all supplies except soap, since that is a personal item. Please bring two bars of your favorite soap and we will felt as many as time permits. Note: one bar will be cut in half so it will be easier for a child’s hand to work with. We are thrilled that we will be using high quality, eco-friendly wool, produced by a family-owned mill in the USA.

December 15th @1pm
Bloom Waldessori Play Space

Shawnee Mountain: Children’s Programs Begin
Kids have more fun at Shawnee Mountain! Morning, afternoon and full-day programs daily are offered by specially trained staff. Get your kids on the snow this winter and create great memories. Shawnee Mountain’s programs are available for kids ages 4-15. Reservations are required. Register online, or call 570-421-7231 ext. 231.

December 15th @ 9:30am – 4:30pm
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

Change: A NEW Christmas Carol
An original play that is perfect for the whole family! See the Quarter that comes to life and brings change to the town of Stroudsville. This inspiring holiday tale is an original playwright that features an animated cast and musical performances that are sure to capture your heart.

December 16th – 23rd
Sherman Theater

Winter Character Trips
Celebrate the last days of the year enjoying a train ride with your favorite winter characters. Catch a frozen glimpse of the Lehigh Gorge while snuggling up to family and friends. Call for details.

December 26th – 30th, Recurring daily
Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway

Cocoa & Canvas
Sip on cocoa and paint a beautiful winter scene with Miss Chelsea. All supplies are provided. Please wear a smock or play clothes that can get dirty. (ages 8-12)
Registration is required. Please call or visit the library to reserve your spot.

December 27th @ 3 – 4:15pm
Barrett Paradise Friendly Library

Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge
The Vertical Challenge adds a whole new level of excitement to your family’s day on the slopes – for free. Skiers and snowboarders of every age and ability level, with a valid lift ticket or SeasonPass, can participate in casual, though competitive, races down some of the Northeast’s best mountains. In addition to the racing, everybody enjoys the festival atmosphere, as our friendly crew hosts fun, family-friendly activities to make your day at the Vertical Challenge the most fun you’ve ever had in the snow. Skiers and snowboarders are divided by gender and age group to compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals in each category. Winners qualify for a chance to race in the event finals at the end of the season. Raffles and prizes will also be given out throughout the day.

December 29th, 8am – 3pm
Camelback Mountain

Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month, and Shawnee Mountain is pleased to announce its participation in this nationwide effort to get people outside, enjoying winter activities. Shawnee Mountain will be offering a discount Learn to Ski or Snowboard package. The package includes lift ticket, rental equipment, and a first-time group lesson. (Excludes January 19th and 20th.)

January 2nd – 31st, Recurring daily
Shawnee Mountain Ski Area

Men’s Retreat 2019 with Darryl Strawberry & Brad Mitchell
Don’t miss the 2019 exclusive Men’s Retreat lineup including Darryl Strawberry, Brad Mitchell, and Paul McIntyre. Register now for this great event!

January 10th – 11th
Spruce Lake Retreat

Disney on Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic
Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Be charmed by a cast of over 50 of Disney’s unforgettable characters, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies, Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and many of the Disney Princesses. Relive the magic of Disney’s Frozen with Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Sing-along to over 30 songs during moments from Disney Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Dory, Disney’s The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, and more, in a show to leave your whole family captivated with memories to last a lifetime.

January 12th @ 3pm
Mohegan Sun Arena

Sherman Winter Craftfest
The Sherman Theater is bringing back the Third Annual Sherman Winter Craftfest. The theater will be entirely flat-floored with over 70+ craft vendor spaces available to the general public with FREE admission!

January 19th @ 11am – 4pm
Sherman Theater

Pocono Winter Beerfest
The Pocono Winter Beerfest is back for its fourth year at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA! Come enjoy the best way to kick off 2019 with an atmosphere that can’t be beat. With over 100 beer selections to enjoy with more food, vendors, and space than ever before, experience the concert-style Beerfest you’ve waited all 2018 for! Tickets include a souvenir tasting glass with a whole bunch of tasty samples. This event is for ages 21 and over.

January 26th
VIP Ticketholders: 12 – 4:30pm
General Admission: 1 – 4:30pm
Sherman Theater

Wally Ice Fest
Wally Ice Fest celebrates the best of winter fun in the Pocono Mountains. Tourists and community members alike will enjoy getting out and taking in two main events: a Pocono Pond Hockey Tournament and a Curling demonstration. The festivities take place on January 26th and 27th (backup dates are February 9th and 10th). The setting is on top of a frozen Lake Wallenpaupack, near the dike at the northeastern end.

January 26th – 27th, Recurring daily
Lake Wallenpaupack

The Pocono Winter Wine, Food, & Spirits Festival
Designed to introduce attendees to a variety of local wines produced in the heart of the Poconos, as well as select wineries from the Pennsylvania Wine Trail, The Pocono Winter Wine, Food, & Spirits Festival includes complimentary samples of local wine, spirits and fine cuisine, art displays, a variety of wine-related vendors, and free wine-tasting education. The Fest features a selection of delicious sweet and savory bites, prepared by local restaurants, to complement the wines. Throughout the tasting area, there will be vendors with wine-related goods as well as displays by local artists.

January 27th @ 12 – 4:30pm
Sherman Theater

Ski Big Bear Winter Carnival
Come out for some winter fun and shake that cabin fever! Ski Big Bear’s Winter Carnival is a celebration of playing outside during winter months. Skiers and snowboarders will be able to enjoy a lollipop scavenger hunt, a “bear hunt,” corn hole games, and ski and snowboard races (waivers available online). The Ski Patrol will offer complimentary blood pressure checks in the lodge. There will be food specials, music, and more. Activities are subject to change. Visit their website closer to Carnival Day for updates.

January 27th @ 9am
Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain

American Girl Live
Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical, coming to a city near you! American Girl Live is a premiere stage production, featuring all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. During an exciting summer away at sleepover camp, as bold tales of bravery and friendship come to life for some new friends, iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song. American Girl Live features favorite American Girl characters and the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship. A limited number of VIP packages will be available for purchase. Ticket prices subject to change without notice

January 30th @ 7pm
F.M. Kirby Center

Couple Retreat 2019
COVENANT is the heart of God the Father; it is the reason you can be in a relationship with Jesus Christ and is the foundation of every marriage. Ron & Marsha Harvell will lead participants in changing the way they think, share a richer knowledge of who God is, how they enter into relationships with Him through Jesus Christ, and how God views marriage in light of covenant.

February 8th – 10th
Spruce Lake Retreat