12 festive holiday happenings in NEPA
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place®. Sesame Place, Langhorne, 866-GO-4-ELMO, sesameplace.com. Festive, family-friendly celebration with millions of twinkling lights, festive decorations and whirling rides, a three-story net climb and a soft toddler play area, Christmas shows and a visit with Santa in his Furry Workshopon select days from Nov 21 to Dec 31.
Anthracite Model Railroad Society’s Open House. 1057 Peace St, Rear (Hanover Court), Hazleton, 570-459-6395, amrclub.org. Model railroad exhibit from Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov 26 (5-7pm) and Saturdays and Sundays from Nov 28 to Jan 3.Saturdays Noon-7pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm.
Christkindlmarkt. First & Founders Way, Bethlehem, 610-332-1300, christmascity.org/christkindlmarkt. German outdoor market with artists, crafts, live music, food, and ice carving demonstrations on Thursdays-Sundays from Nov 20 to Dec 20 (closed Thanksgiving Day). Thursdays and Sundays 11am-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11am-8pm.
Christmas Candylane at Hershey Park. Hershey, 800-437-7439, hersheypark.com. Twinkling lights, Christmas show, rides for all ages, festive decorations and Hershey Sweet Lights, a holiday drive-thru spectacular with illuminated animations over two miles of wooded trails. On various hours and days from Nov 13 to Dec 31.
Festival of Trees & Santa on the Trolley. Electric Trolley Station and Museum, 300 Cliff St, Scranton, 570-963-6590, ectma.org. Enjoy beautifully decorated trees throughout the museum to benefit Toys for Tots. Toys for Tots excursions on Friday, Nov 27 and Saturday, Nov 28.Santa on the Trolley on Sunday, Nov 29 and Saturdays and Sundays, Dec 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20 at 10:30am, Noon, 1:30pm and 3pm.
Hudson Model Railroad Club Open House. 97 Martin St, (Hudson Section) of Plains Twp, hudsonmodelrailroadclub.com. Model railroad layout representing NEPA on Nov 28-29, Dec 5,12,19-20, 26-27 and Jan 2-3 from Noon-5pm. Donations accepted..
Koziar’s Christmas Village. 782 Christmas Village Rd, Bernville, 610-488-1110, koziarschristmasvillage.com. Dazzling light spectacle, train display and visits with Santa from Fridays to Sundays from Nov 7 to Thanksgiving on Fridays 6-9pm; Saturdays 5:30-9:30pm and Sundays 5:30-9pm. Open daily after Thanksgiving until January 2. Monday-Friday 6-9pm, Saturdays 5-9:30pm and Sundays 5-9pm.
Nay Aug Park Holiday Light Spectacular. Scranton, 570-348-4186. Holiday light displays depicting scenes of the season from Nov 27 to Jan 7 from 5-9pm. Donations accepted.
Parade of Trees at Grotto Pizza. Harveys Lake, 570-639-3278, grottopizza.com. Holiday trees on display inside dining room to benefit charities.
Strasburg Railroad Train Excursions. 301 Gap Road, Strasburg, 717-687-7522, strasburgrailroad.com. Santa's Paradise Express Train Ride: On Nov 27-29, Dec 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20, See Santa and enjoy classic storybook readings of holiday classics; Mrs. Claus will be at the station from Noon-4pm. Multiple departures beginning at 11am. Pre-purchase tickets online or by phone 866-725-9666.The Night Before Christmas Train Ride: On Nov 27, Dec 4, 11 and 18, take a special train ride while listening to the classic poem ‘The Night Before Christmas’ with cookies and milk. 7pm. Pre-purchase tickets online or by phone 866-725-9666.
Winter Wonderland at Dutch Wonderland. Lancaster, 1-866-FUNatDW, dutchwonderland.com. Themed rides, tasty treats and a Royal Light Show – a spectacular display of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights dancing to holiday songs. Saturdays and Sundays and select times and weekdays from Nov 12 to Dec 30.